|A Decade of Diabetes Education|
When the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) was launched in 1997, the message was straightforward: diabetes is very serious and very costly, but it can be controlled.
While that message remains a central theme, NDEP has directed much of its resources in recent years to sharing evidence-based science concerning the prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes with healthcare providers, policymakers and the general public. Click Here for More ...
|Diabetes Incidence Rates and Employer-Paid Costs|
Diabetes is a major concern for employers.
Research out of Harvard Medical School has shown that diabetics have absenteeism and “presenteeism” (i.e., impaired while at work) rates in excess of other, healthier employees: annual excesses total 6.4 days absenteeism and 7.3 days presenteeism. Combined, that sums to 14 work days (nearly three work weeks) per diabetic per year in lost productivity. Click Here for More ...
ADAM LONG, PHD
|Hospitalist Movement Gaining Ground|
Drive down the busy Highway 98 corridor in Hattiesburg, Miss., and a new high-tech billboard touts the latest addition to the medical staff at Hattiesburg Clinic.
A neurosurgeon? A cardiologist? A nephrologist?
No, a hospitalist, representing the fastest-growing medical specialty in the United States.
“We’ve been in existence for 10 years and have 19 hospitalists,” said Dr. Steven E. Farrell, medical director of the hospitalist program at Hattiesburg Clinic, which is linked to Forrest General Hospital. Click Here for More ...
|Oral Sex — Cause for More Cancers|
Having sex with an infectious person can not only contribute to cervical cancer, but it has now been uncovered as a major culprit in head and neck cancer, as well.
In a small, but eye-opening study, Vanderbilt Medical Center has proven that about half of the cancers of the oropharynx are human papillomavirus (HPV) positive. Click Here for More ...
GLORIA BUTLER BALDWIN
|Q&A with Dr. Daniel Jones|
Dr. Daniel W. Jones wears more than one hat when he speaks to policymakers in Washington — but his message is the same.
It’s about boosting funds for medical research, fixing the health gap between social classes, and bringing a new focus on prevention to America’s healthcare system. Click Here for More ...
|Stray Electrosurgical Burns Can Prove Catastrophic to Patients|
With the growing popularity of minimally invasive surgery, the number of laparoscopies undertaken in the United States has grown exponentially.
But not every surgeon who uses the procedure — or every facility that provides the technology — is aware that patients are occasionally subjected to rare but dangerous internal electrosurgical burns. Click Here for More ...
|Studies Link Higher Drug Costs, Lower Compliance|
For several years now, health insurers have been saying the only way to get consumers engaged in controlling the cost of healthcare is by raising their out-of-pocket costs.
If patients are forced to pay more for medical care, goes the argument, they’ll be more likely to stop asking for, or accepting, the kind of unnecessary services that have propelled health costs to ever-higher levels. Click Here for More ...