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By: Georgia Institute of Technology

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new sampling device that could prevent thousands of people worldwide from dying of pneumonia each year.


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By: Quality Digest

A new year always brings new hope, new plans, and new perspectives. While looking ahead is the most direct route to progress, looking back is essential to understanding the present. After all, the past creates the consequences that will shape the future.

By: Washington University

Melanoma is one of the less common types of skin cancer, but it accounts for the majority of skin cancer deaths (about 75%). The five-year survival rate for early-stage melanoma is high (98%), but the rate drops precipitously if the cancer is detected late or there is recurrence.

So a great deal rides on the accuracy of initial surgery, where the goal is to remove as little tissue as possible while obtaining “clean margins” all around the tumor.

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(MRPC: Butler, WI) -- MRPC, a single-source provider of medical device components and assemblies, continues its commitment to product quality and responsiveness by advancing the application of scientific molding across multiple manufacturing processes.

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By: National Association for Healthcare Quality

The Toyota Production System and U.S. health care improvement share a long history. What lessons can health care leaders learn from Toyota’s recent production troubles? A few experts recently discussed this on WIHI, an audio program sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Here are some highlights from the May 6 broadcast.

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By: Dennis F. Haley

(Academy Leadership Publishing: King of Prussia, PA) -- When news headlines trumpet story after story about fiscal mismanagement, unchecked greed, massive bankruptcies, and rampant downsizing, it’s hard to believe there’s any good news about the business world. Indeed, it’s almost impossible not to conclude that our nation’s decision makers have lost their way. But despite the turmoil that’s recently rocked corporate America—or perhaps because of it—a growing number of companies are suddenly remembering who they are.

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By: Tony Shaw

A woman in Southern California’s Inland Empire, age 53, is suffering from an unidentified neurological disorder. It started as an odd numbness in her left arm, and now she feels an uncomfortable, persistent tingling and prickling pain from the bottom of her feet to the top of her eyebrows. She feels these symptoms to varying degrees at all times of the day and night.

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By: Rashi Agarwal

Leaders of quality assurance programs must be able to generate interest and commitment without burdening clinical and administrative staff with an activity they neither understand nor believe in.

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