|An Uncontrollable Urge|
Restless Legs Syndrome Continues to Confound Neurologists
Perhaps nothing is more frustrating to a medical scientist than an idiopathic diagnosis. Even when physicians have tools to treat the symptoms of a disorder, not knowing the cause can make it a tedious undertaking.
The phenomenon of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) continues to perplex in that way, but increased awareness and pharmaceuticals are providing more relief than ever to those who suffer from this unpleasant neurological disorder.
|AAN Chief Says Neurology Promises Perpetual Horizon for Discoveries|
TAMPA — As president of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Dr. Stephen Sergay leads the world’s largest group of neurologists at 20,000 members strong. But when he’s in his clinic in Tampa, Fla., there’s only one individual on his mind — the patient sitting in front of him.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the #1 killer of women, surpassing all cancers combined. In many countries, including the United States, more women than men die every year of CVD, and overall outcomes for women with coronary disease are worse than for men. In particular, 38 percent of women versus 24 percent of men, die within one year of their first coronary event, reminding us of the need for aggressive risk modification and early disease detection in women.
DR. LINDA JAFFE
|Financial Planning for Physicians|
Remember during “Star Trek” episodes when Spock would raise his hand, separate his fingers and wish his colleagues an “uneventful trip”? Physicians should set that same goal for themselves when planning their financial future.
That’s the advice of Michigan-based Paul H. Sutherland, president, founder and CIO of Financial & Investment Management Group and manager of Utopia Funds.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Florida Hospital Cath Lab Goes 24/7|
Expanded Hours Marks Milestone for Central Florida
Cardiologists at Florida Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab in Orlando know exactly how much their work matters by the number of lives they save.
The lab performs about 750 emergency angioplasties a year, let alone the thousands of other catheter-based interventions and non-emergent balloon angioplasties, where a balloon is placed to open a blocked coronary artery.
|Grand Rounds April|
Orlando Regional Healthcare Hosts 3rd Annual ONE NIGHT SM Presented by Broad Street Partners
Osceola Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Care Program
Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission
RN Grads at SCC Again Exceed State Average on Licensing Exams
Sand Lake Cancer Center Welcomes New Physician
Orlando Orthopaedic Center’s 4th Annual Cutting Edge Concepts in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Seminar
Nemours Joins the EDCs bioOrlando to Promote Regional Health Care Improvement for Central Florida
Medical Marketing Specialist Andrea T. Eliscu Publishes Third Book Revealing Four Secrets to Positioning Physicians for Success
ORMC Employs Dr. Robot to Provide Anytime Anywhere Expertise and Care RP-7 Robot Uses Interactive Technology to Treat Patients Remotely
Florida Children’s Hospital Physician Appointed to UCF College of Medicine Volunteer Faculty
Dr. Craig Mintzer Becomes One of Central Florida’s First to Earn National Certification in Sports Medicine
Florida Heart Group, PA Achieves MGMA ‘Better Perfomer’ Status
Florida Hospital Expands Global Initiatives With European Partnership
Nemours Begins Mentorship Pilot Program at Orange County Science Fair
Hospitals Secure Services of Longtime Industry Professional Lee Huntley
Wuesthoff Health System Debuts Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program
Health First Receives Verispans Top 100 rating for fifth year in a row
Stetson Student Gains Experience Through Volunteering at Florida Hospital DeLand
Annual Child Abuse Awareness Event to Benefit Joshua House
TGH/USF Doctors Using Cervical Disc System for Patients with Degenerative Diseases of the Neck
Tampa General Hospital Foundation to Recreate 1950’s Havana Nightclub for Gala
Morton Plant Mease Health Care Opens Bardmoor Emergency Center
Gresham, Smith and Partners Hires Director of Healthcare Research
Moffitt Researchers Receive $75,000 From Miles For Moffitt Board Of Directors
Mease Countryside Hospital Named Top 100 Seven Times National Ranking Identifies Benchmarks for Success
Mease Countryside Brings More Robot-Assisted Surgery Options to North Pinellas and South Pasco
Sarasota Joins National Campaign Urging People of All Ages to Put Important Healthcare Decisions in Writing
Dr. Kantilal Bhalani Celebrates Seven Years of Charitable Work
Dr. Kantilal Bhalani first got the idea to organize charitable medical missions around the globe from his son who volunteered at a Leprosy camp in Bangor, India in 1999. “Sometimes father teaches the son, but in this case it was the son who taught me,” Bhalani said. “He was a bright student. But when he put that on the resume, it opened up the eyes of every medical school admissions department he applied to.
|MS Drug Trial Brings Hope|
St. Petersburg Doc has Three Patients in Trial Program
For Cathy Gregory, who suffers from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), the benefit of the drug trial she’s enrolled in may represent more hope for others than herself. And that’s all right with her.
“I can’t turn back time for myself,” said Gregory, whose MS has progressed to the point where she’s wheelchair-bound and has difficulty performing simple tasks.
|Nemours, Area Hospitals Reach Agreement |
New Children’s Hospital Due in 2012
The backroom bargaining between Nemours Foundation officials and the leaders of both Orlando Regional Healthcare and Florida Hospital finally became public in February when state regulators announced they had approved a deal to officially pave the way for a new Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona.
|Physician Spotlight: Dr. Richard Bragg|
By day, Dr. Richard Bragg cares for the veins of patients throughout Central Florida. By night, he takes care of Seminole County Medical Society business matters, his family, and occasionally, his hand — as in a game of Texas hold ‘em.
Dr. Richard T. Benson
An Aggressive Push for Primary and Secondary Prevention
We all know the stats. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the number one cause of disability. The southeastern United States is known as “The Stroke Belt.” Approximately 780,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year — on average, that’s one stroke every 45 seconds. About every three minutes, someone dies of stroke. In 2008, it is estimated that the direct and indirect cost of stroke will be $65.5 billion.
|The Second Wave|
Keeping Your Corporate Compliance Program in Action
In a recent continuing education class, a student volunteered that nurses in the hospital-based home health agency for which she worked routinely upcoded home care visits. This was necessary, she explained, to compensate for the low level of reimbursement for the correct code. While she recognized that it probably wasn’t proper, she was unaware that she was describing criminal conduct that could expose the nurses and their employer to severe penalties.
VANESSA A. REYNOLDS
|Turning the Pages Back to 1908|
Orange County Medical Society Chronicles A Century of Change
Dr. Connie Micklavzina calls becoming president of the Orange County Medical Society the height of her medical career. “It was the greatest honor my fellow doctors could bestow on me,’’ said the Orlando obstetrician.
The prestigious medical society has impacted the lives of local physicians like Micklavzina for 100 years.
A century ago, another physician, Dr. John McEwan opened the doors of his home to nine other doctors from Orlando and Sanford...
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