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Florida, Philly declare public health emergency

Florida and Philadelphia recently declared a public health emergency after a large surge in Hepatitis A.The Hepatitis A outbreak has been a growing problem for much of the U.S., leading health officials to recommend routine vaccinations specifically for homeless people.According to the Philadelphia Tribune-Review, many cases are found where there is a high concentration of homeless people addicted to opioids.“Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that spreads through oral contact with infected feces — usually after a person has...

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Ledgers Reveal Bizarre Medical Cases from 400 Years Ago

The University of Cambridge has been working on a project to digitize one of the largest set of private medical records in history, and recently they put 500 of their favorite cases online.CNET highlights some of the more interesting cases from early 17th-century astrologers Simon Forman and Richard Napier. The pair treated patients ranging from household servants to archbishops with sometimes bizarre prescriptions such as attaching the bodies of dead pigeons to the patients’ feet.While the pair attempted to cure...

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New diagnosis: Can video games be addictive?

There’s a new diagnosis available. According to the World Health Organization, “gaming disorder” is the newest mental health condition.WHO describes gaming disorder as “impaired control over gaming” which means video games are given priority over important aspects of life, similar to a gambling disorder.Many organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, argue that there is not enough evidence to consider video gaming addiction an actual mental disorder.But there have been examples of people spending over 20 hours a day gaming, ignoring...

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Is a tiny shape-shifting robot your next surgical assistant?

At Heriot-Watt University, scientists are creating a new “shape memory alloy” that can be developed into tiny robotic surgeons as small as one millimeter in diameter.According to an article posted on The Telegraph, the robots could one day replace much of what surgeons do at a micro scale, and even detect cancerous tissue. The technology would reduce the need for surgeons to use small tools that are very difficult to handle, allowing for better patient care and reduced costs.And because...

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What is burnout disease?

You’ve seen run-down patients who have trouble at work. It may be viral, a heart condition, or it may be that they have “burnout disease.”A CNN article says burnout is a feeling of extreme work stress, and now it’s an official medical condition.According to the World Health Organization’s handbook, the symptoms of burnout disease are “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job or negative feelings towards one’s job, and reduced professional efficacy.”The article claims that...

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Can technology increase patient engagement?

According to an article from Physicians Practice, patients demand more access and communication from their physicians.And with most people now carrying a smartphone, health providers find the mobile phone a perfect platform to reach out to patients.The article says physicians and care managers should take advantage of mobile phones to increase patient engagement before, during, and after visits.Use text messages to remind patients about appointments and surveys to gather valuable data about patient lifestyles. And because today’s phones are video...

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New dental videos

Dentists can now subscribe to several new videos.All-on-4® Restoration, Sealants, Dental Plaque, Diet and Dental Health, Implant-Supported Denture and Teeth Anatomy are all new. More and more of our dental subscribers have asked about the All-on-4 procedure, so we made it a priority. These additions bring the dental library to 58 videos....

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Patient education urged to prevent opioid overdose after sobriety

The American Medical Association (AMA) says education should be used to let patients in a prolonged period of sobriety know that opioid use can result in overdose and death. This is due to a reduced tolerance to opioids after a period of abstinence. The AMA House of Delegates are calling on the AMA to develop appropriate educational programs.Physicians prescribing opioids know all to well the dangers involved. It will be interesting to see what the AMA develops. Until then, it...

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See ViewMedica at AAOE 2019

We look forward to showing off the latest updates to our VMcast waiting room TV system and the On-Demand patient education video system for your website. We will be at AAOE from May 5th to May 7th, at booth #531. If you are attending AAOE, please stop by the ViewMedica booth and say “Hi.”...

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See ViewMedica at the ASIPP Annual Meeting 2019

We look forward to showing off the latest updates to our VMcast waiting room TV system and the On-Demand patient education video system for your website. We will be at the ASIPP Annual Meeting from May 3rd to May 5th, at booth #303. If you are attending the ASIPP Annual Meeting, please stop by the ViewMedica booth and say “Hi.”...

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