Pregnant women take vitamins to avoid neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
Ankle arthroplasty can relieve pain and maintain motion in an arthritic ankle joint. The procedure is an alternative to ankle fusion which also can relieve pain but eliminates motion in the joint.
When higher quality care meets higher revenue for physicians, it's a win all the way around. Brookwood Baptist Health (BBH) has managed to achieve this with the development of a cost-effective program for discharged Medicare patients that is proving successful at reducing readmission rates.
John Farley, MD, has been an internal medicine physician for 23 years and has seen the fee-for-service concept of primary care become akin to running on a treadmill.
Learning to calm childhood fears comes with the job of being a parent. When little ones wake from bad dreams, it's up to mom and dad to turn on the lights, chase away the shadows, and help them feel safe.
Growing up can be difficult in a digital age. Dr. Jess Shatkin shares insights on how primary care providers can support parents in an age of increasing adolescent anxiety and depression.
Picture the term "exercise," and chances are that some typical images come to mind: a runner pounding the track or the sidewalk, a lifter at the gym counting reps.
Thousands of people undergo conventional anatomic shoulder replacements each year for relief from arthritis pain, but for those who also have rotator cuff tears, the conventional procedure may not be the best option.
Birmingham St. Vincent's Hospital is the first in the state to offer the SpaceOAR® System, a new, less invasive treatment for prostate cancer that offers a higher cure rate and fewer side effects than traditional therapies.
When Matthew Might's son was diagnosed in 2012 with the first case of NGLY1 deficiency -- an ultra-rare genetic disorder -- the computer scientist altered his career focus into genetics and drug development.
Translating a brilliant idea into an effective FDA-approved treatment takes years of science, clinical trials and meticulous work.
Why nursing? Why not banking or marketing or any of the other majors a student can choose when deciding how they want to spend their working life?
D'Ann Somerall, DNP, FNP-BC, says people tend to look at nursing differently from other professions. In general, they assume that nurses will give bedside care for their entire career.
"Sleep knits up the raveled sleeve of care," Shakespeare tells us, and Micah Howard, MD agrees. "Sleep is not a luxury, it's a necessity," he tells his patients, and a growing body of research bears out the advice.
A generation ago, when coronary stents started becoming a household word, they were a revolution that in many cases made traditional open-heart surgery unnecessary.
The sooner you know, the sooner you can act - advances in RNA diagnostics are helping providers identify disease more rapidly and move to the treatment phase.
Peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis and fatal outcomes from food reactions in children. A new oral immunotherapy (OIT) treatment is proving to be a safe and effective way to eliminate the effects of the allergen in many sufferers through controlled exposure to peanuts.
In the days of door to door vacuum cleaner salesmen, a common sales technique was to astound the prospective customer by cleaning a huge pile of debris from the living room rug.
New guidelines for managing hypertension are expected this year. Meanwhile, in light of the SPRINT study and years of debate about blood pressure targets for older adults, many physicians face questions over how aggressively they should push for lower blood pressure numbers.
A recently developed cell phone application gives new meaning to the term 'house call.' The program, known as ChronicCareIQ, is an app that helps doctors remotely monitor the care of chronic patients.
An expert panel takes a fresh look at the most common mode of death and outlines 10 measures to try to flip the script.
Brooke MD Primary Care, honored as Huntsville's Medical Practice of the Year, utilizes an innovative patient care model. In response to the shortage of primary care physicians, Dr. Brooke Uptagrafft manages three nurse practitioners who are the principal patient care providers.
"The great thing about being part of Partnership for Patients is you have access to a lot of resources," says Vicki Britt, director of quality management at Pickens County Medical Center.
"This will fill an unmet need in mental health," says Tom Dooley, PhD, a Birmingham researcher with 13 patents for pharmaceutical and biotech developments to his name.
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