Study Examines Long-Term Effects of Physician-Patient Relations on Functional Health

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The research team classified patients into six mutually exclusive doctor-patient relationship trajectories over one year (from 2015 to 2016) and then looked for associations between trajectories and change in patient functional health after one year. 

The authors utilized secondary data extracted from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), which provides a nationally representative and “rich array of process and outcome data for health services research,” as they describe it. The survey asks questions such as “How often did doctors or other health providers listen carefully to you?” and “How often did doctors or other health providers explain things in a way that were easy to understand?”

Functional health outcomes were measured by the Short Form Survey (SF-12) quality of life questionnaire, a standard measure of how well a patient is faring in areas such as general health, physical functioning, and body pain.

Regardless of patients’ baseline relationship with their physician,

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COVID-19 long-term health problems | WJMN

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COVID-19 is beginning to show itself to be more than just a respiratory illness. Some patients are still fighting off symptoms of the disease months after recovery. From skin problems to brain and neurological issues, here are some of the possible long-term health effects of COVID that you need to know about.

“It was scary. It’s the worst I’ve ever felt in my life,” said Clarence Troutman, a COVID-19 Survivor. Getting COVID can be life-altering. Not just while you are battling the disease, but months, possibly years after beating it. “If your lungs are not in prime shape, your heart suffers and your whole body,” said Purvi Parikh, MD, an Immunologist of Allergy and Asthma at NYU Langone Health.

According to a recent study, patients who had Coronavirus are seven times more likely to suffer a stroke than flu patients. 30 percent of patients developed moderate to severe kidney injury.

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Rangeley Health and Wellness awarded ‘Best Gym/Fitness Center’

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RANGELEY — Rangeley Health and Wellness has been awarded Best Gym/Fitness Center in Maine by Down East Magazine’s Best of Maine 2020. RHW caught the attention of Down East’s editors and readers from across New England for its state-of-the-art fitness facility, modern equipment and unrivaled lake view resulting in this prestigious award. An anonymous donor has taken notice of the award and RHW’s continuing community responsiveness throughout the pandemic and will match all donated funds, dollar for dollar up to $25,000, through October 2020. This generous congratulatory offer to RHW will be invaluable as the wellness center continues to respond to ongoing community needs.

As virus concerns grew in March, RHW immediately responded with services and support for the community through food delivery, emergency food boxes, helping families access needed services, and wellness calls to check in on seniors. They

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HealthWatch: The COVID Effect, Long-Term Health Problems Plaguing Patients | WFRV Local 5

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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – COVID-19 is beginning to show itself to be more than just a respiratory illness. Some patients are still fighting off symptoms of the disease months after recovery. From skin problems to brain and neurological issues, here are some of the possible long-term health effects of COVID that you need to know about.

“It was scary. It’s the worst I’ve ever felt in my life,” said Clarence Troutman, a COVID-19 Survivor. Getting COVID can be life-altering. Not just while you are battling the disease, but months, possibly years after beating it. “If your lungs are not in prime shape, your heart suffers and your whole body,” said Purvi Parikh, MD, an Immunologist of Allergy and Asthma at NYU Langone Health.

According to a recent study, patients who had Coronavirus are seven times more likely to suffer a stroke than flu patients. 30 percent of patients developed

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Illinois dentist sentenced to prison for health care fraud

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A dentist has been sentenced to prison for defrauding Illinois Medicaid out of hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of several years.



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The Department of Justice said Dr. Yun Sup Kim, 49, of St. Louis, appeared Thursday morning via videoconference at the federal courthouse in Benton, Illinois, and was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison.

He entered a guilty plea for three counts of health care fraud back in February. The case against Kim came from a regulatory audit that was initiated in 2015 after claims data showed Kim had performed more cavity fillings and surgical tooth extractions than nearly any other dentist in Illinois.

According to a release from the Department of Justice, investigators found from August 2014 through December 2017, Kim had repeatedly submitted false bills for cavity fillings and surgical tooth extractions.

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Consumer Confidential: Is a routine trip to the doctor or dentist now a health hazard? | Money

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Looking after your health these days feels like a health hazard.

“The bottom line is everything has risk and it’s not the time for anyone to be letting their guard down,” said Anne Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at UCLA and an expert on infectious diseases.

She knows the danger of COVID-19 as well as anyone. In her own case, she’s in no hurry to schedule routine medical exams.

“Unless it’s really important, I’m putting things off,” Rimoin told me.

I reached out to a number of public health experts. The consensus was that if there’s anything wrong with your health, or if you think something may be wrong, don’t hesitate to seek treatment.

When it comes to routine healthcare appointments, however, the only consensus is there’s no consensus.

Some, like Rimoin, say it’s probably smart to err on the side of caution and postpone appointments. Others say you should

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SANUWAVE Health Completes Acquisition of the Wound Care Assets of Celularity

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SUWANEE, GA, Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — SANUWAVE Health, Inc. (OTCQB:SNWV) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of the wound care assets of Celularity, consisting of the UltraMIST® Ultrasound Healing Therapy assets and partnership rights for Celularity’s wound care biologic products. 

The funding for the acquisition consisted of a mix of funded term debt, a seller note, and equity in the form of a private placement.  The private placement generated gross proceeds of approximately $24 million through the issuance of 119,125,000 shares of common stock and accompanying warrants to purchase up to an equal number of shares of common stock at a purchase price of $0.20 per share of common stock and accompanying warrants.  The warrants will be exercisable immediately at an exercise price of $0.25 per share and will expire three years after the date

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COLUMN: The health care crisis of virtue signaling | Opinion

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The virtue signaling via your tax dollars escalates.

The state of Colorado plans to declare racism a “public health care crisis.”

According to Channel 7 News, the head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, will make the declaration.

They report, “In doing so, Hunsaker Ryan said she has two goals: to increase diversity in the department’s workforce, which is almost 78% white, and make it easier for local community organizations that provide services to people of color to partner with the agency. She also plans to hire an equity and inclusion officer for the department, potentially by the end of August.”

So, increase diversity in a department which is almost 78% white? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado is 86.9% “white alone,” defined as people who self-report as white and no other race.

Make it easier for community organizations that provide services to

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To Your Good Health: It’s best to remain on a statin post-stroke | Columnists

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Multiple trials have proven that in people who have had an ischemic stroke, statin drugs reduce the risk of a second stroke. This is true even for people with cholesterol results in the normal range. Based on the trial results, high-dose statin drugs (40 mg atorvastatin) are preferred in people who are able to tolerate them. Since you haven’t reported any side effects, I would recommend you continue the high-dose atorvastatin. It is your best chance to prevent a future stroke.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Do you recommend microneedling for skin care? — N.E.

ANSWER: Microneedling is used to help treat cosmetic issues of the skin, such as scarring, including scarring from acne, irregular pigmentation, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage and other forms of damaged skin.

The damage caused by the needle sets up a healing response in the skin that causes regeneration of skin cells, similar to

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San Antonio City Council to consider declaring racism a public health crisis

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San Antonio City Council members could vote soon on a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and calling for racial justice to be a fundamental part of all city policies and programs.

Dozens of U.S. cities and counties, including Austin and Dallas County, have passed nonbinding declarations deeming racism a public health crisis. The trend has been accelerated by protests over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American, by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May.

The resolution is one way San Antonio council members and activists are trying to translate momentum from the demonstrations into action — or at least a set of priorities.

Black Lives Matters parade-goers decorate their cars before driving from Wolff Stadium to Wheatley Heights Sports Complex Sunday.

“As we strive to speak to the heart of equity and inclusion, taking this crucial step in declaring racism as a public health crisis is of extreme importance,” said District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan, the council’s only Black member.

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