• ScienceDirect Content Now Available to MyScienceWork Users

    Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced its collaboration with scientific social network MyScienceWork on a pilot initiative to enable researchers to easily share and discover over 11 million articles through MyScienceWork.

    The pilot will allow MyScienceWork users to read, annotate and share articles from ScienceDirect within the MyScienceWork interface among each other. The articles on MyScienceWork will be presented the same way as users find them on ScienceDirect: full text published articles will be available to those affiliated with ScienceDirect subscribers and Open Access articles will be available to all.

    The pilot includes access to all of the content on ScienceDirect: over 12 million content items from over 2,200 journals and 26,000 book titles.

    “MyScienceWork works to make science easier and to help researchers save time. We want to provide researchers with wider access to publications. This includes promoting access to openly accessible content, but also developing new ways to easily reach publications from prestigious journals,” said Virginie Simon, CEO of MyScienceWork. “That is why, for users with institutional access, they can log in directly to the platform using their Science Direct access codes.”

    “Elsevier’s mission is to support the research community by developing the best and most efficient workflow solutions that will assist them in their important work,” said Olivier Dumon, Managing Director, Academic and Research Markets at Elsevier. “This project is a great example of how scientific social networks and publishers can collaborate to disseminate and share quality research publications We are excited to have found in MyScienceWork an ambitious and innovative provider to launch this new capability that will facilitate low-hassle, copyright compliant sharing of Elsevier content on the platform of choice of the user.”

    About MyScienceWork

    MyScienceWork is a social network based on the open access concept of providing researchers and the general public free access to scientific knowledge. Through its centralized communication platform, MyScienceWork offers more than 31 million publications, expert’s profiles, jobs offers, events and scientific news. The project is based on one major principle: associate content with visibility with a single click.

    Founded in 2010, MyScienceWork began as a popular science blog. Having built a solid community of researchers and lovers of science and forged partnerships with important institutions, the company launched its site in 2013. With the aim of internationalizing its activities, MyScienceWork set up operations in Luxembourg, looks for opening a subsidiary in Silicon Valley while maintaining its branch in Paris. MyScienceWork consists of a team of 15 people.

    About ScienceDirect

    ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world’s peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical and medical content. Over 15 million researchers, health care professionals, teachers, students and information professionals around the globe rely on ScienceDirect as a trusted source of nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serials and 25,000 book titles. ScienceDirect supports research and education with interactive elements in articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so users can easily set alerts. Content on ScienceDirect also features embedded links to external datasets, including earth and environmental science data from PANGAEA, abstract and indexing data from Scopus and chemical reactions data from Reaxys. With almost 12 million content pieces available-including pre-publication release of articles and open access content from Elsevier journals-ScienceDirect is a premier platform for discovering the world of research.

    About Elsevier

    Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions – among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey – and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

    The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

    Media contacts

    Harald Boersma
    Director Corporate Relations, Elsevier
    +31-20-485-27-36
    h.boersma@elsevier.com

    Laurence Bianchini
    CPO, MyScienceWork
    +352-278-428-431
    laurence.bianchini@mysciencework.com

    SOURCE Elsevier


  • CDC estimates 1 in 68 children in multiple communities in the U.S identified with autism spectrum disorder

    The statistics recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the increase in the prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in U.S children (one in 68) are startling to some and disturbing to all of us touched by autism. Within hours of the release, conflicting opinions on the veracity and accuracy of, and meaning behind, these statistics were voiced. Regardless of interpretations, the call to action is clear: 1) renewed emphasis on early diagnosis across all communities, ethnicities, and socio-economic groups; 2) access to treatment at the earliest possible age 3); getting information into the hands of families and caregivers about the most effective treatment options; and 4) increased research to help identify effective treatments for adults with ASD. We must redouble our efforts to educate families and practitioners about autism’s early warning signs and diagnose children at a younger age. The earlier a child is diagnosed, the better the long-term outcome. Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention during the first years of a child’s life can significantly impact his or her long-term prognosis, particularly in the areas of language and social behavior. We must also make information universally available about the most effective evidence-based interventions and create easier, faster, and more affordable access to treatment for every child and family that needs it. But there is more. The National Autism Center (NAC) is preparing to release the results of its latest study. One of its key findings reveals the alarming lack of scientific studies focused on treatments for adults on the autism spectrum. As the groundswell of children with ASD continues to expand, we face an overwhelming number of individuals with autism moving into and through adulthood. Adults with ASD often face daunting challenges as they grapple with transitioning into adulthood, finding appropriate housing and services, securing meaningful work opportunities, and building a life integrated into the broader community. These latest findings by the NAC shed light on another serious barrier – a lack of meaningful research of evidence-based interventions for adults. As if the existing rates of ASD in this country weren’t alarming enough, this new CDC information is a clarion call to expand our efforts as a nation. And these efforts must also include more funding to conduct critical research in order to offer real and meaningful guidance regarding best practices for adults. Each of these things can and does literally impact lifetime outcomes for too many of us. We must do more. SOURCE May Institute CONTACT: Julia Burgess, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, 781.437.1348, jburgess@mayinstitute.org


  • Elsevier Announces the Launch of New Open Access Journal, Schizophrenia Research: Cognition

    Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, a new open access journal dedicated to publishing original research, concise research reports, brief reports, letters to the editor, and review papers addressing the role of cognitive functioning in schizophrenia.

    As a spin-off from companion journal Schizophrenia Research, which is one of the most recognized journals in the field, Schizophrenia Research: Cognition specializes in providing a forum on all aspects of cognition in schizophrenia, including clinical neuropsychology, neurocognition, social cognition, functional capacity, cognitive and social neuroscience, and aspects of everyday outcome as related to cognition. Articles that compare the influence of cognition and other influences on outcome in schizophrenia will also be published as will research on descriptive characteristics, genetic influences, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, and neuroimaging correlates of these aspects of cognition.

    Schizophrenia Research: Cognition is an online-only journal and articles will be published rapidly after acceptance. The journal will publish the latest developments in the field, which currently are too often scattered among a host of other journals that do not always prominently feature these articles. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition will bring together research from other scientific disciplines including, neuroscience, genomics, and psychiatry.

    Dr. Philip D. Harvey, Editor-in-Chief of Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, explained, “The benefits of an international, specialized open-access journal focusing on cognition in schizophrenia will include broadening access to the rapidly changing developments in the field to scientists with limited access to subscription journals.”

    Published articles are now available on ScienceDirect and http://www.SchizResCognition.com

    For more information or to submit an article, go to:

    http://www.SchizResCognition.com or

    http://www.elsevier.com/journals/schizophrenia-research-cognition/2215-0013

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    About Elsevier

    Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions – among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey – and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

    The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

    Media contact
    Natalie Hill-krasniqi
    Elsevier
    +44(0)20-7424-4404
    n.hill-krasniqi@elsevier.com

    SOURCE Elsevier


  • Medicare Advantage Cheapest Option for New Medicare Enrollee

     Americans are turning 65 at a pace of 10,000 per day and they face a confusing array of insurance decisions regarding Medicare. To help this age group understand their insurance choices, HealthPocket evaluated the expenses associated with their three main coverage options:

    • Original Medicare with a Medicare drug plan
    • Medigap Plan F with Original Medicare and a Medicare drug plan
    • Medicare Advantage

    Using government data on healthcare and medication use among Medicare-aged individuals, HealthPocket compared the premium and out-of-pocket expenses for each of the three Medicare insurance options. Medicare Advantage proved to be the lowest cost option. Its annualized cost estimate was 19% less than Original Medicare Parts A & B combined with a Medicare drug plan and it was 45% less than Medigap Plan F combined with Medicare Parts A & B and a Medicare drug plan. While the Plan F option left the Medicare enrollee with no medical out-of-pocket costs, this option still had out-of-pocket costs associated with drug coverage. Additionally, the Plan F option’s lower out-of-pocket costs did not compensate for its higher overall premium expenses.

    Due to its current government funding structure, many Medicare Advantage plans do not charge a monthly premium. These plans also include an annual limit on out-of-pocket costs. Original Medicare has no such limit on out-of-pocket costs.

    Premiums and out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Advantage plans may be affected in the future by changes in government funding but these changes are difficult to predict. Medicare Advantage plans have been at the center of highly politicized debates over the program given that the government often spends more for medical services delivered by Medicare Advantage plans as compared to the same services received in Original Medicare.


  • Nationwide Children’s Introduces NICVIEW Camera System to Connect NICU Newborns with their Families

    Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospitals in the United States, just finished installing NICVIEW, which supports their philosophy of family-centered care in a unit where the length of stay is longer. NICVIEW, the NICU camera system, helps extend family-centered care by giving parents a virtual window to their newborns. Many of the babies in the NICU, ICC and SCN are born prematurely and are released within a few days. However, the length of stay for some on this unit at Nationwide Children’s can be months. While not a replacement for visiting in person, this password-protected system allows parents and extended family members 24/7 access to the new bundle of joy. To see the system in action at Nationwide, please check out the video http://bit.ly/1diwrTW

    “We are excited to install NICVIEW in such a prestigious children’s hospital as Nationwide,” said Dominic Foster, CTO of Healthcare Observation Systems, makers of the NICVIEW System. “It is the perfect solution to help parents and family members continue bonding with their child, even when they can’t be at the bedside.”

    NICVIEW Founders, Blake Rutherford, CEO, and Dominic Foster, CTO, have developed a safe, simple and secure system valued by families and clinical staff alike. A small camera mounted to the NICU bedside captures a live, secure password-protected video stream. Parents may choose whether or not they want to use the system and have exclusive control over the password, which may be distributed at their discretion to friends or family members. With the password, virtual visits with the newborn are made possible via any internet-enabled device, including all smart phones, tablets and computers. For more information about NICVIEW, visit www.nicview.net.

    Contact:
    Dominic Foster
    855-642-8439
    Dominic@nicview.net

    SOURCE NICVIEW


  • Eye Matters: Facebook Page Rolls Out as a Book

    Is social media just about intriguing posts, zany photos, and fun memories? Or can it be used effectively to share health information to members around the world? Dr.Ashley Mulamoottil, an ophthalmologist who worked with Moorefield Eye Hospital in London and who returned 10 years ago to his hometown Kozhencherry, a tiny village in Kerala, India, asks this very question. Eye Matters, a compilation of postings from Dr.Ashley Mulamoottil’s Facebook page rolls out as a book next week lending credence to the efficacy and impact of social media. As the great-grandson of an Ayurvedic eye physician, Mulamoottil Mathan Mathai Vaidyar (1855-1934) who offered free treatment to patients, Dr.Ashley, who took up allopathic medicine, says social media helps him continue the tradition of offering free medical service at least by the act of sharing medical facts and treatments online. The responses to his posts are tremendous. Questions about eye health and potential treatments have started coming from all over the world, and in one year Dr.Ashley has became one of the most “liked” doctors on Facebook. In two years he is now covering a wide range of topics and offering information and solutions to eye related problems. “Because of requests from people, I started posting some medical videos. One day I posted a video of an unusual surgery that showed me removing a 20cm long worm (Loa Loa) from the eyes of a man. Within 48 hours of posting, the video got more than 20,000 shares. Nothing else convinced me as quickly and decisively of the power of social media,” says Dr.Ashley. “I got responses to my postings from more than 100 countries.” The widespread interest in health information that is being shared finally pushed Dr.Ashley to publish the collection of posts as a book. Eye Matters published by Invis Multimedia compiles selected postings from the last two years. The doctor surmises that this book is most likely first on health matters that has been put together entirely from FB posts. Dr.Ashley Mulamoottil is the first, and only, eye surgeon trained to perform Laser Cataract Surgery (Blade-free cataract surgery) in Kerala, India. In fact, he is considered the pioneer of blade-free surgeries in India. Anitha Invis Multimedia +914712311832 anitha@invis.in http://www.invismultimedia.com SOURCE Mulamoottil Eye Hospital


  • United Spinal Hosts Free Webinar – Getting the Right Mobility Equipment & Services

    United Spinal Association’s membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), will host a free webinar in March on how people living with disabilities can improve their access to medical equipment, prescription drugs, medical supplies, services and therapies, critical to their health and well-being.

    Getting the Right Mobility Equipment & Services ––Thursday, March 27th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, will describe what rules under Medicare may prevent people with disabilities from getting the right mobility equipment and services on which they rely.

    The webinar will also educate participants on legislation to improve access to customized wheelchairs and other medical equipment products that United Spinal and other stakeholders have been spearheading. The webinar will cover how people with disabilities can get involved in getting better choice, quality, access and coverage.

    Alexandra Bennewith, MPA, VP Government Relations at United Spinal will be the guest speaker.

    To view a full list of NSCIA’s upcoming and archived webinars, please visit http://www.spinalcord.org/webinar-archive/.

    About United Spinal Association
    United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

    Media contact: Ahvi Spindell, Media Relations Services, United Spinal Association, (212) 580-4567, ahvi@spindellmediarelations.com, Twitter @ahvispin

    Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.
    Alexandra Bennewith, MPA – https://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=111409


  • DaVita to Screen Hundreds for Kidney Disease in India on World Kidney Day

    PR Newswire India - DaVita India LogoDaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a global provider of kidney care services, will host more than 20 screening events in Bangalore and Pune, India to raise awareness for chronic kidney disease (CKD) on World Kidney Day.

    Families and individuals are encouraged to visit their nearest Modern Family Doctor Centre on March 13, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to receive health screenings that can detect CKD. Screenings may include a follow-up consultation with a DaVita nephrologist.

    “Because early stages of kidney disease often have no symptoms, the first step in managing its progression is knowing your risk,” said Dr. Suresh Sankar, group medical director of DaVita in India. “For those at increased risk, a simple blood test from a doctor can confirm the disease.”

    People at risk for developing kidney disease include those with diabetes or high blood pressure. Other risk factors include cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol and a family history of the disease.

    “DaVita’s vision is to build the greatest health care community the world has ever seen and creating awareness of kidney disease is an important component of our vision,” said Shriram Vijayakumar, head of DaVita in India. “When caught early enough, kidney disease can be slowed down and even prevented in some cases.”

    When CKD progresses to end stage renal disease, (ESRD) dialysis and transplant are the only options for survival. According to the World Health Organization, roughly 1.4 million people worldwide are on dialysis, and that number continues to grow each year. In India, less than 10 percent of affected ESRD patients receive any form of renal replacement therapy.

    DaVita in India operates dialysis centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Pune.

    DaVita, DaVita HealthCare Partners and Kidney Smart are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

    About DaVita

    DaVita is the dialysis division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of kidney care in the United States, DaVita delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of Dec. 31, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,074 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 163,000 patients. The company also operated 73 outpatient dialysis centers located in ten countries outside the United States. DaVita supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company’s leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit DaVita.com.

    Primary Media Contact: Kunal Ashok, kunal.ashok@davita.com, 91-7760968341

    Secondary Media Contact: Kartik Sahoo, kartik.sahoo@davita.com, 91-8095420095

    SOURCE DaVita India

    CONTACT: PRN


  • Texas Children’s Hospital to host inaugural weekend camp for patients affected by cleft lip or palate

    Nearly 30 patients from Texas Children’s Hospital will be packing their bags in preparation for an unforgettable weekend getaway. The kids, ranging in ages from 10 to 16 years, will be the first to attend Texas Children’s inaugural camp for children affected by cleft lip and palate. The weekend camp, which will be officially named by this year’s attendants, will be held March 14 to 16. For more information Texas Children’s cleft lip and palate program, visit texaschildrens.org

    Led by various members of Texas Children’s craniofacial team, the camp is designed to provide children born with cleft lip or palate the chance to be themselves, make new friendships and gain the self confidence many of them lack due to their facial abnormalities. The camp program will focus on personal challenges and group-building, as well as recreational activities that are all designed to enhance socialization and self-confidence.

    “It is our goal to make these kids feel safe and supported,” said Dr. Larry Hollier, chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital, and co-founder of the camp program. “Our number one hope is that they end the weekend feeling good about themselves and with the establishment of new, strong friendships.”

    Dr. Laura Monson, pediatric plastic surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital, is the other driving force behind the establishment of the camp. “Our team has received a great deal of feedback from patients about the hardships they endure and the challenges they face just because they look different,” said Monson, who is also assistant professor of plastic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. “It was evident that these kids need—and deserve—an opportunity to be amongst peers that completely understand what it’s like to grow up with a facial difference.”

    Texas Children’s Cleft Lip and Palate team not only provides surgical treatments for these patients’ physical abnormalities but they also realize the importance of their physiological well being. As part of their dedication to healing the whole child, the team follows their patients’ clinical outcomes and quality of life for 18 years. They track the patient’s speech progress, the aesthetical development of the cleft lip and palate repair, as well as the progress of the child’s emotional and psychosocial healing.

    “Our team’s dedication doesn’t just stop with the patients we are currently treating,” says Hollier, who is also professor and chief of plastic surgery at Baylor. “We are committed to tracking the progress of our kids so that we can perfect the already exceptional care we provide and improve clinical outcomes for those future families that will be seeking our help down the road,” said Hollier.

    About Texas Children’s Hospital

    Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation, Texas Children’s has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children’s has completed a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston. For more information on Texas Children’s, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news from Texas Children’s by visiting the online newsroom and on Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

    Contact: Elizabeth Shackouls
    832-771-9593
    ehshacko@texaschildrens.org

    SOURCE Texas Children’s Hospital


  • Young Adults Can Face 41% Narrower Income Range for Obamacare Subsidies

    HealthPocket examined health plan premium subsidies for 18 to 34 year-olds in eight major cities across the country and found this age group could not obtain subsidies for health plans within the complete income range specified by the Affordable Care Act.

    The Affordable Care Act subsidies are designed to lower premiums for people with incomes between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level. However, for the eight cities studied, the average maximum income at which young adults qualified for a premium subsidy was $31,744, which is less than 277% of the Federal Poverty Level. This “Obamacare subsidy gap” occurs because the exchange benchmark premiums of younger people can fall short of the percentage of income necessary to trigger a subsidy.

    Moreover, HealthPocket found that the maximum income that qualified for a premium subsidy varied by $7,709 among the 8 cities examined. The table below ranks the cities by the highest income where 18 to 34 year-olds were eligible for a subsidy.

    Rank City
    1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ($36,013)
    2 Miami, Florida ($33,323)
    3 Los Angeles, California ($32,858)
    4 Atlanta, Georgia ($32,085)
    5 Houston, Texas ($31,732)
    6 Detroit, Michigan ($30,266)
    7 Chicago, Illinois ($29,374)
    8 Phoenix, Arizona ($28,304)

    HealthPocket’s analysis suggests that the premium subsidy design may be an important factor contributing to the under-enrollment of the young adult population, a population targeted for enrollment both for their typically good health as well as their propensity to be uninsured.

    The full results of the study, “18-34 Year-Olds Can Face 41% Narrower Income Bracket to Qualify for Obamacare Subsidies,” can be found at HealthPocket.com.

    HealthPocket.com is a free website that compares and ranks all health insurance plans available to an individual, family, or small business to allow consumers to make their best health plan decision and reduce their out of pocket costs. HealthPocket uses only objective data from government, non-profit, and private sources that carry no conditions that might restrict the site from serving as an unbiased resource. Learn more at www.HealthPocket.com.

    SOURCE HealthPocket