Chlamydia Biology
Ming Tan, Johannes H. Hegemann and Christine Sütterlin present a new book on Chlamydia Biology: From Genome to Disease This book provides an up-to-date review of the clinical infections caused by the two main human pathogens C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae, as well as chapters on veterinary Chlamydia species and Chlamydia-related bacteria. Multiple chapters cover cutting-edge developments in Chlamydia research, from the basic biology of the intracellular chlamydial infection to the host immune response and work towards a Chlamydia vaccine. Also highlighted are recent advances in chlamydial genetics and genomics, whic...
Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists. - October 21, 2019 Category: Microbiology Source Type: blogs

Avian Virology review
Excerpt from a book review of Avian Virology: Current Research and Future Trends"This is a nice introduction to avian virology with basic information on viruses affecting poultry" from Doodys read more ...Avian Virology: Current Research and Future TrendsEdited by: Siba K. SamalAn invaluable reference source for everyone working on avian diseases. It is also highly recommended for all veterinary school and university libraries. read more ... (Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists.)
Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists. - October 1, 2019 Category: Microbiology Source Type: blogs

Plasmapp Making Cool Gas Plasma Sterilization Available to Small Clinics
Many of today’s smaller surgical clinics have to sterilize equipment in-house, and autoclave sensitive instruments are processed using ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic, explosive, and irritating gas. Gas plasma is another low temperature option, but it requires large and expensive equipment that doesn’t make sense for small practices. A new company called Plasmapp has developed small gas plasma sterilizers that are fast, affordable, and can be placed in any size clinic. Moreover, they don’t require special training or certifications to operate. Gas plasma sterilization has been around for a long time ...
Source: Medgadget - September 17, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Materials Public Health Surgery Source Type: blogs

Avian Virology book available now
The new book on Avian Virology edited by Siba K. Samal is available now read more ...Avian Virology: Current Research and Future TrendsEdited by: Siba K. SamalAn invaluable reference source for everyone working on avian diseases. It is also highly recommended for all veterinary school and university libraries. read more ... (Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists.)
Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists. - August 15, 2019 Category: Microbiology Source Type: blogs

BraveHeart Wireless Announces FDA Clearance of the BraveHeart Life Sensor Cardiac Monitoring System
• The BraveHeart Life Sensor Cardiac Monitoring system has been cleared for use in health care settings. • The Life Sensor monitoring system securely captures patients’ heart rate and EKG data, and transmits the data to health care providers in real time. • More than 28 million Americans diagnosed with heart disease may benefit—with this number growing each year. NASHUA, New Hampshire — June 19, 2019 — BraveHeart Wireless Inc., a leading innovator in clinical-quality biometric wearables, today announced that the company received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Admi...
Source: Medgadget - July 1, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Laurie Dove Tags: Cardiology Sponsored Content Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 27th 2019
In this study, we found that cofilin competes with tau for direct microtubule binding in vitro, in cells, and in vivo, which inhibits tau-induced microtubule assembly. Genetic reduction of cofilin mitigates tauopathy and synaptic defects in Tau-P301S mice and movement deficits in tau transgenic C. elegans. The pathogenic effects of cofilin are selectively mediated by activated cofilin, as active but not inactive cofilin selectively interacts with tubulin, destabilizes microtubules, and promotes tauopathy. These results therefore indicate that activated cofilin plays an essential intermediary role in neurotoxic signaling th...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 26, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Bats and Viruses
Eugenia Corrales-Aguilar and Martin Schwemmle present a new book on Bats and Viruses: Current Research and Future Trends In this multi-authored volume, international experts review the current hot-topics in this field. Chapters have extensive reference sections that should encourage readers to pursue each subject in greater detail. The book opens with an introductory chapter that is followed by six chapters (chapters 2-7) reviewing different important families of bat-borne viruses. The following two chapters (chapters 8-9) focus on the bat immune system. Chapters 9-12 cover in vitro isolation, in vivo models and metagenomi...
Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists. - May 22, 2019 Category: Microbiology Source Type: blogs

Journalists Have Very Fragmentary, Incomplete Views of the Longevity Industry
The lengthy and somewhat overwrought article I'll point out today is a good example of the way in which journalists fail when writing on the topic of the growing biotechnology industry that is making the first steps towards the medical control of aging. They talk to just a few people, and thus have a very narrow (generously) or absolutely incorrect (more accurately) view of what might be happening, the prospects for the future, and the shape of the field as a whole. In this case the few people are the folk at AgeLab at MIT, and George Church, with a focus on the veterinary deployment of gene therapies by Rejuvenate Bio, an...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 21, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Medicine, Biotech, Research Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, May 20th 2019
Fight Aging! provides a weekly digest of news and commentary for thousands of subscribers interested in the latest longevity science: progress towards the medical control of aging in order to prevent age-related frailty, suffering, and disease, as well as improvements in the present understanding of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to extending healthy life. Expect to see summaries of recent advances in medical research, news from the scientific community, advocacy and fundraising initiatives to help speed work on the repair and reversal of aging, links to online resources, and much more. This content is...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 19, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Rejuvenate Bio to Launch a Gene Therapy Trial for Heart Failure in Dogs
One of the many possible paths towards developing a new medical technology is to first focus on veterinary use. It is considerably less costly in time and resources to develop a therapy for dogs, say, than it is to develop a therapy for humans. Later, given robust success in veterinary medicine, the therapy can be brought into the sphere of human medicine. This is the approach taken by Rejuvenate Bio for their class of regenerative gene therapies. As noted here, the company is moving forward to trials in companion animals, starting later this year. Back in 2015, the Church lab at Harvard began testing a variety of...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 15, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Playback Heart Sounds: The eKuore Pro Digital Stethoscope Review
The white coat, the stethoscope, and the physician are inseparable as of yet. While artificial intelligence promises to become the next symbol of medicine, the eKuore Pro “only” aims to bring a much needed revamp of this ever-useful, iconic medical instrument. We found this wireless digital stethoscope to be fairly easy to use and feature-rich despite being remarkably heavier and pricier than conventional stethoscopes. If you want to know a pinch more detail about how the eKuore Pro performed, read our digital stethoscope review below. From Vet to Med The very mention of the word ‘doctor’ mig...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Health Sensors & Trackers Portable Diagnostics device digital digital health digital stethoscope digital technology future heart Innovation medstudent review teaching Source Type: blogs

Underwater Contact-Free Ultrasound Scans Giant Pregnant Manta Rays
Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Manta Trust, a charity that helps to preserve manta rays and their environment, have teamed up to actually scan living and swimming manta rays using ultrasound. The team used the world’s first and only contactless underwater ultrasound machine, which allowed them to look at a fetus of a pregnant manta ray. Some manta rays can get as big as 23 feet (7 meters) and though they’re quite friendly, it’s hard and still dangerous to try to scan a giant manta ray using a conventional ultrasound transducer. Since ultrasound travels quite nicely through water, the ...
Source: Medgadget - April 30, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Radiology Source Type: blogs

We Went To A NATO Military Medical Exercise. Here ’ s What We Learned.
In Afghanistan, when we went out for a mission, the thought always calmed me down that no matter what happens the medical team has our back, says Lieutenant Colonel Dirk Mathes, currently Desk Officer at NATO’s Headquarters to The Medical Futurist in the middle of a field somewhere close to Craiova, Romania. We’re sipping coffee from white plastic cups, while some military vehicles fire at imaginary enemies in the distance. A live firing exercise is underway on the first day of the NATO Vigorous Warrior Multinational Joint Medical Exercise. How did we end up there? Sometimes our Editor-in-Chief was asking herse...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine army exercise field medical military military medical NATO review technology telemedicine virtual reality Source Type: blogs

Avian Virology
Siba K. Samal presents a new book on Avian Virology: Current Research and Future Trends This comprehensive book provides a timely update on all of the most important avian viruses: avian influenza virus, infectious bronchitis virus, Newcastle disease virus, infectious bursal disease virus, chicken anemia virus, infectious laryngotracheitis virus, avian adenovirus, Marek's disease virus, avian reovirus, avian pox virus, avian leukosis virus, avian metapneumovirus, and avian paramyxoviruses. The chapters are written by internationally recognized experts from all over the world who have made seminal contributions to their res...
Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists. - April 21, 2019 Category: Microbiology Source Type: blogs

TWiV 536: A flock of seagulls, a herd of seals
Vincent and Alan travel to Tufts Veterinary School where they meet up with members of the Runstadler lab to talk about their work on influenza virus circulation in water birds and seals. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 536 (54 MB .mp3, 96 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Show notes at (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - February 24, 2019 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology avian influenza ecology influenza virus pandemic seagull seal seal influenza spillover Tufts veterinary school viral viruses water birds Source Type: blogs

Kansas State University Welcomes New MRI for Large Animals
A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine at Kansas State University, which took three years to install, is finally ready to scan neurological injuries in large animals.According to  KSNT, this is the Midwest ’s first MRI of its kind. Its fast imaging speed reduces the amount of time animals have to spend in the machine. According to David Biller, professor of radiology at Kansas State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the MRI offers several advantages that conventional scanners lack. “We will be a ble to image smaller structures more rapidly,” he said. “With the greater detail or ab...
Source: radRounds - February 9, 2019 Category: Radiology Authors: Julie Morse Source Type: blogs

Arbutus Medical ’s New Low-Cost Surgical DrillCovers: Interview with CEO Lawrence Buchan
Arbutus Medical is a company that aims to improve access to surgical power tools for surgeons around the world. Their flagship product, the DrillCover, is a sterilizable enclosure that allows surgeons to use an off-the-shelf hardware drill for orthopedic surgery. Four years ago, we interviewed Lawrence Buchan, Arbutus’ co-founder. We caught up with him again to see how Arbutus is faring. He told us about two new products, two new markets, and the positive social impact they’ve catalyzed. The Arbutus DrillCover Hex System, with DEWALT’s DCF610S2, the base power tool for the system. The company has evolved ...
Source: Medgadget - January 29, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Ben Ouyang Tags: Exclusive Orthopedic Surgery Public Health Source Type: blogs

Spark Student Interest in Science with SEPA-Funded Education Materials
Discussions with health professionals Users learn about common heart conditions, diagnostic tests, and steps people can take to get and keep their cardiovascular system healthy. This app is available in both English and Spanish. Monster Heart Medic is part of the PlayPads project produced by the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science, in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco, Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Other SEPA-Funded Projects Interested in more? Check out last year’s SEPA blog post for other projects. Also see the SEPA website. (Source: Biomedical Be...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - October 31, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Juli Rose Tags: Being a Scientist Source Type: blogs

First trauma in the ER
I spent the summer between the first and second years of medical school in the emergency department at Cincinnati’s major trauma hospital. More specifically, I spent summer nights there, studying the effects of interpersonal violence. Cincinnati is both a friendly city and a violent city. People say “Hello” when you pass in a corridor. At first, coming from Boston, this mid-West style of friendliness took me aback. At the same time, the Brady Campaign gives Ohio and Kentucky (which is just across the river from Cincinnati) a D and an F for gun laws. Both ranked into negative numbers on a scale of 1 to 100...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="" rel="tag" > Heather Finlay-Morreale, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Emergency Medicine Source Type: blogs

Wireless and Scanning – The Clarius Portable Ultrasound Review
Can you imagine making an ultrasound scan on your kitchen table? No need for a doctor’s appointment, no waiting time, no travel costs. With the appearance of pocket-sized and user-friendly diagnostic devices, such as the Clarius wireless portable ultrasound, it’s already possible. The Medical Futurist had the chance to test the mind-boggling technology able to revolutionize diagnostics. Here’s our great Clarius review. When everyday heroes meet science fiction turned reality On a partly cloudy September morning, The Medical Futurist team visited an ambulance crew in the Hungarian capital. We brought the e...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Medical Professionals Portable Diagnostics Researchers Telemedicine & Smartphones clarius clinical digital innovation future Health Healthcare portable ultrasound review technology Source Type: blogs

Immunexpress Saving Lives with Improved Sepsis Diagnosis: Interview with Rolland Carlson PhD, CEO
Sepsis is the overwhelming response of the body’s immune system to infection, leading to life-threatening tissue and organ damage. The condition is poorly understood, hard to diagnose, and currently kills 30-50% of those with a confirmed diagnosis in the developed world and 60-80% of those diagnosed in developing countries. Sepsis is estimated to be the most common cause of death of hospitalized patients, and typically kills more people in Europe and North America annually than bowel, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Seattle-based in vitro diagnostic company Immunexpress has developed the first FDA-approved sep...
Source: Medgadget - August 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tom Peach Tags: Critical Care Diagnostics Exclusive Medicine Pathology Public Health Source Type: blogs

Vaccine opponents think they know more than medical experts. Why is that?
One of the most contentious areas of health policy over the past two decades has been the safety of vaccination. Vaccines prevent the outbreak of diseases that used to be widespread, like polio, and scientific consensus strongly supports their safety. Yet many Americans refuse or delay the vaccination of their children out of fear that it could lead to autism, even though scientific consensus refutes this claim. Anti-vaccine attitudes have been fueled in large part by growing rates of autism diagnoses as well as a now debunked study in The Lancet that linked autism and the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine – pushin...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 25, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="" rel="tag" > Matthew Motta, PhD, Steven Sylvester, PhD, and Timothy Callaghan, PhD < /a > Tags: Conditions Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Grown Cartilage Used to Fix Diseased Joints Responsible for TMJ Dysfunction
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a condition which makes it difficult to chew on food and talk, while being quite painful and unpleasant. It’s caused by the breakdown of the cartilage disc that brings together two bones of the jaw. Researchers from University of California, Irvine, University of California, Davis, and The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston have now developed a way of taking tissue from a rib of one animal, separating out cartilage cells, and then used those cells to grow a new replacement cartilage that can be implanted into another animal. By the way, this is be...
Source: Medgadget - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: ENT Genetics Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

8 Ideas to Help You Choose a College Major
You're reading 8 Ideas to Help You Choose a College Major, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Choosing your college major is the biggest decision when you first start your college career. Some students start off being undecided and take a few classes before settling on a particular subject. Over time, they will need to figure out what kind of major they want to focus on and what career they want to pursue. Here are eight things to think about before you settle down on your college major. 1. Your Passion If ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DavidGomes Tags: career self education college careers focus goals how to be successful success tips Source Type: blogs

Can ’ t Find Your Passion? Ask Yourself These Questions
Like many Millennials, I was told I could become whatever I wanted to be when I grew up. Before the age of ten I cycled through dreams of acting, singing, and becoming a veterinary pharmacist (true story). Trying to find my passion was a near-obsession that followed me into adulthood. Ironically, all along I ignored what was naturally good at, including my knack for empathy, my love for writing, and an incurable curiosity about human behavior. They say hindsight is 20/20, so today I clearly see how these strengths shaped my career. But for a long time, I searched for my passion as if it was a lost treasure chest that I sim...
Source: World of Psychology - June 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Melody Wilding, LMSW Tags: College Creativity General Happiness Inspiration & Hope Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Motivation and Inspiration Personal Professional Psychology Self-Esteem Self-Help Stress Student Therapist Students Success & Ac Source Type: blogs

Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Begin Developing New Certification Program
This past week, audiology and speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) descended on the ASHA national office with a mission: to take a first step in certifying assistants. Along with audiology and speech-language pathology assistant educators and supervisors, they began the process by analyzing and defining their core job tasks. The ASHA Board of Directors approved development of the Assistants Certification Program in November 2017, with the certification tentatively scheduled for launch in late 2020. Among other charges, the program will: Establish national standards for assistants. Provide portability of credential...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - June 7, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Bridget Murray Law Tags: Audiology Events Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Professional Development Source Type: blogs

Fight Aging! Newsletter, June 4th 2018
Fight Aging! provides a weekly digest of news and commentary for thousands of subscribers interested in the latest longevity science: progress towards the medical control of aging in order to prevent age-related frailty, suffering, and disease, as well as improvements in the present understanding of what works and what doesn't work when it comes to extending healthy life. Expect to see summaries of recent advances in medical research, news from the scientific community, advocacy and fundraising initiatives to help speed work on the repair and reversal of aging, links to online resources, and much more. This content is...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 3, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs

Discussing the Dog Aging Project with Matt Kaeberlein
The Life Extension Advocacy Foundation volunteers recently interviewed Matt Kaeberlein on the topic of the Dog Aging Project, a venture that aims to try in dogs some of the more credible and safe interventions shown to modestly slow aging in mice. When initially proposed, senolytics to clear senescent cells were not in that list, but we might hope to see that change in the years ahead. I'm not overly optimistic about the performance of the other possibilities, such as mTOR inhibitors and other candidate calorie restriction mimetic or exercise mimetic pharmaceuticals. In some cases the evidence is good for these items to wo...
Source: Fight Aging! - May 29, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Beating the Travel Bug & Innovation in Hand Sanitation: Interview with Zoono CSO Dr. Andrew Alexander
While flu season is drawing to a close, transmission of germs can still lead to colds and serious respiratory diseases. In few places are individuals more exposed to a multitude of unique germs and germ carriers than during travel. Unlike some forms of travel, such as buses, where an individual can choose to get off the vehicle or find an alternate transit option, like carpooling, air travel is much less flexible. Based on data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 2010, on average 1.73 million passengers boarded domestic flights every day in the United States. On a plane, individuals are confined in a tight env...
Source: Medgadget - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Exclusive Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

a dog's life
Cooper, New York City, 20071.Thursday morning, I woke up, got my kids ready and took them to school. I came home, tidied up the rest of the dishes, and gave my dog Cooper an indulgent breakfast: a full can of her favorite soft dog food —not just a quarter of a can mixed in with her dry food like usual, but the whole thing, every last bit, all to herself. After she finished, I carried her to my car. We drove to the vet, where a kind receptionist showed me into an exam room, past a potted ficus plant and a cheerful wooden sign rea ding, “Think PAWS-ITIVELY!” I sat down on a bench. Cooper stuck her head behi...
Source: the underwear drawer - April 29, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Michelle Au Source Type: blogs

State of Washington Enacts Statewide Drug Disposal Law
On March 22, 2018, the State of Washington officially enacted the first statewide drug take-back program in the country. Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1047 into law, which establishes a single, uniform, statewide system of regulation for safe and secure collection and disposal of medicines through a uniform drug "take-back" program operated and funded by drug manufacturers. The Act goes into effect on June 7, 2018, and requires “covered manufacturers” to submit their proposed programs by July 1, 2019. Also by July 2, 2019, Washington’s Department of Health (DOH) must determine its ow...
Source: Policy and Medicine - April 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Notes from WIRED Health 2018 at Francis Crick Institute
Set in its new home of the Francis Crick Institute, WIRED Health 2018 brought together world leaders and change-makers in cancer, aging, artificial intelligence, government, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few. Alongside the main event, cutting-edge medtech companies demonstrated their new technologies, and budding start-ups pitched for the chance to be crowned WIRED Health start-up of the year. Bruce Levine from the University of Pennsylvania opened the day by setting the challenge of how to treat a condition like cancer, which is fundamentally the result of “our own bodies gone awry.”...
Source: Medgadget - March 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tom Peach Tags: Exclusive Source Type: blogs

Companion Dogs as a Model for the Details of Human Aging
For research purposes, dogs are argued to be a good compromise between the very long life span of humans, meaning costly and lengthy studies that result in high quality data, and the very short lives of mice, meaning less expensive, shorter studies, but questions regarding the relevance of the data to human medicine. Mice are not humans, and any number of efforts to produce new medical technologies have been shipwrecked on that rock. Dogs, of course, are also not humans, but they are much closer than mice in terms of aging and its relationship with cellular biochemistry and metabolism. To pick one example from the scientif...
Source: Fight Aging! - February 27, 2018 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Veterinary Medical Ethics Committee – First-of-Its-Kind
As with human medicine, advances in veterinary technology provide pet owners with an ever-increasing array of treatment options for their pets. However, more options can lead to complex situations and difficult questions about care goals and quality of... (Source:
Source: - February 5, 2018 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Stethee, an AI Powered Electronic Stethoscope, Now Available
M3DICINE, a Brisbane, Australia firm, just launched an “AI enabled” electronic stethoscope called Stethee. The device, which we originally profiled a few years ago while it was still a Kickstarter project, can be used like a traditional stethoscope to auscultate patients, but to also amplify, filter, and record sounds, as well as to analyze the sounds with an accompanying smartphone app. It comes in three varieties, specifically indicated for clinical use, veterinary applications, and for medical education and research use. M3DICINE touts its “Aida” artificial intelligence software that powers the S...
Source: Medgadget - January 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiology Emergency Medicine Pediatrics Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

Make The Busy Patient ’s Living Room Their Waiting Room
The following is a guest blog post by Chelsea Kimbrough from Stericycle Communication Solutions, as part of the Communication Solutions Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with them on Twitter: @StericycleComms Patients are busier than ever before. Between the hours of eight to five, a majority have only limited availability to reach out to their healthcare providers. And after the day’s work is done, other responsibilities – such as their children’s after-school activities or errands – reign supreme. Providing easy-access avenues to securing care is the key to acquiring these patients’ l...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - December 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT Patients Chelsea Kimbrough Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Patient Experience Stericycle Stericycle Communication Solutions Source Type: blogs

Belgian Sunshine Act Decrees Issued, Providing Guidance
On June 23, 2017, the Belgian “Sunshine Act” became law, requiring life science companies to disclose relationships with healthcare actors in the country. The Decree confirmed that the first publication of data under the statutory transparency regime will cover transfers of value for the year 2017 and will be published on by June 30, 2018. The June 23 Decree notes that the provisions of the Sunshine Act apply to “premiums and benefits granted during calendar year 2017 to healthcare professionals, healthcare organizations and/or patient organizations.” A second Decree was issued on...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 10, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

False balance in reporting the case of a local mother jailed for contempt of court for reneging on an agreement to vaccinate her child
I sometimes like to write about things happening in my neck of the woods that are relevant to the kinds of things I normally blog about every day. This habit of mine dates back at least to the days when investigative reporter Steve Wilson of our local ABC affiliate used tolay down fear mongering barrages of nonsense about mercury in vaccines that would have made Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. proud if he ever knew about them. Then there was a report on " orbs " seen in photographs where the reporterspeculated whether they were actual spirits. Then there's the periodic fascination with veterinary quackery that pops up on ...
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 5, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: oracknows Source Type: blogs

What ’s It Like to Have a Radiologist at the Zoo?
Animals at the Brookfield Zoo can now get medical imaging evaluations thanks to Marina Ivan čić, MD, the Chicago Zoological Society’s full-time, board-certified veterinary radiologist. Like human radiologists, Ivan čić starts her day by doing rounds with the rest of the veterinary practitioners, and then focuses on examining images and writing diagnoses. The Brookfield Zoo is one of three zoos in the country that operates its own CT scanner. They also have fluoroscopy and ultrasonography equipment and a set protocol for bringing animals to other facilities for MRIs. Ivan čić's passion for veterinary radiology o...
Source: radRounds - July 29, 2017 Category: Radiology Authors: Julie Morse Source Type: blogs

Coping with the loss of a pet
Over a third of American households own at least one pet, and people often have close bonds with their pets. In one study, 13 of 16 people said they would give a hard-to-get lifesaving medicine to their pet over non-family people. The death or loss of a pet can be a traumatic experience and result in grief and bereavement. The loss is unique in a number of ways. While pets may die naturally, through accidents, or by trauma, pets can also die through euthanasia, which often means that the pet owner must decide exactly when his or her pet is put down. Pets can also be lost when they run away, with no opportunity for closure....
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David R. Topor, PhD, MS-HPEd Tags: Behavioral Health Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Building Unity Farm Sanctuary - Second Week of June 2017
Star the Donkey arrived at the Sanctuary last week and she ’s living with the goats, serving as a livestock guardian.  She ’s 18 years old (donkeys live to 35) is about 100 pounds overweight.  We ’ll be restricting her diet, giving her daily exercise, and provide intensive veterinary care until her weight normalizes.  I expect that will take a year or two.  Her first vet visit and farrier (hoof) work will be this week.Honey the chicken develop wheezing this week and we ’ve isolated her from the flock.  Although she has intermittent breathing issues, she &...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - June 8, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Pain in Animals Workshop 2017 – Creating a Research Roadmap for measuring chronic pain in dogs and cats
Despite recent advances, chronic pain is one of the most poorly understood, under diagnosed, and under treated medical problems facing veterinary medicine today. One of the most frustrating parts of chronic pain therapeutic development in veterinary medicine is the lack of validated methods to measure chronic pain in different species and diseases.In parallel, translational success has come under the spotlight. Numerous reviews have highlighted a lack of translation of basic research into new approved therapeutics for treatment of persistent pain in humans. The use of spontaneous painful disease in companion animals has be...
Source: Psychology of Pain - May 13, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs

Can Interactive Group Therapy Boost Productivity in Medicine?
By DEVON HERRICK Imagine attending private lectures and taking all your college exams in your professors’ offices individually, one-on-one. Your instructors lecture you, then pepper you with questions, grading your answers and recording your scores. This is not unlike traditional physician visits. Contrast this to attending classroom lectures and taking online multiple choice exams where a computer algorithm or Scantron tallies your answers and calculates your grade. Classroom instruction with standardized testing is much more efficient that private tutoring. Hundreds of students can learn and take their online exam...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Asynchronous Communication Physician Communication Robert Graboyes Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

Lions, Tigers, and Bears Can Fit in This CT Scanner
Animals at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago are getting world-class radiology care. Last summer, La Grange Memorial and Hinsdale hospitals donated their 16-slice CT scanner to the zoo, one of the largest scanners in existence.Both hospitals consolidated their equipment when they moved their imaging services to the Amita Health Cancer Institute& Outpatient Center in Hinsdale, IL. The Brookfield eagerly accepted the new scanner that produces images 16 times faster than their old scanner, thus reducing the amount of time the animal needs to be under anesthesia.The scanner ’s tunnel is 90 centimeters wide, and is suitab...
Source: radRounds - April 13, 2017 Category: Radiology Authors: Julie Morse Source Type: blogs

TWiV 436: Virology above Cayuga ’ s waters
At Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Vincent speaks with Susan, Colin, and Gary about the work of their laboratories on parvoviruses, influenza viruses, and coronaviruses that infect dogs, cats, horses and other mammals. You can find TWiV #436 at, or listen below. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 436 (71 MB .mp3, 98 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - April 9, 2017 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology Cornell University coronavirus host range influenza virus parvovirus tropism veterinary medicine viral virus entry viruses Source Type: blogs

Adventures in bad veterinary medicine reported by the local media (2017 edition)
Just because people think that sticking needles into their meridians will somehow unblock their qi and fix whatever ails them doesn't mean it's OK to inflict the same nonsense on our pets. Unfortunately, a local TV station disagrees. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 28, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking acupuncture dog Mike Petty Priya Mann Steve Garagiola veterinarian WDIV Source Type: blogs

Finding the tick in time could save you from Lyme!
“Doesn’t it typically happen during the summer?” asked a worried lady that had walked into my clinic in November with a growing circular rash on her wrist. She was referring, of course, to Lyme disease, that scourge of outdoor enthusiasts. While the peak season for Lyme disease is indeed summer, the ticks that transmit it are active March through December. And, while this may be off-season for the ticks, it is a good time to catch up on how to stay safe in the not-so-distant spring. What is Lyme disease, and how do you treat it? Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi which is sp...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - February 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meera Sunder, MBBS, MRCOG Tags: Health Infectious diseases Prevention Source Type: blogs

Illustrated Dictionary of Parasitology in the Post-Genomic Era
Hany M. Elsheikha and Edward L. Jarroll present a new book on Illustrated Dictionary of Parasitology in the Post-Genomic Era With over 4500 entries and more than 170 figures this volume reflects recent, ground-breaking advances in parasitology research. The authors have provided, in a single-volume, an up-to-date glossary of the terminology encountered in contemporary parasitology literature. The dictionary also covers many pertinent terms from related fields of veterinary medicine and life sciences, including microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, zoonoses, public health, m...
Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists. - February 1, 2017 Category: Microbiology Source Type: blogs

Interim FDA Commissioner Announced
Dr. Robert Califf’s tenure as commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slated to come to an end ahead of the January 20th inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Deputy commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff is expected to take over on an interim basis after the inauguration. Ostroff has previously been acting commissioner – from April 2015 to February 2016 he served as acting commissioner. Once Califf was sworn in, Ostroff became the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. Califf Permanent Replacement Scott Gottlieb The leading candidate to replace Cali...
Source: Policy and Medicine - January 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Why We Do It
Medicine is a business. Of course we have bills to pay to keep the lights on and the phones running. No, as a rule, doctors are not starving. But if money were what we were out for, we sure wouldn’t have opted for seven (or more) grueling years of training followed by the 24/7 call of solo private practice. No; we’re in it for our patients. Aside from the still small voice that tells us when we’ve done well, there are those wonderful times when we get to hear our patients say it explicitly. A recent email: …I just wanted you to know that both the care and kindness you provided to me throughout my l...
Source: Musings of a Dinosaur - January 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Authors: notdeaddinosaur Tags: Medical Source Type: blogs