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How the Medical Marijuana Industry Is Impacting Big Pharma

April 24, 2017 by Jennifer Landis

With medical marijuana currently legal in its various forms in 28 states and upwards of 1.2 million people using this alternative to traditional medication, this trend is starting to impact the pharmaceutical industry. What impact is medical marijuana having on big Pharma and how can we expect the industry to change in the future because of this legalization?[read more]

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Moles: Simple Skin Issue or Something More?

April 20, 2017 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff

This article presents a selection of research papers on the subject of neuroscience and neurology published in April. As usual, many new interesting findings were made public this month, and the selection presented here reflects mostly my personal opinion of their importance.[read more]

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Biggest Challenges with Managing a Dental Practice

April 14, 2017 by John Hennings

Visiting the dentist is incredibly stressful for patients. However, managing the practice every day is even tougher.Here are some of the biggest challenges dentists in their staff face every day and steps they need to take to address them.Fostering communication with patientsAccording to research by the University of Florida, patient...[read more]

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Women Must Regulate Hormone Levels to Stop Gum Disease

April 13, 2017 by Annie Qureshi

Gum disease is a serious problem that affects over nearly 65 million Americans. Over a third of all women suffer from moderate or severe periodontal disease. Women are at an even higher risk of contracting periodontal disease if they don’t keep their hormone levels in check.Why Regulating Your Hormones is Key to Preventing Periodontal...[read more]

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4 Reasons Substance Abuse is Driving up Healthcare Costs in 2017

April 13, 2017 by Rehan Ijaz

The rise in instances of substance abuse in the United States is having an impact on healthcare expenses. This not only increases the strain on our health system, but the added coverage that the Affordable Care Act offers results in higher policy costs for consumers as insurance companies struggle to cover the added expense, which is...[read more]

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The iPad is Changing the Face of Healthcare

November 5, 2016 by John Hennings

Apple sold nearly 9.9 million iPads in the third quarter of 2016. Most of their iPads are purchased by consumers, but a growing number of healthcare companies are driving demand.There are many reasons healthcare providers are becoming more reliant on iPads. Over the next few years, these tablets are likely to revolutionize healthcare in...[read more]

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What Different Nursing Degrees Do

October 25, 2016 by John Hennings

To patients, most nurses look the same. They wear scrubs, smile tenderly, and provide essential medical support everywhere from doctor’s offices to emergency rooms.However, to medical facilities, there is a world of difference between some nurses and others. There are a number of different nurse specialties and each variety requires...[read more]

The Legal Repercussions Of Tech-Based HIPAA Breaches

October 21, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

HIPAA regulations defining the proper protocols for handling sensitive medical information have been a great boon for patients, allowing them to pursue appropriate care – confident that doctors, insurance representatives, and other involved parties will protect their privacy – but are medical professionals honoring these practices? As...[read more]

Is Medical Accountability a Thing of the Past?

October 17, 2016 by Bert Louthian

One of the byproducts of the ever-expanding healthcare industry in the United States is a much higher degree of complexity. This is especially true when it comes to the patient-doctor relationship. Whereas a patient used to be treated by one doctor, they now may be given medical care by a long line of professionals.The changes in the...[read more]

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RN to MSN: 5 Reasons Nurses Should Pursue That Extra Degree

October 14, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz

Nurses are often the unsung heroes of healthcare. They work long hours, perform tasks most people would cringe at, and often do it all with an abundance of care and compassion. Doctors may be the ones who make the decisions but it’s the nurses who follow through with those directions and have more direct contact with patients.A...[read more]

7 Ways to Leverage Public Service Messages in Healthcare Marketing

September 20, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Hospitals, as well as some medical practices, can use public service advertising (PSA) to communicate “messages in the public interest.” The good new and the bad news about public service tools in healthcare marketing is that it’s free. Well…that is to say, it’s nearly free.There’s no charge for any broadcast time or print ad space,...[read more]

Patient Experience: Why You Can’t Mandate Patient-Centeredness

September 19, 2016 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

 I was reading some of the writings of Dr. Lucian Leape, the father of the patient safety movement. Twenty-two years ago, Dr. Leape warned us that the hospital industry needed to do better in the area of safety.He demonstrated that we were riddled with unreliable processes, medical errors and unnecessary deaths and injuries. This...[read more]