Acronym of the week would be more accurate, but GDUFA will be used as a word so it might as well be defined as one.  With the passage of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act on July 9, 2012, GDUFA (‘Generic Drug User...

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Health-E Minds Series: Healthcare Providers and Technology - Top Statistics of 2014


Top 13 Statistics on How Doctors Use Technology

A few weeks ago, I experienced a medical
emergency and saw a nurse 187 practitioner. During our appointment, I was surprised to see her using an iPhone to look up information. With just a few taps on the screen of the same device I use to check my email and listen to music, she made decisions about my medical care.

Seeing my nurse practitioner use her mobile device during my appointment made me curious to how health care providers use technology. After researching the topic, I found out that providers’ use of digital technologies extends far beyond the point of patient care. Tools such as search engines, mobile devices, online video and social media platforms have an enormous impact on healthcare providers learn, share and connect with patients in clinical practices. Read full post »

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When Definitions Change: Autism and the DSM-5

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Autism does not look the same from one person181
to the next. 

It is unique in each diagnosis, showcasing different challenges and attributes for all. Along the autism spectrum, people share a wide range of developmental and social abilities, which poses challenges when defining and diagnosing autism. This past week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new findings that report a staggering one in every 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The community understandably has concerns about the updated statistics. However, the inconsistencies with diagnosing – and misdiagnosing – autism led to the American Psychiatric Association fifth edition update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-5) in 2013.

What’s new in the DSM? Read full post »

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Looking Beyond the Facts: The Hard Truth about Heart Health among Women


“Certainly, understanding of one's risk for any disease must be anchored in facts. But if we want our facts to translate into better health, we may need to start talking more about our feelings.” -- Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D. (Cardiology), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

March is Women’s History Month, 31 days
dedicated to commemorating female 180 leaders, innovators and those who defied conventionality to get ahead. As we honor the history of strong-hearted women, it is important to also take a deeper look at the history of our heart health.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that heart disease has been the leading cause of death among Americans since the 1930’s. In 1984, more women than men died of heart disease, and for 20 years this statistic has remained the same. Read full post »

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Defining Beauty: A Decade of Breaking Media Habits and Building Consumer Confidence

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The 27th Annual National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) week was February 23 –
March 1.

Dissatisfaction with our bodies starts early. By 183
age six, many girls start to express concerns about their appearance. Of girls, ages six to 12 years old, 40 to 60 percent are aware of their weight or worried about becoming fat. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, nearly 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.

Beauty and the images we see
Nearly 10 years ago, Dove started their Real Beauty Campaign kicking off with a video revealing significant Photoshop edits that take place after photography – from the removal of blemishes to a drastic remodeling of facial and neck structure. The mission of this and similar campaigns is succinct: to improve self-esteem and help men and women feel good about their unique inner and outer beauty. Read full post »

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Counseling on Long-Term Solutions, Not Just Short-Term Metrics


Fifteen years ago, I remember working with the
President of the Medical 178 Society of New Jersey. A cardiologist, he often spoke about the need to have more defibrillators in public places like movie theaters and restaurants to save someone’s life in case of a heart attack. At the time, it was an expensive proposition, but through an aggressive outreach from both Dr. R. Gregory Sachs and his cardiologist colleagues, device companies were able to provide such devices, which are now more prolific than ever.

The effort to make defibrillators readily available massively improved the device companies’ overall reputation and increased understanding of the heart attacks in a way that no leaflet or website could have dreamed possible. People became more focused on knowing what to do, because defibrillators were now within reach. The responsibility to potentially save someone’s life could fall on them. Read full post »