New Collaborative Journal Launches, Highlights Latest Sports Medicine Research

January 18, 2009

Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach launches in January 2009 with an exciting, educational array of topics from ACL injury prevention, reconstruction, and management to concussion assessment, to the role of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in athletics, to fish oil use in professional football players. Editor-in-Chief, Edward Wojtys, MD and the editorial review board have lined up some of the most widely renowned sports medicine clinicians, including Frank R. Noyes, MD, J. Parry Gerber, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC, Justin D. Rothmier, MD, and Anthony Yates, MD in just the first issue! To learn more about Read the rest of this entry »

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US Surgeons Carry Out Near Total Face Transplant

January 16, 2009

The first near total face transplant to be carried out in the United States took place at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in a 22-hour procedure where a multidisciplinary team of doctors and surgeons replaced 80 per cent of a trauma patient’s face.

In the procedure, which took place within the last two weeks, the surgeons essentially replaced nearly the entire face of a woman who had suffered severe trauma: she was unable to smile, eat, talk, smell or breathe by herself. The only parts that were retained were the upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin.
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Proposed HHS Conscience Rule Protects Providers From Coercion, Washington Times Opinion Piece Says

January 16, 2009

“[F]ew Americans realize that abortion-related mandates are … threatening to U.S. health care professionals who follow medical standards such as the Hippocratic Oath,” Jonathan Imbody, vice president of government relations for the Christian Medical Association, writes in a Washington Timesopinion piece. According to Imbody, under current regulations, “[c]onscientious physicians and other health care professionals are being pressured, under threat of job loss, to violate medical ethics standards by performing abortions and referring patients to abortion clinics.” He writes that abortion-rights supporters “have been lobbying vociferously to cast abortion as standard medical care and to mandate abortion participation by all health care professionals,” adding that “[o]nly a tiny fraction of U.S. physicians otherwise are willing to violate the Hippocratic Oath … by participating in abortions.” Imbody continues that abortion “neither heals nor comforts” and “does not qualify as standard medical care under historical medical standards.”
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National Academy Of Sports Medicine Launches New Course: Introduction To Personal Fitness Training

January 10, 2009

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a leader in fitness training certification, announced today the release of its new Introduction to Personal Fitness Training (IPFT) course. The new program serves as an entry point into exploring a career in personal training. The Introduction to Personal Fitness Training course also serves as a precursor to NASM’s signature Certified Personal Training course, which is considered the gold standard in the health and fitness industry.
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Scottish Study Shows One-Third Of Men With HIV Unaware Of Status; NHS Launches HIV Awareness Campaign

January 10, 2009

More than one-third of HIV-positive men in Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh are unaware of their status, according to a recent study conducted by the Dutch group Wolters Kluwer Health, the Edinburgh Evening News reports. According to the News, HIV tests were conducted among 599 men at universities and gay bars throughout Edinburgh, and 33 men tested positive for HIV. Of these men, 12 were unaware that they were living with the virus. The study said, “A high proportion of the HIV-positive men were undiagnosed and not receiving benefits of clinical care.” The study also said clinics should “proactively” offer testing to decrease the number of undiagnosed cases.
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Angelis Launches First UK Insurance Cover For Treatment Carried Out Abroad

January 9, 2009

Growing numbers of UK patients have been travelling abroad for medical treatment despite a lack of adequate insurance protection, says Angelis Insurance (Angelis), the first company to provide a dedicated and specific insurance cover for dental, cosmetic and medical treatment carried out abroad.

Figures from Treatment Abroad’s Medical Tourism Survey 2007 show over 50,000 UK patients travelled abroad for medical treatment in 2006, and this is set to reach 200,000 by the end of the decade, creating a £886 million market. Even without specific insurance cover, patients continue to visit countries such as India, Thailand and Singapore for treatment. According to Health Tourism India, an enterprise which offers healthcare tourism, 1.5 million patients visited the country for medical treatment in 2007, and this figure is expected to increase by 30% annually.
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Health Department Launches Calorie Education Campaign – New York City Department Of Health And Mental Hygiene

January 8, 2009

“Read ’em before you eat ’em,” the Health Department advises in a new campaign launched today to help New Yorkers make the most of the city’s calorie-posting rules. Under the New York City Health Code, chain restaurants are now required to post calorie counts for food items on menus and menu boards. The rule took effect this summer, after a federal court upheld it and an appellate court refused to delay enforcement while the industry tries again to overturn it. The new campaign – five ads appearing in 1,000 New York City Subway cars for the next three months – is designed to help New Yorkers see how quickly fast-food calories add up. Many are unaware that a typical adult needs only 2,000 calories a day to maintain a steady weight. Even fewer know how easy it is to overshoot that goal while eating on the go.
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