New Technology Brings Millimeter Accuracy to Spinal Fusions     

“The big thing that drew me to this was the decrease in radiation,” says Charles H. Clark III, MD, a neurosurgeon with Neurosurgical Associates in Birmingham, about the new robotic technology for surgical lumbar spinal fusions.   ...Read More

 



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New Technology Brings Millimeter Accuracy to Spinal Fusions  | Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System, surgical lumbar spinal fusions, pedicle screws, Dr. Charles H. Clark, neurosurgery, spinal fusion, Neurosurgical Associates, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
New Technology Brings Millimeter Accuracy to Spinal Fusions
“The big thing that drew me to this was the decrease in radiation,” says Charles H. Clark III, MD, a neurosurgeon with Neurosurgical Associates in Birmingham, about the new robotic technology for surgical lumbar spinal fusions. “In the past, we used four to five minutes of fluoroscopy during the procedure. Now we’re down to less than a minute.”
 
Potentially Life-Altering Changes for Children with Food Allergies
Potentially Life-Altering Changes for Children with Food Allergies
New medical research is ushering in big changes in how doctors think about food allergies and the way they will be treated in the near future.
 
Atherectomy Device Offers Less Invasive Solution to Occluded Peripheral Arteries  | revascularization; atherectomy; Jetstream; peripheral artery disease treatment; claudication; critical limb ischemia
Atherectomy Device Offers Less Invasive Solution to Occluded Peripheral Arteries
Cardiologists want to use the least invasive procedures when treating peripheral artery disease (PAD) and a revascularization catheter is making it easier to attain that goal. “
 
Stop Blood Flow, Save a Life | abdominal aortic and junctional tourniquet; pelvic bleeding; uncompressible hemorrhage; Dr. John Croushorn; Compression Works LLC
Stop Blood Flow, Save a Life
 
Implant Device a New Option for Sleep Apnea Sufferers
Implant Device a New Option for Sleep Apnea Sufferers
You are asleep and you stop breathing. It takes a while--anywhere from seconds to a minute or more--for your body to notice the buildup of carbon dioxide and for the chemoreceptors in the bloodstream to send a signal to your brain to wake up and breathe.
 
PRIMARY CARE FOCUS

Nurse Practitioners Play Important Role in Primary Care | Nurse practitioners, Birmingham Baptist Health, Dr. Douglas Lipperd, Dr. James Colvard, Brandi Carbonie, Oak Mountain Primary Care, Cahaba Heights Primary Care, Health Professional Shortage Areas, HPSA
Nurse Practitioners Play Important Role in Primary Care
Brandi Carbonie remembers the day she decided on a career in medicine. "I was about eight years old, sitting on the couch with my mom watching the first episode of St. Elsewhere [the television medical drama], and I told her I wanted to be a nurse,” Carbonie says.
 
HEALTHCARE REAL ESTATE FOCUS

In A Tight Space | Birmingham medical real estate, Richard A. Campbell III CCIM, Veritas Medical Real Estate Advisors, Birmingham medical office lease, Birmingham medical construction
In A Tight Space
Medical Real Estate Costs Up. Availabilities down.

If this isn’t the year your lease is up, and you’re not planning to move to a new space, and it’s not the year you’re hoping to build that new office or renovate your current space —take a deep, relaxing breath and congratulate yourself.


 
Healthcare Spotlight

Lake House Is Happy Place for Barnes Family
Lake House Is Happy Place for Barnes Family
When intense summer heat causes the asphalt to soften and emit a pale rainbow petroleum shimmer while the humidity level is just this side of unbearable, the sight of a large body of water is tantamount to an invitation to take a refreshing plunge.
 
Guest Writers

HHS Issues Proposed Rule for MACRA Quality Payment Program
In furtherance of its goal to pay providers for the value of the services rather than the volume, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed rules intended to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
 
Addressing the Opioid Abuse Epidemic
The existence of an opioid drug abuse problem in the United States is no secret, although the scale of this problem may be less well known.
 
Treating Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common viral hepatitis in the US with an estimated 3.5 million individuals with chronic HCV.
 
The Literary Examiner
The Literary Examiner
Radioactive!

by Winifred Conkling

c.2016, Algonquin Young Readers; $17.95 / $26.95 Canada; 240 pages


 
Grand Rounds

June 2016 Grand Rounds
 


Abortion Rates Rising in Zika-Affected Countries, Study Shows
Title: Abortion Rates Rising in Zika-Affected Countries, Study Shows
Category: Health News
Created: 6/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Zika Can Also Strike Eyes of Adults: Report
Title: Zika Can Also Strike Eyes of Adults: Report
Category: Health News
Created: 6/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Doing This at Bedtime Could Temporarily Rob Your Sight
Title: Doing This at Bedtime Could Temporarily Rob Your Sight
Category: Health News
Created: 6/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse
Title: Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse
Category: Health News
Created: 6/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Is Your Snack Fueling Drowsiness?
Title: Health Tip: Is Your Snack Fueling Drowsiness?
Category: Health News
Created: 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Keep Pushing Through Your Workout
Title: Health Tip: Keep Pushing Through Your Workout
Category: Health News
Created: 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 6/23/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 2:00 am CDT


Dog killed after being slammed into pickup truck; neighbor jailed - AL.com

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Dog killed after being slammed into pickup truck; neighbor jailed
AL.com
Prescription medicine was also taken in the burglary. Later that day, police said, Bearden walked by the woman's home and ... "I'm an animal lover and I look at my pets as part of my family. That really hit home when I heard about the death of the dog ...

Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 3:39 pm CDT

Former Alabama high school star athlete shot to death by Shelby County deputy after chase in stolen SUV - AL.com

AL.com

Former Alabama high school star athlete shot to death by Shelby County deputy after chase in stolen SUV
AL.com
A former Birmingham high school standout athlete arrested just two months ago on drug and gun charges was shot to death early this morning by a Shelby County sheriff's deputy. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office this afternoon identified him as ...

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Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016 3:55 pm CDT

Dallas confirms 10 Zika cases in pregnant women - WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com

Dallas confirms 10 Zika cases in pregnant women
WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com
The other 17 Latin American countries covered by the new study had their rates rise by more than a third during that time, according to the report in the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers noted that because data on family planning in ...

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Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:36 pm CDT