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February 6, 2024 | Volume XIII | Issue 6

Treating inflammation provides hope in the fight against Parkinson’s

Ken Blaker writes for KevinMD:

The acceleration of new Parkinson’s disease cases outpaces other age-related conditions, and as a result, the patient population is growing quickly. In 2022 there were about 90,000 new diagnoses in the U.S., versus the previous prevailing estimate of 60,000. While some of the increase can doubtless be attributed to improved diagnostics and improved access to health care, those factors affect the statistics of other diseases and cannot explain why so many more people seem to be getting the disease.

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In-person evaluation requirement for the prescription of controlled medications waiver extended to 12/31/24

Florida Healthcare Law Firm

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a reevaluation of healthcare regulations, particularly with regard to telemedicine and the prescription of controlled medications. One significant development in this area is the temporary exceptions granted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008, which governs the prescription of controlled substances.

The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008, commonly known as the Ryan Haight Act, set stringent guidelines for prescribing controlled medications. Under this act, prescribing practitioners were required to conduct in-person evaluations of patients before prescribing these medications, with some limited exceptions. This law was enacted to combat the proliferation of online pharmacies that were distributing controlled substances without proper medical oversight.

In January 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (COVID-19 PHE). In response to this unprecedented global crisis...

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AI helps turn radiology reports around 82% faster at one outpatient imaging site 

Healthcare IT News reports:

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, SimonMed is one of the largest outpatient medical imaging providers and radiology practices in the United States. It covers 10 states with more than 150 locations and more than 200 subspecialty-trained radiologists.

SimonMed offers the full modality of diagnostic scans, including 3T MRI, CT, ultrasound, 3-D mammography, PET/CT, nuclear medicine, DEXA, X-rays, and others.

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Wear Red for Heart Health

WISN 12 News

In support of National Heart Health month, the American Heart Association asked people to wear red on Feb. 2 and join millions of people in raising awareness about efforts to eradicate heart disease and stroke through its "Go Red for Women" campaign.

This day is dedicated to spreading the word about the risks and how to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The good news is 87% of all heart issues are believed to be preventable making awareness, education, research, and resources vital to the cause this holiday supports.

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