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