Study: Advanced Breast Cancer Rates on the Rise for Women 25-39

According to an analysis of more than 30 years of data from the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, metastatic breast cancer rates in young women have increased about 2 percent each year since 1976. Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from the place of origin to other parts of the body. Results of the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show that out of every 100,000 American women aged 25 to 39, 1.53 were diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 1976, and 2.90 were diagnosed in 2009. Women 25 … Continue reading


Court Rules to Uphold Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that taxpayer dollars would continue funding embryonic stem cell research – a type of research which is made possible through embryo donation and could lead to advancements in treatment for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. Scientists Theresa Deisher and Dr. James L. Sherley filed a lawsuit in 2009, claiming that using federal money to finance this type of research is a violation of the 1996 Dickey-Wicker Law, which specifically bans using taxpayer dollars for work that harms embryos. The three appeals court judges assigned to the case disagreed with Deisher and Sherley’s … Continue reading


Frozen Embryo Transfer Not Just for Cancer Survivors

For several decades, frozen embryo transfer (FET) has been a go-to method for patients diagnosed with cancer. Prior to beginning treatment, a patient’s still healthy eggs (or sperm) are extracted and frozen for later use. Over the years, this method has seen a growing number of successes, with one of its most recent triumphs being a baby in the U.K. who was conceived by sperm that had been frozen for twenty-five years. While the standard in vitro fertilization (IVF) process can set patients back $10,000 per cycle and requires countless doctor visits, ultrasounds, and oftentimes painful injections, frozen embryo transfer … Continue reading


Seven Tips to Fight the Flu This Season

Why is it that whenever cold weather comes around, colds and the seasonal flu come with it? Research is still being done to explain exactly why this happens, but it could be that germs and viruses are able to spread more easily with people staying indoors in the winter and bundling together for warmth. Just because it is flu season, however, doesn’t mean you should succumb to getting sick. These seven precautions could help you stay healthy: Wash your hands often, especially if you are touching common surfaces (e.g. a shopping cart at the grocery store or the escalator rail at … Continue reading


Can Patriotism Make You A Happier (and Healthier) Person?

Next time you want to criticize someone for going overboard with the stars and stripes décor, think again. Those tiny American flags lining your neighbor’s driveway (and plastered all over their car and bedroom windows) could be contributing to their overall happiness – and you might just be missing out. According to a 2011 study published in the journal Psychological Science, the more satisfied people are with their country, the happier they are with their lives. This is especially good news if you live in one of the ten cities Foursquare deemed most patriotic in the United States: Knoxville, TN … Continue reading


Celebrity Heart Attack Survivors

For American Heart Month, we look at some famous figures who have overcome a heart attack, as well as tips for heart disease prevention. Heart disease is a preventable and controllable disease, yet it is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to statistics from the American Heart Association. It can cause serious complications such as heart failure, arrhythmias, and heart attack – and worst of all, it does not discriminate. This means that people of different ages, sexes and socio-economic backgrounds are susceptible to the disease. Many famous celebrities and political figures have suffered from heart-related … Continue reading


Older Americans Not Spared From Medical Debt

In their last five years of life, elderly citizens incur an average of $39,000 in out-of-pocket medical collections costs not covered by Medicare. Heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes sufferers are the most affected. According to a report published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and presented at the American Geriatrics Society in May, Medicare isn’t adequately covering the medical costs of older Americans, particularly in their last five years of life. This is largely due to the fact that federal program does not cover dental and eye care, hearing aids, home care or nursing homes. Additionally, patients must still … Continue reading


Cardiology Patients Will Benefit From New, Simplified Benefits Summaries

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Monday that starting September 23, health insurers must provide patients with a short, easy-to-understand Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC). The purpose of the summaries is to help patients understand their health plan’s benefits and to evaluate their health insurance choices. The forms will, in no way, affect medical organizations’ healthcare revenue cycle processes. They will, however, help cardiology patients understand how different insurance providers cover certain treatments and procedures. This is particularly beneficial for patients who are deciding between renewing their existing coverage and enrolling in a new plan. … Continue reading


Diabetic Foot Care: Using Podiatry EMR to Monitor Numbness and Infection

Patients with diabetes should pay special attention to parts of the body that their illness can affect – this includes the cardiovascular system, the kidneys, eyes and feet. Though it might be difficult to self-monitor the kidneys and heart, patients can do their part to ensure the health of their feet. This includes examining them daily for cuts and infections and visiting a podiatrist at least once a year for a routine check-up. Doctors using podiatry EMR software can educate patients on proper foot care and provide prevention plans for those with a higher risk of developing ulcers and infections. … Continue reading


The Epidemic That’s Harming America’s Kids

Since 2010, the U.S. has observed National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September in order to raise awareness of the growing weight problem among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last 30 years, childhood obesity rates have increased dramatically. In 1980, obesity rates were 7 percent for children ages 6-11 and 5 percent for kids 12-19. In 2010, obesity rates for both age groups had gone up to approximately 18 percent. Childhood obesity has short and long-term effects that can put kids at risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea … Continue reading


Vaccination Is the Best Protection Against Disease

Vaccination is one of the most important advancements in modern medicine. In fact, vaccines have helped eliminate diseases such as smallpox and reduce the occurrence of other serious illnesses and even death. As a parent, the best thing you can do to keep your child healthy and safe is to make sure they receive the recommended vaccines. Do you know which vaccines your child needs to stay healthy? WebMD offers a great Mini Guide with immunization charts for children and adults, which can help you figure out which shots you need and by what age. It is important to remember, however, that … Continue reading


Telemedicine Could Improve Quality of Life for Asthma Patients

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 230 million people have asthma and experience mild to severe breathlessness on a regular basis. Yet, despite asthma being a chronic disease with serious symptoms and repercussions, it is often under-treated, resulting in a low quality of life for many otherwise healthy individuals. This is unfortunate, seeing as proper asthma management can allow people to control the disease and live normal, healthy lives. In order to help children better manage their asthma symptoms through counseling and education, healthcare professionals have started using telemedicine services to provide ongoing specialty care. The goal is … Continue reading


How to Make Getting a Shot Less Painful for your Toddler

Vaccines and immunizations are integral to keeping children healthy and protecting them from disease. However, just because shots are a normal part of growing up, it doesn’t mean that administering them to children is easy. For many kids, getting a shot can be very painful, and the trauma associated with the event can result in a lifelong phobia of needles. If you are hoping to make the experience less traumatic for your child – and let’s not forget pain-free – here are a few simple things you can do: Be honest. Let your child know ahead of time why you … Continue reading


Is TV Good for Kids?

Television can help promote healthy social behaviors in preschool-aged children, researchers say, but it depends on what programs the kids are watching. TV and video games have long been thought to promote aggressive behavior in children; and excessive screen time is often associated with slothfulness and obesity. However, researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the University of Washington have found otherwise. According to a study they performed, which was published recently in the journal Pediatrics, placing children on a “media diet” that includes only age-appropriate programming that is prosocial or educational can lead to more positive behavior and higher … Continue reading


Three of the Strangest Migraine Relief Tips You’ll Find Online

A migraine can come on unexpectedly, without warning and for no reason. It can leave an individual out of commission for days at a time. For many chronic migraine sufferers, prescription pain relievers such as Triptans and preventive medications such as verapamil provide the best results. There are, however, other non-conventional treatments that could be just as effective for treating serious headaches. Here are five of the most eccentric tips we’ve come across online: 1. Have sex. The last thing most people tend think about when they feel a migraine coming on is sex. If the migraine sufferer is you … Continue reading


Pro Athletes Rely on Acupuncture Therapy to Stay in the Game

Sports injuries affect more than 20 million Americans each year, and many of those injuries go untreated or leave residual pain that never fully goes away. For professional athletes, the risk of suffering an injury or feeling chronic pain is much greater than for the average person – and traditional treatment options aren’t always effective in treating symptoms and restoring health. Conventional treatments, in fact, often have long recovery times and fail to leave athletes feeling 100 percent. Through acupuncture, however, many sports stars have been able to bounce back from an injury and come off the bench feeling better … Continue reading


Dealing with Unexpected Anesthesia Fees

When patients schedule routine doctor’s appointments for check-ups or consults, they usually get charged pre-determined fees. If you go to your primary care physician, for example, chances are you have a flat co-pay amount. The same probably goes for visits to the dentist or dermatologist, where the medical debt collection process is generally cut and dry, with specialists charging set fees for treatments such as root canals, fillings, or chemical peels. For hospital or surgery center procedures requiring anesthesia, however, billing rates can vary greatly, as final payment amounts have to cover additional staff services and facility fees. According to … Continue reading


American Academy of Pain Medicine Holds Annual Conference

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) will be convening in Palm Springs, California next weekend (Feb. 23-26), just days after the U.S. Senate held a hearing to discuss the growing chronic pain epidemic in America. According to the Instituteof Medicine, who recently released a reported entitled Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research, pain affects more than 116 million Americans and accounts for more than $600 billion spent each year nationwide. Although no other medical condition affects more people than pain-related afflictions, the problem has largely gone unnoticed. The AAPM, however, aims to bring the chronic pain … Continue reading


Celebrities Are Just Like Us: They Get Acne Too

Thanks to professional makeup artistry, image retouching and video-airbrushing in movies, people tend to assume that their favorite celebrities all have flawless skin. Celebrities, after all, are exempt from facing problems that normal people deal with on a daily basis. This, of course, could not be farther from the truth. Actors, models and musicians are normal people too. They get stressed out about things, have uncontrollable hormones, and often experience lifestyle changes – all of which can produce acne. The difference between them and common folks is that, due to their constant presence in the spotlight, they can’t afford to … Continue reading


Using Activated Charcoal for Better, Healthier Skin

Just thinking about charcoal invokes images of backyard cookouts and football tailgates – flames rising as juicy burgers cook away on fire-powered grills. Yet charcoal isn’t just fuel for fire. In spas and beauty stores across the country, activated charcoal is being sold as a natural skin care product found in many cleansing soaps, moisturizers and body scrubs. But what is it? Activated charcoal is carbon that has been processed with oxygen in order to create lots of tiny pores. This gives it the ability to absorb drugs, gases and chemicals more easily. Activated charcoal is often used to reduce … Continue reading


Brachytherapy Dermatology Software Effective for Removing Skin Cancer

By using dermatology software, such as electronic medical record systems, healthcare professionals are able to monitor abnormal moles and skin discolorations in patients to spot signs of skin cancer early on. Once skin cancer is detected, there are many treatment methods physicians can choose from depending on the type of cancer and where it is located. For patients suffering from nonmelanoma skin cancer, the answer could be brachytherapy. Brachytherapy is a form of localized radiotherapy where high radiation doses are given from a short distance, reducing exposure to nearby organs and tissue and allowing physicians to remain at the patient’s … Continue reading


Using Smartphone Apps to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Dermatology EMR and other health IT tools help physicians monitor moles and diagnose skin cancers. Now, smartphone apps are doing the same for patients. When someone mentions a dermatologist, the first thing that might come to mind is acne. However, one of the main concerns of dermatological specialists is skin cancer. It accounts for approximately half of all reported cancers each year – and many people do not catch it until it is too late. While there are tools such as dermatology EMR software that are helping physicians monitor suspicious moles and skin discolorations, the problem for some patients is … Continue reading


New IVF Technique Puts Pregnancy Within Reach for Many 40-somethings

The chance of pregnancy for women in their early 40s who use traditional IVF techniques is approximately 13 percent. However, an in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique known as complete chromosomal screening (CCS) could raise pregnancy success rates to up to 60 percent. CCS could be particularly effective for women experiencing recurrent, unexplained miscarriages. Through complete chromosomal screening, doctors take the cells of day-old embryos, called blastocysts, and examine them in detail to see if they have exactly 46 chromosomes – 23 from each parent. Aneupliod, or chromosomally abnormal, embryos often end in miscarriage; therefore, by selecting only the normal embryos, … Continue reading


5 Tips to Stay in Shape This Holiday Season

Regardless of a person’s sex or age or where they live, January 1st tends to be the day that people around the world make promises to eat better and get fit. Instead of waiting around a couple months to make resolutions that you may or may not keep, why not start improving your lifestyle now? Fall is perfect for new fitness plans and goals because it helps you set good habits for the holiday months to come. Here are five ways to kick-start healthy living as fall sets in and the year winds down: 1. Use the weather to your advantage. … Continue reading


Five Ways to Treat Nausea on Your Own

Nausea can be a difficult thing to cope with. It can produce an intense, unpleasant feeling and is often followed by vomiting or diarrhea. There are many reasons a person might feel nauseous, and not all of them require a visit to the doctor. In fact, in many cases, symptoms associated with an upset stomach tend to go away on their own. Here are five simple things you can do to start treating your nausea at home as soon as the symptoms appear: 1. Stay still. The best thing to combat dizziness, which very often accompanies nausea, is to refrain … Continue reading


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When You Eat Affects How Much Weight You Lose

When you eat is almost as important as what you eat – at least if you’re trying to lose weight. According to a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity, eating late could affect the success of weight loss therapy. In fact, people who eat lunch early tend to lose weight faster and are less likely to show signs of insulin resistance. As part of the study conducted in Spain, researchers studied 420 overweight people who were following a five-month treatment program to lose weight. What they found is that participants who ate their main meal before 3pm … Continue reading


Weight Loss Risks for Expecting Moms

A new weight-loss drug is under fire, with health officials claiming it may cause long-term health problems in overweight patients. A study carried out by the makers of the diet pill, Qnexa, also found that there is a higher potential for birth defects in infants of women taking the drug during pregnancy. But should expecting moms even be taking dietary supplements? Sudden weight loss during pregnancy can threaten the baby’s development by depriving it of important nutrients, it can raise the risk of premature birth, and it can ultimately result in miscarriage. The FDA has asked Vivus Inc. to come up … Continue reading


Attack of the Sinuses: 3 Everyday Things Making You Sniffle

More than 30 million Americans suffer from sinus infections every year – and if you add in the number of people who experience run-of-the-mill runny noses, sneezing and congestion, the number would surely sky-rocket into the hundred-millions. The fact is that sinus problems affect everyone. They can be triggered by seasonal allergies, strong odors and genetic factors, and they aren’t limited to a time of year. Are you experiencing congestion, soreness around the eyes, forehead and nose, or nasal drainage? Here are three everyday activities that could be making you sick: 1. Smoking. Cigarette smoke can be extremely damaging to … Continue reading


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3 Health Issues Easily Treated Through an Online Medical Consult

Busy schedules and an ever-growing list of obligations can make it difficult to get to the doctor for routine check-ups, so people just put off going. When illness strikes, however, this isn’t an option. Unfortunately, people get sick at times that aren’t convenient – on weekends, after business hours, or when it’s simply impossible to squeeze in a trip to the doctor. For many Americans, e-consultations are a solution to this problem. E-consultations are electronic visits by a patient to their healthcare provider. They are usually done by video chat but sometimes also by phone. With all of the changes … Continue reading


Five Tips for Surviving Allergy Season without Spending a Fortune at the Doctor

Spring is in the air, which means that so are tiny pollens, mold and dust mites that can make this time of year unbearable. For allergy sufferers, spring can be a sort of nightmare that brings with it bouts of endless sneezing, sniffling and itchy eyes. It’s possible, however, to survive the season and avoid allergy triggers without making constant visits to the doctor. If you are one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, here are five easy tips to help you brave what experts say might be one of the worst allergy seasons in recent … Continue reading


Geomedicine: Linking Patient Health to Environmental Conditions

In real estate, it’s all about “location, location, location” – but for healthcare purposes, location is mostly secondary. What matters instead are the patient’s symptoms, medical history and medications – and perhaps what they were doing when a symptom occurred, but not necessarily where they were. Some doctors, however, are starting to pay close attention to location, seeing as environmental factors could be triggers for certain illnesses and diseases. Because of this, geomedicine is slowly gaining popularity. What is geomedicine? Geomedicine is a field of medicine that deals with the influence of environmental factors on patient health. It uses data … Continue reading