AMA: PA Process Delays Care, Negatively Impacts Clinical Outcomes

March 20, 2018

According to the results of the survey, 64% of respondents reported waiting at least one business day for a PA decision from health plans, with 30% waiting at least three business days.

Certain Personality Traits Linked to Social Media Addiction

By March 12, 2018

Neuroticism increased the likelihood of addiction while conscientiousness had a decreasing effect. However, it was noted that in those with high levels of both neuroticism and conscientiousness, being a stressful and anxious person could override conscientiousness, and in-turn, control over social media usage.

Uber Health Lets Doctors Book Rides for Patients so They Don't Miss Appointments

By March 02, 2018

Uber has launched a HIPAA compliant, ride-hailing system allowing doctor's offices and hospitals to book and schedule (up to 30 days in advance) rides for patients. Healthcare organizations are billed the cost directly on a monthly basis.

Medical TV Dramas May Be Skewing Patient Expectations

By February 20, 2018

Researchers have compared the portrayal of trauma patients from the first 12 seasons of the show Grey's Anatomy (2005-16) to the experiences of real-life trauma patients, from the 2012 National Trauma Databank. They found distinctly differing outcomes between the two groups, which may, they suggest, have important implications.

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Olympics in PyeongChang

By February 07, 2018

Around 1,200 security workers at the winter Olympics in PyeongChang are being kept in their rooms due to a norovirus outbreak that has already sickened 41 people.

Super Bowl Revelers May Be at Increased Risk of Being Tackled by the Flu

By February 02, 2018

Influenza related deaths have been show to increase significantly in the home counties of Super Bowl participating teams compared to non-competing counties.

Lutathera Approved for Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

By January 26, 2018

Lutathera is a radiolabeled somatostatin analog indicated for the treatment of somatostatin receptor-positive gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs), including foregut, midgut, and hindgut neuroendocrine tumors in adults.

HIV Privacy Breach Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

By January 24, 2018

The privacy breach occurred in July 2017, when letters outlining that beneficiaries could now pick up their medications in person were sent in envelopes with large address windows which made private health information visible.

The "Tide Pod Challenge": A Bizarre Trend With Serious Health Consequences

By January 19, 2018

The trend, referred to as the 'Tide pod challenge' may seem unreal, but during the first 15 days of January the American Association of Poison Control Centers have already registered 39 cases of intentional consumption.

CES: Med Tech Innovations to Look Out for in 2018

By January 12, 2018

2018 marks the show's 50th year and among the 3,900 companies exhibiting at the Las Vegas convention center, there is an impressive array of medical technology; aimed at both healthcare practitioners and consumers.

Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation System Approved for Parkinson's Disease

By December 12, 2017

The FDA's approval was based on results from the 'Intrepid' study, the first multi-center, prospective, double-blind, randomized sham-controlled study of DBS for Parkinson's Disease in the U.S.

Experts Pick the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018

By November 03, 2017

The panel - made up of nearly 100 physicians and scientists - debated and whittled down over 150 nominations to decide upon the final 10.

Robotically-Assisted Device Cleared for Surgery Use

By October 16, 2017

The device is intended to enhance the accuracy of laparoscopic instruments in manipulation of tissue including grasping, cutting, blunt and sharp dissection, approximation, ligation, electrocautery, suturing, mobilization and retraction in laparoscopic colorectal surgery and laparoscopic gynecological surgery.

Do Posaconazole Tablets Carry Hypertension, Hypokalemia Risks?

October 11, 2017

Rebecca Wittenberg, PharmD, spoke to MPR at IDWEEK 2017 about the research paper she co-authored on posaconazole and hypertension, hypokalemia risks.

Breath Sensor, App Combo Provide Novel Approach to Smoking Cessation

By October 06, 2017

The Carbon Monoxide Breath Sensor System (COBSS) informs the user how breath carbon monoxide levels are affected by their smoking behavior.

Sauna Bathing May Have Blood Pressure Benefits

By September 29, 2017

Compared to those who reported taking 1 sauna per week - using Cox regression analysis that adjusted for age, smoking, body mass index, and systolic blood pressure - the hazard ratio for incident hypertension in those reporting 2-3 and 4-7 sauna sessions was 0.76 (95% CI; 0.57 - 1.02) and 0.54 (95% CI; 0.32-0.91), respectively.

Investigational Skin Patch Delivers Fat-Burning Drug to Targeted Areas

By September 15, 2017

The patches mechanism of action turns white adipose tissue into brown adipose tissue, white tissue is known to store fat while brown tissue is known to burn fat to produce heat.

Insurer Breaches Client Privacy via Clear Envelope

By August 25, 2017

According to a statement from the Legal Action Center the letter was sent to individuals in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

'Groundbreaking' Technology Heals Serious Injuries with a Single Touch

By August 09, 2017

"By using our novel nanochip technology, injured or compromised organs can be replaced. We have shown that skin is a fertile land where we can grow the elements of any organ that is declining," said Dr. Chandan Sen.

Officials Concerned About Cocktails Served in Copper Mugs

By August 08, 2017

The advisory cites the Food and Drug Administration's Food Code which forbids copper to come in contact with foods that have a pH below 6.0. The Moscow Mule includes vodka, ginger beer and lime making it fall, as the bulletin says, "well below 6.0."

'Smart' Undergarment Helps Reduce Stress on the Lower Back

By August 02, 2017

When wearing the clothing lower back activity was reduced by an average of 15 to 45%.

Opioid Epidemic Needs to Be Declared a National Emergency, Says Special Commission

By August 01, 2017

The final recommendations - expected in the Fall - if implemented, will ensure that the Federal Government operates as a strong partner in the fight against addiction and the opioid crisis.

Significant Sperm Count Decline in Western Men, Says Study

By July 28, 2017

Overall, between 1973 and 2011 the decline amounted to 52.4% (−1.38; −2.02 to −0.74; P<0.001) in sperm concentration.

Drug-Free Cluster Headache Therapy Now Available

By July 18, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved gammaCore in April after efficacy was demonstrated in two clinical trials involving over 200 patients with episodic cluster headaches (ACT1 and ACT2).

Research Paper Reviews JFK's Chronic Health Issues

By July 14, 2017

A new review published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine details the health issues that troubled JFK the most, specifically his back. His low-back pain was instigated by a football injury sustained while he was at Harvard in 1937. An orthopedic spine specialist diagnosed him in 1940 with a "very unstable lumbosacral joint".

Researchers Develop Silicone Heart that Beats Almost Like Human Heart

By July 13, 2017

Although the heart worked in a similar fashion to a real human heart, the material could only withstand the strain of pumped circulation for roughly 3,000 beats, or for a period of 30 to 45 minutes.

FDA Commissioner Announces New Steps for Combating the Opioid Epidemic

July 12, 2017

The new FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, presented a list of new initiatives the Agency will undertake in order to tackle the opioid epidemic.

Rise in Syphilis Cases Prompts New CDC Video for Clinicians

By July 12, 2017

The CDC's efforts are focused on talking, testing and treating.

CDC: One in Four Youth-Rated Movies Depict Tobacco Use

By July 07, 2017

Results showed that although incidents of tobacco use declined in youth-rated movies (from 31% in 2010 to 26% in 2016), in PG-13 movies alone, there was a significant jump of 43% from 2010 to 2016 (from 564 tobacco incidents to 809).