25 Jun 2019

RATIONAL SUICIDE: Seniors want to call it quits on own schedule

(Caitlin Hillyard/KHN) By Melissa Bailey Ten residents slipped away from their retirement community one Sunday afternoon for a covert meeting in a grocery store cafe. They aimed to answer a taboo question: When they feel they have lived long enough, how can they carry out their own swift and peaceful

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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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01 May 2019

DIABETIC AMPUTATIONS: A ‘SHAMEFUL METRIC’ OF INADEQUATE CARE

By Anna Gorman On his regular rounds at the University of Southern California’s Keck Hospital, David Armstrong, MD, lives a brutal injustice of American healthcare. Each week, dozens of patients with diabetes come to him with deep wounds, severe infections and poor circulation — debilitating complications of a disease that

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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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28 Mar 2019

A NEW RF SYSTEM: VENCLOSE 2ND GENERATION RADIOFREQUENCY TECHNOLOGY OUTPERFORMS LEGACY SYSTEM

    By Larry Storer The great medical technology companies of our time start and develop in a variety of ways. Some start with a product or idea and built a market around it. Some start as spinoffs from existing successful companies. But Venclose started by determining the unmet needs

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28 Mar 2019

Virtual reality immerses physicians in AVLS education offerings

By Ron Seybold The American Vein and Lymphatic Society is launching a new project to use immersive virtual reality (VR) technology for its educational courses. The educational an array of venous medicine techniques. VR has started to make it possible to gain a better view than ever of fundamental and cutting-edge

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28 Mar 2019

DU STUDIES ILIOCAVAL STENT

DU STUDIES ILIOCAVAL STENT Duplex Ultrasound improves treatment of femoro-iliocaval occlusive venous disease   By Jan M. Sloves, RVT and Jose I Almeida, MD   The last two decades have witnessed a great increase in stent treatment for femoro-iliocaval occlusive venous disease. We know from previous reports that the major

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14 Mar 2019

STAINING MAY OCCUR AFTER SCLEROTHERAPY

    By Ronald F. Bush, MD, FACS and Peggy Bush, APRN Staining (hemosiderin deposition) after sclerotherapy is not infrequent. Staining results from trapped blood that occurs after sclerotherapy injections or red cell extravasation. All vessels will clot to some degree unless methods are taken to minimize clotting at the

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