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Medical News

Brain-Recording Device Could Herald Future Development For Monitoring And Controlling Seizures
Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain's surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord.
Source: Medical News Today

New way to coax embryonic stem cells and reprogrammed adult cells to develop sensory cells
After ten years of effort, researchers reporting in the May 14th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, say they have found a way to coax embryonic stem cells as well as reprogrammed adult cells to develop into sensory cells that normally reside in the mammalian inner ear. Those mechanosensitive sensory hair cells are the linchpin of hearing and balance.
Source: The Medical News

Study finds rotavirus vaccine greatly reduces hospitalizations for acute gastroenteritis in children
Worldwide, rotavirus infection is estimated to cause more than 500,000 deaths each year. Before a vaccine was introduced, the virus led to an estimated 55,000 to 70,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. annually. A vaccine, RotaTeq, was licensed for use in the U.S. and recommended for routine use in infants in 2006.
Source: EurekAlert

Patient Resources

Does Private Insurance Protect Canadians from the Cost of Cancer Drugs?
Report Card on Cancer in Canada, 2009-10
"The vast majority of private health insurance plans are sponsored and funded by employers, but this is voluntary and not their core product or purpose. In almost all cases, employees pay an important share of the cost to cover themselves and eligible family members. Employees place high value on their health benefit plans: a major national survey regularly reports most plan members are unwilling to trade them for $15,000 or $20,000 cash."
Source: Cancer Advocacy Coalition

The Leap Project: Research Project Reaches Out to Teens Suffering from Depression
Researchers at an original project dubbed The Leap Project, aim to help teens cope with depression. So far they found that the home-based program decreased the severity of the participants' depression, improved overall mood and maintained those benefits for at least six months.

The progress was monitored by Dr. Jordan Cohen, Dr. Badri Rickhi and Dr. John Toews, psychiatrists with the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, during the trial and for an additional four months after they’ve completed the study.
Source: University of Calgary

Hormonal Contraceptives Have Mixed Success Among Overweight Women
Many researchers think that metabolic changes associated with obesity — in particular, the amount of body fat — could make hormonal birth control less effective. “However, we know little about how overweight women metabolize hormonal contraceptives,” said Lopez, “since many studies exclude overweight women.”
Source: Health Behavior News Service

Did You Know?

Chemicals that speed growth may impair ability to absorb soil's nutrients.

Donald Davis, PhD, a former researcher with the Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, led a team that analyzed 43 fruits and vegetables from 1950 to 1999 and reported reductions in vitamins, minerals, and protein. Using USDA data, he found that broccoli, for example, had 130 mg of calcium in 1950. Today, that number is only 48 mg. What's going on?
Source: MS NBC

Practice Management Tips

Reusing Reports and Groups

When you think about reports in the medical practice, you probably think billing or schedules most of the time. With Fields of Code 2.0 you can generate a multitude of reports for patients, prescriptions, as well as reports for internal use.

If you already have a large set of reports, you can organize them into clusters by adding them to group documents based on what they relate to. A report can appear in more than one group, which makes this method efficient at categorizing for multiple uses. It also provides quick access by selecting the reports from the groups rather than the Reports Gateway when the full list is very large.

Here are a few examples of useful groups: patient reports, HR reports, prescriptions reports, letters to colleagues and referrals.

Another example is a group to contain all reports related to the new patient intakes. A possible list of reports in this case could be: medical conditions questionnaire, insurance questionnaire, privacy statements the patient needs to sign, forms about previous health care providers and requests for patient files, letter to patients informing of extended services, etc. Because the list within the group can be annotated efficiently, graphically and textually, you can easily track the status of any patient by using the group. This will help remember what forms were signed, and which letters were mailed out, or responded to.

To make the above process even faster, groups and reports can be copied and reused again. Creating templates with logos, headers and partial text is just one such example. These templates can be copied to build new reports thus accomplishing not only a fast workflow, but a consistent appearance as well.

Our team has prepared a video tutorial that demonstrates how to make copies of existing reports in Fields of Code 2.0. Follow the same steps to create copies of groups referencing the reports. You can view this tutorial at the Fields of Code Library. Scroll to the Reporting section and look for the following video ID: A3T2.

All of our tutorials and registration are free. First time users are required to complete a quick, one-time registration.
Source: Fields of Code Library


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