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MediGain Blog


Even when you strive to provide the best care, you can't always prevent every chronic or terminal condition. One of the more difficult aspects of being a physician is being there during difficult times, in particular when you have to deliver the news of a chronic or terminal condition. However, this aspect of the job doesn't always come naturally to everyone. 

There are many factors that can lead to a global epidemic or health crisis. Expanding international trade introduces new health risks. The distribution chain has resulted in potential international outbreaks secondary to foodborne infections, poor-quality pharmaceuticals, and even contaminated consumer goods. Moreover, there are health issues that affect us individually but in large enough numbers they represent a bigger issue, such as obesity and drug use. These 7 global health issues are ones to watch in 2017.

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Because of the condition's growing prevalence across the globe, it's important for healthcare professionals from all scopes of practice to have at least a basic understanding and awareness about Alzheimer's disease, to assist in outcomes for both patients and their caregivers. Here are some key points to know about this challenging yet manageable condition. 

The Internet of Things. If you aren't into tech, you may not be familiar with the term or understand what it means. As simply as possible, the Internet of Things or IoT is the vast network of interconnected devices. It encompasses virtually all emerging technologies and will impact our daily lives in ways it is difficult to comprehend. Already, in its infancy, it is impacting healthcare and will continue to do so as more devices become connected and more alliances are formed between companies and machines. Here are Seven Ways the Internet of Things Affects Healthcare. 

In healthcare, we have all dealt with difficult or challenging patients at times. These encounters can range from the hostile verbal assaults from angry or dissatisfied individuals to the long, exhausting encounters with emotionally needy patients. While some of us are more gifted at interpersonal communication than others, we can all benefit from the following tips. 

 

Your medical office’s patient portal is a valuable tool for both staff and patients. However, getting your patients to use the patient portal can be a bit challenging. Many older adults may not be a savvy with a computer as the younger generation. On the other hand, the younger generation may not realize the value of the patient portal. Let’s look at 10 ways your staff can encourage patients to use the patient portal.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology, states that “Balloon sinuplasty is safe and effective and improves patients’ quality of life. It may be used as a stand-alone or as a hybrid procedure.” Balloon sinus surgery is more commonlyknown as balloon sinuplasty; this procedure is often recommended for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis.   

As with any surgery patients have questions and the goal of this blog post is to answer the top 5 questions.

Viruses excel at mutating for one, simple reason--they want to survive. Although not technically classified as a "living" organism, viruses rise from the dead when they encounter a living host cell, attach their surface proteins to a cell's membrane and inject genetic elements (either RNA or DNA) into the cell.  Within RNA/DNA material are instructions "telling" the host cell to manufacture more viruses, which rapidly spread and infect as many host cells as possible.