Telemedicine Shows Satisfaction and Safety, but Obstacles Remain

tmIt was nighttime in Berlin, Md., when a patient was admitted to Atlantic General Hospital in early February, with a suspected diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis. Given the rarity of the flesh-eating bacterial infection, the ICU nurse sought the opinion of a critical care physician to corroborate the diagnosis. One obstacle: No specialist was at hand.  Continue reading

Documents Reveal Security Risks in Systems Linking to Federal Portal

PadlockonKeyboardDocuments and emails provided to the Associated Press by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee highlight concerns about the security of state computer systems that connect health exchanges with a federal portal for verifying consumer information, the AP/Miami Herald reports.

According to AP/Herald, states required approval for systems that link to Continue reading

Could Polio or other Vaccinations Be Behind the New “Polio-Like” Illness Outbreak in California?

polio2According to reports, there are now about 25 or more cases, and counting, of a new “polio-like” outbreak in California children. Disease control officials have yet to determine the cause of the outbreak and they are looking for a new virus. Perhaps one direction they should take a look at is polio and other childhood vaccinations.

Initial reports have Continue reading

Dogs’ Brain Scans Reveal Vocal Responses

dogsPet dogs took part in the MRI scanning study

Devoted dog owners often claim that their pets understand them. A new study suggests they could be right.

By placing dogs in an MRI scanner, researchers from Continue reading

Roundup Weedkiller Linked To Global Epidemic of Fatal Kidney Disease

roundup_coral_reefsThe mystery of what is causing thousands to die each year from a fatal kidney disease may now be solved, with evidence pointing to the world’s most heavily used herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as the primary culprit.

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health proposes a link between the herbicide known as Continue reading

Kaiser poll: Americans Divided, Uninformed on Obamacare

kaiserJust over half of Americans would prefer to pay more for a health plan that covers a broad network of doctors and hospitals, while 37% would prefer a cheaper plan offering a narrower network, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

But the picture is very Continue reading

Public Health Exchange Enrollment Reaches about 4 Million

enrAbout 4 million people have enrolled in plans offered through public health insurance exchanges, a top Obama administration official said, as enrollment continues to surge.

“The most recent data indicate that approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a Continue reading

Thyme: A Powerful Natural Antiseptic

thymeFor ancient Rome, thyme was believed to “promote vigor” and was used in their baths or spas. In Europe, singers even today, follow the tradition of gargling with thyme, marjoram and honey tea to preserve their voices.

Thyme along with sage and marjoram are recommended to use as Continue reading

US Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

prescripStory at-a-glance 

Deaths caused by overdosing on painkillers now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US

US officials now acknowledge that prescription narcotics are a driving force in the rise of Continue reading

UCSF, Walgreen Partnership Will Use EHRs To Reduce Rx Errors

rxOn Monday, the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center and Walgreen announced that they will begin sharing electronic health records in order to reduce medication errors when filling prescriptions, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Under the partnership, primary care physicians at UCSF and pharmacists at Walgreens stores Continue reading

5 Reasons your Digestive System Isn’t Working Properly

digestiveIt seems nearly everyone has digestive issues these days. Crohn’s, IBS, colitis, celiac, and dozens of other digestive disorders have made an industry out of sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free products. So why is it that those with digestive issues can’t often fully fix them and have to follow a very strict diet or suffer the painful consequences? Continue reading

Natural Ways to Move Mucus and Expel Phlegm

inhalerSpring is around the corner and as it begins to warm up, no one wants to deal with any lingering congestion from this winter’s variety of allergies, coughs and colds. Congestion can be more than the physical buildup of fluids that causes headaches, difficulty breathing, postnasal drip and coughs. It can also cause brain fuzziness, fatigue, Continue reading

Harvard Research Links Fluoridated Water to ADHD, Mental Disorders

water2A leading cause of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism in children could be the hidden chemicals lurking in the foods we eat, the water we drink and the products we consume, says a new study recently published in The Lancet. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that, Continue reading