Monthly Archives: February 2013

How to tell if a patient has limited health literacy—and what to do about it

While it’s easy to tell if a patient has jaundice, you can’t tell if a patient is health illiterate just by looking at him or her. However, recognizing and addressing health illiteracy is just as important to your patients’ well-being as making accurate clinical diagnoses. “If patients do not understand… 

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Patient communication: Simplicity is best

In general, most doctors fall into 2 categories when it comes to patient communication. There is one group which tends to make everything extremely complicated. They use a lot of technical medical jargon, and often will end up mystifying patients by overcomplicating explanations of the disease process and treatment options…. 

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Real estate costs make launching a practice unaffordable for some

Among the many costs associated with launching a clinic, rapidly escalating real estate prices in major cities are often the primary reason that new doctors are unable to open their own practice. But some young physicians have financed a practice with family money, and have even secured bank loans. Key… 

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Cost-effective method for treating diabetic foot: Improved healing lessens need for lower-limb amputation

Investigators at Karunya Rural Community Hospital and at Karunya University in Tamil Nadu have developed a cost-effective method of effectively treating diabetic foot with vacuum therapy, using a locally-developed vacuum suction system and recycled materials. Diabetic foot is a complication in about 15% of patients with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and… 

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Visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar) diagnosis and treatment in India

Visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar (KA), is a tropical disease spread by the bite of a sand fly that carries the parasite Leishmania donovani. Kala-azar is endemic in India where the incidence of new cases is about 147,000–283,000 annually. Treatment duration is long and available drugs are toxic, requiring monitoring and… 

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