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Taking The Wait Out Of The Waiting Room

They have been referred to as Open Table for medical appointments. Apps like ZocDoc and InQuicker make it as easy for patients to schedule visits to the doctor and trips to the emergency room via smartphones and laptops as it is to make online reservations at their favorite restaurants. Source: Valley Health System

They have been referred to as Open Table for medical appointments. Apps like ZocDoc and InQuicker make it as easy for patients to schedule visits to the doctor and trips to the emergency room via smartphones and laptops as it is to make online reservations at their favorite restaurants. Ridgewood, NJ’s Valley Health System — […]

Study Finds Autism Awareness Among Future Healthcare Workers Still Has Room For Improvement

Skott Freedman, assistant professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College.
Source: Ithaca College

April is National Autism Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the developmental disability among Americans. But a recent study that examines knowledge about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among undergraduates in healthcare-related majors shows there is still room for improvement in spreading accurate information. The study was conducted last year by Skott Freedman, an assistant […]

Spinal Surgery: Right On Target

LevelCheck software clearly labels each vertebra in this X-ray image taken just before a patient’s spinal surgery. Note the pin to the left of L3. L and S stand for the lumbar and sacral regions of the spine, respectively. Source: The I-STAR Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University

Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a software program that works seamlessly with currently available procedures to assist a surgeon’s determination of which vertebra is which. Results from its first clinical evaluation show […]

New LBJ Hospital Nursing Chief Sets High Academic Goals For Staff

Derek Curtis, Chief Nurse Officer, Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
Source: Harris Health System

Derek L. Curtis, new chief nursing officer of Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, wants to enhance the opportunities for nurses and increase their role in patient-centric care where patients and families have a greater say in the hospitalization of loved ones. Additionally, the 21-year nursing professional, wants to encourage nurses to pursue more […]

Your Pain Reliever May Also Be Diminishing Your Joy

Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in the United States, found in more than 600 medicines, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
Source: © Tyler Panian / Fotolia

Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. In the study, participants who took acetaminophen reported less strong emotions when they saw both very pleasant and very disturbing photos, when compared to those who took placebos. Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in the over-the-counter […]

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