May 17, 2020

Will 2030 bring more breast cancer cases? Study says 'yes'

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Currently, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
According to a new report from the National Cancer Institute, the number of breast cancers suffered by American women will increase by about 50 percent...

According to a new report from the National Cancer Institute, the number of breast cancers suffered by American women will increase by about 50 percent by 2030.

The study estimates that there will be 441,000 new cases of breast cancer each year diagnosed in women between the ages of 30 and 84. In 2011, there were 283,000 breast cancer cases.

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“Part of the reason for the rise in breast cancer cases is that the population is growing so there will be more cases,” Philip Rosenberg, a senior investigator in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the National Cancer Institute, said in the study.

Another example cited was the longer life spans of women, as cancer risk increases with age.

The researchers assumed that levels of screening would remain about the same as they are now. They estimated cases include early detection of breast cancer in a precancerous state.

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Breast cancer in women between the ages of 70 and 84 accounted for 24 percent in 2011, but are estimated to account for 35 percent in 2030, according to the study. Rosenberg estimated in the study that there will be fewer breast tumors that are not fueled by estrogen. These types of breast cancer are the most difficult to treat.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. The CDC recommends getting a mammogram, which can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.

The findings were presented at the meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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