Before reaching for tests like EKGs to screen teen athletes, we should first ask ourselves if we’ve taken a careful history:
How do cells figure out how to build three-dimensional organs with multiple kinds of tissues? A group of engineers, geneticists, biochemists and cell biologists at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering sunk their teeth into this mystery –starting, in fact, with the tooth.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Medical device industry lobby AdvaMed’s construction plans were approved by its Hope Fund management committee, making progress on plans to build clinics for under-served populations in China.
AdvaMed plans to build two hospitals and 10 clinics in impoverished areas of Hubei Province in central China, part of an agreement signed with national non-profit organization China Youth Development Foundation last year.
By Tom Ulrich
When teenagers come to an emergency department expressing suicidal thoughts or after a suicide attempt, the accepted model of care is to evaluate, then either send them home or keep them in the ED until an inpatient psychiatric bed becomes available.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Rising-out-pocket expenses and an inability to take time away from work have more people opting against elective surgeries that may help with hip or knee pain.
Some patients who are put off by the high deductibles are pushing hip and knee pain further, with some waiting until they qualify for Medicare at 65.
Knee injuries in children with tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus have increased dramatically over the past 12 years, say orthopaedic surgeons from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who presented their findings today at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in Boston.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL —Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX) began seeking approval for a $41 building project in Ireland to house the neurovascular unit it sold to Stryker Corp. (NYSE:SYK) earlier this year.
The 100,000 square foot facility will live on Boston Scientific’s Cork, Ireland, campus but will be operated by Stryker, and some 600 local BSX employees will transfer to the new facility when it’s ready.
Venture capital investment is on the wane, but angel investment is increasing, according to a pair of recent reports.
The University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research reports that angel investment rose nearly 5 percent during the first and second quarters, to $8.9 billion, compared with the same period last year. Health care and medical device firms took the lion’s share of the angel cash (25 percent, according to the report), which usually comes from the proverbial "high net worth individuals" or in early-stage funding rounds.
Pediatric patients, primarily those who are underinsured (either without insurance or receiving Medicaid), are increasingly receiving psychiatric care in hospital emergency departments, according to an abstract presented Friday, Oct. 14, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Boston.