Something More For You offers quality up-to-date information from and for health care professionals. Timely articles provide useful information on a wide range of topics with appeal to readers of all ages. Formerly a print magazine, this new blog features broader understanding of osteopathic medicine and seeks to advance the community's health and welfare.
April 11, 2014
In 1997 the Federal Communications Commission enacted a rule that cell phones without a calling plan needed to still be able to call 911. Good idea at the time, but today pranksters are using untraceable, out of service, phones to call emergency centers with false calls. One man in the Bay Area has made 30,000 false calls since 2007. No one has died because resources are tied up with false calls, but many priority police and fire calls have been delayed while rescuers scour areas to which pranksters have called them.
April 4, 2014
You've seen the news. You have heard the dispute - is autism on the rise or are more pediatricians willing to make the diagnosis? But what is the number? Autism, the Centers for Disease Control estimates, affects 1.2 million kids. This number goes across the whole spectrum of this disorder, from almost unnoticeable to debilitating.
March 28, 2014
Every day, four percent of hospitalized patients fight an infection picked up at a hospital or healthcare facility. Out of 34 million hospitalizations, there are 721,800 infections; 80,000 of whom are suffering with more than one hospital acquired infection.
March 21, 2014
More osteopathic physicians, nearly 25 percent of the 2,064 2014 graduates, have chosen to go into family practice than any other medical specialty, says the American Academy of Family Physicians. Overall, 53 percent of osteopathic physicians choose primary care (family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics) and will begin training in those specialties this summer.
March 17, 2014
The town of Ajo's population is below 3,500, despite being named one of the best and most affordable places to retire in the U.S. and it is served by a a federally qualified health center that has to send 40% of labs elsewhere and must put all but routine health visits on the road to...Phoenix.
March 7, 2014
Many people, whether they are intimidated by the red tape or worried about cost, who lack health insurance tell local navigators they'll risk fines and see how things work out during the coming year rather than obtain insurance by March 31. Navigators pose a different strategy: get covered and see how things work out.
February 28, 2014
If you bought a health insurance plan in the Arizona marketplace and are suddenly besieged with requests for information about your health - including gift card offers from local stores - don't despair. This is not some sneaky way to throw you off the rolls because of a pre-existing condition. Instead, health plans are trying to figure out what conditions you do have in order to price premiums for 2015. Under the Affordable Care Act 2015 premiums must be submitted this spring.
February 27, 2014
There have been dozens of stories during the last two months about soldiers returning home with brain injuries and the rehab options and hopes those warriors have. What numbers are we talking about? According to the Department of Defense, from September 11, 2001 through September 30, 2013, more than 265,000 US troops suffered TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury. Most were mild concussions, but 26,250 suffered penetrating head wounds, some of which would have been fatal in earlier wars.
February 26, 2014
Arizona Department of Health Services sent a news release out over the weekend that a child who suffered from underlying medical conditions, died in Yuma from flu complications. It is Arizona's first pediatric death of the season. ADHS advises physicians to remind patients to stay home when they are sick and to take "proper respiratory etiquette" to prevent spread of the flu.
February 18, 2014
The Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation is proud to announce it has awarded its March Trustee Award in the amount of $1,000 to Green Valley Assistance Services, Inc. in collaboration with United Community Health Center and A.T. Still University. The Award will provide funding for their prevention assessment tool and healthy lifestyle educational materials. The overall goal of this initiative is to encourage seniors to become active participants in their health and to improve communication between seniors and their primary care physicians.
February 9, 2014
Flu is now reported in all 15 Arizona counties, the Pima County health department told TOMF last Friday, and is moving to peak sometime late next month. Flu is widespread in 40 states. Vaccines are still recommended but take about two weeks to become fully effective.
February 4, 2014
Some Things to Remember 1. Category 1A Credit is granted for live programs provided by Category 1 CME sponsors. Category 1B is granted for programs of a more casual nature (online, teaching, writing) provided by Category 1 CME sponsors. Category 2A is granted for live programs sponsored by non-AOA accredited providers. Category 2B is granted for programs of a more casual nature (online, teaching, writing) sponsored by non-AOA accredited providers.