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Innovative Cardiac Pump a Lifesaver for Critical Patients
Innovative Cardiac Pump a Lifesaver for Critical Patients
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Two Major Initiatives Genomes Initiatives in Alabama
Two Major Initiatives Genomes Initiatives in Alabama

Two major genomics projects are beginning in Alabama.

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Face2Gene App Searches Photos for Diagnostic Clues
Face2Gene App Searches Photos for Diagnostic Clues

Some diseases are so rare that a primary care physician may see only one or two cases in an entire career. The problem with the math in daily practice, however, comes from the sheer number of rare diseases--more than 8,000 known so far.

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Palliative Medicine Manages Symptoms in Chronically Ill and Terminal Patients
Palliative Medicine Manages Symptoms in Chronically Ill and Terminal Patients

Patients who are facing a chronic or terminal illness can find relief from symptoms, pain and stress through treatment provided by a palliative medicine team.

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Keeping PACE with the Continuum of Care
Keeping PACE with the Continuum of Care

PACE programs take a holistic approach to senior care within the continuum to craft individualized plans that allow older adults to thrive within their own community.

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Nurse Practitioners Partner with Physicians
Nurse Practitioners Partner with Physicians

While most nurses begin in the profession by providing bedside care, many advance their career by pursuing additional training. One option is to become a nurse practitioner.

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The Largest EMTALA Settlement Underscores the Difficulty of Treating Behavioral Health Patients in the Emergency Room

On June 2, 2017, Anderson, S.C.-based AnMed Health and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General entered into the largest settlement under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act ("EMTALA").

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Mental Hygiene of Meditation for Health
Mental Hygiene of Meditation for Health

We brush our teeth daily. Why not brush our brains? Not literally, of course, but there are interesting parallels between dental hygiene and mental hygiene that can have significant implications for our health, according to Micah Howard, MD.

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Huntsville Inpatient Hospice Facility a Dream Come True
Huntsville Inpatient Hospice Facility a Dream Come True

The construction of a new inpatient hospice facility on the campus of Redstone Village in Huntsville has fulfilled a dream for the staff and patients of Hospice Family Care (HFC).

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New Therapy for Peanut Allergy Gives Hope to Children and Families
New Therapy for Peanut Allergy Gives Hope to Children and Families

Peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis and fatal outcomes from food reactions in children. A new oral immunotherapy (OIT) treatment is proving to be a safe and effective way to eliminate the effects of the allergen in many sufferers through controlled exposure to peanuts.

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Clearing Clots With AngioVacR
Clearing Clots With AngioVacR

In the days of door to door vacuum cleaner salesmen, a common sales technique was to astound the prospective customer by cleaning a huge pile of debris from the living room rug.

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Managing Hypertension after SPRINT
Managing Hypertension after SPRINT

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.

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New Phone App Keeps Doctor and Patients in Touch
New Phone App Keeps Doctor and Patients in Touch

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.

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Taking Pulmonary Embolism Care to the Next Level
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Ten Measures for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death
Ten Measures for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death

An expert panel takes a fresh look at the most common mode of death and outlines 10 measures to try to flip the script.

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Delivering Quality Health Care with Compassion and Innovation
Delivering Quality Health Care with Compassion and Innovation

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.

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Alabama Gains from National Hospital Quality Program
Alabama Gains from National Hospital Quality Program

"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.

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Birmingham Researcher Releases As-Needed Drug for Anxiety
Birmingham Researcher Releases As-Needed Drug for Anxiety

"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.

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Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine

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.

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A wellness approach to chronic disease
A wellness approach to chronic disease

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.

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Care at a Distance
Care at a Distance

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.

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Addressing Childhood Obesity
Addressing Childhood Obesity

Stakeholders release report on barriers to evidence-based care for childhood obesity.

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Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba
Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba

"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.

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Stroke Risk Prevention Should Continue Through Senior Years
Stroke Risk Prevention Should Continue Through Senior Years

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.

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Preventing Hospital-Induced Delirium
Preventing Hospital-Induced Delirium

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.

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