Renowned breast care expert and surgeon, John G. West, M.D., is the author of the recently released book, “Prevent Survive Thrive: Every Woman’s Guide To Optimal Breast Care,” which provides women with crucial knowledge for optimal breast care. It also offers them the tools to take charge of their breast health, as well as guidance to ask the right questions and demand the proper treatments from their doctor to avoid diagnostic delays that would reduce their chance of surviving breast cancer. (www.breastcare.com)
Dr. West says, “I wrote this book to clear up the confusion and set the record straight for women about the many controversies that exist today in breast health, as well as to help them obtain the best possible breast care.
He adds, “Women need to know as much or more about the recent advances in breast care than their doctors do, if they want to minimize their risk of needing chemotherapy, mastectomy and the risk of cancer recurrence.” A dedicated breast surgeon with over 40 years of experience that he shares with his readers, Dr. West explains, “I want to give readers that same advice on breast care that I would give to my wife or daughter.” [Read more…]
By Joe Reynolds
Healthcare providers are able to treat complex and chronic diseases better than ever before thanks to continued innovations in treatment options—but unfortunately for some patients who are uncomfortable with needles, some advanced treatments are required to be injected at home. This poses an additional challenge for healthcare providers to not only help quell patient reluctance and anxiety with the prospect of injections but also to ensure continued patient compliance once patients are on their own.
Needle anxiety can be a roadblock
Research studies have illustrated what many clinicians may have long suspected: The more self-confidence a patient feels regarding self-injection, the more likely they are to adhere to their schedule for self-injection and perform it properly. As such, it’s vital to work with patients at the start of their “onboarding” period—i.e. the first 30 to 90 days of self-injection—to demonstrate proper self-injection technique. But certain shortcomings need to be addressed. Current face-to-face training sessions are usually relatively brief, with patients expected to absorb a great deal of information quickly. Also, once patients are home alone, they may not recall the proper injection method, risking their safety and potentially failing to deliver the proper dose. And if they are naturally fearful of needles, they may decide to skip their treatment altogether.
In this regard, self-injection trainers, such as those developed by Noble International, Inc., have shown to be useful. These trainers can be designed to simulate the appearance, sound and feel of actual prefilled syringes and autoinjectors in minute detail, giving patients the experience of self-injecting without actual dosing. The result has been the development of a line of patient-centric training devices that “inject” an extensive level of realism into the onboarding process. [Read more…]
By Nick Hernandez
Over the years, I have worked with many physician entrepreneurs around the country. During this time I have noticed similarities with this very distinct breed of business professionals. The reality for a lot of physician entrepreneurs is that their startup isn’t their only job. Many still work full-time with their medical practice or hospital while pursuing their motivating ideas. Consequently, there seems to be some common threads with these physicians in their early morning routines.
For those of us who are business owners, we know that when running a business, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day. Successful physician entrepreneurs are obviously hard-working by nature, but they also make their habits work for them. They do things each day that allow them to take steps forward in self-development and their career.
Tapping into the power of mornings, a time of day when there are less demands, is a key physician entrepreneurs use to increasing their productivity. They know that they are less likely to get distracted in the morning and that their day fills up fast. Waiting until the afternoon or evening to do something meaningful for oneself such as exercising or reading, will likely mean it is pushed off the to-do list altogether. Physician entrepreneurs recognize that mornings give them an opportunity to set a positive tone for the day.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, people tend to put exercise on the back burner. However, some of the most successful physician entrepreneurs fit this morning habit into their routines. Dedicated physician entrepreneurs carve out time in the morning to exercise, before their workday begins. Being physically active, specifically in the morning, is known to increase productivity. It has been shown that exercising, even for as little as 30 minutes each morning, can make a world of difference throughout your workday. This is due to the triggering of metabolism which remains elevated for hours, thus helping you feel energized throughout the day. They also ensure to eat a healthy breakfast and when strapped for time, some even prepare food the night before. [Read more…]
Dr. James Dewar, board-certified family medicine physician and a Johnstown native, has returned to practice in his hometown. Dr. Dewar joined Conemaugh Physician Group – East Hills Primary Care and is now caring for patients of all ages at the new Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center.
Dr. Dewar is a graduate of Westminster College in Wilmington, PA, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his family practice internship at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and a family practice residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. As part of a navy career, Dr. Dewar served as Chief Medical Officer of Destroyer Squadron 24 at the Naval Station in Mayport, Florida and as a General Medical Officer with Branch Medical Clinic at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.
For the past ten years, Dr. Dewar has been practicing at UPMC in Pittsburgh where his duties included serving as Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Dewar chose to return to the area to be closer to family. “I’ve been in and around this area for my entire life,” says Dr. Dewar. “The Laurel Highlands region is a great place to live. It is so nice to be back here for this next step in my career.”
Dr. Dewar joins Conemaugh Physician Group – East Hills, the practice of Drs. Geraldine Amper, David Johns, Kavitha Manjunath, Lisa Wirfel and certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) Julie Lesneski. “The Conemaugh East Hills practice is in a gorgeous new facility,” says Dr. Dewar. “It is laid out really well for patients and the facility has just about every service under one roof so it is very convenient.”
Dr. Dewar’s wife is also a physician. They are the proud parents of three adult children.
To learn more, visit www.conemaugh.org.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Mario Lemieux Foundation announced today the opening of an Austin’s Playroom at Children’s North, the hospital’s ambulatory and surgical care center located in Wexford.
The playroom will serve to distract patients and ease anxiety as they await surgery.
Nathalie Lemieux, vice president, Mario Lemieux Foundation and chair, Austin’s Playrooms; George Gittes, M.D., Benjamin R. Fisher chair of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief, Children’s Hospital; Jennifer Dickman, director, Surgery Center, Children’s North; Nancy Angus, executive director of the Mario Lemieux Foundation; and special invited guests officially opened the space.
“We are so pleased to open the 35th Austin’s Playroom,” said Nathalie Lemieux. “Our goal is to reach as many children and families as possible, and we are excited to bring an Austin’s Playroom to children having outpatient surgery at Children’s North.” [Read more…]
Senior living community touts understanding of cognitive impairment during March 13 event
Newhaven Court at Clearview will host the Dementia Live Program on March 13, as the senior living community hopes to provide participants with a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change.
“The Dementia Live experience immerses participants into life with dementia,” said Gary Renwick, Executive Director of Newhaven Court at Clearview. “The program is designed to enhance bridges of communication while acting as an important catalyst to change for residents and our team as well as those who visit our community. The experience offers a first-hand look at how dementia impacts those afflicted with this disease.”
The Dementia Live Program is offered exclusively by AGE-u-cate Training Institute. The program is labeled as “the newest tool in the powerful arena of sensitivity awareness training for a fast-aging world.” [Read more…]
Smartphone etiquette in the hospital setting
By Kim Bassett
We use our phone for everything-literally everything. We have our life story on our phones. We store our contacts, emails, texts, music, and pictures on our phones. There are recent studies that reveal the average person looks at their phone up to 150 times each day. Assuming the average person sleeps 8 hours/day that would mean we look at our phone a little more than 9 times an hour during the remaining 16 hours. Every 6 minutes, you are looking at your phone.
You know we have a problem when a word has been coined to describe all of this attention we are giving to our phones…phubbing. This is the word created to describe the “snubbing” of someone in order to check your phone. Doesn’t it make you crazy when you walk into a service-type of organization such as a restaurant or clothing store and the person behind the counter is looking at their cell phone and ignoring you? I hate to say it but it happens in hospitals, too.
It’s inevitable that as a healthcare worker you will, at times, need to use your phone in the presence of a patient. We have reference and educational materials on our phones. Nurses and pharmacists have lists of medications and drug doses on their phones for quick reference. There are numerous times a day you have to “Google-It,” to access information that can actually be work-related. The challenge is to not make your patient feel they are being ignored while you access this information. [Read more…]
If you or someone in your family needs health care in Pennsylvania, you can expect to pay around $21 an hour for the privilege. This is the average cost of health aid in the state, which works out at around $21,840 a year.
This shows how expensive medical care is in Pennsylvania – and as Pennsylvania is one of the most populous states in America, the health care for Pennsylvanians has significant implications for the whole nation. It is also worth noting that 17% of the population are 65 or older, so there is a clear demand for senior health care in the state – but thankfully Pennsylvania lawmakers are pushing legislation that protects Americans from expensive medical coverage changes.
Uncertain Medical Costs
The cost of medical bills is a big problem for most Americans. In fact, medical bills are the largest factor for Americans who declare bankruptcy! This is extremely problematic as it means that most Americans essentially can’t afford to hurt themselves – and varying health costs across Pennsylvania make it even harder for citizens to predict the potential cost of their healthcare.
So what can you do to make sure that medical bills don’t ruin your financial situation? It can be difficult to get back on track after being issued with thousands of dollars of medical debt, but it isn’t impossible. One of the important things is to be aware of how medical bills can affect your credit score, as a lack of knowledge could make your situation even worse. [Read more…]