Posted By dr-abadir
May 22, 2013

RYE BROOK, NY, May 22, 2013 /PressRelease/ —Abadir Associates, a Westchester County cosmetic dermatology clinic that specializes in combining treatments for optimal results, is offering a new technique designed to smooth and thicken thin skin on the neck.  The practice has successfully treated multiple patients over the past year and seen dramatic results.

“Basically, [this approach] is for women who want to do everything but a neck lift,” says Westchester dermatologist Dr. Michelle Abadir of Abadir Associates.  “It allows you to add another method to thicken up the neck skin, which can be difficult.”  Normal aging may cause the skin of the neck to become thinner, bumpy, and nodular as well as to lose elasticity – thus allowing it to take on a “crepe-y” appearance.  By addressing these issues with one treatment program, she can offer patients a stronger result without needing to resort to surgical techniques.

The treatment program involves combining the dermal filler Sculptra with wrinkle-releaser Botox and skin-tightening treatment Thermage to combine the benefits of all three.  Additionally, Dr. Abadir is the only dermatologist who offers diluted Sculptra treatments for a significantly more natural result.  By diluting the injectable down to one-quarter its usual strength (and gradually increasing the concentration every few months as the treatment progresses), Dr. Abadir is able to combine Sculptra perfectly with Botox and Thermage.

The program can be customized to suit each patient, and many may choose to combine Sculptra with only Botox or only Thermage.  Dr. Abadir reports that her favorite treatment plan involves all three in a sequence designed to improve skin quality (this is an approximation of the schedule, individual needs may vary):

  • Week 1: Botox
  • Week 3: Sculptra
  • Week6: Thermage
  • Week 9: Sculptra
  • Week 15: Sculptra

Patients following this plan see thicker neck skin with less wrinkling and no nodules.  They also report high levels of satisfaction with their treatment and their results.

Dr. Abadir offers additional advice to her patients seeking to keep their skin healthy and maintain their treatment results.  “Anything you do – no matter what you do – a good skincare regimen should always include a retinoid, a c-serum, a growth peptide, and a zinc-based sunscreen.”

About Abadir Associates A leading cosmetic dermatology clinic in Westchester, New York, Abadir Associates provides a wide range of dermatological solutions – including injectables, skin tightening treatments, and innovative new approaches.  For more information, visit them online at http://www.drabadir.com/.

Posted By amanda-guerrero
March 1, 2013

Nintendo WiiPlaying video games might not be a complete waste of time – at least according to a study published in the online journal PLOS ONE. Researchers at the University of Rome in Italy found that training laparoscopic surgeons using on a Nintendo Wii™, in addition to their standard learning, could be “helpful, inexpensive and entertaining.”

For the study, the university’s Department of Surgical Science worked with 42 first and second year post-graduate residents, all specializing in general, vascular or endoscopic surgery. The participants were tested on a laparoscopic simulator in order to evaluate their performance on certain parameters. They were then randomly placed in one of two groups. One group received additional training with the Nintendo Wii™, and the other did not.

Training included playing Wii™ Sports Tennis, Wii™ Table Tennis and Battle. The games were chosen because they require high demands of:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Depth perception
  • Movement precision
  • 3D visualization

Surgical residents in the Wii™ group received training on the video game console five days a week for an hour each day. After four weeks, the participants underwent another testing session on the laparoscopic simulator. When results from the first session were compared to those of the second, researchers found that residents receiving training with the Wii™ showed greater improvement, particularly in performance metrics such as “economy of instruments movements” and “efficient cautery.”

With the study showing such positive results, other resident training programs around the world could notice and start implementing Wii™ training at their own facilities.

Posted By amanda-guerrero
January 31, 2013

EHR Health Information ExchangeWith the help of the United States’ first cancer reporting model, which sends patients’ electronic health record (EHR) data to the Kentucky Cancer Registry in real time, researchers now have access to timely medical data and statistics that can help spot cancer-related trends more quickly than ever before. According to a statement by Eric Durbin, the director of Cancer Informatics at the Kentucky Cancer Registry, “[The] project is laying the groundwork for electronic reporting not only in Kentucky but across the United States.”

The reporting module, which officially launched in October of last year, is a collaboration between the Kentucky Health Information Exchange, Regional Extension Center and Cancer Registry, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was funded through the CDC as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Comparative Effectiveness Research activity, due to its ability to improve population health through disease surveillance efforts.

The database is made possible through the use of health information exchange (HIE), which allows for the secure transfer of clinical data between EHR systems and government databases. Many states are working on developing standard health information exchanges that allow providers to share data with government agencies at all levels, as well as other physicians using different EHRs. The ultimate goal is to have a national interoperable network facilitating health information exchange between providers and agencies in different states.

HIE is likely be an important tool for healthcare providers looking to participate in Meaningful Use stage 2 next year.

Posted By suzy-mage
January 11, 2013

A well-designed combination of wind energy, solar energy, and storage in batteries and fuel cells would be a cost effective way of meeting 99 percent of electricity demands by 2030, according to a recent University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College study.

Solar power is the energy generated from the conversion of sunlight into electricity, directly using photovoltaics (PV) in the form of solar panels. Wind power is the  generated from wind turbines; a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy in the process known as wind power. Both of these power sources can be generated and then placed in batteries and fuel cells for storage.

One of the main critiques of both solar and wind power is that these are intermittent sources of energy, generating energy only when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining, respectively. This thus creates potential problems for utilities and grid operators who must keep the supply and demand for electricity in balance to meet the demands of the population, even when the conditions for these renewable energy sources are not ideal.

The authors of the study thought that a combined system of wind and solar may be the answer to this problem. Combining the the two resources in a single system would allow for a more efficient use of transmission lines and a more cost-effective way of generating electricity.

To test their theory, the research team developed a computer model to consider all of the combinations – 28 billion to be exact – of renewable energy sources and storage mechanisms. The combinations were simultaneously tested over four years of historical hourly weather data and electricity demands from 13 states, representing one-fifth of the country’s total electric grid.

The study, published in the Journal of Power Sources, used estimates of solar, wind, and general technology costs in 2030, leaving out government subsidies – since their future is unknown – to project the cost of renewables in 2030. The projected costs are about half of the current wind and solar costs and maintenance costs would stay the same.

When comparing this cost to the costs of fossil fuel use, which includes both the estimated fuel cost and the known negative externalities, including human health hazards caused by air pollution, they found that the combined solar and wind plants would be more cost effective than using fossil fuels.

This project isn’t the first to realize that a combination of wind power, solar power, and storage could be a cost-effective solution to meeting high energy demands. For example, California also made this realization last year.

Thanks to the combined legislation, policies, and citizen motivation, California became the top solar state in the country and solar power projects in San Diego has outreached any other city within the state. However, they still had to deal with the problem of solar power not being able to generate electricity all of the time. So in November 2012, California created its first wind and solar plant in the Tehachapi-Mojave region of Southern California, where the wind blows strongest at night while the sun is strongest during the day.

In the Tehachapi-Mojave region a 140-megawatt Pacific Wind farm was placed nearby a 143-megawatt solar power station in Catalina to create a hybrid wind-solar power plant. The power generated in this project will supply solar initiatives with renewable energy to use in residential areas and businesses. The Tehachapi-Mojave is just one example to support the findings of the joint UD and DTCC study.

By 2030, when fossil fuels are expected to increase in price and decrease in amount available, renewable sources will need to come into play in order to meet energy demands. It is important to design and implement the sustainable projects so that when the country is in need of energy, it will be readily available.

Posted By amanda-guerrero
December 12, 2012

Doctor using EMR softwarePrimary care providers (PCP) have implemented electronic medical record software at a higher rate than many other physician specialties, with 69 percent of providers using EMR software in 2012 compared with just 46 percent in 2009. The fact that EMR adoption rates have doubled in a three year period shows that PCPs understand the value of the software in improving care delivery and reducing costs. However, there are still improvements to be made. According to a Commonwealth Fund survey of primary care doctors in ten different countries, many providers still complain about not getting patient data on time from hospitals and specialists, hindering their ability to provide comprehensive care.

For the survey, researchers polled general internists, family practice physicians and pediatricians in the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Results were then compared to data collected from a similar survey in 2009. What researchers found is that, despite more doctors using EMR software, most physicians do not receive timely access to patient data after they are seen by a specialist, nor are they informed by a hospital when a patient of theirs is discharged.

Physicians in Switzerland were most likely to receive information from specialists when needed (27 percent), while those in the Netherlands were least likely to (1 percent). The U.S. landed in the middle of the spectrum and tied with Canada with 11 percent of doctors receiving timely access to patient information. “Lack of integration between primary care, specialty care, and hospitals can put patients at risk and result in duplicative care, particularly for patients with complex chronic illnesses,” said the paper published about the study in the journal Health Affairs.

As far as receiving notification from a hospital following a patient’s discharge, the average for the ten countries was 36 percent. The U.S. fell below the international average, with only 26 percent of physicians reporting that they always receive notification of discharge from hospitals.

This shows that there is still a lot of progress to be made with regards to the U.S. healthcare industry’s goal toward greater care coordination and patient-centered care. While EMR software can help physicians meet this goal, there are still some barriers, such as a lack of interoperability between electronic medical record systems. Vendors and health IT technicians will need to continue working on this flaw to ensure that the electronic exchange of patient information becomes an everyday occurrence.

Posted By marie
December 12, 2012

Food safety lab Northland LaboratoriesDecember 11, 2012 (Northbrook, IL) – Food safety laboratory Northland Laboratories is proud to report outstanding results on their annual customer satisfaction survey, which offers insight into their customers’ experience with the lab.  The survey was taken by clients at their locations in Northbrook, IL and Green Bay, WI.

Northland Laboratories is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited food testing facility that offers an extensive variety of testing services for the food industry.  Their testing programs include food safety / microbiology testing and consulting, nutrition labeling, food chemistry analysis, and shelf life and challenge studies, and sensory research.  Northland also offers food sensory analysis to evaluate a product’s market potential through its Northland Sensory Insights division.

Northland takes a customer-centered approach that’s strongly focused on providing excellent service and building long-term relationships with their clients.  This allows them to provide testing options that meet their clients’ needs and provide them with a consistently positive experience.  The survey results strongly reflect the success of their approach – 91% of the 150 respondents ranked the trust of their relationship with Northland as either “above average” or “well above average.”  96% rated their overall level of satisfaction with Northland as “satisfied” or “highly satisfied,” and 97% also claimed that they were either “likely” or “very likely” to recommend Northland to a friend or colleague.

Also highly ranked were Northland’s quality of work and test results (ranked “above average” or “well above average” by 89%).

“The exemplary results of our annual survey point out the level of dedication and commitment Northland Laboratories provides towards servicing its clients,” says D.J. Alwattar, President of Northland Laboratories.  Customer comments on the survey also reflected the success of their client-centered approach.  “The longer business hours have been a huge benefit to us,” writes one respondent.  “Keep up the great service and work,” comments another customer.  “Really enjoyed working with this team.  [It] made my job easy.”

About Northland Laboratories
A leading testing facility for the food industry, Northland Laboratories (http://www.northlandlabs.com/) offers high-quality microbiology and chemistry testing with a strong customer service outlook.  By offering accurate results with fast turnaround and treating each client with discretion, Northland is able to build long-term relationships with their clients.  Their company values and commitment to providing quality services to their clients earns them consistently positive reviews.

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Posted By amanda-guerrero
December 6, 2012

Brad Pitt medical collections TV seriesThe debt collection industry isn’t necessarily glamorous – yet, it caught the interest of Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt. Pitt’s production company, Plan B, is reportedly developing a TV series for HBO, tentatively called “Paper.” The show will center on the life of a single dad and ex-cocaine dealer trying to change his life around and stay out of prison by going into the debt collection business.

It likely won’t be medical collections the drama centers on, however, as a description of the show on Variety.com says that the main character will find that debt collection is just as cutthroat of a business as the one he’s trying to get away from.

The idea for the hour-long series comes from “Pay Up,” an essay by Jake Halpern that was featured in the New Yorker in 2010. The essay provides a glimpse into the life of an ex-con in Buffalo, NY who owns a small debt collection agency and works to recovers payday loans in order to provide for his five children.

The name for the TV series also comes from Halpern’s essay, which talks about “paper” – a term used in the collection industry to refer to debt that loan agencies and credit card companies have failed to collect on. These debts, ranging from medical collections to loans, are sold to collection agencies for cheap – and they are not usually easy to recover.

There is no official start date for the TV show yet, but it is known that Wells Tower is writing the project, and Pitt will be co-executive producing.

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Posted By tim-ruben
November 30, 2012

Temperatures are dipping and with December just around the corner, the chilly winter season is fast arriving. According to experts in window installation San Diego, now is the time to begin weatherizing your home if you want to save on energy costs and stay warm this winter.

There are many approaches, small and large scale, to weatherizing a home, but not all of them are equally cost-effective, experts say. The first thing to take into account is insulation. A home without proper insulation in the walls, attic, and even basement will leak out heated air faster than a cheetah.

Make sure all walls, ceilings and floors are stuffed to the brim with insulation. If you have less than 11 inches of fiberglass insulation or eight inches of blown cellulose (recycled paper) insulation in your attic, you could benefit by adding more.

Outdoors pipes can be insulated with newspapers or plastic, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency. Not only will this keep in the heat during the winter, but it will also cool the house during summer months.

Drafts are another important construction flaw that must be eliminated if you plan on staying warm this winter. On a cold day, run your hand around your door frames and windows, he said. If you feel a draft on the inside of the house, you’ll need weather-stripping. If you feel a draft outside, or see cracks, you’ll need caulking.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering windows with plastic can also help keep cold air out. Also, fill in any gaps around doors or windows with weather-stripping. Cracks can be filled in with expanding foam or caulking.

It is also advisable Replacing metal-framed San Diego windows with better-insulated ones. This is one of the most expensive projects a homeowner can take on when weatherizing their home, but it is a long term investment that can increase the value of your home and, not to mention, the higher comfort you will enjoy during the rest of your stay.

Posted By health-news-watch
November 26, 2012

neurosurgery new jerseyIt turns out that even mild brain traumas can have long-lasting impacts on the functions of the brain, neurosurgery NJ experts have recently found. MRI scans conducted by researchers at NYU’s School of Medicine have shown that the resting state functioning of brains that have suffered minimal trauma is linked to a variety of problems, including cognitive dysfunction, depression, anxiety and fatigue.

Researchers led by Dr. Yulin Ge found that people with such injuries exhibit increased “connectivity” in the front of the brain and decreased connectivity in the back compared with those who haven’t suffered harm. The shift in connectivity may reflect the brain’s attempt to compensate for the injury.

If the findings are confirmed through future tests, they will suggest that subtle, lasting effects of mild traumatic brain injuries sustained in combat or sports activities, for example, can go undetected in those who suffer them, leading to unrecognized and misunderstood personal and social problems.

“The abnormally increased medial prefrontal cortex usage over the long run …  might lead to persistent psychologic symptoms, such as the depression, anxiety and fatigue seen in these patients,” researchers explained.

The study findings “suggest that resting-state functional MR imaging can be used as an additional clinical tool for detecting subtle brain injury that is not apparent with conventional MR imaging,” according to researchers.

In the study, researchers compared 23 affected patients with post-traumatic symptoms within 2 months of injury and 18 age-matched healthy controls using resting-state functional MRI to map out energy expenditure across the brain while awake.

The mild brain injury group showed significantly decreased connectivity in the posterior portion, but increased connectivity in the anterior portion of the default-mode network compared with the controls.

The increased connectivity was seen primarily in the anterior medial prefrontal cortex region, while the decreased connectivity was primarily in the posterior medial cingulate cortex and parietal regions.

Cognition and symptoms appeared tied to these brain connectivity abnormalities. Poorer anterior medial prefrontal cortex connectivity correlated with a higher degree of clinical symptoms, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, and post-concussive symptoms.

Therefore, the increased connectivity seen overall in that region may reflect a compensatory mechanism in TBI, the researchers explained.

Experts in neurosurgery New Jersey noted the limited scope of the study in not looking at functional connectivity in other networks in the brain. Also, the difference between patients and controls didn’t reach statistical significance with one of the analysis methods, which may have been due to the relatively small sample size, but still requires some caution in interpretation.

Posted By health-news-watch
November 21, 2012

donor eggsThe occurrence of genetic mitochondrial disease in children could be reduced with a new technique using three-parent donor eggs through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The method, recently developed by researchers in the United Kingdom, uses genetic material from three people to reduce mitochondrial diseases that can be passed on to children from genetic mutations in their mother’s DNA.

The genetic mutations can cause diseases and birth defects. Although genetic mitochondrial diseases are rare, they are incurable. Approximately one in six thousand to one in ten thousand children are born with a mitochondrial disease that may affect their heart and could lead to a loss in vision and/or hearing, seizures, and digestive problems.

The three-parent IVF procedure creates a fertilized embryo from the DNA of a mother whose DNA has genetic mutations, a father, and a female egg donor who is not a carrier for mitochondrial diseases. The nucleus of the egg from the affected mother is replaced with healthy genetic material from the donor egg– eliminating the possibility of mitochondrial mutations in the child. From there, the egg continues in the normal IVF cycle and becomes fertilized.

However, the method is creating a public stir since any child born from three-parent IVF would contain DNA from the donor as well as the mother and father. Although only less than 0.001 percent of the DNA would from the donor, and the majority of the genes would still come from the mother and father, the United Kingdom’s Human Fertility and Embryology Authority launched a campaign to gauge public opinion nonetheless.

If the results of the campaign are positive, then three-parent IVF can begin clinical human trials and the procedure may be available in an IVF center within the next five years.

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