Breaking barriers in arthritis care with telemedicine [PODCAST]
Subscribe to The Podcast by KevinMD. Catch up on old episodes! In this episode, we welcome Diana M. Girnita, a rheumatologist and founder and CEO of Rheumatologist OnCall. We discuss the challenges facing patients with arthritis and the shortage of rheumatologists. Despite the growing need for specialized care, geographical and licensure barriers limit access. Diana Read more… Breaking barriers in arthritis care with telemedicine [PODCAST] originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 18, 2023 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Podcast Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

Neuroimmune Modulation for Inflammatory Disease: Interview with Dr. Simhambhatla, President and CEO of SetPoint Medical
SetPoint Medical, a medtech company based in California, is developing a neuromodulatory device that is intended to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The overlap between the nervous and immune systems is increasingly appreciated, and this technology aims to capitalize on this to create a new treatment for inflammatory disease. The neuromodulation device is intended to be implanted on the left cervical vagus nerve in an outpatient procedure. It stimulates the nerve with electrical pulses. The idea is that this can act to calm inflammatory processes that contribute to rheumatoid arthritis, without the drawbacks of immunosuppres...
Source: Medgadget - February 28, 2023 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Medicine Neurology autoimmune immunology SetPointMed Source Type: blogs

Tivity Health Acquires Industry Leading Digital Health and Wellness Platform Burnalong
Acquisition will accelerate digital transformation and enhance efforts to support diverse populations and address chronic disease Tivity Health®, a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, today announced that it has acquired Burnalong®, a digital health, wellness and fitness platform. The acquisition will accelerate Tivity Health’s efforts to provide consumers with a robust digital platform and extensive health and wellness content, in addition to in-person opportunities through its network of fitness locations. Burnalong will also further enable Tivity Health to support diverse and at-risk populations...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - February 14, 2023 Category: Information Technology Authors: Healthcare IT News Tags: Health IT Company Healthcare IT Burnalong Chronic Disease Management Chronic Diseases Chronic Illness Daniel Freedman Digital Health Fitness and Wellness Health IT Acquisitions Healthcare M&A Mike Kott Richard Ashworth SilverSnea Source Type: blogs

A teenager with chest pain, a troponin below the limit of detection, and " benign early repolarization "
Sent by anonymous, written by Pendell MeyersA male in his teens presented with complaints of chest discomfort and dyspnea beginning while exercising but without obvious injury. He immediately stopped exercising and symptoms started to improve. Later that evening he felt recurrent central chest discomfort, shortness of breath, and vomited. Symptoms have been constant since this second episode, and are still present on arrival, which seems to have been less than 1 to 2 hours from onset of symptoms. No similar symptoms in the past. No prior exertional complaints of chest pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, or undue shortness of...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - January 9, 2023 Category: Cardiology Authors: Pendell Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, January 9th 2023
Fight Aging! publishes news and commentary relevant to the goal of ending all age-related disease, to be achieved by bringing the mechanisms of aging under the control of modern medicine. This weekly newsletter is sent to thousands of interested subscribers. To subscribe or unsubscribe from the newsletter, please visit: Longevity Industry Consulting Services Reason, the founder of Fight Aging! and Repair Biotechnologies, offers strategic consulting services to investors, entrepreneurs, and others interested in the longevity industry and its complexities. To find out m...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 8, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

The Stage is Set for More Rapid Progress Towards Human Longevity in the Next Decade
Today's popular science article is a tour of a few of the higher profile lines of research and development relevant to treating aging as a medical condition. The state of the field has changed greatly over the last decade, not least of these changes being a vast increase in the funding devoted to clinical translation of age-slowing and rejuvenation therapies. Cynically, I suspect that it is the funding that ensures that the popular science press takes a more respectful tone than they did ten years ago. It is much harder to advance (in writing!) a knee-jerk dismissal of a field of science when billions of dollars of funding...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 6, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Healthy Life Extension Community Source Type: blogs

So Much to Do, So Little Selenium Needed
You may know that antioxidants can help protect your cells from oxidative damage, but do you know about selenium—an element often found in special proteins called antioxidant enzymes? Selenium is essential to your body, which means you must get it from the food you eat. But it’s a trace element so you only need a small amount to benefit from its effects. In addition to its antioxidant properties, it’s also important for reproduction, DNA synthesis, and hormone metabolism. In our bodies, selenium works in antioxidant enzymes to help protect us from oxidative damage. The element is also found in antidandruf...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - December 21, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacology Molecular Structures Cellular Processes Proteins Source Type: blogs

On making things easier … Occupational therapists and ‘ compensatory ’ approaches
If there is one part of occupational therapy practice that gets more of my middle-aged grumpiness than any other, it’s occupational therapists using compensatory approaches for managing pain. And like anything, it’s complicated and nuanced. So here’s my attempt to work my way through the quagmire. Compensatory approaches consist of a whole range of interventions that aim to “make up for” a deficit in a person’s occupational performance (see Nicholson & Hayward (2022) for a discussion of compensatory approaches in “functional neurological disorder”). The rationale for c...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - December 4, 2022 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Chronic pain Coping Skills Coping strategies Occupational therapy Pain conditions Professional topics Research Science in practice compensatory strategies pain management Therapeutic approaches Source Type: blogs

Medical “ Advantage ” for my indigent patients
Despite the aggressive marketing, Medicare Advantage plans offer little benefit for poor and vulnerable patients. Consider my patient C, who was in pain from her knee arthritis. She was often in pain, but now her new pain medication helped her less than her previous one. She also wanted her old asthma inhaler back as the Read more… Medical “Advantage” for my indigent patients originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 4, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Policy Medicare Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

Why adopt a lifestyle pyramid for rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common autoimmune disease affecting approximately 1.5 million people only in the United States. The most common symptoms that will bring patients to the doctor are: pain swelling and stiffness in multiple joints. most of the time, in a bilateral and symmetric pattern Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis is not only a disease of Read more… Why adopt a lifestyle pyramid for rheumatoid arthritis? originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 2, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

Advancing American Indian and Alaska Native Health Through Research, Training, and Engagement
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations have long experienced health disparities such as higher rates of diabetes, certain cancers, and mental health conditions than those of other Americans. One contributing factor in these disparities is underrepresentation of AI/AN populations in biomedical science—as study participants, researchers, and health professionals. Unfamiliarity with health care options and opportunities, coupled with a distrust of biomedical research resulting from unethical studies in the past, have exacerbated this underrepresentation. NIGMS-supported researchers, including Native scient...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - November 2, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Chrissa Chverchko Tags: Being a Scientist Genes Injury and Illness COVID-19 Diseases Genomics Profiles Training Source Type: blogs

A doctor explains 10 misconceptions about abortion
The recent case of a fourteen-year-old girl being denied her medications for arthritis highlights that the Roe v. Wade decision has far-reaching consequences for women and girls. Disturbingly, the Supreme Court’s decision allowing for abortion bans also contains several factual errors. As a doctor, I think it is important that we understand the facts about abortion. I Read more… A doctor explains 10 misconceptions about abortion originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 2, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician OB/GYN Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 29th October, 2022.
This report presents CDC findings on telehealth use trends in 2021. It includes data from the National Health Interview Survey, a nationally representative household survey conducted throughout the year by the National Center for Health Statistics. ----- Used Telemedicine in 2021?New data shows which groups have been most likely to use a health care option popular during the pandemic.By Christopher WolfOct. 13, 2022, at 12:01 a.m.More than 1 in 3 adults used telemedicine in the past year in 2021, ac...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - October 29, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Adaptive Footwear Can Aid Comfort and Joint Health While Helping You Prevent Falls
While the average person is unlikely to do high jumps or run marathons, even daily life can wear out our joints. Over time, this wear may become apparent through pain. Age aside, diseases such as arthritis can eat away at our joints and cause inflammation, as well. The result of these assaults can be damaged hips and knees, and malformed feet and toes. Wise people learn that supportive, adjustable footwear can make or break our day, and that’s where Silverts can help. Extra wide for inflamed and non-aligned toes: The pressure of shoes on sore or twisted joints can force even people who once had narrow feet into sandals ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - October 28, 2022 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Does Surviving The Plague Mean You Will Eventually Contract An Autoimmune Disease?
BY MIKE MAGEE This Fall, I am teaching a 4-week course on “How Epidemics Have Shaped Our World” at the President’s College at the University of Hartford. It is, of course a timely topic, but also personally unnerving as we complete a third year under the shadow of Covid-19. Where does one begin on a topic such as this? Yale historian, Frank M. Snowden, in his book “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present”, made his intentions obvious. He would begin with the plaque. Why? His answer, “The word ‘plague’ will always be synonymous with ‘terror’”, and especially references: ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Public Health Autoimmune. Disease Mike Magee Plague Source Type: blogs