14 Mar 2020

CORONAVIRUS IS UNLIKE ANYTHING IN OUR LIFETIME, AND WE HAVE TO STOP COMPARING IT TO THE FLU

   EDITOR’s NOTE: Longtime health reporter Charles Ornstein says that comparing the novel coronavirus to the flu is dangerously inaccurate. Not one public health expert he trusts has called that comparison valid. Here’s why. by Charles Ornstein   Is the United States Prepared for COVID-19? As a longtime health care

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14 Mar 2020

ABOUT 4 IN 10 ADULTS IN THE U.S. ARE AT GREATER RISK OF DEVELOPING SERIOUS ILLNESS IF INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS

  Based on current understanding of risk, forty-one percent of adults ages 18 and older in the U.S. have a higher risk of developing more serious illness if they become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, because they are older or have serious underlying health conditions, or both, according

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14 Mar 2020

TRUMP, CMS TAKE ACTION TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL EMERGENCY

  The Trump Administration announced on March 12 aggressive actions and regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers and states respond to and contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking these actions following President Trump’s declaration of a national

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19 Feb 2020

INK RX? WELCOME TO THE CAMOUFLAGED WORLD OF PARAMEDICAL TATTOOS

      Doctors specialize in the science of healing, but tattoo artist Eric Catalano specializes in the art of it.   By Cara Anthony The first fingernail tattoo started off as a joke by a man who lost the tips of two fingers in a construction accident in 2018.

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18 Feb 2020

GEOFF MARTHA TO REPLACE OMAR ISHRAK AT MEDTRONIC APRIL 27

       Geoff Martha, who leads Medtronic’s restorative therapies group and previously oversaw the company’s spine business, will succeed Omar Ishrak as president and CEO on April 27. Ishrak ‘s nearly 10-year tenure as chairman and CEO of Medtronic will come to an end when he retires April 26.

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13 Feb 2020

SEVEN WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE AGAIN WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE JOB

              When most of us think of Valentine’s Day, we think about wine, roses, chocolates, and candlelit dinners in fancy restaurants. We think about love. What we don’t think about is work—especially when that work takes place in America’s healthcare system. (We’re likely to associate that with overloaded schedules,

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12 Feb 2020

FDA OKs HYPERFINE’s BEDSIDE MRI

  The FDA has approved 510 (k) clearance for the Hyperfine Research Inc. bedside Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system, the world’s first bedside MRI. The Hyperfine system is 20 times lower cost, 35 times lower power consumption, and 10 times less weight than today’s fixed conventional MRI systems. Jonathan Rothberg,

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12 Feb 2020

MEDTRONIC AND THE MEDTRONIC FOUNDATION COMMIT MORE THAN $1M TO CORONAVIRUS EFFORTS

    Medtronic plc  and the Medtronic Foundation are committing approximately $1.2 million to coronavirus relief efforts across the globe. These contributions encompass Medtronic Foundation cash contributions and product donations from the company, according to an announcement Feb. 10.                Medtronic Foundation is partnering

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20 Jan 2020

VTN ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY TO BUY OR SELL USED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Vein Therapy News has added an economical new advertising opportunity to get rid of  or acquire used medical devices: “Buy or Sell Used Medical Equipment.” Physicians have asked for a forum for moving their older medical equipment that is taking up room in their offices. Publications & Communications Inc., Vein

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23 Dec 2019

TEXAS GETTING STRONGEST U.S. LAW AGAINST SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

  By Ashley Lopez   It appears Texas will get one of the strongest laws in the nation against surprise medical bills after all. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, waverein November  when the Texas Medical Board drafted the rules for its implementation. The board, made up of healthcare

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