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Lutheran Health Network technology helps oxygen-deprived newborns

Lutheran Health Network has acquired technology to provide hypothermic cooling and rewarming therapy to newborns deprived of oxygen before or during birth.

The treatment is available in Lutheran Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

“Evidence demonstrates the newborn system has the potential for the brain to heal with this therapy,” officials said in a news release.

The treatment, which does not help all children deprived of oxygen, has the best chance to work if administered within six hours of birth.

The equipment, which was installed a month ago, hasn’t been used yet, spokeswoman Lizette Downey said. Officials expect to use it only five to 10 times a year, she said. She did not disclose how much the equipment cost.

Lutheran officials said it’s the only such treatment available in northeast Indiana. Parkview Health doesn’t have the technology now, but officials there are exploring the option, spokesman Eric Clabaugh said.

Lutheran Children’s Hospital was created in 1999, using the “hospital-within-a-hospital” concept. Pediatric services are spread throughout Lutheran Hospital.

Parkview to integrate arts in patient care

Parkview Health officials Wednesday announced plans to create a program to integrate literacy, movement, music and visual arts into patient care.

Parkview Healing Arts will also affect the design and aesthetics of Parkview health care facilities, officials said.

The program will be developed by staff at Parkview Regional Medical Center and Parkview Hospital Randallia.

Fort Wayne Dance Collective will collaborate on the effort, which will include 13 artists-in-residence who will engage patients, families and staff through various art forms.

Research shows that the arts help improve patient recovery, decrease pain and anxiety and create more worker satisfaction for hospital staff, Parkview officials said in a news release.

Toyota profit up 70%; forecast optimistic

Toyota’s quarterly profit soared 70 percent, and the world’s top-selling automaker raised its earnings forecast as cost cuts and the weaker Japanese yen compensated for slightly weaker vehicle sales.

The Tokyo-based maker of cars such as the Prius and the Camry said Wednesday that its July-September net profit rose to $4.4 billion from $2.6 billion a year earlier.

Profits at Japanese automakers have surged in yen terms as the Japanese currency weakened against the U.S. dollar during the past year.

BBB issues warning on new email scam

The Better Business Bureau serving northern Indiana on Wednesday warned consumers of a new twist in email scams.

Some messages are showing up in inboxes claiming to have voice mail attachments.

When people click to open those files, it unleashes a malware infection that can make the unsuspecting consumer’s passwords, account numbers and other sensitive personal information available to scammers.

BBB officials say that anyone who receives such an email should simply delete it.

As with any scam, consumers should also alert the local Better Business Bureau office by calling 423-4433 or 800-552-4631.

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