Archive for the ‘Medical Industry’ Category

Medical metal detector finds lost orthopedic screws

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Inspired by the device used to find lost coins in the sand, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented a small handheld metal detector to help doctors locate hidden orthopedic screws that need to be removed from patients’ bodies. The device emits a tone that rises in pitch as the surgeon moves closer to the metal screw. It also serves as a surgical tool to guide the removal of the hardware.

Orthopedic screws, usually made of a stainless steel or titanium alloy, are produced in varying lengths and can have screwheads that range from roughly 3 to 7 millimeters in diameter. Orthopedic surgeons often use these screws and related hardware to hold broken bone fragments together for proper healing. These doctors often need to remove orthopedic screws that shift position, trigger an infection or cause pain, but skin and scar tissue can make it difficult to find the troublesome hardware, even with the aid of real-time X-ray technology. The small handheld detector is designed to zero in on the hardware and steer the doctor’s screwdriver into position for prompt removal.

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Arthritis Cats

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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In this HealthTalk rheumatoid arthritis program, Drs. Philip Mease and Mark … So these tests don’t give the whole picture but they can really help a lot in …

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Rehab Programs for Doctors Face Scrutiny

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Recent publicity has led to increased scrutiny of confidential, state-run rehabilitation programs for physicians, the Associated Press reported Dec. 19.

An estimated 8,000 doctors with addiction problems are enrolled in treatment programs; most states have them, and California’s medical board made headlines last year when it voted to abolish its physician-assistance program after a review found that it didn’t help doctors recover and could put patients at risk.

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Alternative Medicine For Arthritis

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

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Orthopedic and Arthritis Center
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Alternative Health Care Center

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

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Oxford Journals; Medicine; American Journal of Epidemiology; Volume 161 Biostatistics, The Rollins School of Public Health The alternative plan, supported by mathematical models and

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In California, Medical Marijuana Landlords Targeted

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Landlords who rent to medical-marijuana dispensaries in California are being warned by the federal government that they could lose their property or be sent to prison, the Sacramento Bee reported Dec. 15.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Sacramento and San Francisco offices recently sent warning letters to landlords, following in the footsteps of the agency’s Los Angeles office, which issued about 300 such warnings over the summer. Nathan Sands of the Sacramento-based Compassionate Coalition said the letters have “definitely caused a panic,” although he predicted that the tactic would cause a backlash against the DEA.

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Legislation to End Student Aid Penalty Stumbles

Monday, December 17th, 2007

By Bob Curley

 A bid to end federal student-aid penalties for those with drug convictions was launched with high hopes earlier this year, but now appears to be in deep trouble in Congress.

A broad coalition of drug-reform, educational, and addiction-related organizations  threw its weight behind a plan to amend the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) and overturn a policy of denying federal financial aid to students convicted of drug offenses. The policy, devised by Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) and passed by Congress in 1999, requires students to divulge information about convictions for drug offenses — but not any other crimes — on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Experts See Growing Illegal Market for Buprenorphine

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Buprenorphine (Suboxone) was developed as an alternative to methadone that would be equally effective in treating opiate addiction but less likely to be abused. But Baltimore officials say that a black market for the drug has developed, leading to “bupe” abuse and some deaths, the Baltimore Sun reported Dec. 16.

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Body and soul: When faith guides a doctor’s vocation

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Anecdotal reports suggest that there are several hundred physicians who are both religious leaders and medical doctors. They see a connection between the physical world of medicine and the spiritual world of faith, a perspective that can cross into the exam room.

This may be a positive quality for patients, said Farr A. Curlin, MD, an internal medicine assistant professorcq at the University of Chicago whose research focuses on spirituality and medicine.

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Santa aging well, ho-ho-ho’ing to health

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Physicians suspect that Santa Claus is able to make his annual around-the-world gift-giving journey because he is vigilant about getting yearly influenza vaccinations, having regular checkups and staying physically active, according to a statement issued by the Pennsylvania Medical Society last month.

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