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Implementing the WHO’s new HIV/AIDS guidelines: A challenge for our time

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released new global guidelines on HIV treatment and prophylaxis. These guidelines state that all infected individuals should receive access to antiretroviral treatment (ART), not just particular categories of infected patients.

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Will the ICD-10 transition go smoothly? We’ll see, but the GAO says CMS has done its best.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 1:34:00 PM

Everyone knows that it’s coming: the long-anticipated transition to the use of ICD-10 codes will take place as scheduled on October 1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made it clear that all Medicare claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 will be rejected if they don’t contain a valid ICD-10 code. And the question on many people’s minds is, will this transition go smoothly? Or will it be fraught with glitches that will catastrophically affect many healthcare professionals’ ability to be reimbursed for essential services?

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Tags: icd-10, cms, center for medicare & medicaid services, icd-9, gao

Top 5 Mobile Apps in Neurology

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 3:33:00 PM

Top 5 Mobile Apps in Neurology

Previous posts in our MDLinx Blog have highlighted our favorite mobile apps across all medical specialties, as well as our preferred apps in hematology/oncology and cardiology. In this article, we present our picks for the top 5 mobile apps in neurology.

These tools are great for clinical reference, self testing, and patient education. To view even more of our app reviews in neurology, visit our mobile app center!

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Tags: Neurology, mobile apps

A wake-up call on HIV/AIDS

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 9:54:00 AM


On November 24, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the results of a comprehensive 2011 study on HIV diagnosis and treatment showing that out of the estimated 1.2 million persons living with HIV in the United States in 2011, 86% had been diagnosed; 40% were engaged in HIV medical care; 37% were using antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 30% had achieved successful viral suppression. These statistics had remained relatively unchanged since 2009, and presumably have not improved substantially since.

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Top 5 mobile apps in Cardiology

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 5:30:00 AM

There has been enthusiastic interest in our previous posts reviewing the top 20 apps across all of medicine as well as the top apps in Hematology and Oncology. This week, we turn our attention to our favorite apps in Cardiology. These apps represent valuable clinical reference sources, patient education tools, and calculators – all designed to make practice easier for busy cardiologists.

Look for more app highlights in other specialties coming soon...tell us what you think…and let us know if we've overlooked any apps that you find valuable!

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Tags: Cardiology, Cardio, cardiology app

Recommended Mobile Apps in Oncology and Hematology

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Recently we brought you a list of the Top 20 Medical Apps Reviewed by MDLinx. Those apps were selected for their broad appeal across all medical specialties. The response to that post was very enthusiastic, so we've decided to explore some of the apps we like within individual specialties.

In this week's post, we will highlight the most promising apps in Oncology and Hematology. These apps offer valuable, on-the-go answers on overall topics in cancer…decision making in therapeutics…radiation oncology…blood cell morphology…and genetic targets for cancer treatment.

Look for more app highlights in other specialties coming soon…tell us what you think…and let us know if we've overlooked any apps that you find valuable!

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Tags: mobile apps, oncology apps

Top 20 Medical Apps Reviewed by MDLinx

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 9:26:00 AM

Here at MDLinx, we are excited by the possibilities afforded by mobile applications in healthcare. At their best, they enable clinicians to look up information more quickly and conveniently, perform calculations more easily, record data on the fly, and thus save precious time. Some also challenge clinicians’ clinical knowledge and skills, helping them become better practitioners. It is our privilege to review some of the latest and most useful medical apps, and recommend those that we think clinicians will find most helpful.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of our 20 favorite medical apps that have the broadest appeal. We hope you enjoy them!

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Genetics of the 2014 Ebola outbreak

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 8:34:12 AM

The Ebola virus can cause severe illness and death in people and other primates. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak in history, with more than 3,600 infections and 1,800 deaths as of the end of August, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak is the first in West Africa and the first to affect major cities.

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Tags: Ebola

WHO calls for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 7:28:37 AM

4 SEPTEMBER 2014  GENEVA – More than 800,000 people die by suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds, according to WHO's first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low– and middle–income countries.

Pesticide poisoning, hanging, and firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally. Evidence from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and a number of European countries reveals that limiting access to these means can help prevent people dying by suicide. Another key to reducing deaths by suicide is a commitment by national governments to the establishment and implementation of a coordinated plan of action. Currently, only 28 countries are known to have national suicide prevention strategies.

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Tags: suicide prevention, world health organization

Scientists looking across human, fly, and worm genomes find shared biology

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 7:01:45 AM

Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that these species have a number of key genomic processes in common, reflecting their shared ancestry. The findings, appearing Aug. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature, offer insights into embryonic development, gene regulation and other biological processes vital to understanding human biology and disease.

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Tags: Medical news, genomes

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