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Can a finger-stick be sufficient for blood testing? A startup company has gained much popularity with their laboratory exam, eliminating the need for multiple blood vials. Theranos offers an FDA- approved medical technology, examining client labs with just a few drops of blood from a finger-stick. 

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Dr. Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old Ebola survivor, was discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Brantly acquired the Ebola virus while caring for infected patients in West Africa. Nancy Writebol, a 59-year-old aid worker also contacted Ebola while doing missionary work in Liberia. Brantly and Writebol were the first two individuals to receive an experimental drug for the Ebola virus. Physicians aren’t certain if health improvements were a result of the experimental drug, or related to the quality of medical care given in the U.S. as opposed to the care received in West Africa.

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A recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic linked hospital off-hours to increased death rates following a heart attack. Researchers reviewed an average of 2 million medical records, analyzing patient outcomes 30 days after experiencing a heart attack. Results demonstrated a 5-percent higher chance of death, for clients arriving to the hospital during weekends and evening shifts. Patients, who arrived to the hospital during off-hours, experienced a 15 minute longer wait time than patients admitted during weekdays and normal business hours. Could these tragedies have been a result of understaffed medical units?

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Preserving good eyesight is highly influenced by our food choices. Healthy vision relies on adequate blood flow, much in the same manner as blood travels to the heart. Tiny blood vessels deliver oxygen-rich blood, which supply the eyes with oxygen and nutrients. Nutritional components within certain foods aid in healthy blood flow, tissue repair & healing, and protection against free radicals (unstable and harmful molecules). New research reveals the correlation in certain nutrients to the contribution of healthy vision, and to the prevention of Age-Related Eye Disease (ARED). 

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During a doctor’s office, upon admission to the hospital, or during an emergency visit you may have encountered a form called HIPAA. What is HIPAA, and how does it protect you rights as a patient? This article discusses facts and key points that every individual should know to protect their (PHI) Personal Health Information.

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