13 Jun 2019

DO YOUR OLDER PATIENTS REGARD THEIR HEALTH AS GOOD OR POOR?

    By Judith Graham A common myth about aging is that older adults are burdened by illness and feel lousy much of the time. In fact, the opposite is usually true. Most seniors report feeling distinctly positive about their health. Consider data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey (the most

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12 Jun 2019

VICI VENOUS STENT: FDA OKs VICI Venous Stent to treat Iliofemoral obstructive disease

    The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved Boston Scientific’s VICI Venous Stent System for the treatment of iliofemoral venous obstructive disease, which occurs when the flow of blood through the veins located deep in the pelvic region becomes blocked by a blood clot or compressed by anatomical anomalies.

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12 Jun 2019

VECLOSE EXTENSION STUDY: Five-year outcomes prove durability, safety, efficacy of VenaSeal Closure System

    By Larry Storer Five-year results from the 2019 VeClose Extension Study of the Medtronic VenaSeal Closure System demonstrate that the treatment modality is consistent, durable and safe for permanently closing veins in patients with venous reflux disease. When compared with Medtronic Radiofrequency Ablation, VenaSeal continued to show “non-inferiority”

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12 Jun 2019

MERZ REGAINS SOLE DISTRIBUTION OF ASCLERA FROM ANGIODYNAMICS

  Merz North America Inc. has regained exclusive distribution of Asclera (polidocanol) Injection in the United States to all healthcare practitioners and phlebologists treating varicose veins. Also effective April 8, AngioDynamics Inc. is no longer an authorized distributor of Asclera. All HCPs will now be able to purchase Asclera directly

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12 Jun 2019

NEVER SAY DIE: WHY MOST DOCTORS WON’T BREAK BAD NEWS

  By JoNel Aleccia After nearly 40 years as an internist, Portland, Oregon physician Ron Naito knew what the sky-high results of his blood test meant. And it wasn’t good. But when he turned to his doctors last summer to confirm the dire diagnosis — stage 4 pancreatic cancer —

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09 May 2019

3D printing innovation allows scientists to create vascular network

  By Jade Boyd Bioengineers have cleared a major hurdle on the path to 3D printing replacement organs with a breakthrough technique for bioprinting tissues. The new innovation allows scientists to create exquisitely entangled vascular networks that mimic the body’s natural passageways for blood, air, lymph and other vital fluids.

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27 Apr 2019

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Medical Care

By Victoria Knight In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published in Health Affairs in April.   The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates

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27 Apr 2019

Medical Researchers Seek Sage Advice Of Elders On Aging Issue

Rachel O’Conor booted up her slides and began posing questions to six older adults sitting around a table: How should primary care physicians support patients and caregivers after a diagnosis of dementia? And what stands in the way of getting adequate support? “Please speak louder and go slower,” suggested Susanne

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24 Apr 2019

CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS PUNISHED FOR OPIOID ABUSE BY DOCTORS, PHARMACIES, PAIN CLINICS; GOVERNMENT OVER REACTS

By Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes in April  in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied

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10 Apr 2019

LETHAL PLANS: When seniors turn to suicide in long-term care

      By Melissa Bailey and JoNel Aleccia When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat

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