Intensive Care Units (ICUs), which provide the most expensive and invasive forms of care in a hospital setting, are being used too often for patients who don’t need that level of care, according to a new study by LA BioMed and UCLA researchers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine today.
The researchers studied 808 ICU admissions from July 1, 2015 to June 15, 2016 at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and found that more than half the patients could have been cared for in less expensive and invasive settings.
Study finds low-cost eye drops equal in effectiveness to more costly antibiotics
Bacterial keratitis, an infection of the cornea often caused by contact lenses, malnutrition, or an injury, can lead to corneal scarring, one of the leading causes of blindness around the globe, according to the World Health Organization. It has blinded more than 400,000 children worldwide.
Nov. 15 Event to Honor Outstanding Physician-Researchers
In a continuation of a tradition for recognizing its most outstanding physician-researchers, LA BioMed will celebrate the many accomplishments of Drs. Sherwin J. Isenberg, Nora C.J. Sun and Ronald S. Swerdloff on Nov. 15 at Legends 2016 at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach.
Study addresses long-standing question for those with moderately low blood oxygen levels
Newly published data from the Long-Term Oxygen Treatment Trial (LOTT) show that oxygen use is not beneficial for most people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and moderately low levels of blood oxygen.
Researchers find Divergent Views on Barriers to Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
LOS ANGELES – (Oct. 10, 2016) – While diabetes is the most common cause of blindness in the working-age population in the U.S., only about 55% of lower income adults living with the disease undergo the retinal screening needed to detect and help prevent blindness.
Funding to Help Create Incubator on Institute’s Campus to Help New Businesses Thrive
LOS ANGELES – (Oct. 4, 2016) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $3 million in funding today to help pay for the creation of a biosciences incubator on LA BioMed’s campus that will provide technical support and business services to help researchers bring promising new discoveries to market so the public can benefit from them.
Alliances to Strengthen Los Angeles County’s Life Sciences Community
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the nation’s largest statewide public policy and business leadership organization representing California’s leading life sciences innovators, today announced new strategic partnerships with LA BioMed and Lab Launch, and the unveiling of its Los Angeles satellite office, to regularly engage and bolster Los Angeles County’s life sciences community.
Dr. Joaquín Madrenas Brings Decades of Research Experience to the Institute
Further strengthening its research enterprise, LA BioMed announced today the addition of a new chief scientific officer to its leadership team, Joaquín (Quim) Madrenas, MD, PhD. Dr. Madrenas brings decades of experience as a researcher, physician, educator and administrator to one of the nation’s leading nonprofit independent research institutes.
New Study of Four Common Conditions Finds ICU Use Didn’t Improve Mortality Rates
LOS ANGELES – With the use of intensive care units (ICUs) on the rise in many hospitals, researchers at LA BioMed and UCLA examined ICU usage and found patients who were admitted to these units underwent more costly and invasive procedures but didn’t have better mortality rates than hospitalized patients with the same medical conditions who weren’t admitted to the ICU.
New Study Finds ARB and ACEI Linked to Similar Results
LOS ANGELES – With cardiovascular disease being the No. 1 cause of death in end-stage kidney disease patients on peritoneal dialysis, a new study examined two classes of medications commonly prescribed to prevent cardiovascular events in these patients and found no significant difference in outcomes.