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.
The Power of "Why?"
Primary care physicians see it almost every day. Patients come in complaining of fatigue. The exam is normal, labs raise no flags, and questions yield few if any clues.
The dissonance between how human bodies evolved to live and how modern life is pushing us to live has created a plague of lifestyle-related chronic illnesses. Diabetes, hypertension, immune disorders, obesity and a whole range of diseases of lifestyle are diminishing both the length and the quality of so many lives.
UAB First in the Nation to Use Telemedicine for Dialysis Visits
"How are you feeling today?" the doctor asks the dialysis patient.
"Everything's going good," she says.
Stakeholders release report on barriers to evidence-based care for childhood obesity.
"We don't consider those who come here for rehabilitation as residents or patients, they're guests and we call them guests," says Landie Acker-Langley, admissions coordinator at the Aspire Physical Recovery Center at Cahaba River, a new short-term rehabilitation facility in Vestavia Hills.
Anyone can have a stroke--thousands of people in the U.S. die or suffer a disabling brain injury from stroke every year. The odds of whether you will be one of them increase dramatically if you have hypertension, diabetes or smoke.
Have you ever dreamed of walking in a fog, unsure of where you are and what those strange sights and sounds at the edge of your awareness might be? It's frightening. It's also similar to what some patients--especially those who are elderly or very ill--may experience when they are hospitalized.
When a parent brings a child into the ER with a fever and stomachache, one possible diagnosis is appendicitis. Given the possible need for emergency surgery, it is important to quickly get an accurate diagnosis.
Last month, leadership of the American Medical Association, in conjunction with representatives from medical schools in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, unveiled the latest innovation in the quest to improve physician training to meet the demands of practicing medicine in the 21st century.
Rotator cuff surgery, once a subspecialty with a low public profile, has become the subject of frequent headlines for sports fans. And a new generation of technology is improving surgical outcomes as well as the recovery process. The increased visibility of rotator cuff surgery results from several factors according to Kenneth Bramlett, MD of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic of Alabama.
With the belief that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of a provider should be preventable, behavioral health specialists have set a goal that is both audacious and aspirational.
There's one provision of the Affordable Care Act that hasn't gotten much attention outside the industry, but it's a significant one: providers face financial penalties when a patient is readmitted more than 30 days after treatment.
With the launch of trials.cancer.gov, the National Cancer Institute hopes that making clinical trial information more user-friendly will result in greater awareness and participation in clinical trials to move the science forward faster.
Many of us experience leg discomfort, especially at the end of the day. However, there are a number of symptoms that can point to the possibility that someone has chronic venous insufficiency: heaviness, aching, swelling throbbing, itching, and/or cramping in your legs.
A professor in the UAB School of Health Professions and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Barbara Gower, PhD, serves as director of the metabolism core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and is a senior scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Using the Body's Own Defenses to Fight Cancer
This summer the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago named immunotherapy its Advance of the Year for 2016. This approach to treatment is being called possibly an even greater breakthrough than chemotherapy.
One in seven men in the United States will face prostate cancer at some time in their lives, making the disease the second leading cause of cancer death in America. For some of these patients, a new minimally invasive procedure can help them avoid surgery and the side effects that may follow.
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