Transobturator Slings: Economics Pushing Them Off The Market

Transobturator slings are 10x more dangerous as it relates to neuromuscular injury compared to retropubic slings.

SANTA BARBARA, CA, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2019 / — Transobturator slings are 10x more dangerous as it relates to neuromuscular injury compared to retropubic slings.

Judge Goodwin, overseeing 105,000 cases in the pelvic mesh litigation in West Virginia, on June 21, 2018 closed its doors to new cases starting the second wave in litigation that will end the use of synthetic polypropylene transobturator slings.

Transobturator slings, used for stress urinary incontinence (SUI), by their design places the pudendal nerve and obturator nerve in peril to direct trauma during blind placement of the device or overtime as the device shrinks leading to catastrophic pain syndromes including pudendal neuralgia, obturator neuralgia, and/or complex regional pain syndrome. The literature is convincing, and experts have testified that the painful neuromuscular injuries caused by synthetic slings are 10x more common in women with transobturator slings compared to retropubic slings.

The policies underlying product liability law is simple: the use of complex products can cause disastrous consequences to an individual user of the device and it is humane to spread this cost to all the users of the device by way of price increases controlled by the manufacturer. This common sense policy will be applied in the second transvaginal mesh litigation wave and is simple: the economic impact on the injured will be passed to the manufacturer and the cost of compensating injured women from injuries caused by the defective design of the transobturator slings will lead to the discontinuation of the device as it will not be economically feasible to continue to produce the device.

Manufacturers including Endo International, the maker of the Monarc transobturator sling and the MiniArc single incision sling, and Bard, the maker of the Align transobturator sling, have removed their products from the market. They have done this because further production of their transvaginal mesh devices is not economically feasible, and the companies understand that the second wave of litigation will be more costly than the cost of compensating the injured in the West Virginia Multidistrict Litigation as these cases will not be consolidated and there will be no discounts provided by plaintiff lawyers.

Transobturator slings are at the end of the road as the manufacturers of these devices are coming to understand that the cost of litigation for the serious neuromuscular injuries is not a sustainable business plan. Ultimately, the Boston Scientific Obtryx and Solyx sling, the Ethicon TVT-O, and the Coloplast Aris and Altis sling will come off the market as the women suffering with pudendal neuralgia and obturator neuralgia march toward courthouses across the country.

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Nutrigenomix wins 2019 NutraIngredients Award in Geneva for best Personalized Nutrition Initiative

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TORONTO, ON, CANADA, June 21, 2019 / — Nutrigenomix Inc., a global leader in genetic testing for personalized nutrition, is pleased to announce their recent win at the 2019 NutraIngredients Awards in Geneva, Switzerland. The company took home first prize in the Personalised Nutrition Initiative Category with their Personalised Sport Nutrition & Performance Report “Nutrigenomix-Sport”, which is a genetic test now used by many professional sports teams to provide customized nutrition recommendations.

Nutrigenomix is at the forefront of a rapidly growing field that is developing DNA-based nutrition and performance-related advice for athletes. It is also one of the only genetic testing companies in the world supporting novel research on nutrition, genetics and athletic performance at several universities around the world. “Our research program at the University of Toronto focuses on nutrigenomics for sport, and our previous findings have contributed to the development of Nutrigenomix-Sport,” says Dr. Nanci Guest, a sport dietitian who is the sport science lead on the Nutrigenomix team. “Our research is ongoing and current projects have yielded exciting new results that will be incorporated into an expanded sport test”.

Nutrigenomix-Sport is being offered by sport dietitians, nutritionists, physicians, coaches, and trainers and has provided benefits to athletes of all levels. “I have used Nutrigenomix Sport with many of my athletes and I’ve seen first-hand how their performance improved, once their nutrition was optimized and aligned with their genetics” says Jorie Janzen, a Sport Dietitian who has been working with Canadian Olympians and NHL players for several years. “And it’s not just my elite athletes. My fitness clients and even my weekend warriors are enthusiastic about having me design them a DNA-based diet so they can perform their best.” she adds.

The test includes genetic markers that have been shown to affect nutrient metabolism, food intolerances, body composition, eating behaviors and cardiometabolic fitness. The customized report provides each client with personalized dietary recommendations on vitamins, minerals as well as optimal levels of protein, fats and carbohydrates to help improve performance in fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike. Studies show that personalized information is a powerful motivator to improve adherence to dietary advice. Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy and his team of researchers at the University of Toronto conducted the first randomized controlled trial of DNA-based dietary recommendations on eating behaviors. “Individuals who receive DNA-based dietary advice are much more likely to follow the recommendations they’re given,” said Dr. El-Sohemy. “This results in greater improvements to their diet, which directly impacts their health, body composition and performance”.

With offices in Canada, UK, Australia, Brazil and the United States, Nutrigenomix has been expanding rapidly to meet the growing demands by healthcare and fitness professionals, as well as consumers, for a high-quality genetic testing service. Being the only nutrigenetics testing company worldwide that was established at a major university, the University of Toronto, Nutrigenomix is regarded as one of the most trusted sources of genetic information for personalized nutrition.

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LEBEN – Entitle Everyone to Better Medical Service with Big Data Technology

Structure of LEBEN Platform

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Professor John Fox

BEIJING, CHINA, June 21, 2019 / — What is LEBEN?

LEBEN is a smart-contract-based collaboration platform for global medical industry that technologically features "profound sharing of medical knowledge" and "creditable medical data exchange" and combines big data with artificial intelligence technologies. As LEBEN shares a vision of "Equalization of Global Healthcare", the "equalization" here means the possibility of enabling medically underdeveloped regions to be on an infinite par with medically developed regions via LEBEN platform. (

What can LEBEN do?
Determined to break the ground of the current medical industry in which knowledge cannot be effectively shared and utilized, the LEBEN platform allows any doctor or medical institution to share their knowledge, experience or data with anyone by turning them into smart contracts in the Contract Mall. Others can call these smart contracts for auxiliary diagnosis and treatment on our devices or DApp. The whole process is done in a "black box" where sharers do not need to worry about data disclosure and users do not have to download or store any data.

Please see the following case to figure out what LEBEN can do:

In an underdeveloped region with high occurrence of congenital diseases of fetuses, we connected a B Ultrasonic Scanner with the LEBEN platform, which allowed us to compare the locally scanned image of a fetus with those images in the database of many hospitals across the globe. After a series of AI computation, the device will output a probability of congenital disease suffered by that fetus, with an accuracy infinitely approaching those produced by hospitals in developed regions.

LEBEN Chief Architect Zhu Haogang said, "Making data, algorithm and knowledge exchangeable at different locations is our original purpose of creating LEBEN."

The other initiator of LEBEN project is Dr. John Fox, the founder of PROforma, who said, "LEBEN can not only license services at different environment in many countries, but can also help healthcare professionals improve the quality of their services offered to patents, allowing them to better take care of themselves."

The birth and development of LEBEN not only brings a whole new platform for the credit system construction of the medical industry, but reshapes the way of obtaining and iterating knowledge, exchanging and sharing data in the medical industry, making every participant on the platform a "platform" itself. By coordinated innovation and tested practice, we boost the construction and development of the global medical system, and fuel up the provision of more benefits to the entire human kind.

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Currently there are over 6.5 million adults in the U.S. living with heart failure which affects the ability of the heart to pump blood to the body. Heart Failure is a debilitating and life-threatening condition and is the leading cause of hospitalization among Americans over the age of 65. Heart failure presents a major and growing health-economic burden that currently exceeds $30 billion in the United States, which accounts for both direct and indirect costs. When a patient receives the diagnosis of heart failure it has a profound emotional impact on patients and their families. This diagnosis is often frightening; however, there are many treatments and therapies that can help individuals live long and productive lives.

The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses discovered a void in the standard for educating the Heart Failure Patient, the public and medical community about Heart Failure. To address this need, the non-profit Heart Failure Patient Foundation was created. This is the first and only US based foundation dedicated specifically to the heart failure patient and caregiver. “The Heart Failure Patient Foundation is designed to empower patients, their families and caregivers with accurate timely educational information and resources regarding prevention, diagnosis, self-care and treatment options, to promote shared informed decisions and active participation in their care” Marilyn Prasun, PhD, CCNS-BC, CNL, CHFN, FAHA.

The Board of the Heart Failure Patient Foundation was created from HF clinicians, patients, caregivers and business professionals to provide awareness, educational resources networking opportunities for patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers.

The focus of the foundation is to raise awareness to improve the quality of life for patients with heart failure. “As a caregiver myself, I learned that it is important to be the bridge between clinician and the patient. When a patient is diagnosed they are scared, confused, and sometimes have a difficult time sharing their concerns. This foundation will help both the patient and the caregiver become educated and able to identify and manage heart failure rick factors” Janice Tippett.

The more we talk about Heart Failure and get the proper information to patients and caregivers, the more we can turn it into heart success

Key Takeaways:
The Heart Failure Foundation will:
• Promote awareness, prevention and treatment of heart failure.
• Provide access to information and educational resources to patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers.
• Facilitate networking opportunities for patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers to share heart failure information.
• Increase heart failure awareness among influential groups and the public.
• Engage key stakeholders who will champion development and implementation of educational resources.
• Promote heart failure advances and research.

About The Heart Failure Patient Foundation

The mission of The Heart Failure Patient Foundation is to raise awareness to improve the quality of life for patients with heart failure, by providing patients and their families, caregivers, nurses and others with information, education, networking opportunities, and related resources.

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The AAHFN is a specialty organization dedicated to advancing nursing education, clinical practice and research to improve heart failure patient outcomes. Heart failure is our exclusive interest and passion. Our goal is to set the standards for heart failure nursing care.
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Dr. Reef Karim, Prominent Brain Scientist & Life Strategist, Weighs in on the Dangers of “Digital Distraction”

Dr. Reef Karim, Prominent Brain Scientist & Life Strategist

“Digital Distraction will be our next major health care crisis. These symptoms are subtle, emotional and slow building.” – Dr. Reef Karim

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2019 / — In an age of over-stimulation, online profiles and social media, our digital use habits may be changing the way our brains operate, and the discovered effects are quite worrisome. An international team of researchers from Western Sydney University, Harvard University, Kings College, Oxford University and University of Manchester have found that the Internet can produce both acute and sustained alterations in specific areas of cognition, which may reflect changes in the brain. This can affect anything from attentional capacities and memory processes to social interactions.

Accomplished neuroscientist, speaker, and life strategist Dr. Reef Karim has more than a few words to say on the topic. Not only is he a leading expert in human behavior, but he’s also dedicated his life to educating, entertaining and helping people understand themselves better.

“Digital Distraction will be our next major health care crisis. The reason we haven't heard more about the health consequences of digital media is because these symptoms are subtle, emotional and slow building,” states Dr. Reef, “But the impact is life altering; loneliness, disconnection, boredom, fatigue, distractibility, impulsivity, emotional reactivity, self-worth issues, diminished creativity, diminished originality, diminished empathy, less emotional resilience. Each of these symptoms can originate and grow because of one's attentional challenges, over-stimulation and reliance on online feedback for self-esteem/validation.”

In a first-of-its-kind review, published in World Psychiatry – the world's leading psychiatric research journal, the group of researchers investigated leading hypotheses on how the Internet may alter cognitive processes. The extensive report, led by Dr. Joseph Firth, Senior Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University and Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester, combined the evidence to produce revised models on how the Internet could affect the brain's structure, function and cognitive development.

“The key findings of this report are that high-levels of Internet use could indeed impact on many functions of the brain… the Internet encourages us towards constantly holding a divided attention – which then in turn may decrease our capacity for maintaining concentration on a single task,” said Dr. Firth, “Additionally, the online world now presents us with a uniquely large and constantly-accessible resource for facts and information, which is never more than a few taps and swipes away.”

“Recent research reveals reductions in grey matter of the brain in areas focused on impulse control and decision making when an individual is too focused on the digital world,” Dr. Reef adds, “and research on the overuse of social media reveals significant changes in mood, stress levels and the ability to manage that stress. All of these potential changes in one's emotional health have significant effects on how one leads a good life. You're leading a more challenging life because of your digital habit imprinting and you probably don't even know it."

The recent introduction and widespread adoption of social media is also of concern to some teachers and parents. The World Health Organization's 2018 guidelines recommended that young children (aged 2-5) should be exposed to one hour per day, or less, of screen time. However, the report also found that the vast majority of research examining the effects of the Internet on the brain has only been conducted on adults – and so more research is needed to determine the benefits and drawbacks of Internet use in young people.

To help with this struggle, a multitude of apps and software programs have emerged for restricting Internet usage and access on smartphones and computers – which parents and care givers can use to place some “family-friendly” rules around both the time spent on personal devices, and also the types of content engaged with. No matter the age, however, it’s clear that this “digital distraction” could become a disturbing trend as the internet becomes more and more prevalent in everyday lives over the next few decades.

Luckily, Dr. Reef may have a short-term solution before more research is completed on the subject. “As our technology grows, so should our focus on self care; it's imperative to not lose skills that help us feel connected and fulfilled. Solutions to combat a dependency on the internet and social media include any and all of the following: real life sociability (building emotional skills in person), experiencing the mental health effects of nature, experiential learning (retraining the brain to learn through experiences rather than a quick google search), novelty in one's life, mindfulness practice and creative growth and experiences (to generate collateral neuronal connections),” concludes Dr. Reef, “every one of us must realize the warning signs of becoming too dependent on the digital world as it is a primary and growing source of stress and can impact our psychological well-being and brain functioning. Our growing technology is necessary but it should come with a warning label.”

*Dr Reef Karim is a double board-certified psychiatrist, addiction medicine physician and relationship expert as well as a writer, host and media personality. He served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, has published in prestigious medical journals on topics including self sabotage, mental health and addictions and is an international expert on the intersection of creativity, spirituality and neuroscience.

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OSEHRA Releases popHealth v6.0

OSEHRA is pleased to announce the release of Version 6.0 of the popHealth® open source clinical quality measure database and reporting engine.

Although popHealth was initially developed to generate analytics necessary for meaningful use certification, it is now seen as the principal tool for tracking care outcomes in multiple settings.”

— Peter Li

VIENNA, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2019 / — The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA), a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to accelerating innovation through open source strategy, is pleased to announce the release of Version 6.0 of the popHealth® open source clinical quality measure database and reporting engine. This new release is certified for the 2015 Edition Health IT Module certification for Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) reporting criteria: (c)2-4, (d)1-3, (g)4, and (g)5 for the calendar year 2019 performance period – see Certified HIT Product Listing.

This release is the culmination of collective efforts by members of the OSEHRA popHealth Steering Work Group and the Developer Open Source Project Group. In particular, the Alabama Medicaid Agency provided all of development resources to achieve the certification for the 2019 performance period. Organizational Members Medsphere, Oroville Hospital, and Zato Health collaborated with other organizations in the community to provide expert advice and testing support. Zato Health also helped defray the cost of the 2015 edition certification.

“Although popHealth was initially developed to generate analytics necessary for meaningful use certification, it is now seen as the principal tool for tracking care outcomes in multiple settings,” said Peter Li, Director of Engineering at OSEHRA. “This v6.0 release is a major achievement – it is equivalent to remodeling a house where the outer shell remains, but all internal compartments have been stripped out and updated. We are pleased that it now works with the 2019 CQL-based measures and has been certified for the 2019 reporting period using the Cypress 4.0.3 testing tool.”

Major features of v6.0 include:

• Support for c2, c3, and c4 certification criteria;
• Support of the eCQM for the 2019 reporting period: 56 EP/EC and 16 EH eCQMs;
• Updated HDS to conform with the latest QRDA CAT1 R5 and CAT 3 R2.1 standards;
• Migration utility for migrating v5.1 patient database to v6.0;
• Validated QRDA CAT1 document for conformance to CMS submission requirement for the hospital quality reporting programs; and
• Displays measure logic in Clinical Quality Language (CQL).

Currently, popHealth is in use by state Medicaid organizations, community health centers, EHR vendors, and hospital systems as either a standalone system or a Certified Health IT module for CQM reporting. For more information, or to participate in this open source project, please go to Interested parties may download v6.0 here- OSEHRA welcomes interested individuals to participate in our active and diverse community. Membership is open to both individuals and organizations and offers the ability to join and contribute to OSEHRA Working Groups, Discussion Groups, and Open Source Projects. For more information, please visit


OSEHRA is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to accelerating innovation through open source strategy, with an emphasis on electronic health records. Founded in 2011, OSEHRA has fostered a robust open source community with over 600 registered members representing 300+ industry, academic, and government organizations globally. OSEHRA supports an open, collaborative community engaged in a variety of open source projects, including EHR implementations, synthetic patient data, open architecture strategy, open APIs, cloud strategies, and other IT activities. To support these efforts, OSEHRA hosts software repositories, an online testing and development support infrastructure, and an online framework for collaborative work groups. OSEHRA is a member of numerous industry associations including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Health Level 7 (HL7), Open Source Initiative (OSI), and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).

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Twin Sister Doctors Combine Specialty Practices to Grow Health Care Options in Houston

Shalondria Simpson, PharmD, (left) and LaShondria Simpson-Camp, MD

Texas Twins' New Business Venture Brings Fresh Approach to Wellness, Beauty, and Chronic Pain

HOUSTON, TEXAS, US, June 21, 2019 / — LaShondria Simpson-Camp, MD, and her twin sister, Shalondria Simpson, PharmD, combined their uniquely different practices with their collective passion for the health and wellness of others, to create a Cosmetic and Medical Spa in downtown Houston called Tru Essence.

Tru Essence is a unique luxury cosmetic and medical spa that customizes treatment plans to address both undesirable face and body changes that occur as a result of the aging process, and the use of alternative and safe medications to help those suffering from chronic pain.

As children growing up in Texas City, Texas, the twin sisters both envisioned working together in the healthcare field in some capacity, but after graduating from college, their careers took different paths.

The sisters earned their undergraduate degrees together at the University of North Texas, but upon graduating, Shalondria Simpson, PharmD, headed to Texas Southern University (TSU), and Dr. LaShondria Simpson-Camp, headed to the University of Illinois.

Dr. Camp earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2007, and served as Executive Chief Resident during her final year of general surgery residency at the University of Maryland in 2012. She became a board certified general surgeon, a certified breast surgical oncologist, and the owner of Accuhealth; a worker’s compensation and personal injury rehabilitation clinic with three locations.

Dr. Camp, while practicing as a certified breast surgical oncologist, saw the affects and changes to the body, along with the profound psychological impact on patients’ well being, caused by chemotherapy drugs and surgery. The experience was the catalyst for her vision to restoring overall health and beauty to women at the Tru Essence Cosmetic and Medical Spa.

Her sister, Shalondria Simpson, earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from TSU, where she later returned to teach as a professor, while working as a pharmacist. Today, Shalondria is a doctor of pharmacy who specializes in compounding. She owns and operates two of her own pharmacies in Houston, Advance Pharmacy and TruCare Pharmacy, where she provides unique specialty services for patients like custom medication compounding, low-cost generics, delivery service, and a discharge medication concierge service.

Together, the dynamic, entrepreneurial twins built their successful independent practices and their new business venture together on a shared passion to enhance, revive, and restore the overall wellness and qualities of men and women, in order to let their “Tru Essence” shine through, with renewed self-confidence.

The Tru Essence Cosmetic and Medical Spa, located at 1725 Main Street, Suite 2, in downtown Houston, offers an extensive array of cosmetic, medical, hair restoration, and men’s spa services, along with a complete line of skin care products. For more information on Tru Essence services, location, and hours of operation please visit

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About Tru Essence Cosmetic and Medical Spa
Tru Essence is a luxury cosmetic and medical spa that addresses undesirable changes of the face and body that occur as a result of the aging process. The unique spa was launched in August, 2018, in Houston, Texas, by twin doctors Shalondria Simpson, PharmD, a doctor of pharmacy who specializes in compounding, and LaShondria Simpson-Camp, MD, a board certified general surgeon and a certified breast surgical oncologist.

Tru Essence offers a vast array of cosmetic, medical, hair restoration, and men’s spa services, with treatment plans customized to individual needs to give the desired effect. Fully committed to enhancing the qualities that make you who you are, Tru Essence revives and restores overall wellness to men and women, while renewing self-confidence. For more information visit

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Pure Vichy Expands Spa, Services, and Launches $10K Giveaway for Houston Charities

LeBrina Johnson, Owner of Pure Vichy

Luxury Boutique Spa Expands Services and Community Support in Houston

Our goal with the expansion is to create a one-stop luxury escape, focused on wellness, premier skincare and healthy hair”

— LeBrina Johnson, Owner of Pure Vichy

HOUSTON, TEXAS, US, June 21, 2019 / — Pure Vichy, a luxury boutique spa tucked away in the heart of Houston’s River Oaks, is expanding their spa and their services to create a unique world of pure relaxation, where guests can de-stress, indulge, and immerse themselves in luxurious, rejuvenating treatments.

To celebrate the new spa expansion, Pure Vichy is also expanding their charitable support in the community with a $10,000 giveaway to offer deserving women nominated by Houston Area charities a chance to be Pampered For a Day free of charge! Local charities can nominate women from their organization or women in the community via email at and Pure Vichy will choose 10 different women to receive an unforgettable Spa Day!

Pure Vichy, located at 2128 Welch Street, Suite B, in Houston, is transforming their boutique spa into a luxury safe haven where honored guests and VIP clients can relax and unwind before, during, and after services, without feeling rushed to check-out and leave. The current expansion includes new rooms dedicated to body treatments like body scrubs, body wraps and body brushing, with future plans for second expansion dedicated to healthy hair treatments and a unique space for VIP members to unwind, complete with an outside deck.

“Our goal with the expansion is to create a one-stop luxury escape, focused on wellness, premier skincare and healthy hair,” said  LeBrina Johnson, Owner of Pure Vichy. “We’ve added new protocols to enhance every guest’s experience and wellbeing, and formulated new treatments, using only the best products, to soothe your soul, enliven your senses and re-energize your body!”

The expansion includes an array of new services for the mind, body and soul including three new massages; Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, CBD Massage, and Full Body Reflexology, four new body scrubs; Bergamot & Vitamin C Body Glow, Lavender & Lemon Body Polish, Vanilla Coconut Crush Body Polish, and Citrus & Arnica Body Renewal. Other new services include a Vitamin C Facial and an Acne and Age Renewal Facial, along with new Aesthetic Beauty Fillers and Botox Treatments, and Healthy Hair Blowouts and Steams.

The newly-expanded Pure Vichy Spa is open Monday-Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:30PM, Thursday-Saturday: 9:00AM – 8:30PM, and Sunday: 9:00AM – 1:00PM. For more information and a full list of luxury treatments visit

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Pure Vichy is a boutique spa where luxurious, indulgent treatments for your mind, body and soul will transport you to another world of pure relaxation. Tucked away in the heart of Houston’s River Oaks, every service at Pure Vichy, from their stress-melting massages, to their expert corrective skin care, is designed to rejuvenate the body and energize the soul. Every woman deserves the best — and Pure Vichy is proud to be a place where self-care, self-love, and self-empowerment reign.

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Dr. Cletus Georges explains urologist role and when to see a specialist

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Urologist Dr. Cletus Georges provides professional insight into the field and reveals when to see a urology specialist.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA, June 21, 2019 / — A prominent Florida-based physician and urology specialist, Dr. Cletus Georges provides expert insight into the profession as he explains when it may be necessary to visit a urologist, including for conditions ranging from painful bladder syndrome and interstitial cystitis to kidney stones and prostate cancer.

Urologists primarily diagnose and treat conditions of the urinary tract. "In men, urologists may also treat conditions involving the reproductive tract," explains Dr. Georges.

Working in a wide array of settings, from private clinics to hospitals and dedicated urology centers, urology specialists may also perform surgeries, such as to relieve a blockage, or to remove cancerous growths.

Further to the urinary and reproductive tracts, urologists also deal with the kidneys, bladder, and adrenal glands. "When dealing with the reproductive tract in male patients, a urology specialist may address conditions tied to the penis, testicles, and prostate alike," adds Dr. Cletus Georges.

Areas of specialization within the field include urologic oncology, pediatric urology, neurourology, male infertility, and female urology, among others.

Urology education and training call for a four-year college degree, four years of medical school, and four or five years of resident medical training, according to Dr. Georges. "During their residency, new doctors work closely alongside experienced urologists to learn the necessary skills, such as in surgery, for example," he adds.

A further two-year fellowship, in a specialty area, such as those outlined above, is optional. All urologists in the United States are certified by the American Board of Urology.

Urologists such as Dr. Georges routinely treat conditions including bladder, kidney, and other cancers, infertility, painful bladder syndrome, kidney stones, diseases of the kidneys, and serious urinary tract infections. In men, specifically, they also treat conditions of the prostate, and, in women, bladder prolapse and interstitial cystitis, according to the expert.

"So, when should a patient see a urologist?" asks Dr. Georges, rhetorically. "While a primary care physician can treat conditions such as mild urinary tract infections, a referral to a urologist will typically be made if symptoms fail to improve, or if a patient is experiencing, for example, blood in their urine, trouble urinating, weak flow, or leakage, reduced sex drive, and, in men, erectile dysfunction or a lump in the testicles," he explains.

"Where cancer, such as prostate, bladder, or kidney cancer, is diagnosed, patients will often be referred to both a cancer specialist, known as an oncologist, and a urologist, focused specifically on conditions in this area," Dr. Georges adds, wrapping up.

Dr. Cletus Georges attended Weill Cornell University Medical College in New York City, graduating in 1991 and completing his residency in urology at Chicago's Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center in 1997. Shortly after that, urology specialist Dr. Georges began his practice in Sebring, Florida, before relocating to the Orlando area where he remains settled today.

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Intermountain Healthcare President Named one of Nation’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives

Marc Harrison, MD, Intermountain Healthcare

Marc Harrison, MD, Intermountain Healthcare

Modern Healthcare magazine has again named Intermountain Healthcare president and CEO Marc Harrison, MD, to its list of most influential clinical executives.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2019 / — Modern Healthcare magazine has named Intermountain Healthcare president and CEO Marc Harrison, MD, to its annual list of the 50 most influential clinical executives in the nation.

This is the third consecutive year the healthcare magazine has selected Dr. Harrison in the top 10 of its annual list of the nation's most influential clinical leaders.

The rankings recognize clinicians working in the healthcare industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact.

“At Intermountain we get to see the impact of Dr. Harrison’s leadership every day, but it’s great when those efforts are recognized outside our organization,” said Rob Allen, Intermountain Healthcare senior vice president and chief operating officer.

The magazine praised Dr. Harrison for taking bold steps in a number of key areas.

“Under Harrison’s leadership, Intermountain took a bold stand in the fight against opioid addiction. The health system saw a 30% drop in opioid prescriptions for acute pain in 2018. That amounted to 3.8 million fewer pills,” Modern Healthcare magazine said in an accompanying article on the list.

“Intermountain also reduced hospital-acquired infections by 43%. Harrison oversaw structural changes at Intermountain, including expanding physician clinic hours, resulting in more access for patients. And this May, the Intermountain-led Civica Rx announced a deal to produce its first generic drugs-two antibiotics.”

Initiatives under Dr. Harrison’s leadership (he was appointed president and CEO of Intermountain in 2016) such as Civica Rx, and Intermountain’s opioid reduction strategy have already been remarkably successful, noted Allen. “As Intermountain has shifted focus to value-based care, these types of programs are proving to keep people healthier at a lower cost,” he added.

Intermountain continues to strive for innovations that will change healthcare for the better. New initiatives include:
• The Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health: This is a collaboration with Intermountain and local community organizations to improve health by focusing on non-medical factors such as housing instability, food insecurity, transportation, and utility needs.
• Newly announced five-year HerediGene Population Study: This new initiative, which is the largest DNA collection and mapping of a single population in U.S. history, aims to collect and analyze the genomes of 500,000 people in hopes of better predicting the correlation between genetics and serious health problems.

“Throughout the country there are examples of former and practicing physicians and nurses leading healthcare organizations towards greater quality of care, patient satisfaction and improved margins,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare magazine.

Intermountain is a not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, 160 clinics, 38,000 caregivers, a Medical Group with 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health insurance company called SelectHealth, and other health services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs.

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