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North Shore-LIJ Completes Last Phase of $50M Upgrade of its Diagnostic Imaging Systems, $12M for GE Low-Dose CT Scanners to Reduce Patients Radiation Exposure

Great Neck, NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2014

The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that it completed the last phase of a $ 50 million, three-year project to upgrade its diagnostic imaging systems. The final phase cost $ 12 million and included installing 15 computed tomography (CT) scanners at its healthcare facilities in the metropolitan area to reduce patients’ exposure to radiation and provide the highest quality imaging.

CT technology is a critical tool for diagnosis and early detection of cancers, cardiac disease, neurological problems, trauma, inflammation and other conditions.

Last June, North Shore-LIJ announced at a news conference its purchase of 15 GE low dose CT scanners for 10 of its facilities on Long Island and in New York City. This initiative was part of the first, $ 50 million step in an on-going effort by the health system to replace or update all of its conventional diagnostic imaging systems through quality initiatives designed to assure cutting edge technological capabilities while also assuring patient safety. In addition to the equipment, North Shore-LIJ also installed system-wide monitoring software, which tracks radiation exposure by CT, creating a database that monitors levels of emission and helps radiologists adjust their practices based on the latest clinical evidence.

“North Shore-LIJ is one of the first health systems in the country to replace or upgrade all of its diagnostic imaging equipment to reduce patients’ risks to radiation exposure,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of North Shore-LIJ. “This initiative is a significant investment in our commitment to move beyond treating illness but also to protect public health.”

The Joint Commission, the nation’s top hospital and healthcare accrediting organization, issued a sentinel alert about the long-term radiation risks of diagnostic imaging in 2011. Jason Naidich, MD, chairman of radiology at North Shore-LIJ, said the health system was already planning its major project to upgrade its CTs and radiology equipment when the report made national news.

“North Shore-LIJ has a comprehensive radiology safety program across its hospitals and outpatient imaging facilities,” Dr. Naidich said. “Our radiology physicians, technologists, and physicists are specifically trained in radiation safety and are committed to limiting patients’ exposure to the lowest dose necessary to make the proper diagnosis.

“We offer low-dose CT imaging in every community the health system serves and all of our emergency departments are equipped with the most-up-to-date, low-dose CT scanners,” Dr. Naidich said. “This is important for everyone, but especially for children and young adults who may be more susceptible to harm from radiation exposure over time.”

“When used appropriately, CT is a safe tool that can save lives. At North Shore – LIJ, our patients can be confident that we are using this innovative technology to make their imaging procedures even safer.”

For more information about North Shore-LIJ Imaging, call 1-855-377-3456.

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Diet Doc Hormone Diets & Weight Loss Plans Joins Telehealth, the Newest Healthcare Revolution, Enabling Patients to Connect with Physicians Anywhere in the Country

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 18, 2013

The professionals at Diet Doc are serious about helping everyone lose weight to improve health, longevity and quality of life. The company is consistently searching for new ways to make achieving weight loss goals simpler, more convenient and less costly for everyone in need. Utilizing Telehealth, the latest medical technology, now enables the company to reach patients in even the most remote regions of the country, delivering fast, safe and consistent weight loss directly to patients’ doors. One of the first prescription diet companies to join this new revolution in healthcare, Telehealth allows patients and physicians to connect via the telephone, thus avoiding time consuming and costly visits to local weight loss clinics.

Patients who are ready to change their lives by losing unhealthy excess weight can begin simply by calling the company or logging on to the computer to complete a comprehensive, yet quite simple, medical evaluation, after which the patient will schedule an appointment, at their convenience, to speak directly with a board certified physician. This level of personal service allows the doctors to review and assess each patient’s entire system and to identify any improperly performing organs or other barriers that may hinder fast weight loss, without the patient ever leaving their home. Each patient will receive a plan of action along with a complete and detailed physician report.

Qualified patients will work closely with nutritionists, who are certified and specially trained in the science of safe and fast weight loss. Diet plans will be designed that are unique to each patient’s personal nutritional lifestyle and medical needs, designed to be rich in essential nutrients, helping the body to function at maximum capacity while melting pounds and inches. Because the diet plans incorporate a wide range of delicious food choices, patients find that they maintain their interest while the rapid loss of weight keeps them motivated. Each diet plan is uniquely developed with emphasis on achieving optimal weight loss with focus on safety and improved long term health and weight maintenance.

Diet Doc’s prescription hormone complements the uniquely designed diet plans by sending a powerful signal to the hypothalamus to target stores of trapped fat to be released into the bloodstream and burned as the body’s primary energy source. This dynamic combination turns the body into a fat burning machine with patients reporting fat melting from the body in areas that are typically the most stubborn and difficult areas to lose, such as the belly, hips, thighs and underarms.

Diet Doc offers incomparable services to dieters across the country, delivering a consistent effective medically supervised diet plan directly to patients' doors. To further add to the convenience of this revolutionized new diet plan concept, videoconferencing eliminates the need for costly, embarrassing and time consuming follow-up visits to weight loss clinics, while offering improved and easy accessibility.

The addition of Telehealth is making losing unhealthy excess weight easier than ever before. By shifting their focus to the numerous possibilities that Telehealth offers, Diet Doc has made their prescription hormone diet plans available nationwide. Diet Doc’s physicians and nutritionists can reach out to a patient in any location using advanced technology, eliminating all geographical and communication barriers.

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(800) 272-0482


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Fort Worth Dental Dentists Now Straighten Teeth Discretely With The Modern Invisalign Procedure For Fort Worth, TX Patients

Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) December 29, 2012

Fort Worth Dental's Dr. Terry M. Zang, Dr. Arthur J. Mund, and Dr. Justin Mund provide patients with the solutions they are looking for to get straighter teeth. When a patient desires a discreet method for straightening teeth, the Invisalign procedure is often the dental procedure of choice. The dentist can offer the treatment to patients of practically any age who wish to forego the traditional metal braces. The process requires customized plastic trays that are worn daily and adjusted and replaced regularly.

Most people are not born with teeth that will remain perfectly straight throughout their lives. While many people choose the traditional metal braces, the Invisalign procedure gives patients another option for getting straight teeth. The plastic aligner trays are very discreet and many people do not even notice when someone is wearing them.

The Invisalign dental procedure begins by having the dentist or an assistant take x-rays and impressions of the teeth. From them, a three dimensional model is created on the computer and is used to determine a treatment plan for the patient. A set of clear plastic aligner trays is molded to fit the patient's teeth. The trays are designed to be worn night and day, but can easily be removed when the patients eats or needs to clean their teeth and the trays.

Every two weeks the patient returns for a new set of dental trays. These trays have been tweaked slightly from the previous set to help gently guide the teeth into the proper position. The patient meets with the dentist every six to eight weeks to make sure that the teeth are moving according to plan and to make any adjustments that are necessary. The entire treatment often takes about a year to complete, and should be overseen by a trained Invisalign dentist. More information on the procedure can be found by visiting

Fort Worth Dental is a general practice offering patients personalized dental care for Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Terry M. Zang, Dr. Arthur J. Mund and Dr. Justin Mund are all dedicated to their dental practice, which offers the recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. Focused on preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, they each have unique attributes for the practice. To learn more about Fort Worth Dental and their dental services visit their website at


Parker Waichman LLP Reports that Over 900 Patients Suffered Cardiac Arrest at Fresenius Dialysis Centers in 2010

(PRWEB) June 21, 2012

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting victims from defective drugs and medical devices, is notifying the public about a recent discovery concerning Fresenius Medical Care and two dialysis products, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. According to the New York Times, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are associated with elevated bicarbonate levels, a problem that is linked to a six-fold increased risk for cardiopulmonary arrest.

According to an internal memo dated November 4th 2011, 941 hemodialysis patients experienced cardiac arrest from 667 Fresenius facilities in 2010. The company conducted an analysis of these patients, comparing them to over 80,000 other dialysis patients in the same center. Overall, the data indicated that excess bicarbonate, or alkalosis, significantly increased the risk of heart problems in hemodialysis patients.

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are powder and liquid dialysis products, respectively. They both contain acetate, but GranuFlo contributes twice as much as NaturaLyte. The liver rapidly metabolizes acetate to the alkaline substance bicarbonate, which is used in dialysis to counteract the acidity that can build up in the blood. But according to the New York Times, these products contain more acetate than its competitors, and thus results in more bicarbonate in the body. These excess bicarbonate levels increase the risk for heart attack, according to the memo.

While Fresenius alerted its own physicians and medical directors about the issue, it did not notify the public or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the findings until the agency received an anonymous copy of the memo and inquired about it. When Dr. Franklin W. Maddux, chief medical officer of Fresenius North America, was questioned about the companys lack of action, he said that it was not in a condition for general consumption, according to the New York Times. When the company did inform its customers in late March, the issued letter did not mention the 941 patients who had suffered cardiac arrest, nor did it include other statistics highlighted in the memo.

Here we have a textbook example of a company trying to minimize the dissemination of information outside of its walls, says Matthew McCauley, attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. Fresenius clearly chose not to advise its outside customers about these documented cardiac risks and that is reprehensible conduct.

The issue has prompted an FDA probe to determine whether or not their failure to warn violated federal regulations. According to Law360, the investigation may even come to encompass the entire company. Last month, the FDA issued a Safety Communication warning about alkali dosing errors for products like GranuFlo and NaturaLyte in hemodialysis patients.;;

Parker Waichman LLP offers free lawsuit consultations to victims of Fresenius GranuFlo and NaturaLyte side effects. If you or a loved one experienced sudden cardiac arrest or sudden heart attack following dialysis with GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, please visit the firm's GranuFlo and NaturaLyte injury page at

Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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Bel Marra Health supports a recent medical report that shows dementia patients are much more likely to have emotional deterioration

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) August 11, 2012

Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, supports a recent medical report that shows dementia patients are much more likely to have emotional deterioration.

The report, published in the journal Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, says a certain proportion of patients with dementia are more prone to develop depression, based on specific characteristics of the frontal lobe of their brain. The investigators of this study wanted to determine if there was a relationship between certain regions of the brain and the risk of developing depression among patients with dementia.

This study involved the participation of approximately 77 elderly individuals who have been positively diagnosed with mild dementia. These individuals were interviewed and examined for various neuropsychological features.

To screen for depression, the study participants were assessed using the standard depression scale (Montgomery-Asberg). In addition, these individuals also underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the volume of a specific region of the brain, namely the white matter. It should be understood that the brain consists of two major components, the gray and the white matter. The gray matter serves as the processing centers or computers of the brain, whereas the white matter connects the various processing centers of the brain, allowing the smooth transmission of signals to elicit an action, idea, or simple keep a memory.

The study revealed that elderly subjects with dementia and larger white matter volumes showed a greater severity in their level of depression, as compared to those with dementia but without depression. The results of the study also showed that the elderly subjects suffering from forgetfulness and presented larger white matter volumes carried higher scores according to the depression rating scale. The severity of their depression also worsened upon follow-up after several years.

This recent study has directly shown that the brain plays a direct influence on the development of depression, especially when certain regions of the brain are affected. In the case of elderly individuals with dementia, the volume of the white matter of the brain served as an indication of depression. Coupling the symptoms of depression and dementia may thus indicate a more serious situation, as shown by the occurrence of two mental health conditions.

Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, Aging is usually associated with the occurrence of forgetfulness, which is often considered as a highly common feature among elderly individuals. When an elderly loved one is observed to develop forgetfulness, family members often extend additional supervision and monitoring of the elderly, to ensure that the individual does not lose important items or forget to perform his or her daily tasks.

The recent study involving MRI examination of the brain to establish the relationship between forgetfulness and depression has directly shown that the biological condition of an aging body, especially that of the brain, may hasten the development of depression.

CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang says, The occurrence of depression in an elderly who is struggling with forgetfulness may be a more serious condition, requiring extensive monitoring and assistance to prevent accidents and to improve an elderly persons quality of life."

(SOURCE: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders White Matter Hyperintensities and the Course of Depressive Symptoms in Elderly People with Mild Dementia, March 31, 2012)

Bel Marra Health, as the distributor of Smart Pill, offers high-quality vitamins and nutritional supplements in formulations designed to address specific health concerns. All ingredients are backed with scientific evidence. Every product is tested for safety, quality, and purity at every stage of the manufacturing process. Furthermore, Bel Marra Health products are produced only in Health Canada approved facilities, going that extra mile to ensure our health conscious customers are getting top quality products. For more information on Bel Marra Nutritionals visit or call 1-866-531-0466.

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Chicago Loop Dentist, Dr. Michael Marcus, Now Accepting Patients for One Visit Dental Crowns Using an Advanced Dental Restorative System Called CEREC

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 05, 2012

Perfect teeth, although coveted by millions across the nation, are an attribute that few people can attain without a little cosmetic dentistry work. Fillings, dental crowns and veneers are found in most peoples mouths. Research shows that in the next 10 years, 1.2 billion of these fillings will need to be completely replaced. Dr. Michael Marcus is using the innovative Chairside Economical Restorations Esthetic Ceramic to make fixing a cavity or a bad tooth a one-time event that lasts about as long as a regular appointment.

Normally, a visit to the dentist will result in a follow-up appointment due to the discovery of cavities or other problems that will need to be taken care. This involves taking more time out of the patients schedule and a possible, extra cost for the procedure, gas money, etc. Now, with the advanced techniques involved with CEREC, that may no longer be the case.

CEREC is not all that new to the field of cosmetic dentistry, but Marcus Dental Practice makes it something worth experiencing. With the help of specialized tools and machinery, an optical impression of the teeth in need of fillings or dental crowns is taken and processed. Because there is no need for a mold made of goop that you bite into, this image of your teeth is then converted by 3D software to create a virtual model on the computer screen.

Using a separate milling machine found on-site, Dr. Marcus designs the appropriate restoration to exactly fit your needs. This is then created out of a ceramic block that matches the shade of your tooth--all within one appointment, lasting perhaps 10-20 minutes. After a good polish, the needed dental crowns or restoration is securely bonded to the tooth of the patient, with a guarantee that a return trip will not be necessary.

For the dentists and staff at Marcus Dental Practice, cosmetic dentistry has never been easier, more accurate, and effective for their patients. Using CEREC has proven to be fast and economical for both dentist and patient, and the results are reported as overwhelmingly positive.

Marcus Dental Practice is a dental office providing patients personalized dental care and implant dentistry for Chicago, Illinois for over 50 years. As a father-son team, David and Michael Marcus strive to continue their dental education and are both members of the American Dental Association. They aim to provide dentistry in all dimensions as part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Marcus Dental Practice and their dental services visit their website at and call (312) 241-1328.


Congressional Hearing on Reauthorization of User Fees: What It Means for Jobs, Innovation and Patients

LA JOLLA, Calif. (PRWEB) February 01, 2012

CHI President and Chief Executive Officer David L. Gollaher, Ph.D., today provided testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on the reauthorization of user fee programs.

FDAs Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) program has special importance to California because the biomedical industry is among our states leading high-tech employers, directly accounting for about 268,000 jobs whose annual salaries average $ 72,000. Gollaher expressed CHIs support of the reauthorization of PDUFA, underscored its critical role in drug innovation, and reviewed its recent data that accurately reflects U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) performance.

A predictable and transparent regulatory process is an essential component of the biomedical innovation ecosystem in California, and while the FDA has frequently been the target of criticism, I want to emphasize our commitment to strengthening the partnership with the agency and our support of PDUFA, said Gollaher. By working together, Congress, the agency, industry and other stakeholders can maintain the high standards of safety and effectiveness that physicians, patients and their families expect, while also enhancing the biomedical industrys ability to attract the investment necessary to retain U.S. global leadership in life sciences innovation.

A time-honored principle of management is that what gets measured gets done, said Gollaher. We have learned a great deal in working over the past two years with Boston Consulting Group and the FDA, mining the agencys data in order to gain a better understanding of how it operates, and how its performance metrics have changed over time.

CHI proposes (a) regularly gathering and analyzing the best possible data; (b) updating performance metrics during the next PDUFA cycle in order to track performance consistently and longitudinally; and (c) ensuring that there is agreement among the FDA, industry, and Congress that the data and how they are reported are the most accurate possible measures of agency performance.

It is critical that an agency that regulates more than 20 percent of American production, and depends increasingly on industry user fees, put in place consistent tracking mechanisms, said Gollaher. More granular information from the division review level is required to understand where the agency is working and where processes need improvement in order to get innovations to the patients that need them.

The committee also heard from The Honorable Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., FDA commissioner; Geno Germano, president and general manager, specialty care and oncology, Pfizer, Inc.; Richard F. Pops, chairman and CEO, Alkermes, testifying on behalf of BIO; Allan Coukell, director, medical programs, Pew Health Group, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Diane Edquist Dorman, vice president public policy, National Organization of Rare Disorders; David E. Wheadon, senior vice president scientific and regulatory affairs, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Dr. Daniel A.C. Frattarelli, chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs, Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Drugs.

Originally enacted in 1992, and subsequently renewed three more times, PDUFA authorizes the FDA to collect fees from companies for drug submission review and approval. Industry groups and those on the Hill are aiming to reauthorize PDUFA by mid-2012, prior to the Sept. 30 expiration and the November elections.

In California, the biomedical industry employs nearly 268,000 people, more than any other state in the nation. The majority are small companies that rely on venture capital funding to support their innovative research and development. The industry is responsible for producing innovative products for treating heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases that serve to benefit millions of patients in the United States and around the world.

It is imperative that this legislation remain highly focused: to support the agency in its efforts to promote biomedical innovation; to encourage it to address areas of inefficiency; to balance its imperative to protect public safety with the importance of continuing robust investment into new drugs and biologics, said Gollaher. In the long view, public health and the economic health and competitiveness of the biomedical industry are two sides of the same coin. Without immense investment, the next generation of breakthroughs for our greatest healthcare needs will never materialize. Nor will the jobs to produce them.

To view the live webcast and access written copies of the testimony, click here.

About CHI

CHI represents more than 275 leading biotechnology, medical device, diagnostics, and pharmaceutical companies, and public and private academic biomedical research organizations. CHIs mission is to advance responsible public policies that foster medical innovation and promote scientific discovery. CHIs website is Follow us on Twitter @calhealthcare, Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube.

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An Advanced Hearing Solution For Patients Seen Most Often – Those With Mild To Moderate Hearing Loss…CLIK

Johnson City, TN (PRWEB) February 22, 2012

* Clik provides instant fit capability without cables or computers, and without having to learn any new and complicated software. Instead, everything needed to program the hearing aid is on board the processor. A hearing aid stethoscope is the only tool necessary, other than a finger, to cycle through available algorithms that are embedded in Cliks unique digital processor core.


Columbia-Charleston South Carolina Plastic Surgeon Using Social Media to Connect with Patients

Columbia-Charleston South Carolina Plastic Surgeon Using Social Media to Connect with Patients

Columbia, South Carolina (Vocus) April 21, 2010

As social media continues to revolutionize the way that friends, family members, and colleagues stay in touch with each other, a local plastic surgeon has embraced these technologies as a way to connect with patients both new and old. Dr. Ram Kalus recognized the value that social media websites could bring to his patients in providing them with an interactive glimpse into what sets his practice apart from others.

Dr. Kalus established his Columbia breast augmentation and body contouring practice in 1990 with his main priority being to listen to his patients and communicate with them effectively. Now, through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, patients can watch videos of Dr. Kalus, view before-and-after pictures, and become acquainted with his practice before they even set foot into his offices.

The interactive nature of social media enables visitors to click on the topics that interest them or to share comments with staff members and other patients. By enhancing his online presence with social media applications, Dr. Kalus’ goal is for patients to engage with his practice in a dynamic, personalized manner while learning about rhinoplasty in Columbia or other cosmetic procedures.

Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter enable patients to become familiar with Dr. Kalus’ practice philosophy as well as the treatments that they are considering. On his You Tube video, Dr. Kalus describes how in all procedures he makes every effort to avoid an operated-on appearance. “My goal with any operation, whether it is a facelift or a cleft lip repair, a cosmetic breast augmentation or a breast reconstruction after mastectomy, is to do the utmost to leave my patient with a natural-appearing result, one that looks like he or she never had surgery.”

Dr. Kalus says his social media outreach is a great way of not only reaching out to patients, but giving them an easy way of contacting the practice, asking questions, and engaging in discussions on a variety of topics related to aesthetic enhancement.

About Dr. Ram Kalus

Dr. Ram Kalus established his Columbia breast implants, body contouring, and facial plastic surgery practice after being trained and educated at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the U.S. After earning his undergraduate and medical degrees from Boston University, Dr. Kalus completed plastic surgery residencies at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Dartmouth, New Hampshire, the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Paris, France.

Dr. Kalus has been board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 1992. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the South Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas is located at 1301 Taylor Street, Suite 10A, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. Patients can reach the practice by dialing (803) 733-5881.


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