Eosera Launches Its Earwax Product in Canada

Eosera Inc., a biotech company based in Fort Worth, has begun offering its earwax-dissolving product on the Canadian market via Amazon.ca. The product called Earwax MD, which is designed to clean the ear canal, is the first from Eosera, a majority woman-owned company. Eosera began selling Earwax MD on Amazon in April, and the over-the-counter product has been stocked nationwide in CVS stores since August. “Since launching Earwax MD on Amazon.com in April, we have received considerable interest from Canadian consumers, audiologists, ENTs, and other healthcare professionals,” Elyse Dickerson, Eosera’s co-founder and CEO, said in a news release. “We are… Full Story

Nurse-Midwives Playing a Key Role in Parkland’s Labor and Delivery Department

Parkland Health & Hospital System is marking its 30th year with certified nurse-midwives playing a key role in its labor and delivery department. The department, one of the nation’s busiest, tallied more than 12,000 births in fiscal year 2017. Parkland nurse-midwives attended 40 percent of all vaginal deliveries, or about 300 births a month. Since they were first recruited to Parkland in 1987, nurse-midwives have attended 420,000 births there. The 36 certified nurse-midwives currently practicing at Parkland constitute one of the largest and most respected certified nurse-midwives services in the country. Safely guiding women through one of the most vulnerable,… Full Story

President-elect of American Society of Breast Surgeons To Use Game Theory to Teach Surgeons About Genetics

Dr. Walton Taylor—a breast surgeon on the medical staff of Texas Health Dallas who’s been elected president-elect of The American Society of Breast Surgeons—wants to use game theory to help breast surgeons better understand the role that genetics plays in cancer. The American Society of Breast Surgeons, which has more than 3,000 members in 36 countries, is the primary leadership group for surgeons who treat patients with breast disease. Taylor, a physician with Texas Health Physicians Group and a member of the society since 2002, will assume the role of the organization’s president in May of 2018. Taylor said that… Full Story

Cooper Clinic Laboratory Receives Excellence Award

For the seventh year, the Cooper Clinic Laboratory in Dallas has been selected to receive the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award. The award, which signifies a commitment to performing quality patient testing and overall laboratory practices, has been given over the years to only a small percentage of U.S. labs. COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care. The Cooper Clinic Laboratory team processes nearly 300,000 tests per year, including those involving a patient’s cholesterol profile, blood sugar levels, urinalysis, and thyroid stimulating hormone. “Our … team is honored to receive this award,” Dr.… Full Story

NanOlogy Launches Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Fort Worth-based NanOlogy LLC, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical development company, announced that the first patient has been enrolled in a Phase 2 clinical trial of its NanoPac sterile solution, a patented process for treating mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs) of the pancreas. The Phase 2 “dose-rising” trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of NanoPac delivered directly into MCNs by endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle injection. “There is no approved drug treatment for patients with MCNs who are at high risk for progression to cancer,” Dr. Gere diZerega, the company’s vice president of medical affairs, said in a news release. “This clinical trial… Full Story

Dr. Carlos Arteaga: ‘Ensuring Cancer-Health Equity’ Is a Priority

Dr. Carlos L. Arteaga, the newly arrived director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says “the momentum for progress in cancer research has never been better,” with mortality rates coming down for many types of cancer thanks in part to “the power of molecular biology” and community engagement. However, he adds, a few “bumps in the road” will have to be addressed for the progress to continue. “Human talent is needed—an influx of young scientists,” Arteaga said at a Nov. 9 reception in his honor at UT Southwestern’s T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building.… Full Story

Dallas-based Freestanding ER Company is Sued After 4-Year-Old Girl Dies

A Dallas-based freestanding emergency-room company has been sued after a 4-year-old girl died following treatment at one of its facilities. The company, Excel ER, and its doctor on duty were accused of negligence in the lawsuit filed by the family of Olivia Steinborn, who died in August of bacterial meningitis. According to a story in The Dallas Morning News, the girl had been treated just hours before at Excel’s now-shuttered Keller facility. The suit, filed in Dallas County court, says Olivia’s condition was misdiagnosed by the doctor on duty—a medical resident—who sent her home after giving her fluids and a… Full Story

New Research Shows Ex-NFL Players More Likely To Have Enlarged Aortas

Former players in the NFL were more likely to have enlarged aortas, new research found, but more study is needed to say whether that puts them at greater risk for life-threatening aneurysms. The former National Football League players were twice as likely to have enlarged aortas as were those in a control group—even after adjusting for the players’ typically larger size—said researchers with the Dallas Heart Study at UT Southwestern Medical Center, which provided the control group. Nearly 30 percent of the former NFL players had enlarged aortas, compared with fewer than 9 percent in the comparison group from the… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth Earns Kudos for Patients’ Rehab Experience

Medical City Fort Worth has been named a 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey, a provider of performance analytics and patient experience measurement for healthcare organizations. The award recognizes top-performing healthcare organizations that have consistently ranked in the 95th percentile or higher for patient experience of all Press Ganey clients during the course of one year. The percentile rankings are based on a formal public reporting system called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). Medical City Fort Worth, a comprehensive stroke center with a specialized neurological intensive care unit, was recognized specifically for… Full Story

THR’s Chief Clinical Officer Testifies Before House Committee on ACOs

Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Wednesday about the importance of value-based care models in healthcare. “We believe that we need a value-based healthcare system where incentives for all providers can be aligned, and where healthcare providers are able to collaborate using an integrated infrastructure and transparent data on quality and utilization to deliver better outcomes for our patients,” Varga said. As an example, Varga pointed to Southwestern Health Resources, a hospital and physician network operated by Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center.… Full Story