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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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

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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03 Jan 2019

KENNETH OSORIO, MD: A successful vein specialist leads missions of mercy to Caraz, Peru

  By John A. Chuback, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT, RPhS   Kenneth Osorio, MD, is a successful phlebologist and the medical director of Advanced Vein Center, a very active clinical practice in Mesa, Arizona. Despite his many professional accomplishments, he has not forgotten his roots; nor has Dr. Osorio forgotten

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03 Jan 2019

OFFICE MANAGERS CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR PRACTICE

  By Jeffrey Miller How important are your office managers? Important in any business, they are particularly valuable in healthcare. In fact, they can single handedly make the difference between your practice’s success and failure. An excerpt from the book “All In” drives this message home:   Recently, we worked

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03 Jan 2019

TREATING TORTUOUS VEINS: ‘I have chosen not to treat my patients…by administering PCF’

  By Eric Wellons, MD As a physician who treats patients with varicose veins, I have a variety of tools at my disposal that can relieve the significant disability brought on by the symptoms of this common vascular condition, such as achiness and a “heavy” feeling in the legs. In

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02 Jan 2019

MARVELS OF THE VEIN AND VASCULAR DIAGNOSTICS CENTER

By Javier Calderon, RVT Imagine if you or your close family member has struggled with pain for months, even years, with no relief. This constant pain, itching swelling and general feeling of heaviness in the lower legs can severely alter a person’s lifestyle and make life extremely miserable. Now imagine

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18 Dec 2018

MERIT MEDICAL ACQUIRES ASSETS OF VASCULAR INSIGHTS DEC 17

  Merit Medical Systems Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, announced Dec. 17 that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Vascular Insights LLC, based in Quincy, Massachusetts. Vascular Insights’ primary assets are the ClariVein IC and ClariVein

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11 Dec 2018

BOOK REVIEWS: ‘A GUIDE TO TREATING FACE VEINS’

 ‘A Wonderful Resource’   By Joseph D. Raffetto, MD “A Guide to Treating Face Veins” is a wonderful resource and compilation of work by Dr. Ronald Bush and Mrs. Peggy Bush. Facial veins are uncommonly treated in most clinical practices but is a common problem among patients who seek medical

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11 Dec 2018

VEIN911 CEO FORMS MANAGEMENT SERVICE FOR INDEPENDENT PRACTICES

    The CEO of Vein911 Vein Treatment Centers, 21-year cancer survivor and healthcare industry veteran Chris Pittman, MD, has launched Health Performance Specialists (HPS), a national Management Services Organization for independent physicians. HPS helps independent physicians compete, succeed and thrive in today’s medical practice environment. The organization is designed to disrupt current healthcare

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