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Acclarent’s RELIEVA SCOUT Sinus Dilator Now Available in U.S.

Acclarent, a J&J firm, is releasing in the U.S. its RELIEVA SCOUT multi-sinus dilation system, a balloon sinuplasty device for widening the sinus openings in people with chronic sinusitis. The device uses a flexible balloon that reaches a bit further out from the tip to be able to get deeper into the anatomy. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of July 2016

“Guineas for sale”Our Guinea fowl have been especially productive, so we’ve sent this message to all the Massachusetts farm mailing lists and posted signs at all the farmstands"Guinea Fowl Keets for Sale - 40 available now (born 7/6/16)Sturdy vigorous baby keets, no stressful shipping involved. Show More Summary

Tips for IM Attendings – Chapter 10 – Repetition

As a resident, I prepared a number of “chalk talks”. They were (at least in my mind) brilliant. I wowed the students and interns. But I never checked to see if they learned the topic. As attending physicians our goal should involve learners’ learning the material, which differs from “brilliant teaching”. How do we induce […]

Latest CMS Forecast Shows Big Drug Spending Growth Through 2025

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its latest forecasts for national health expenditures. See the Health Affairs article: National Health Expenditure Projections, 2015–25: Economy, Prices, And Aging Expected To Shape Spending And Enrollment. Show More Summary

The demise of FluMist is a victory for science

Recently, the CDC announced that its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to stop recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine, FluMist, for anyone. Bottom line: it doesn’t work. Though their recommendation against the use of FluMist still has to be approved by the CDC director to make it “official,” it’s pretty much a done deal. […]

Study: Wearables Increased Referral Rate for Advanced Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease

Great Lakes NeuroTech has completed and published a clinical study validating that remote monitoring with wearable, objective sensors can lead to an increased referral rate for advanced therapies in Parkinson’s disease. Published inShow More Summary

Is Wearable Technology the Future of Medicine?

Look down at your wrist. Are you wearing a FitBit, an Apple Watch, or some other type of fitness monitoring device, like a Jawbone or Garmin? If you do, you aren’t alone. More than 1 in 5 Americans own a wearable fitness tracker, and at least 1 in 10 wears the monitor every day. In... Read More

The Macro View – Post - Election And Health News Relevant To E-Health And Health In General.

July 21 Edition.“This is being written over the weekend and to date we seem to know that Malcolm Turnbull will remain PM with a level of majority that is yet to be determined.” I wrote this a week ago and it is still true. Maybe next...Show More Summary

After cancer treatment, sexual health challenges are often shielded from partners

The phone rang in my office one morning last week. Woman: “I received a notice of an appointment with you, and it says to bring my partner or spouse with me. This problem has nothing to do with him.” (The opening statement could just as easily be from a man, and often is.) I quickly […]

Dear Mrs. Clinton, Is the Public Option Really an Option?

By JIM PURCELL   On July 11, 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article written by Barack Obama, JD.  The JD (juris doctor) part reflects the fact that the author graduated from law school.  Listed among the article’s purposes is to “recommend actions that could improve the health care system.”  One

I have seen both worlds, and the naturopathic one is terrifying

I find it amusing to be accused of being an unsuccessful practitioner of naturopathic medicine. I graduated with high grades from Bastyr University. I landed a highly competitive naturopathic residency. Had I remained in practice, IShow More Summary

Chemistry Technique Concentrates Chemo at Sarcoma Tumor Sites

Today’s chemotherapy delivery is poorly targeted, leading to lots of systemic side effects  while often doing too little to attack the cancer itself. Researchers at State University of New York at Albany have now developed a way of encapsulating...Show More Summary

Dementia across the lifespan and around the globe—Pathophysiology, prevention, treatment, and societal impact: a Call for Papers

The PLOS Medicine Editors announce a Special Issue on Dementia to be guest edited by Dr. Carol Brayne and Dr. Bruce Miller. Submissions are now being accepted ahead of the deadline of September 30. PLOS

Withings Releases Touchless Temporal Smartphone Connected Thermometer

Withings has announced a new touchless temporal thermometer that also connects to smartphones to keep track of the temperature trends. The user of the Withings Thermo simply holds down its sole button and scans the thermometer across a person’s forehead around the temporal artery. Show More Summary

Philips Acquires Wellcentive to Strengthen Its Population Health Offerings

Royal Philips has signed an agreement to acquire Atlanta, GA-based Wellcentive, a provider of population health management software solutions. Financial details of the acquisition will not be disclosed. Wellcentive and its 115 employees will become part of the Population Health Management business group within Philips. Show More Summary

Scrypt Integrates With Citrix ShareFile for Secure Cloud Faxing

Scrypt, Inc., developers of secure productivity tools, announces the integration of Sfax, its HIPAA secure cloud faxing solution, with Citrix ShareFile, a secure enterprise file, sync and share system. By combining Sfax with ShareFile,...Show More Summary

Don’t rant about MACRA. Propose solutions instead.

Recently, ACP offered practical solutions to physicians’ concerns about Medicare’s proposal to implement the new payment system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The College’s detailed recommendations,...Show More Summary

Real Dog Patient Stories Send Sales of Sileo Rocketing!

"Data gives credibility, but stories provide truth," says Ash Rishi, Co-Founder and Managing Director of COUCH (read "Patient Storytelling Marketing"). Social media and patient stories are a "match made in heaven" and several pharmaShow More Summary

Apple's ResearchKit Mobile Apps Make Strides in Clinical Research, But Is iPhone User Demographics an Issue?

As reported in the trade media, GSK developed an iPhone app for use in "clinical research" (read "GSK Develops Rheumatoid Arthritis App for Clinical Trial Using Apple's ResearchKit"). It is claimed that this "[marks] the first time a...Show More Summary

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