A call for new antibiotics

Stronger antibiotics are one of the next big developments in medicine.

The emergence of superbugs could be a threat that alters the world of medicine as we know it, potentially throwing our society back into the Dark Ages. Fear not though, advancements in antibiotics are taking on these continually evolving microscopic monsters. As humans continue to fight…

10 Professional Health Care Social Media Tips

Kevin Pho

We recently sat down for a chat with Kevin Pho, an internal medicine physician who specializes in health care social media. He is the co-author of the book Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices.
Kevin is also the…

CPR 101

Be ready to respond when someone is in need.

Heaven forbid you ever find yourself in a position where you need to give someone cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly referred to as CPR. However, if the situation calls for action, it’s important to be able to help an unresponsive person when their life is on the line. For those interested…

New medical coding standards are a long time coming

Medical coding standards will completely change when ICD-10 is implemented.

The medical coding profession is going to see a complete overhaul with the implementation of ICD-10. The collection of disease codes is set to replace the current standard, ICD-9 no earlier than Oct. 1, 2015. This new deadline is the result of the latest in a series of delays that have been…

Schizophrenia linked to genes

New research could be a crucial step in treating schizophrenics.

Mental illnesses, particularly schizophrenia, have seen relatively few advances in drug treatment over the past 50 years.1 This is largely due to our lack of understanding about what causes them. Therefore, it has been historically challenging to mitigate symptoms of diseases such as…

The United States sees a significant decline in HIV diagnoses

There has been a significant decline in HIV diagnoses in the U.S. over the last decade.

According to a new study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the diagnosis rate of HIV has fallen one-third over the last decade. It is estimated that over 35 million people are infected with the AIDS-causing disease globally, with over one million of those infected…

Study suggests Acetaminophen doesn’t reduce back pain

Back pain

A new study published in The Lancet by a team of Australian researchers suggests that the popular pain-reliever acetaminophen has no effect on acute lower back pain. This over-the-counter drug has been widely recommended by medical professionals to deal with this condition. Lower back pain…