Spleen-on-a-chip offers novel sepsis treatment; Brain scan predicts treatment outcomes in depression patients;

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>  New spleen-on-a-chip technology offers a novel treatment for sepsis, according to an article published this week in MIT Technology Review. It would be a "dialysis-like" machine that could identify and remove pathogens responsible for an often lethal blood infection, the article says. 

> A brain scan can predict treatment outcomes in patients suffering from major depression, according to research published this week in JAMA Psychiatry. Study

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> Instead of an arbitrary cap on the amount of damages that may be awarded in malpractice suits, the Center for American Progress proposes reforming medical malpractice policies to protect physicians and reduce the cost of defensive medicine. Article

> Urged by care failures at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a patient safety measure into  law. The law, authored by state Sen. Jane Nelson, requires resident doctors and hospital trainees to wear ID badges that clearly display their names and experience level. Article

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> Maryland's hospitals received a lower-than-desired price increase for the first part of fiscal 2014, a development that is likely to put more financial pressure on inpatient providers. Article

And Finally... A good parking spot? Priceless. Article

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