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Solesta by Salix Pharmaceuticals

Solesta is a bulking agent injected into the anal canal through anoscopy. The goal is to improve bowel control. Available since 2006 in Europe and 2011 in the United States, Solesta, is showing evidence of success as a treatment for fecal incontinence. Solesta is a suitable treatment option for individuals who fail to get relief…

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MRSA Infections In Healthcare Facilities

Up to 30 percent of the population carries Staphylococcus aureus on their body, and serve as a source of cross-contamination whether at the doctor’s office or the grocery store. Natural selection, and the proclivity towards antibiotics, is changing how bacteria thrive. Evolution has introduced a more virulent strain of Staphylococcus aureus intrinsically resistant to standard…

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The Future of Colonoscopy

Discomfort has always been an excuse for avoiding an colonoscopy procedure, but those days may be coming to an end. It is hard to blame patients who put off having a colonoscopy. The hype and embarrassment make the procedure sound much worse than it is in reality. The goods news for both consumers and medical…

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Report Card: D+ for US Emergency Care

With the Affordable Care Act coming of age this year, all eyes are turning to see what impact it will have on the emergency department. There are two schools of thought on the subject. One believes that increased insurance coverage will lighten the load on emergency rooms. Others think the people that now have insurance,…

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How Obamacare Will Change The Emergency Room

The concept behind the Affordable Care Act is a practical one, especially with 16.3 percent of the population running to the emergency department when sick. One goal of the program is to reduce the stress on emergency rooms by providing alternatives to uninsured individuals who use hospitals as primary care providers. Supplying them with health…

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Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

Put simply, the fecal immunochemical test, or FIT, tests the stool for blood to determine if a more comprehensive examination is necessary. Occult, or hidden, blood is a critical symptom in the detection of precancerous polyps or colon cancer. This test is a relatively new addition in the fight against colorectal cancer, the third leading…

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Smartphone Apps For the ED

Mobile technology is taking over the world, the emergency department included. With the majority of people carrying smartphones or tablets these days, it makes sense that the health care industry would make use of this valuable trend, as well. Hospitals can utilize smartphone applications to improve a patient’s experience while in the ER and to…

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Laryngoscope Contamination Studies

As concern regarding cross-contamination becomes more prevalent in light of resistant bacteria strains, the laryngoscope handle falls into focus. SUNY Upstate Medical University Study A 2009 study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia sampled 60 laryngoscope handles from the operating rooms of SUNY Upstate Medical University. The hospital recognized their lack of regulations regarding the disinfection…

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Urgent Care Centers Are Filling a Void

There has always been a question about urgent cares centers and their impact on the health care landscape. A recent study by the Center for Studying Health System Change found they do indeed matter. HSC is a Washington, D.C. based nonpartisan agency dedicated to researching health care policies and providing focused analysis. Their recent findings…

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The Ultroid Hemorrhoid Management System

About 75 percent of all people experience hemorrhoids at some point in life, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over half of individuals over the age of 50 have some form of this disease. For those who suffer from painful inflammation, a nonsurgical option like the Ultroid Hemorrhoid Management System offers…

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