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This Week in Health News: 11 Stories You Need to See
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A roundup of the week's most newsworthy health industry press releases from PR Newswire, including updated COVID-19 vaccines and a call for blood donations.

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire. To help journalists covering the healthcare industry stay on top of the week's most newsworthy and popular releases, here's a roundup of stories from the week that shouldn't be missed.

The list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an excerpt from each story. Click on the press release headlines to access accompanying multimedia assets that are available for download.

    1. City of Hope receives $100 million gift to create first-of-its-kind
       national integrative oncology programThe transformative gift from the
       Panda Charitable Family Foundation brings together Eastern and Western
       medicine, advancing research, education and clinical care.

    2. Red Cross announces national blood shortageThe American Red Cross
       national blood supply has fallen to critically low levels--dropping
       nearly 25%-- since early August, and potentially threatening the medical
       care of patients with an emergency need for blood, or those living with
       critical conditions such as cancer and sickle cell disease and who depend
       on lifesaving blood transfusions.

    3. Study Validates Lunit AI as a Game-Changer, Poised to Replace One Human
       Reader in Breast Cancer ScreeningUtilizing Lunit INSIGHT MMG, an
       FDA-cleared and CE-marked AI solution for mammography analysis, this
       research backs AI's potential to replace one human reader under Europe's
       double reading guideline and underscores its capacity to alleviate the
       strain on radiologists.

    4. Groundbreaking Program Encourages Underrepresented Minorities to Consider
       Career in Neurosurgery"African Americans, Hispanic Americans and women
       are significantly underrepresented in neurosurgery, and the CNS Pathway
       to Neurosurgery program aims to address this problem by promoting
       diversity, equity and inclusion in neurosurgery," said Tiffany R. Hodges,
       MD, co-chair of the CNS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and
       associate professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve School of

    5. FDA Takes Action on Updated mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines to Better Protect
       Against Currently Circulating Variants"The public can be assured that
       these updated vaccines have met the agency's rigorous scientific
       standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality. We very
       much encourage those who are eligible to consider getting vaccinated,"
       said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA's Center for Biologics
       Evaluation and Research.

    6. The 5th Annual Susan G. Komen® "Live Pink" Program Highlights Companies
       Supporting the Mission to End Breast CancerEach year during National
       Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Live Pink offers consumers an opportunity
       to shop products and services that fund patient care services, breast
       cancer research, and resources to help end breast cancer.

    7. Introducing Notable Assistant, a ChatGPT-like innovation that patients
       can use to manage everything from appointment scheduling to bill
       paymentsBuilt on the rich data at the heart of the Notable platform,
       Patient AI, Notable Assistant introduces an accessible experience, in
       which every patient has a personal guide navigating them through the
       intricacies of the healthcare system.

    8. Phoenix Children's Expands Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Team with Hire of
       Globally Renowned Brittle Bone ExpertMaegen Wallace, MD, MBA, a pediatric
       orthopedic surgeon and expert in osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone
       disease, joined the Herbert J. Louis Center for Orthopedics and Sports
       Medicine at Phoenix Children's last month.

    9. 26Health Launches 'We Are With Every Letter' CampaignThe bi-lingual
       campaign, entitled, "We Are With Every Letter," or, "Nosotros Estamos Con
       Cada Letra," reaffirms 26Health's mission of being a resource and haven,
       offering comprehensive care that is accessible to everyone, regardless of
       identity, age, gender or ability to pay.

    10. Transfix Partners with Health in Transportation to Enhance Driver
        Wellness and Safety on the RoadAs part of the partnership, Transfix will
        provide complimentary access to CDL heath scanners to carriers within
        its network. The groundbreaking scanners use a patented Transdermal
        Optical Imaging technology to scan a driver's face and record vitals
        including blood pressure, heart rate, BMI, and respiratory rate.

    11. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Shines Light on Reducing
        Mental Health and Suicide Stigma in Latinx and Hispanic CommunitiesAs
        suicide trends move upward in Hispanic communities with an increase of
        nearly 7% in suicide rates nationally from 2018-2021, it's important to
        encourage an understanding that mental health conditions that contribute
        to suicide are treatable, and to normalize conversations to encourage
        seeking help when needed.

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