The Stigma of Chronic Migraine

Migraine is a leading cause of disability worldwide, particularly for those aged 15-49. Despite its significant impact, migraine is often minimized and ignored, with less than half of those affected seeking medical care. Stigma surrounding the invisible nature of migraines and their impact on those close to you can contribute to misunderstanding and insufficient support….

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Professor Trevor Duffy

Prof Trevor Duffy, a Consultant Rheumatologist, discusses the significance of mentors and professional relationships in the latest episode of ‘Irish Medical Lives.’ He talks about his career, from his early years in Ireland and Iran to his role as President of the Irish Medical Organisation. Duffy emphasizes the importance of teamwork and the value of…

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Natural experiments with sildenafil and stiffness

The author, Benjamin Woolf, recounts how he went into multiple organ failure and was hospitalized for nearly 100 days after being diagnosed with chronic thrombotic pulmonary hypertension and receiving treatment with macitentan and sildenafil. During his recovery, he became curious about the long-term effects of sildenafil, a medication commonly prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction. He…

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Bridging the Impact Gap in Cancer R&D

The focus of the content is on the need to bridge the gap in cancer care and research to ensure equitable access to prevention, treatment, and survival for all. The content emphasizes the importance of redirecting funds towards advancing affordable and equitable care and addressing persistent disparities in cancer outcomes. It also highlights the role…

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The FTC Escalates Biden’s Fight Against Drug Prices

The Federal Trade Commission is taking aggressive action against anticompetitive practices in the healthcare industry. It has issued stricter guidelines to prevent hospital mergers and investigated practices in the drug supply chain. The FTC challenged the validity of over 100 drug patents listed in the FDA’s “Orange Book,” which can delay approval for generic competitors….

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Nursing’s Mental Health Pandemic, and How We Can Stop It

The nursing and healthcare workforce is currently experiencing a mental health pandemic, with high rates of burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, and suicide. This is linked to turnover, worsening the nursing shortage, and preventable medical errors. System issues such as short staffing, long shifts, and bureaucratic tasks contribute to this crisis. Nurses in organizations with supportive…

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Instacart, DispatchHealth partner to tackle food insecurity

In-home care provider DispatchHealth has partnered with grocery delivery company Instacart to prescribe food to patients using Instacart Health. DispatchHealth offers in-home urgent care medical visits, with a clinician arriving within two hours. Instacart Health provides tools for providers to create curated shops, recommend healthy recipes, and build tailored grocery lists for patients. The partnership…

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