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  • Harvard's Wyss Institute Improves its Sepsis Therapeutic Device
    Last year, a Wyss Institute team of scientists described the development of a new device to treat sepsis that works by mimicking the spleen. It cleanses pathogens and toxins from blood circulating through a dialysis-like circuit. Now, the Wyss Institute team has ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Computer Algorithm Can Forecast Sepsis in Patients
    For a patient with sepsis – which kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast and prostate cancer combined – hours can make the difference between life and death. The quest for early diagnosis of this life-threatening condition now takes a step forward, ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Liver Plays Role in Pneumonia, Sepsis Susceptibility
    New evidence highlights the importance of the liver in immunity against bacterial pneumonia. The study is the first of its kind to directly show such a link between liver-produced molecules and pneumonia susceptibility during sepsis. Led by researchers at Boston University ...More
    July 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Hospital Readmissions for Sepsis are Common, Extremely Costly
    The Affordable Care Act created several national initiatives aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates for heart attacks, congestive heart failure and other common high-risk conditions. But there is still no national program intended to address sepsis, a potentially ...More
    July 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Completing Care Processes for Sepsis More Quickly
    Blood poisoning, known as sepsis, is the most common cause of death in intensive care units, according to the National Institutes of Health. The body’s immune response to fight the infection triggers inflammation that restricts blood flow and leads to multiple organ ...More
    June 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Sepsis Protein May Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth
    A toxin secreted by Vibrio vulnificus, a water and food-borne bacteria that can cause rapidly lethal infections in persons with liver disease, has potential to prevent the growth of tumors, according to a new study by Northwestern Medicine scientists. Karla Satchell, a ...More
    June 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • A Hospital Stay May Set Up Patients for Sepsis by Disrupting the Body's Microbiome
    Can a routine hospital stay upset the balance of microbes in our bodies so much that it sets some older people up for a life-threatening health crisis called sepsis? A new University of Michigan and VA study suggests this may be the case. It shows that older adults are ...More
    June 1, 2015 Posted in News
  • Readmissions in Severe Sepsis Are as Common as Those in Heart Failure and Pneumonia
    Severe sepsis is a significant cause of rehospitalization along the lines of nationally recognized outcome measures and more commonly discussed conditions such as heart failure (HF) and pneumonia, says Darya Rudym, MD, of New York University School of Medicine, lead author ...More
    May 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Experts Call for a Review of Global Guidelines for Sepsis
    Experts are calling for a global review of guidelines used to diagnose sepsis, after a study found 1 in 8 patients with infections severe enough to need admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) in Australia and New Zealand, did not meet current criteria. ...More
    March 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Sepsis Survivors Return to Hospital for Preventable Reasons
    They're alive thanks to the most advanced care modern hospitals can provide. But for survivors of sepsis, the hospital door often looks like a revolving one, a new study shows. And many of the conditions that send them back to a hospital bed should be preventable. ...More
    March 10, 2015 Posted in News
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