November, 2011

November 1, 2011

A southern Oregon mom has two reasons for filing a lawsuit against her son’s school district. First, she says, she wants the district to make sure football coaches receive proper training in the recognition and treatment of head injuries. Second, she hopes a jury understands that her son will need…
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November 1, 2011

Let’s say it’s the middle of the night. Your teenager had complained of a headache earlier, but now he is in agony. Portland is too far; you rush him to a small hospital in your rural town, where the emergency department doctor orders a CAT scan. You wait patiently for the…
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November 1, 2011

We are continuing our discussion from last time, reviewing the risks and benefits of an increasingly popular practice: teleradiology. By outsourcing the interpretation of X-rays, CAT scans and other imaging tests, a small-town hospital miles away from Portland can receive test results quickly without the expense of a staff radiologist. As…
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November 1, 2011

We have been talking about teleradiology. The practice has grown in popularity, but it poses some risks. There is no question that, in theory, patients benefit from having X-rays and CAT scans interpreted as quickly as possible, and teleradiology makes that possible, even in hospitals in the remote corners of Oregon. Critics…
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November 1, 2011

Breast cancer awareness has increased significantly over the past decade. The race every September in Portland, Mother’s Day runs and mall walks to raise money have attracted more and more participants each year. The emphasis has been on early detection, and, because It’s hard to find someone whose life has…
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November 1, 2011

The subject of our last few posts has been teleradiology. The practice offers significant cost savings for hospitals and allows rural hospitals quicker access to costly professionals. Having a radiologist available, electronically, 24/7 can dramatically improve patient care, too. But, what happens if the Portland doctor signing off on the X-ray report…
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November 1, 2011

We are finishing up our discussion of teleradiology. We have talked about the advantages and some disadvantages to both the bottom line and patient care. Health care experts say the practice is here to stay. Critics say that more regulation is necessary to make sure patients aren’t having their X-rays or CAT…
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November 1, 2011

Nearly 30,000 women suffer from breast cancer each year. Avastin has become a popular drug for the treatment of breast cancer with approximately $1 billion in sales annually. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently revoked its approval of the drug explaining that further research has uncovered that…
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