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Minimally Invasive Procedure Relieves Tremors in Parkinson’s Patients

CHICAGO – A procedure that applies pulses of focused ultrasound to the brain is safe and effective for reducing tremors and improving quality of life in people with essential tremor (ET) or Parkinson’s disease (PD) tremor, according to a new study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Tremors are rhythmic, involuntary muscle movements that cause shaking in one or more parts of the body, usually in the hands. They are characteristic of movement disorders like ET and PD, two progressive conditions that affect millions of people worldwide.

 

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Rural health education grants awarded to Nevada

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Nevada more than $717,000 for rural medicine and education projects.

Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, both D-Nv., said the grants include funding for telemedicine, remote pharmacy, distance learning projects and video equipment.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of telemedicine to ensure rural Nevadans have access to life-saving, quality services,” they said in a joint statement.

Nevada Health Centers will receive $489,070 to implement a telemedicine project that delivers primary care including remote pharmacy services in rural areas. Interactive video equipment will be installed in 14 communities in Clark, Elko, Lander, Nye, Storey and Carson City. That will provide access to some 63,000 rural residents including 4,000 children.

 

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Crites Awarded Special Nursing Recognition

Texas County Memorial Hospital honored April Crites of Houston with a DAISY Award during a ceremony held for all of the DAISY Award nominees on Friday, Nov. 15.

Crites is a registered nurse at TCMH Home Health of the Ozarks. The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is the highest recognition award for an RN and licensed practical nurse (LPN) at TCMH.

The DAISY Award is part of the non-profit DAISY Foundation of Glen Ellen, Calif. The foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.

 

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Navicent Health Expands Patient Payment Plan Options Via AccessOne

MACON, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AccessOne, a leading provider of patient financing options designed to help consumers manage their healthcare costs, announced today that it will serve as the exclusive patient payment plan provider for Navicent Health, a health system licensed for over 1,000 beds serving central and south Georgia. The partnership offers consumers increased flexibility when it comes to paying for care, with a range of programs with generous interest-free or low-interest payment plans depending on their needs.

“At a time when consumers shoulder a significant portion of the costs of their care, this initiative empowers Navicent Health patients to receive the healthcare services they need without worrying about their financial health”

Patients who already have payment plans through Navicent Health may pay off their Navicent Health plan or continue with those terms in a plan with AccessOne, according to Chris Wilde, executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer for Navicent Health.

 

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Bluebird’s gene therapy pricing: value, shared risk, lifetime cap

It is hard to not get emotional when you witness the unfair reality of terrible diseases and personal stories of struggle, triumph, perseverance, and loss.

So I cried — no surprise for anyone who knows me well — for joy not long ago when the company I work for, Bluebird Bio, received regulatory approval2 in Europe for Zynteglo, our first gene therapy. It marked a turning point not only for people with transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia3, who could see potentially curative benefits, but also for the researchers who, against the odds, poured in blood, sweat, and tears to make hope a reality.

It crushes me when people who could benefit greatly from a cutting-edge therapy cannot get access to it. That’s why, just as we spent the past years cracking the code to make gene therapy work, we now need to work just as hard to make sure that gene therapy can be accepted, and paid for, by our health care system.

This is made even harder because trust in the pharma industry has eroded and, in my opinion, for good reason4. There is a desperate need for the industry to rise above the short-term, quarter-to-quarter financial playbook that drives harmful and absurd profit-taking behavior that includes price setting and price increases, fighting biosimilars, or doing whatever possible to extend the exclusivity of patents. This behavior is not okay and needs to be addressed. But it should not cast a cloud over the many people working on powerful, high-impact innovations for patients in need that are very much worth paying for and supporting.

 

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Simple Lifestyle Changes To Reduce Your Blood Sugar Level Naturally

Diabetes is a complex condition with different causes, symptoms and treatments. However, the problem arises when people fail to understand the disease and make poor choices that lead to bad health outcomes. So let’s try and understand a little more about this lifestyle condition.

There are majorly two kinds of diabetes:

* Type 1: This kind of diabetes usually occurs at a very young age (children) and the person affected needs to take insulin from Day One of the diagnosis for the rest of their lives. It happens because of the destruction of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas by one’s immune system, the cause of which is poorly understood even today.

 

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Straight Flush: Why Smart Toilets Could Be The Health Revolution Of The Future

Instead, they’re referring to toilets as the ideal form factor for a device that tracks a variety of health metrics, including nutrition, exercise, medication use, sleep patterns, and an assortment of biomarkers which could be used to predict cancer, diabetes and kidney disease. So long as you’re willing to surrender your urine not just to the sewer system, but to the cloud as well.

“Wearable devices that collect data continuously are disrupting healthcare in a positive way,” Joshua Coon, a professor of biomolecular chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Digital Trends. “However, they primarily rely on heart rate and step count. Toilet sampling of urine in the way we describe could monitor hundreds of compounds that can directly report on your metabolic health and lifestyle. For example, these types of measurements could inform on a range of topics from chemical exposures to consumer products to metabolites indicative of inflammation.”

 

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Washing Thanksgiving Turkey Could Spread Germs, Say Food Safety Experts

NEW YORK (AP) — Go ahead and rinse your cranberries, potatoes and green beans. But food say experts say don’t — repeat don’t — wash the turkey before popping it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day.

They say that could spread the germs lurking on your turkey in the kitchen sink or nearby food. But it’s been a challenge trying to convince cooks to stop rinsing off raw poultry.

“If your mother did it and your grandmother did it, and suddenly the (government) says not to wash your turkey, you may take some time to adjust,” said Drusilla Banks, who teaches food sanitation for the University of Illinois Extension.

Germs that can make people sick are common in the guts of healthy poultry and are legally allowed to be on raw turkey and chicken. The assumption is that nobody eats their poultry rare, and that thorough cooking will kill the bacteria.

 

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UnitedHealthcare To Open In-Store Centers at Walgreens

Nearly a year after CVS bought Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, the health benefits business of UnitedHealth Group, is partnering with Walgreens to open UnitedHealthcare Medicare “services centers” in Walgreens stores. The company will open 14 Medicare centers in Walgreens stores in January as part of the multiyear agreement. The centers will open at stores in the Las Vegas, Phoenix, Cleveland, Denver and Memphis markets.

At the centers, Walgreens customers will be able learn more about Medicare, meet with service advocates to discuss their UnitedHealthcare plan benefits and enroll in plans. Members of UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage will also be able to make an appointment for an in-store annual wellness visit at the Medicare services center in Walgreens through UnitedHealthcare’s HouseCalls program.

 

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Study Finds People Exposed to Violence End Up Isolated And Lonely, With Chronic Health Problems

CHICAGO Christopher Lee was 15 years old when he was shot May 14, 2016, while on his bike outside his home. He was shot in the back, arm and chest, and was in the hospital for six days, where he had two surgeries in addition to staples and stitches. To this day, he said, he still has a bullet in his chest.

And he’s still not over the shooting. The 18-year-old doesn’t play basketball in parks anymore only in gyms. Taking the CTA makes him nervous. And when friends invite Lee to a party, he declines.

“I definitely say no to those,” he said. “People shoot up house parties. I’d rather stay home and watch TV or something.”

 

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