Sean Stephens, by his own admission, was an old man in a young man’s game.In 2006, at 38, he enlisted in the Army National Guard, “a little bit older, a little bit used,” he says, but he didn’t let it get in the way of his duties in Afghanistan. He could still keep up with the 19-year-olds double-timing through the desert with 110-pound packs, still stand for 12 hours straight in the back of a Humvee manning the .50-cal. Sure, the pain at the end of the day didn’t wash away with some Advil and a good night’s sleep like it used to, but he could handle it.By the time his fourth tour rolled around, though, his labors were catching up with him. He was 42, and the hours he was spending on quad bikes training Afghan police on the eastern frontier were taking their toll. What started as a weird clicking in his neck and a twinge in his back devolved into a searing, debilitating sensation, and soon his head no longer felt connected to his spine. His hands … [Read more...] about Could This Treatment End Chronic Pain?
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2018 has been a breakout year for health innovation. Major tech companies plunged fully into the health care arena, hiring teams of health care experts and launching major initiatives. Google conducted landmark artificial intelligence studies; Apple signed up 500 health systems to provided patient data to its digital health records platform; and Amazon announced a health care venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan led by writer and surgeon Atul Gawande. Investments by health IT startups topped $6.8 billion by the end of September, well over the previous year’s total.Story Continued Below At the same time, health care systems intensified low-tech, hands-on efforts to improve care and lower costs, adding navigators, coaches and community health workers. Issues such as food security, housing and transport took root in board rooms, and the phrase, “social determinants of health” swept the industry. Telemedicine expanded as hospital systems used consults through … [Read more...] about Health care disruption: Thinking broadly about regulation and innovation
I was originally going to write this post for the 4th of July, given the subject matter. However, as regular readers know, I am not unlike Dug the Dog in the movie Up, with new topics that float past me in my social media and blog reading rounds serving as the squirrel. But never let it be said, though, that I don't circle back to topics that interest med. (Wait, strike that. Sometimes, that actually does happen. After all, I have been at this nearly 12 years now. It just didn't happen this time.) This time around, I will be using documents forwarded to me by a reader as a means of revisiting a discussion that dates back to the early days of this blog, before discussing the broader problem, which is the infiltration of pseudoscientific "complementary and alternative medicine" (CAM) into VA medical centers. The return of the revenge of "battlefield acupuncture" Today's topic is the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and its embrace of pseudoscience. VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) provide … [Read more...] about The VA and Dr. Tracy Gaudet: Integrating quackery into the care of veterans
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 19, 2018 / 4:52 PM GMT By Herb Weisbaum Some of the country’s biggest and most prestigious cancer treatment centers are using misleading testimonials in their marketing that don't disclose their stories of patients beating cancer aren't typical results, according to a new report. Out of 48 cancer centers, 90 percent used “deceptively promoting atypical patient testimonials,” according to the report, “Deceptive Marketing of Hope,” published by Truth In Advertising, a nonprofit consumer watchdog. The report included high profile cancer treatment names such as MD Anderson in Houston, Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, Dana-Farber in Boston, and Moffitt in Tampa, Florida. It also highlights Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a for-profit hospital headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, the cancer … [Read more...] about Consumer group says most U.S. cancer centers use misleading ads
CrossRoads of Southern Nevada will occupy this facility at 2121 W. Charleston Blvd. (Google Street View) A new substance-use treatment facility will open in mid-November with the promise of providing a continuum of care, from detoxification to transitional living. CrossRoads of Southern Nevada founder Jeff Iverson, who’s in recovery himself, made the announcement at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Las Vegas facility, 2121 W. Charleston Blvd., on Thursday. “I’m really honored to be a part of a project that is so needed in the community,” said Iverson, joined by the center’s staff and board of directors, along with health care industry members and elected public officials. The opening comes four months after Iverson planned to admit patients to his facility. At the time, he had staff members, but contracts with insurers weren’t established, and he was waiting on a license from the state as a detoxification facility. He was working on securing … [Read more...] about Las Vegas substance-use treatment center to open this month