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.
December 8, 2013
Denise Grady wrote in the New York Times the day before Thanksgiving that the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology reversed restrictions announced in September that gynecologists could lose board certification if they treat men. Many OBs screen men at risk for anal cancer. Like cervical cancer, many anal cancers are caused by the human papillonvirus.
December 1, 2013
Scientists have long known bees have a terrific sense of smell, and lately they have been trained to detect explosives. Now researchers have turned bees loose on disease. Patients breathe into a device and bees react if they detect TB or cancer. Bees can be trained (with sugar rewards) in as little as 10 minutes, which is a good thing because the average honeybee only lives six weeks. To see the device in operation: http://mashable.com/2013/11/24/cancer-bees/
November 24, 2013
Physicians have long decided that patients don't want to hear about their weight, and if pressed about body size, patients decide to see another doctor. That may be changing. New guidelines advice your doctor to monitor your weight, inform you of risks, come up with a weight loss plan if indicated, and prescribe face to face weight loss counseling for patients on their way to heart disease. Since, theoretically, all primary care physicians will soon follow these guidelines, doctor shopping may no longer be an option for patients who don't want to hear the weight loss message.
November 17, 2013
Slowly but surely Arizona health care is moving into exchanging electronic health information. Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation is part of the Health Information Exchange of Arizona and Arizona Health-e Connection. The latter group has launched its campaign to inform patients to say yes to health information exchange. Media buys and health group rollouts will fill November and December. For more information, go to Ehealth4az.org. Check out "About Us" and see the TOMF logo represented among Arizona's players.
November 3, 2013
Physicians, public health experts and the police have long worked -- to no avail -- to ban texting while driving in Arizona. What has not worked at the policy level may work in the courts. In a unanimous decision, an Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that evidence of texting, and what was texted, can be used against drivers involved in an accident. The case was a criminal trial. The defendant was legally drunk, going 80 mph along Route 66 in downtown Flagstaff. He had just received a text from his girlfriend breaking off their relationship.
October 31, 2013
Every year 2.5 million Americans suffer eye injuries - and nine out of 10 are preventable if proper eye protection was worn. You might be thinking that employers should be fined for allowing so many eye injuries on the job, but you'd be mistaken. Most eye injuries today happen at home, and if they don't, they happen on the athletic fields and in parks. October was Eye Injury Prevention Month. We turned for answers to Whitney Lynch, DO, a board certified ophthalmologist in private practice at 6642 E. Carondelet Drive in Tucson. Click the link above to read the full interview!
October 27, 2013
Sierra Vista Regional Health Center will double in size and the operator, Regional Care Hospital Partners, is recruiting at least 25 doctors. See details on page A8, Arizona Daily Star.
October 6, 2013
People suffering from severe egg allergies were urged to get their flu shots in an allergist's office, but the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology said that such recommendations are not warranted.
September 29, 2013
Even if there is a government shutdown, it looks as though the Affordable Care Act will begin Tuesday and there are dozens of questions on everyone's mind. Some will be answered in a special Arizona Daily Star pull out this weekend. Here are some other resources.
September 22, 2013
Today's Wall Street Journal reports that UC San Francisco has determined that feeding patients with lots of high calorie foods quickly rather than a more gradual approach leads to faster weight gain and shorter hospital stays. This is one more tool in an arsenal to combat the mental health disease that, surprisingly, has the highest mortality rate.
September 15, 2013
School workers will be allowed to administer epinephrine to students and adults who experience an allergic reaction. There are many safeguards and exceptions, but this law has been in the works for years and was introduced by Tucson's Sen. Linda Lopez.
September 3, 2013
Insurers trying to set premiums for the upcoming insurance exchange deadline are concerned that older adults, who face higher health costs on average, will be the main people signing up for coverage (see today's Wall Street Journal for an in depth look). The administration seems to acknowledge this concern, and is focusing enrollment outreach toward the 19 million young, healthy and uninsured Americans (see Aug 30 US News & World Report).