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Who Rates Typhoon's Medical Challenges "monumental"

A German medical team prepares to board a military helicopter in the devastated city of Tacloban, Philippines, on Nov. 11. coli, Cranmer says. "The Philippines has done quite a good job in handling cholera, so I don't anticipate that to be a problem." Later in the recovery period, there's a risk of other infections, such as measles (especially if vaccination campaigns are disrupted), tetanus, rabies, meningitis and even polio. Polio has been eliminated in the Philippines, "but we thought it was eliminated in Syria too," Cranmer tells Shots. And of course, everyday medical needs and problems will need attention dialysis patients, heart attack victims, women giving birth. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates there are 95,270 pregnant women in the typhoon zone; and Brennan says 15 percent of those births can be expected to involve complications. 'Absolute Bedlam' In The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan But the Philippines has some advantages compared to Indonesia and Haiti. The sprawling archipelago has a better medical and public health infrastructure, Brennan says. A hint of that is readily apparent in the web postings of the Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council situation reports that Cranmer calls "unbelievable" in their detail. "The Philippines is not the lowest of the low," Cranmer says.
Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/11/244588448/who-rates-typhoons-medical-challenges-monumental

Jupiter Medical Center Engages MedAssets for Cost Management and Operational Performance Approach

Relief may happen quickly for some or can occur slowly over time every patients experience is unique. Some patients, like Tarja Toikkanen, who came to my practice after years of traditional medical treatments failed to address her migraines, seek pain relief but end up finding emotional relief as well. I was taking prescription medicines, but a one month supply would only last me a couple weeks, Toikkanen, a 48-year-old nurse in South Florida, said. A friend of mine suggested acupuncture and recommended Dr. Perdue. I was willing to try anything just to feel better. The acupuncture treatments proved effective for treating Toikkanens migraines, but during her sessions, it was obvious that there was more going on than just migraine pain. While treating me for migraines, Dr. Perdue observed the difficult time I was going through in my personal life and she recommended Medical Qigong, Toikkanen said. She was right, I had been seeing a therapist and was on depression medication. For Toikkanen, her initial pain was addressed within a few months, but the wounds of her emotional battle were more difficult to unlock. However, she was determined to feel better.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/11/10/medical-qigong-alternative-therapy-for-pain/

3 arrested in slaying of Mich. medical student

Kate Shuttleworth , Special for USA TODAY 8:23 a.m. EST November 11, 2013 Israel's reliance on medical tourists to shore up its medical system is crowding our residents and must be curtailed, say critics. Hospitals say that money is necessary to their survival. Nisha Thakar came to Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2012 to have life-saving surgery on her kidney because it was affordable. (Photo: Smadar Benit Zak) Story Highlights Income from medical tourism increased sharply in the past two years to about $140 million in 2012 Hospitals here love medical tourists because they can charge them much more Israel has 1.91 hospital beds per 1000 residents, compared to the OECD average of 3.4 beds SHARE 47 CONNECT 39 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE TEL AVIV - People from Eastern Europe, Cyprus and the United States have been flocking to Israel's public and private hospitals over the past five years for inexpensive, high-quality medical treatment. But this cash cow for the Israeli health care system may be in jeopardy. Israel's Health Minister Yael German is set to decide whether Israel's hospitals should be forced to curtail a business that has become an increasing part of their profits. German is the latest health official to be put on the spot to do something about a system critics say has hospitals devoting more rooms to foreigners when Israelis have to wait months for beds to open up. Previous efforts to reform the system have gone nowhere. Though the public hospitals refuse to say just how much of their wards are turned over to foreigners, they say cutting out medical tourism will slash revenues that are used to improve treatments for all. Calin Shapira, deputy director at the Ziv Medical Center in the north of Israel, said he felt his hospital had the balance about right but needed to boost foreign numbers, not cut them.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/11/israel-medical-tourism/3000539/

In Response to 'The Biggest Medical Discovery of Our Lifetimes'

To succeed in this field youll need to be confident, decisive and comfortable working with people, says Debra Krukowski, coordinator of the diagnostic medical sonography program at Triton College in River Grove. We deal with patients a very short period of time, but we are very intimate with them, so we have to quickly make them feel very comfortable with us. That's going to come from your presence and how comfortable you can make people feel. Sonographers work independently when performing their work, but are part of a health care team, working closely with doctors. Most sonographers work in hospitals, with some working at private physicians offices, outpatient facilities and labs. Education and training The most common path toward working as a sonographer is an associates degree from an accredited program, with most employers wanting certification after completion of your training. The coursework includes general math and science classes, sonography courses and hands-on practical training in a health care facility. In addition to Triton, Harper College in Palatine and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn offer associates degree programs in sonography. If youve already got training and certification in another health care field, you might be able to take a one-year certificate program. Specialties Sonographers often specialize in one or more areas of the profession, with specialties including abdominal, musculoskeletal, breast, neurosonography, obstetric/gynecology and echocardiography.
Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/chi-diagnostic-medical-sonographers-20131111,0,2154515.story

Medical Qigong: An alternative therapy for pain

"We hope today's developments provide some solace to Paul DeWolf's family and friends, who remain in our thoughts," university President Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement. The health system, where DeWolf was a student, said it hopes the arrest bring closure. "The loss of Paul DeWolf was a terrible shock and tragedy for our entire medical school community, and we are heartened by this development and thankful for the diligent work of the U-M police and the Ann Arbor Police Department," a statement said. A co-worker discovered DeWolf after checking on him at 11:30 a.m. July 24, when he failed to show up for work at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. He lived in the Phi Rho Sigma house, where a couple of dozen men and women who are attending medical school live. The house has shared space and a front and back door, along with individual rooms that have locks on the doors. A day before DeWolf was discovered dead, a burglary was reported next door around 8:30 p.m., according to an online crime report and police. Police believe DeWolf was killed the night of July 23 or early on July 24. Paul DeWolf ran marathons, played volleyball, scuba dived and played several musical instruments, including the piano, French horn and, more recently, acoustic guitar.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/07/3-arrested-in-slaying-of-mich-medical-student-/3469847/

Medical tourism in Israel hurting Israelis?

11, 2013, 10:00 a.m. EST Jupiter Medical Center Engages MedAssets for Cost Management and Operational Performance Approach Relationship to Emphasize Broad Strategic Vision for Aligning Cost of Care with Clinical Outcomes ATLANTA, Nov 11, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MedAssets /quotes/zigman/107728/delayed/quotes/nls/mdas MDAS -1.68% today announced that Jupiter Medical Center, a 283-bed not-for-profit regional medical center in Jupiter, Fla., recently engaged the company for its consulting and technology-enabled services to enhance operational efficiency and reduce the total cost of care. Plans call for Jupiter Medical Center to utilize MedAssets Strategic Sourcing, Cost Analytics, Clinical Resource Management and Workforce Solutions to drive toward a clinically-integrated supply chain while also improving labor and optimizing resource management and performance. "As healthcare continues to evolve toward a value-based system, our relationship with MedAssets will assist in expanding our traditional cost management approach to a broader, more strategic vision that aligns the cost of care with clinical outcomes," said Dale Hocking, vice president and chief financial officer, Jupiter Medical Center. "MedAssets has the experience, expertise and technology to help us develop a holistic approach to performance improvement that creates sustainable savings and delivers effective and efficient patient care at optimal cost." New Strategies for Cost Management and Clinical Operations The realities of today's healthcare market and the accompanying new reimbursement models are requiring providers to focus concurrently on improving revenue, performance and care delivery. MedAssets is helping Jupiter Medical Center design and implement the best path forward to achieve significant, measurable savings through comprehensive evidence-based solutions, best practice processes and analytics tools to deliver sustainable financial, operational and clinical performance improvement. Together, the teams will focus on linking standardization and utilization of physician preference items to costs, optimizing workforce staffing and scheduling, strengthening operational processes, and better managing supply costs, "We are pleased that Jupiter Medical Center has chosen MedAssets to help achieve financial and operational improvements so that it can sustainably serve the needs of the community," said Mike Nolte, chief operating officer, MedAssets. "Using data-driven insights, our solutions enable informed changes that drive total cost reduction, financial optimization, clinical delivery alignment and operational efficiency." About Jupiter Medical Center Jupiter Medical Center is a not-for-profit regional medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 beds for long-term, sub-acute rehabilitation and hospice care. It provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopedics and spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung and thoracic, women's health, weight management and men's health. Founded in 1979, the Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers and is the recipient of the HealthGrades "America's 50 Best" Award(TM) for three consecutive years (2011-2013) and the Distinguished Hospital Award - Clinical Excellence(TM) for nine years in a row (2005-2013). For more information, please visit www.jupitermed.com.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jupiter-medical-center-engages-medassets-for-cost-management-and-operational-performance-approach-2013-11-11

Solta Medical to evaluate strategic alternatives

"We have carefully reviewed the implications of the reductions we have made and are confident that we will be able to maintain our robust product pipeline and continue to bring to market innovative aesthetic products," said Interim Chief Executive Mark Sieczkarek. Solta Medical has also reached an agreement with a secured debt lender for a $40 million financing, which the company said would provide it with the working capital necessary to execute its operating plan to regain growth in the market. The company, which makes devices for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation, acne reduction, and other uses, has posted revenue below analyst expectations in recent periods. However, Solta Medical said Monday it is in the process of implementing changes to the sales structure and marketing approach in North America and said it is beginning to see signs that the strategy is generating results in the fourth quarter. "Despite the disappointing financial results in Q3, we have made recent progress in stabilizing and reinvigorating the North American sales force and expect to enter 2014 with growing momentum," Mr. Sieczkarek said. The company on Monday reported it swung to a third-quarter profit as results were helped by an $8.7 million credit for the fair value reassessment of expected earn out payments associated with the acquisitions of Liposonix and Sound Surgical Technologies. Excluding special items, the company posted an adjusted loss. Revenue, meanwhile, was hurt by lower average selling prices on systems, primarily on the Liposonix products, and a higher proportion of international distributor business. Overall, Solta Medical posted a profit of $644,000, or a penny a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $2.9 million, or four cents a share.
Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/solta-medical-to-evaluate-strategic-alternatives-2013-11-11

Need grows for diagnostic medical sonographers

Health careers That set of possibilities is further refined by an understanding of epidemiologic data and research-based evidence -- two arms that continue to advance with the adoption of electronic medical records. It is a holistic process founded in an old principle of problem solving -- Occam's razor. Medicine isn't the only field to apply the theory of Sir William of Ockham. Law, mathematics, psychology and almost every scientific field employs this idea that the fewest assumptions lead to the most probable solution -- and in medicine we explain it as "the fewest causes accounting for all symptoms." Dr. Hyman's grand statement that functional medicine's future is "looking at patterns and connecting everything together" is predated. Sir, with all respect due to you, physicians have been doing this for centuries. Every day, most likely at 7 a.m. or noon, there are probably well over 100,000 residents, medical students, fellows, and attending physicians across the country participating in their round table-like discussions with differential diagnosis at the center of it all. These conferences exercise our ability and skill to arrive at well-reasoned diagnoses, as well as to consider appropriate alternative diagnoses.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/omar-shakir/functional-medicine_b_4243927.html

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