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Bacteriophages: A Ray of Hope in the Fight against Antibacterial Resistance?

September 29, 2015 by Varsha Jain

Resistance to antibiotics is currently one of the world’s most pressing issues related to public health. Almost all classes of common and potentially deadly bacteria have become strong and less responsive to antibiotic treatments over the years. In India, some cases of infections resistant even to last-resort antibiotics such as colistin...[read more]


How Much Liposuction is Safe? The Answer Differs for Everyone

September 29, 2015 by Jenna Cyprus

Liposuction is always a hot topic, particularly when it comes to ethics. Another hot topic revolves around how much is acceptable for each patient. Many patients who see a professional about liposuction want more out of the surgery than the doctor agrees to give. In fact, it’s dangerous to give a patient more liposuction than the amount that’s been designated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).[read more]


Implantable Drug Delivery Systems: Delivering Medication One Dose at a Time

September 28, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

Controlled, site-specific release of drugs and other therapeutic agents has emerged as a rather attractive alternative for companies that are looking to boost the efficacy of an existing product.Thebigger winner, however, is the patient.A significant advantage that implantable drug delivery systems render via targeted therapies is fewer...[read more]


When enough is enough: how much we really spend with Medicare

September 17, 2015 by Tatiana Sorokina

How many of us thought what could have happened if our parent got an aggressive disease for which treatment is scarce and very expensive? Would we still pull out a wallet and pay $28k for their treatment? I don't think so, but this is how much a 28 day supply of Hepatitis C (dominant disease among baby boomers) treatment costs.[read more]


Abstinence-only education has failed; let's embrace what works instead

September 14, 2015 by Travis McKnight

It’s unnerving that abstinence-only sex education, which dozens of studies in the last decade prove to be inaccurate, ineffective and harmful, is still the norm for millions of public school students in the United States. We have better options. So why is abstinence only education still taught?[read more]


Big Data Doctors: The Future of Healthcare and Business Intelligence

September 14, 2015 by Marius Moscovici

In the healthcare world, the term “big data” isn’t always cast in a positive light. Healthcare workers worry about being flooded by irrelevant information, resulting in alert fatigue and causing truly salient data to be overlooked. They worry that big data is just another term for too much data.[read more]


Healthcare Technology and the DocResponse Revolution - Meet Your New Best Friend in Healthcare

September 9, 2015 by Danyell Jones

I recently discovered DocResponse, a phenomenal online symptom checker that has recently been recognized by Harvard Medical School and The British Medical Journal as the most accurate symptom checker available on today's market. Not only are the individual applications of this astounding (never google your symptoms again!), but DocResponse has the potential for broad based utilization in the healthcare delivery market helping organizations maximize resources, more effectively provide patient care and save money.[read more]


Revisiting Sick Building Syndrome

September 9, 2015 by Jenna Cyprus

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a term that’s increased in popularity since its introduction in the 1970s. It’s essentially a term used to describe the phenomenon in which the occupants of a specific building begin to notice acute health and wellness problems that have no specific cause. The term is generally used when the only correlation to a specific illness is the building in which each of the subjects spend a large amount of time.[read more]


A Look at How the Human Brain Recovers After Traumatic Injury

September 8, 2015 by Jenna Cyprus

The human brain is a remarkable organism. Not only does it have the capacity to innovate, create, and control, but it also has the incredible ability to recover from injury. While thousands of people who suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year never make a full recovery, many are able to regain some semblance of their former lives. When you think about it, that’s an incredible testament to just how quickly science has advanced and how resilient the human brain is.[read more]


How to Build the Right ICD-10 Team

September 1, 2015 by Zach Watson

Multiple opportunities for further delaying the implementation deadline have come and gone, and each passing chance makes the October deadline for ICD-10 implementation look more definitive.In all honesty, it’s probably long past due. The current ICD-9 code set isn’t well suited for the type of granular data analysis that’s becoming...[read more]


Tips for Dental Practices to Maximize Results from Internet Marketing

August 24, 2015 by Frankie Rendon

You went to dental school, not business school… but you ended up a small business owner. If you sometimes feel a little lost, you’re not alone. This is why most practices employ staff bookkeepers and office managers, so the guy in the mask with the aching back doesn’t have to deal with insurance companies, appointment setting, personnel...[read more]


On digital engagement and icebergs

August 20, 2015 by Paul Tunnah

I’ve always found pitching for projects with pharmaceutical companies fascinating – it reveals an enormous amount about the way in which people working inside these organisations think. It is never a simple case of right or wrong, but it is often a very different view to those of us on the outside.In particular, digital engagement is one...[read more]


World’s First Approved Malaria Vaccine Shows a Ray of Hope but Also Leaves Much Scope for an Improved Solution

August 20, 2015 by Varsha Jain

Malaria control tools currently available to the world have allowed the elimination of this deadly condition in many regions across the globe. While it is entirely preventable and treatable, it is also a major killer in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the WHO, almost 90% of all malaria deaths across the globe (an estimated 627,000) in...[read more]


Being Almost Human: Robotic Patient Simulators Bridging the Gap in Healthcare Education

August 19, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

Preventable medical errors in hospitals persist as the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. This alarming reality only stresses the importance of preparedness, quick decision-making, and sufficient practice in healthcare around the world. Apart from loss of human lives, what also matters is...[read more]


3D-Printed Pill Opens Up World of Customized Medication

August 11, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

Every time a one-of-a-kind 3D-printed trinket takes center stage, the power of the technology seems to blow our minds – whether it is Strati, the first 3D-printed car; the 3D Varius, the first SLA 3D-printed electric violin; the 2-story villa being built in China with 3D-printed modules; or pizzas, cookies, and cakes printed by XYZ...[read more]


The Five-Year Medical Degree

August 10, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

Every five years, medical professionals are reinventing the wheel.That is according to Krista Maddox, Assistant Dean for the University of Cincinnati’s Nursing program, who estimates that the half-life for what constitutes modern medical knowledge is only five years. Beyond that, assumptions, practices, and knowledge itself becomes...[read more]


Telemedicine Is Easy, but Is It Effective?

August 10, 2015 by Jenna Cyprus

Who says doctors don’t make house calls anymore? As a healthcare professional, it’s true that you won’t be knocking on a patient’s door to give a consultation and write a prescription, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be invited into anybody’s home for a routine checkup. Such is the world of telemedicine.[read more]


The Number of Nurses Using Tablets is on the Rise

August 4, 2015 by Jessica Oaks

Nearly eight out of 10 nurses own a smartphone, with six out of 10 also owning a tablet or e-book. Research and user surveys show that nurses use these devices not just in their off-time, but for professional reasons as well, including continuing education, administrative tasks, and patient care.[read more]


Announcing the Next Chapter for HealthWorks Collective

July 29, 2015 by Robin Carey

Healthcare Dive

Today, it’s my pleasure to announce that HealthWorks Collective has been bought by Healthcare Dive, a leading publication for hospital administrators and healthcare leaders based in Washington. We’re delighted that this community can continue to flourish with new energy and leadership.[read more]


Addressing the Phenomenon of “Pill Mill” Doctors

July 23, 2015 by Bert Louthian

While the country seems to be in a constant debate about what effects legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana may have on our youth, it seems that not enough people are paying attention to the effects legal narcotics are having on our elderly -- or how often physicians are prescribing them.[read more]