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…

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…

Stone Fruit Recall

Wawona Packing Company, based in California, has issued a voluntary recall on stone fruits including peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots. The recall is due to possible listeria contamination and includes fruits sold at major grocery outlets including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Sam’s…

Fido’s Stay-Cation: Your Dog’s Answer to Heat Stroke Prevention

As temperatures rise this summer, billions are searching for easy and fun ways to beat the heat. Whether your plan is to hit the beach, travel abroad or lounge poolside with friends and family, you’ll want to make sure your four-legged friends can stay cool, hydrated and comfortable as well….

Medical conspiracy theories could affect lifestyle

Conspiracy theories

A new study conducted by the University of Chicago has found that nearly half of U.S. citizens believe in  health-related conspiracy theories. Scientists surveyed subjects about six commonly held conspiracy theories, asking them both if they had heard of the theory and whether or not they…

Developments in Alzheimer’s Disease

New developments could prove beneficial in treating Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a deleterious disease caused by plague in the brain that hinders memory and other essential mental functions. Dementia can lead to a loss of intellectual and social skills, which can interfere with day-to-day life.1 There are many…