Monthly Archives: April 2017

Strategies hospitals can use to brace for a flu pandemic

by Paige Minemyer | FierceHealth Apr 26, 2017 1:12pm Public health officials have warned that an influenza pandemic could be on the horizon and providers may not be ready to handle the challenges that come with a wide-scale disease outbreak. But hospitals are taking steps to prepare for an outbreak in the wake of worries… Read more »

Illinois hospital offers housing to curb ER superusers

by Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealth Apr 26, 2017 11:48am One of the biggest drivers in hospital spending is the rising number of “superusers,” patients who visit the emergency room or are admitted to a general acute care hospital several times a year. But an Illinois hospital noticed that many of its most frequent users were… Read more »

The 5 best-paying jobs in healthcare

by Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealth Apr 26, 2017 10:44am It’s good to be an orthopedic surgeon. The profession leads the list of the highest paid healthcare jobs in 2017, according to new salary data from a leading professional network site. Although another survey released by an online job recruiting website earlier this year found physicians… Read more »

Easing FDA Restriction Could Help Millions Hear Better (NPR)

Senate bill to allow OTC hearing aids has bipartisan support by MedPage Today Staff April 24, 2017 Bipartisan legislation to allow manufacturers of so-called “personal sound amplification products” to market them as over-the-counter hearing aids for people with mild to moderate hearing loss is receiving widespread support from consumer and patient’s rights groups. The Over-the-Counter… Read more »

FDA: No Codeine or Tramadol for Children Under 12 — Period

Warnings for children with medical conditions, breastfeeding moms by Molly Walker Staff Writer, MedPage Today April 20, 2017 Use of both codeine to treat pain and coughs and tramadol to treat pain are now both contraindicated in young children under the age of 12, said the FDA in a statement. Products containing codeine or tramadol… Read more »

Medieval Meds for MRSA (Scientific American)

Researchers look to the past for new antibiotics MedpageToday by MedPage Today Staff April 19, 2017 A group of researchers known as the “ancientbiotics team” are turning to the Middle Ages to find new leads for treating infections as more and more pathogens become antibiotic resistant, according to Scientific American. They are compiling a database… Read more »

Antibiotics Up Risk for Colon Polyps

Altered gut bacteria may be culprit in middle-age adults • by Jeff Minerd Contributing Writer, MedPage Today April 06, 2017 Long-term antibiotic use in early-to-middle adulthood was linked with increased risk for colorectal adenomas after age 60 in a dose-dependent manner, in an analysis of data from the Nurses’ Health Study. Be aware that the proposed… Read more »


HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS CHEST DISCOMFORT Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY SHORTNESS OF BREATH STROKE WARNING SIGNS… Read more »