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Hypertension: Causes, Consequences, and New Shifts in Understanding

A week ago, 32% of the U.S. adult population was identified as having high blood pressure; as of last Monday, that population increased to 46%.[1] The reason for this sudden and dramatic increase is the fact that the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and a handful of other health associations elected to [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How did they miss it or possible delay in diagnosis of pulmonary embolism?

The patient (AC) was complaining of chest pain with mild cough in the long-term setting, however it was easily explained by over exertion in physical therapy. Chart notes reflected minor complaints of chest pain relieved with Tylenol (thought to be from increased work in PT after his recent orthopedic surgery), mild shortness of breath and [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

An Overview of Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries

As we’ve mentioned on this blog before, beyond the hurdles of surgery itself, there is a lot that has to go right post-surgery in order to assure a patient leaves the hospital better than when they entered. One very real concern, particularly in the perioperative process, is hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs). Though HAPIs are considered [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Limitations of Online Doctor Reviews and How to Get Around Them

Internet review services like Yelp.com can be extremely useful when you’re in need of an Italian restaurant or hair salon, but what about for a new doctor? Sites like Yelp, along with RateMDs.com, Wellness.com, and HealthGrades.com, have emerged in the past decade to give patients an avenue of public praising or shaming of the professionals [...]

By | October 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Antibiotic Resistance: A Case Study and Solutions

Though the discovery of penicillin was a god-send to modern medicine in the early 20th century, Alexander Fleming’s technology has now reached a dangerous point of overuse. The CDC reports that at least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are unnecessary, and that between 20-50% of antibiotics used in hospitals are considered inappropriate.[1] In [...]

By | October 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blood Clots and Cancer: Understanding the Risks Beyond the Diagnosis

Because cancer touches so many individuals, most are aware of the diverse set of side-effects that come with this terrible disease. However, a common risk factor many might not consider to be linked with cancer is that of blood clots and cardiovascular events like heart attacks. However, since recent studies have shown such a correlation, [...]

By | October 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Squashing the Superbug: Understanding the Spread of Drug-Resistant Bacteria and How to Stop it

We’ve all seen and heard headlines touting the great fears of “superbugs,” a word that calls to mind some sort of sci-fi horror film villain. However, while it’s easy to write off the media’s focus on superbugs as an attention-grabber and fear tactic to rile audiences, superbugs can cause real dangers, especially in hospitals, if [...]

By | September 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When Two Life-Altering Diagnoses Intersect: Attempting to Understand the Connections Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

Both diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease are listed as two of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, falling at numbers six and seven respectively, and claiming the lives of tens of thousands yearly.[1] On the offset, these two diseases may seem very different; while Alzheimer’s is known for damaging nerve cells [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The How and Why of Healthcare Data Breaches

Cybersecurity is a very real concern for the modern American; 64% of this country’s citizens have personally experienced a major data breach, and because of this, faith in institutions to safeguard personal information is at an all-time low.[1] Having personal, sensitive information compromised is a nightmare for both the individuals affected and the business or [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Delays in Treatment: A Great Danger to Physicians and Patients Alike

  A missed or late diagnosis has obvious repercussions for patients, but for the medical staff who fails to contact or explain a test result or treat a disease, consequences can also be dire. One article published by American Medical News states that “missed appointments and failures to follow up pose some of the greatest [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments