Day: January 12, 2022

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Providence and Hoag agree to separate

Providence and Hoag will break up their merger this month, the not-for-profit healthcare organizations announced late Monday.

Hoag, a small Southern California-based health system, sued Providence in 2020, claiming that the 52-hospital Catholic system didn’t hold up its end of their population health initiative. Hoag will separate from Renton, Washington-based Providence on Jan. 31, about nine years after they combined.

“Although we are formally parting ways, we will have other opportunities to work together on behalf of the community. We look forward to future collaborations with our colleagues at Hoag, whom we continue to hold in high regard,” Erik Wexler, president of operations at Providence, said in a news release.

The separation opens new avenues of collaboration, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian CEO Robert Braithwaite said in the news release.

The organizations reached a settlement agreement but declined to elaborate.

Providence’s centralized governance model allegedly stripped Hoag of local decisionmaking authority,

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Tomato concentrate could help reduce chronic intestinal inflammation associated with HIV

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New UCLA-led research in mice suggests that adding a certain type of tomato concentrate to the diet can reduce the intestinal inflammation that is associated with HIV. Left untreated, intestinal inflammation can accelerate arterial disease, which in turn can lead to heart attack and stroke.

The findings provide clues to how the altered intestinal tract affects disease-causing inflammation in people with chronic HIV infection, suggesting that targeting the inflamed intestinal wall may be a novel way to prevent the systemic inflammation that persists even when antiviral therapy is effective in controlling a person’s HIV.

The study is published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Pathogens.

“Inflammation is an important process that protects the body from invading infections and toxins,” said Dr. Theodoros Kelesidis, the paper’s senior author and an associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine

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