In the past, the only way to repair a damaged aortic valve was open-heart surgery. In 2011, the FDA approved a medical device to repair the heart using a catheter in the leg artery called the Sapien 3. The cost of the new valve is the same as cracking the chest, but has lower risks … Continued
Last year, the Ebola virus killed over 11,000 people – an outbreak that was not reported until three months after it began. The virus remains in the body after the patient has recovered and can sicken and infect others months after recovery. A few cases of Ebola have been reported recently in Liberia and there … Continued
What hurts more: chronic pain or not being able to receive treatment for it? Wisconsin Assembly Bill 366 is being recommended for passage. This bill defines a “pain clinic” as a place that treats chronic pain, pain lasting longer than 3 months, even if the clinic does not dispense narcotics or other prescription drugs. Spine … Continued
With Only 14% People Using Aids For Their Hearing Loss Condition, Are We Heading To A Major Health Crisis?
Heroin use in America traces back to the mid-1800s and is becoming more popular among people with historically low drug abuse. Prior addiction to prescription opioid painkillers is the strongest risk factor, making people 40 times more likely to start heroin. This is much more than marijuana users (three times) and alcohol users (two times). … Continued
Health insurance companies want to increase their rates in the amount of 20-40% or more, since new Obamacare customers are sicker than expected. Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans hikes across the country of 23-54%. The insurance companies say that the increased need of patients, the high cost of specialty drugs, and grandfathered insurance plans (not meeting … Continued
Infections of Hepatitis C, a contagious liver infection spread by blood contact, has more than tripled in Appalachia – Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia – fueled by prescription drug abuse in rural areas. About 73% of patients are under age 30 and injected drugs. The infection rate has more than doubled from 2010 to … Continued