14 Feb 2019

ENCOURAGE AGING PATIENTS TO DEVELOP A LATE LIFE PLAN

  By Judith Graham About 25 million Americans who are aging in place rely on help from other people and devices such as canes, raised toilets or shower seats to perform essential daily activities, according to a new study documenting how older adults adapt to their changing physical abilities. But a substantial

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10 Feb 2019

MICHIGAN CONGRESSMAN JOHN DINGELL, A FORCE IN HEALTHCARE POLICY, DIES AT 92

Former Rep. John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat who holds the record as the longest-serving member of the U.S. House, died Feb. 7 in Michigan. He was 92. And while his name was not familiar to many, his impact on the nation, and on healthcare in particular, was immense. For more

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24 Jan 2019

AVLS EDUCATION: DELVE INTO LYMPHEDEMA IN A VENOUS WORLD FEB.1-2 IN HOUSTON

The venous and lymphatic systems are mutually interdependant. Learn how the failure of one affects the other as well as how to identify and treat phlebolymphedema.   Register Now     Friday Highlights Science of Compression lecture Presentations by leading companies in lymphedema     Saturday Highlights Clinical Manifestations of

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14 Jan 2019

GET OUT OF THE WAY OPIOIDS, METH IS MAKING A BIG, DEADLY COMEBACK

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez In 2016, news reports warned the public of an opioid epidemic gripping the nation. But Madeline Vaughn, then a lead clinical intake coordinator at the Houston-based addiction treatment organization Council on Recovery, sensed something different was going on with the patients she checked in from the

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07 Jan 2019

MDLINX SURVEY: MAJORITY HAVE LOST FAITH IN VALUE OF THE MOC

A survey of 515 U.S. physicians by MDLinx revealed that 65 percent want to see the 10-year maintenance of certification (MOC) process ended because it adds no clinical value to the practice of medicine. The recent survey, reported in FierceHealthcare, found that almost 55 percent of respondents want to see those controversial MOC requirements

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07 Jan 2019

MEDTRONIC GETS OK TO STUDY PATIENTS WITH BICUSPID AORTIC VALUES USING COREVALVE EVOLUT TAVR SYSTEM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an investigational device exemption (IDE) for Medtronic to initiate a single-arm study to evaluate the CoreValve Evolut TAVR system in patients with bicuspid aortic valves who are at low risk of surgical mortality. Medtronic separately received FDA approval for revised commercial

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07 Jan 2019

GERMAN UNIVERSITY ADDS NEW STUDY IN MEDICAL COMPUTING

  The Fraunhofer MEVIS Institute for Medical Image Computing is one of the world’s leading research centers in digital medicine. In order to prepare computer science students for challenges in this area, the Fraunhofer MEVIS Institute for Medical Image Computing and the University of Bremen in Germany are offering a

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05 Jan 2019

WHEN MEDICINE MAKES PATIENTS SICKER

  By Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months earlier had been

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05 Jan 2019

AS HOSPITALS POST STICKER PRICES ONLINE, MOST PATIENTS WILL REMAIN BEFUDDLED

    By Julie Appleby and Barbara Feder Ostrov As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog’s breakfast of medical codes, abbreviations and dollar signs — in little

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05 Jan 2019

IT’S A LITTLE-KNOWN SECRET THAT PATIENTS CAN GET THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DIRECTLY FROM A DRUGMAKER

      By Sarah Jane Tribble   Kip Burgess was relieved last year when pharmaceutical giant Amgen overnighted him a $2,976 check to help pay for his go-to arthritis drug, Enbrel. The 36-year-old psychologist had run into an increasingly common problem: The copay coupon sent by Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen

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