ProspectIP Has Agreed Licensing Deals For Two Inventors And Products, A Device That Aims To Prevent (DVT) And A Safety Opener For Glass Vials, UK

June 2, 2009

A University initiative to commercialise novel business ideas and inventions has secured its first two licensing agreements and attracted a further £400,000 in funding.

De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, set up ProspectIP following a £2 million pilot funding award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in 2006. The project has already resulted in the launch of new products under direct contracts with entrepreneurs.
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Coalition For Quality & Patient Safety Of Chicagoland PSO Taps ECRI Institute PSO For Support

May 19, 2009

ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is pleased to announce an agreement with the Coalition for Quality & Patient Safety (CQPS) of Chicagoland PSO to provide patient safety data collection, reporting, and analysis. The Chicagoland PSO focuses on local experience, patterns, trends, and patient safety initiatives specific to Chicago and the surrounding counties. CQPS will coordinate its PSO and other patient safety efforts with other Illinois-based hospital and primary care associations, the Illinois Department of Public Health, consumers and consumer advocates, other patient safety and quality improvement stakeholders, and existing patient safety collaboratives across the state.
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Economic Cost Of Poor Health And Safety , UK

January 17, 2009

Statistics released recently by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that poor health and safety practices could be placing extra strain on the economy during these harsh financial times.

Official statistics show that during the period 2007/08 a total of 229 workers were killed at work and 299,000 sustained reportable injuries. The HSE also report that an astonishing 34 million working days were lost through injury and ill health, which equates to 1.4 days per worker.
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Clinical Trial Demonstrates Safety Of Pre-Transplant Expansion Of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells

January 14, 2009

Taking blood stem cells collected from an umbilical cord into the lab and expanding their number before transplanting them to replace a patient’s blood supply is as safe as a standard cord blood transplant, researchers reported at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology.

In a first-of-its-kind randomized clinical trial, researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center are addressing the critical challenge to successful “standard” cord blood transplants for adult patients – low doses of stem cells that lead to longer recovery times, leaving patients more vulnerable to bleeding, infection and transplant failure.
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Final Rule Issued For Patient Safety Organization, US Department Of Health

January 10, 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule for Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). The rule becomes effective on Jan. 19, 2009. It provides final requirements and procedures for PSOs, new entities, with which clinicians and health care providers can work to collect, aggregate and analyze data – within a legally secure environment of privilege and confidentiality protections – to identify and reduce patient care risks and hazards.
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Pluristem Successfully Concludes Final Pre-Clinical Safety Studies With PLX-PAD In Preparation For Human Trials For Critical Limb Ischemia Treatment

January 2, 2009

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NasdaqCM: PSTI; DAX: PJT), a bio-therapeutics company dedicated to the commercialization of non- personalized (allogeneic) cell therapy products for a variety of degenerative, ischemic and autoimmune indications, announced today the successful conclusion of its pre-clinical studies utilizing PLX-PAD prior to the initiation of human clinical trials. PLX-PAD is Pluristem’s cellular product for the treatment of critical limb ischemia (CLI), the end phase of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).
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New IPCC Report Confirms Police Cells Are Not Places Of Safety For Mental Health Patients, UK

January 2, 2009

Human rights campaigns group, Black Mental Health UK, has condemned the use of police cells as places of safety for vulnerable people needing mental health care.

The comments come as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report, published today examines the role of the police in relation to the use of Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

This new report has brought to light that large numbers of vulnerable people are ending up in police cells, as temporary places of safety for people, after they have been arrested and are in need of health care.
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