The Patient’s Rights and the 5 ”Rights” of Imaging

If you have been a patient in any health care situation recently, you have experienced a denial of some type of medical care.  It could have been a procedure that was not approved, a diagnostic test that someone determined was not necessary, or more likely a medication that was not on your approved list. Health care is changing rapidly and even though you have not … Continue reading The Patient’s Rights and the 5 ”Rights” of Imaging

Supreme Court Rules Natural Human Genes Cannot Be Patented

Genetic testing won in the Supreme Court decision yesterday. The patented genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 held by Myriad Genetics was thrown out opening the door for other companies to develop the testing.  Several companies have announced they will be bringing a less expensive test to market after yesterday’s decision. This ends a two decade monopoly by Myriad Genetics. The American Medical Association brought the … Continue reading Supreme Court Rules Natural Human Genes Cannot Be Patented

Boom or Bust: Has Radiologic Technology Employment Seen It’s Day?

Do you have a job? Or are you one of the many, either experienced or newly graduated, who cannot find employment? Visit any of the social media websites such as LinkedIn or the chat rooms and blogs at various sites and you will find many examples of wailing and gnashing of teeth of radiologic technologists. Radiologic Technologists have stories of being replaced by new graduates … Continue reading Boom or Bust: Has Radiologic Technology Employment Seen It’s Day?

Genetic Counselors and Breast Centers Overwhelmed with Phone Calls after Jolie’s Announcement

The aftermath of Angelina Jolie’s announcement on May 14 has sent the telephones at genetic, cancer and breast centers ringing off the wall. FORCE, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, reported calls to their hotline quadrupled within 36 hours. Multiple Genetic Centers from around the country said they could not answer all the phone calls. … Continue reading Genetic Counselors and Breast Centers Overwhelmed with Phone Calls after Jolie’s Announcement

Walking Beneficial in Cancer Prevention and Risk Reduction

Diagnosis: Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Endometrial cancer RX: Physical Exercise: Get yourself a dog     Many of the latest studies show a direct relationship between physical exercise and the prevention or reduction of risk with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer and other cancers. One study in 2011 showed that 3-4% of all bowel, breast and uterine cancers are linked to physical inactivity. The correlation … Continue reading Walking Beneficial in Cancer Prevention and Risk Reduction

California Supreme Court Rules for Bans of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

This controversy continues to hold the spotlight. California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996.  The tax income it generates is astronomical, yet the California Supreme Court ruled last week that local governments have the power to rezone the dispensaries out of existence in their cities. The problem started almost immediately when the voters approved the sale but legislation didn’t spell out how sales or the … Continue reading California Supreme Court Rules for Bans of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

“Never-Events” and Medical Mistakes are Common in Surgery

The April issue of Surgery magazine reports a new patient safety study from John Hopkins University School of Medicine concerning medical mistakes in surgery. These “Never-Events” are things that should never happen and in some cases a never-event can trigger many additional issues. It becomes a tsunami of preventable situations including malpractice litigation. The study used data from the National Practitioner Data Bank which is … Continue reading “Never-Events” and Medical Mistakes are Common in Surgery

Can You Believe It? Hospital Denies Employment Because of Weight

Can You Believe it? A Hospital Has Said Only Thin People Can Work Here! It is NOT illegal. Just as smoking has become a condition for not hiring, a Texas hospital has said that it is not going to hire anybody –doctors, healthcare staff, nurses—who are overweight.  If your BMI is over 35 you cannot get hired.  And this does not violate your civil rights. … Continue reading Can You Believe It? Hospital Denies Employment Because of Weight

Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Gets Covered by Health Care Reform

Genetic testing for breast cancer will be covered under the Affordable Care Act, potentially saving women who need the test thousands of dollars. Today (March 6), Myriad Genetics, the company that makes the test for the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, said that the U.S. government considers these tests to be preventive services. This means that private insurance plans are required to cover the … Continue reading Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Gets Covered by Health Care Reform

Gamma Knife petition

On behalf of all who are working hard to repeal Section 634 and stop the decreases to cobalt radiosurgery we ask your assistance in signing our on-line petition.On behalf of all who are working hard to repeal Section 634 and stop the decreases to cobalt radiosurgery we ask your assistance in signing our on-line petition. Section 634 of that Act decreases Medicare outpatient reimbursement for … Continue reading Gamma Knife petition