Joining Forces Against Cancer

UAB and HudsonAlpha Form Consortium Form Genomic Cancer Research

When a combination is equal to more than the sum of its parts, that’s known as synergy. . ...Read More

 



Current Birmingham Medical News

New Allograft Implants Promote Healing of Stubborn Diabetic Foot Ulcers | Diabetic foot ulcers, Human amniotic membrane, Allograft, EpiFix
New Allograft Implants Promote Healing of Stubborn Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The approval of a new human amniotic membrane allograft is changing the lives of many patients who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers.


 
In-House Pharmacies Raise Revenues and Compliance | Cullman Internal Medicine, Debbie Brumbeloe, pharmacies, pharmacy, in-house pharmacies, in-practice pharmacies, independent pharmacies, Cullman, Alabama, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
In-House Pharmacies Raise Revenues and Compliance

Like Walmart expanding into the grocery business, medical practices have begun branching into services that will up their revenue and deem them one-stop medical shops.


 
ONCOLOGY FOCUS

Joining Forces Against Cancer
Joining Forces Against Cancer

UAB and HudsonAlpha Form Consortium Form Genomic Cancer Research

When a combination is equal to more than the sum of its parts, that’s known as synergy. The renowned clinical research and treatment capabilities of UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the genomics expertise and state-of-the-art infrastructure of Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology are a pairing of talent so natural it would do Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers proud.


 
Ovarian Cancer - A Glass Half Full | Ovarian cancer, gynecological oncologist Monjri Shah, MD, Alabama Oncology, Dr. Edward Partridge, UAB Comprehensive Cancer, platinum-based chemotherapy, Paclitaxel, Carboplatin, Bevacizumab, PARP inhibitors, CA125, BRCA 1, BRCA 2
Ovarian Cancer - A Glass Half Full

Not so long ago, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer was a virtual death sentence for all but a few lucky women. With the advent of platinum-based chemotherapy, five-year survival rates are now approaching 50 percent. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of those diagnosed early are surviving.


 
Healthcare Spotlight

Local Nephrologist Combines Career, Family, and Classical Music   | Jason J. Tsai, nephrology, classical music, chamber music, violin prodigy, Nephrology Associates PC, Schwob School of Music, East Alabama Medical Center
Local Nephrologist Combines Career, Family, and Classical Music

By the time Taiwan native Jason Tsai was finishing high school and thinking about colleges, his career plans had come down to a fork in the road: medicine, or music?


 
Guest Writers

CMS Offers To Settle All Acute Care Inpatient Claim RAC Appeals

CMS is offering to pay hospitals 68 percent of the allowable amount for all claims that are currently on appeal. Specifically, CMS is offering to settle "inpatient status" claims at 68 percent of the "net paid amount" within 60 days of CMS' execution of an "Administrative Agreement."


 
Controlling and Monitoring Operating Overhead Expense Requires Continuing Effort

Controlling and monitoring operating overhead expenses in a health care practice is a never-ending task.


 
Oncology Joint Ventures: When Do They Make Sense

Joint ventures for cancer centers have proliferated in the last few years. These arrangements can take a variety of forms and can involve community hospitals, regional medical systems, academic centers of excellence, national cancer care companies and both medical and radiation oncologists.


 
THE LITERARY EXAMINER

Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories

by Terrence Holt

c.2014, Liveright; $24.95 / $27.95 Canada; 275 pages

 

 

It took you awhile to get the hang of things.


 
Grand Rounds

October 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 


After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers
Title: After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Playing the Field May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk: Study
Title: Playing the Field May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Less Competition Among Docs = Higher Medical Costs, Study Says
Title: Less Competition Among Docs = Higher Medical Costs, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says
Title: Sleep Woes Common Among Troubled Young Children, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food Allergens
Title: FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food Allergens
Category: Health News
Created: 10/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Title: Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Category: Health News
Created: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Police: Poison likely killed Utah family of 5 - Alabama's News Leader

Police: Poison likely killed Utah family of 5
Alabama's News Leader
Investigators found empty methadone bottles, 10 empty boxes of nighttime cold medicine and two boxes of allergy medicine in their garbage, along with a red liquid substance in Pepsi cups. They also found a pitcher of red juice, a purple bucket with ...

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Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:43 pm CDT

People, businesses on the move in the area - Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola News Journal

People, businesses on the move in the area
Pensacola News Journal
Dr. Josh Dixon earned his medical degree at University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala., and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Kentucky, Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery in Louisville, Ky.

Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:43 pm CDT

PAC-12 moves debate forward regarding medical costs for injured college athletes - Charleston Post Courier

PAC-12 moves debate forward regarding medical costs for injured college athletes
Charleston Post Courier
Auburn instead pays all expenses not covered by a family's medical insurance. If an athlete does not have insurance, then Auburn puts him on its medical coverage. According to The Birmingham News, these plans weren't cheap. In the 2010-11 academic ...

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Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:01 pm CDT