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The World’s Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

April 21st, 2014  |  The Blog

Cardiac pacemakers save lives. That is a fact. The traditional cardiac pacemaker is placed in the upper left chest with wires or leads threaded into the heart, where the pacing occurs. The traditional device is a visible and palpable under the skin on the chest wall. All that is about to change with the debut of the newest, smallest pacemaker, Medtronic's Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). This new device will change the world of the cardiac healthcare industry. The Specifics of the ... More »

3-D Printing Changes Lives

April 14th, 2014  |  The Blog

Getting a new printer has just gone to a whole new level. The 3-D printer can make wonderful arts and crafts projects but it can also produce so much more. That so much more has to do with life-changing health issues. 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is changing the medical world in several ways. The printed objects are used in real time and also used as prototypes for practice and to fine-tune upcoming complicated surgical procedures. 3-D Printing Explained 3-D printing ... More »

A Cancer Registry

April 7th, 2014  |  The Blog

So, you are with a patient, friend or family member or caring for a patient when they get the news. They have cancer. It does not matter where the cancer is located or what stage of cancer the doctor tells them. The fact is that, they have cancer. What now? A patient's response to getting the news of a newly diagnosed or recurrent case of cancer varies but is most often not a happy one. No one ever wants to hear ... More »

Ramping Up to Opening Day

March 31st, 2014  |  The Blog

As the Major League Baseball (MLB) season ramps up, the baseball world is evaluating and tweeking the nutrition status of its players. You are what you eat, or that is what they say. Let's take a look at what the sports nutrition experts, specifically those working with the Boston Red Sox, suggest for the pros. There are a few simple and valuable lessons to learn. First, the main do not's: Do not buy into fad diets. They are not the answer to ... More »

Menopause Symptoms 101

March 24th, 2014  |  The Blog

Menopause is the end of a long hormonal journey for women. At this time, menstrual periods stop. This transition is accompanied by some other physical changes of the body and their associated, and sometimes bothersome, symptoms. Once menstrual periods stop for one full year, a woman is considered to be post-menopausal. How do women get to the other side of menopause? Every woman experiences different symptoms, which can include: Hot flashes Night sweats Sleep disturbance Vaginal dryness Low libido Mood swings Headaches Thinning hair Acne Mental fogginess How to Deal With the ... More »

Weight Loss and Atrial Fibrillation

March 17th, 2014  |  The Blog

Atrial fibrillation affects 2.3 million Americans. There are 200,000-300,000 new cases of atrial fib diagnosed every year in the U.S. An estimated 12 million people will be diagnosed every year by 2030. Why the spike? Simply stated, the rate of obesity in America. Atrial Fibrillation 101 Atrial fibrillation is a cardiac arrhythmia, which translates into an irregular heartbeat. The two upper chambers of the heart, the atria, beat in a fast, disorganized and irregular manner. It is an electrical conduction problem. The ... More »

Lice Should Not Be Scary

March 10th, 2014  |  The Blog

Lice. The word scares every parent, teacher and school nurse. In the big picture, what does it really mean? Parents feel a true sense of embarrassment when they get that call or note from the school nurse stating that their child or some other child in the class has lice. The tiny glossy lice eggs embed in the hair along the scalp surface. Most schools have a no-nit policy. Let the lice removal or picking begin. One-third of cases with nits, when left ... More »

Women and Stroke

March 3rd, 2014  |  The Blog

Anything but a stroke! That is the plea or prayer of the average member of today's population. Having a stroke is usually life altering, not in a positive way. Stroke affects 795,000 Americans every year. Of that number, 3% have survived the stroke with some residual health problems. Stroke Effect A stroke happens when blood suddenly stops flowing to the brain. A blood clot or an arterial rupture in the brain causes a stroke. About 20% of strokes are the result of ... More »

CVS Bans Tobacco

February 24th, 2014  |  The Blog

Smoking stinks. Smoking is harmful to a person's health. With those thoughts in mind, CVS has issued a ban on selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 2014. Tobacco products, in this case, include cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. CVS's decision has been commended by President Obama as a powerful example, by the American Public Health Association as a historic decision and by the American Association of Cancer Research as a visionary move. Kudos to CVS! The Marketing Strategy Tobacco ... More »

Acetaminophen Concern

February 18th, 2014  |  The Blog

Acetaminophen is a common drug used to treat minor pain and reduce fever. It is found as acetaminophen alone and as an added ingredient in other combination medications like Percocet and acetaminophen with codeine. A health concern for patients taking acetaminophen has become a concern because, in some cases, it can cause serious skin reactions. The Statistics Over the course of 40 years, there have been almost 100 cases of a serious skin reaction to acetaminophen. There have been 67 resulting hospitalizations ... More »


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