Top stories in health and medicine, May 18, 2015

From MedPage Today: Remote Monitoring, a New Paradigm for Cardiac Implanted Devices? Patients who used the remote monitoring (RM) function of their cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) had less healthcare utilization and better survival than those without RM according to a pair of studies. Migraine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Linked in Association Study. Migraine headache and carpal […]

There should not be a body count to disprove bad science

A few months ago, I became aware of the ongoing measles outbreak that has been traced back to visits to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, which began in December 2014. I remember reading the news reports, including the defense of those who did not believe that vaccines are safe, and witnessed the pleas from physicians, who […]

It’s time to study the economic impact of new drugs

I recently was invited to participate in a research study, looking at the economic impact of a new drug for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection. The new drug, called fidaxomicin, has been available for a few years and has proven efficacy in thousands of patients but is generally very expensive. The study will follow […]

Remarkable Pointer For A Great Home Improvement Task

House enhancement can really be an intelligent endeavor for your house. It does need a great deal of effort to work, however. This can make you wonder where to begin to start improving your home. Don’t stress, everything you need to know about where to start with home improvement is listed in the pointers below.

If you plan to release a huge house improvement task, seek advice from a expert designer. Without specialized training in developing living areas, your own concepts might do not have the needed information to allow your home to function optimally. A professional designer can develop concrete plans that are viable which conform to local building regulations.

One terrific way to make the inside of your house sparkle is to put brand-new molding in. New molding helps create a fresh sense in your home. You can purchase special molding with gorgeous carvings on them to include a unique touch of elegance and design to your house.

When you are choosing exactly what it is you want to redesign ask for opinions. You want to ensure you are releasing the best vibes when you are choosing how to redesign your house. Ask for advice from neighbors or buddies and family. In some cases other individuals‘s guidance can help you in the choice making process when renovating your house.

Everyone enjoys a good bathroom. You can do this by getting a brand-new sink or toilet and getting nice new cabinets. Upgrading your bathroom is among the very best methods to enhance your home and it will certainly likewise increase the net rate on your residence selling it on the marketplace.

In any significant home improvement job, it’s a great idea to take things slowly when it comes to demolition work. Don’t take apart a cabinet or wall till you have actually appropriately checked the structure behind it. If there is electrical energy involved in your home improvements, it might cost a lot to repair it.

Bugs tend to afflict every household. A terrific method to make sure that you have it under control is by vacuuming and moving things around everyday. Likewise, pinecones are really a terrific solution to keep bugs away. Gather pinecones and display them in a bowl to: fend off the bugs, and include a stylish touch to your decoration.

If your home is fulled of old-style brown wooden doors, do not try to brighten them up with paint. The effort involved will not deserve it. It might take 3 or 4 coats of paint to cover the brown wood. You’re much better off merely buying a brand-new white door instead.

Kids can easily climb from windows or doors and damage themselves. Often, kids think about ways to escape from doors and crevices before you do. See to it to keep your youngster safe by installing window and door security locks that only your or older kids have the ability to open.

So, as you have actually seen, it is sincere that home-improvement needs research, work, and effort to start improving your house. It is also true that in order to see outcomes that you have to keep at it. Keeping the aforementioned tips in mind, you are well on your way to being successful with it.

Can a robot draw your blood?

A company has produced prototype robots that can draw blood from human arms. The video above is a 48-second video showing one of them in action. Using an infrared camera, the robot identifies a suitable vein and accesses the vein with ultrasound guidance. Continue reading … Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. […]

Less is more in medicine: You get what you pay for

You gotta hand it to our health department. They are laser focused on this one. They want 85 percent of payments made to doctors by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to be linked to clinical quality measures within the next two years. Moreover, I suspect the health department is still giddy from […]

Keeping Nepal safe moving forward: A doctor’s take

“She’s safe,” my friend and fellow resident told me over the phone just hours after reaching his Mom in Kathmandu. A text from my undergraduate Hindi Professor read, “My own family is safe. But it’s hard to comprehend the amount of loss. My own house in which I was born is gone.” Calls, texts, and […]

Anal health should become a routine conversation topic between doctors and patients

About 17 years ago, Jeff Taylor, an AIDS advocate, became worried he might have anal cancer. Through his work, Taylor knew that anal cancer rates had risen steeply among people with HIV. He was having discomfort, and he knew that there was a simple screening test: a swab that is processed just like a routine […]

A surgeon who wasn’t God in the OR after all

Do you know the difference between a surgeon and God? God doesn’t think he’s a surgeon. Everyone who goes into the study of surgery has ideas about what they’re going to be. I would imagine that each individual has different expectations of what the future holds, though few find their future at all resembles those […]

Dr. Google will never know you or care as much as I do

Here are ten ways that Internet diagnosing interferes with your health care. 1. Dr. Google doesn’t know you. Can’t see you, can’t hear your story, can’t smell you, and can’t touch you. It doesn’t have intuition or gut feelings about you. 2. The Internet breeds cyberchondria in some and false reassurance in others. The more […]

Dense breast tissue: What is the role for additional screening?

The medical field, more so than many other professional arenas, is continuously struggling to balance the concepts of increasing quality metrics, decreasing overall expenditure, and riding the crest of the current technological and scientific expansion wave. Within the past half century, our profession has borne witness to an explosion of advancement, and with this has come […]

After an autism diagnosis: A new parental role

A variety of factors contributes to the challenge. First, even in this era, in which autism is a household word, it is not unusual for me to give the diagnosis to parents who have not considered the possibility that their child has autism. Statistically speaking, the children we see at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Children’s […]

Walter Scott and a physician’s conscience

The recent killing of Walter Scott was another brutal reminder of the home African-Americans wake to daily. Their America, is one where your father might not come home at night, because his brake light went out, and that cost him his life. It’s a place where petty crimes are penalized by life sentences, doled out on the […]

Why CMS should get out of measuring health quality

This is important to you. Trust me. If you’re young at heart, it matters because it’s your tax dollars this April. If you’re wiser in years, it directly affects your health and the system you’ve been pumping money into for decades. This is the same medical system that you thought would take care of you later in life. […]

When a CT scan misses cancer

A female patient came to see me with some difficulty swallowing, a very routine issue for a gastroenterologist.  I performed an scope examination of her esophagus and confronted a huge cancer occupying the lower portion of her esophagus. I expected a benign explanation for her swallowing issue.   She was relatively young and not particularly […]