Tiny Organelles Called Primary Cilia Hold The Key To Combat Inflammation

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Immune System / Vaccines
Article Date: 10 May 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have found a new therapeutic target to combat inflammation.

The research, published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, revealed tiny organelles called primary cilia are important for regulating inflammation. The findings could lead to potential therapies for millions of people who suffer from arthritis*.

Autoimmunity In Rheumatoid Arthritis Tempered By Regulatory Immune Cell Diversity

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Immune System / Vaccines
Article Date: 10 May 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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Untangling the root cause of rheumatoid arthritis has been a difficult task for immunologists, as decades of research has pointed to multiple culprits in our immune system, with contradictory lines of evidence. Now, researchers at The Wistar Institute announce that it takes a diverse array of regulatory T cells (a specialized subset of white blood cells) to prevent the immune system from generating the tissue-specific inflammation that is a hallmark of the disease. Regulatory T cell diversity, the researchers say, provides a cumulative protective effect against rheumatoid arthritis. When that diversity is not present, it allows the immune system to attack joints.

Recommendations By AMA Committee On Doctor Fees Set By Medicare Are Followed 9 Times Out Of 10

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Primary Care / General Practice
Article Date: 09 May 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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To calculate physicians’ fees under Medicare – which in turn influence some state and private payers’ decisions on how they will pay doctors — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) relies on the recommendations of an American Medical Association advisory panel. A study led by Miriam Laugesen, PhD at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, found that the Medicare and Medicaid agency closely followed the committee’s recommendations on the fees physicians are paid, which are based on an assessment of time and effort associated with various physicians’ services.

Poorer Neighborhoods More Likely To Have Scarce Primary Health Services

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Main Category: Primary Care / General Practice
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 08 May 2012 – 13:00 PDT

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According to a study published in the latest issue of Health Services Research, blacks and lower income Hispanics are more likely to live in neighborhoods with few or no primary care physicians.

Lead author Darrell J. Gaskin, Ph.D., deputy director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explained:

A quick note about feeding pumps

Our Enteralite Infinity feeding pump by Moog (formerly a maker of fine synthesizers) went on the fritz. For several weeks, adjusting, poking, prodding, duct-taping, etc. took an average 30-45 minutes per feeding to ensure the bag and pump were properly aligned and calibrated to allow the feeding system to work as designed.

I finally called our med-tech company rep and complained. He brought over a pump called “Kangaroo Joey” and every feeding since has worked like clockwork. Pour the formula in the bag, thread tub through pump, hook tube to Luke, press start. Every time.

Multi-Center Study Reveals That Eye Color May Indicate Risk For Serious Skin Conditions

Main Category: Dermatology
Also Included In: Melanoma / Skin Cancer;  Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 08 May 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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Eye color may be an indicator of whether a person is high-risk for certain serious skin conditions. A study, led by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, shows people with blue eyes are less likely to have vitiligo. It then follows, according to scientists, that people with brown eyes may be less likely to have melanoma. Vitiligo is an autoimmune skin disease in which pigment loss results in irregular white patches of skin and hair. Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer.

Surgical Instruments Forging 101

The quality, finish, and functionality of a surgical instrument is greatly affected by the quality of forging used. Die making and forging are perhaps amongst the most important and basic processes that help create world class medical devices. Having said that, what is forging anyways?

Forging is a method of shaping metal by applying pressure. There are various methods of forging but in surgical instruments manufacturing industry drop forging technique is the most commonly used. In this type of forging, stainless steel of various grades is heated to a certain temperature and placed between two dies. One of the dies is dropped on the heated metal with pressure causing the metal to expand into the die cavity that is already precisely carved in the shape of the desired instrument. Normally, multiple hits through various dies is required before the forging process is considered complete.

My First Blog Post / An Introduction

Hello world. My name is Joey Graham and I’m the Director of Operations and Administration for Gulf Medical Services (www.gulfmed.com), a mid-sized durable medical equipment (DME)/ home medical equipment (HME) company that operates in the Florida panhandle and Southern Alabama. We sell and rent medical equipment to people and we bill their insurance for it. I’m also the Vice President and CFO for Best Bet Rentals, Inc. (www.bestbetrentals.com). Best Bet is a start-up company that specializes in the cash sales / internet side of the home medical equipment industry. Where Gulf Medical focuses on treating sickness, Best Bet focuses on health and life.

How to Buy Durable Medical Equipment from Medical Supply Store

In the field of medical supplies innumerable people have been benefited down the years. Medical equipment field is a rapidly advancing day by day. This implies a tremendous scope of developing better and improved machines for betterment of healthcare and medicine as a science.

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Often it is not possible under financial considerations to carry out the long- term treatment of a patient in an official medical facility like a hospital. The patient is taken care of by a family member or any other person not a qualified medical professional in their knowledge of nursing. It is also referred to as Durable Medical Equipment or DME in medical parlance as it is manufactured to withstand regular and repeated use easily.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Linked To Higher Bacterial Infection Rates

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Pediatrics / Children’s Health
Article Date: 04 May 2012 – 10:00 PDT

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According to an observational study published in Arthritis Rheumatism, children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) have higher rates of hospitalized bacterial infection compared with those without JIA.

The study demonstrates that the risk of infection in JIA patients was considerably higher with use of high-dose glucocorticoids (steroids). However, methotrexate (MTX) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF) inhibitors did not increase the risk of infection in these pediatric patients.