Notable News For the Week: May 18th, 2018

Notable News:  May 18th, 2018 Some interesting medical news from around the country, the world, and right here in Missouri. New Hope for Patients with Depression and Anxiety: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180515081726.htm Scientists at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have proven that special treatment could help many sufferers of anxiety and depression. Six Years of Exercise May Be Enough to Change Heart Failure Risk: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180515081718.htm Johns Hopkins researchers have found a significant link between increasing fitness levels and reduced risk of heart failure. Five Goals for Enhancing Rural Healthcare: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/health-plans/cms-debuts-strategy-improve-rural-healthcare The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a new strategy for helping people in rural communities gain access to affordable healthcare. Antipsychotic for Alzheimer’s Psychosis Completes Phase 2 Trial: https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/antipsychotic-alzheimers-psychosis-phase-2/ Researchers are testing the use of pimavanserin treatment for psychosis in Alzheimer’s patients. Lack of Insurance Exposes Blind Spots in Vision Care: https://khn.org/news/lack-of-insurance-exposes-blind-spots-in-vision-care/ Reports show that as many as 16 million Americans have undiagnosed or uncorrected vision problems that could be addressed with glasses, contacts, or surgery. New, Faster, Rabies Test Could Save Lives : https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20180516/new-faster-rabies-test-could-save-lives The CDC has developed a test called LN34, which can produce faster, more accurate results. Simple Lifestyle Changes May Improve Osteoarthritis Symptoms: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321812.php Focusing on nutrition and exercise may produce relief for some sufferers, study finds. Emergent Technology in Prosthetics May Improve Use by Amputees:  https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/emergent-technology-prosthetics-improve-use-amputees/ US researchers are evaluating the benefits of computerized prosthetics. Missouri Faces Physician Shortage, Medical Students Leaving: http://www.bnd.com/news/article210868404.html St. Jude Named the WHO’s First Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/st-jude-named-the-world-health-organizations-first-collaborating-centre-for-childhood-cancer-300649392.html Both organizations are making a push to expand research efforts that will increase pediatric cancer survival...

Notable News for the Week: May 11th, 2018

Notable News: Weekly Roundup Some interesting medical news from around the country, the world, and right here in Missouri. Happy Nurse’s Week!  https://www.nursingworld.org/education-events/national-nurses-week/ New Dementia Risk Factors Uncovered: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321747.php With dementia itself being currently untreatable, recognizing risk factors is an important key to getting early treatment – before the condition sets in. Medical Marijuana is One Step Closer to Being Legal in Missouri: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article210215944.html The Missouri House of Representatives voted to legalize medical marijuana for those with certain health conditions in a 112-44 vote; this sends the vote to the Missouri Senate. Missouri Measles Outbreak Up to 13 Cases: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article210483894.html 13 cases have now been reported on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metro. Psych Hospital Project Moves Forward in Cape:  https://www.semissourian.com/story/2511077.html The State Board has given its approval to move forward with the 102-bed psychiatric hospital to be located in Cape Girardeau. Districts Now Required to Screen for Dyslexia: http://www.fultonsun.com/news/local/story/2018/may/10/districts-now-required-screen-dyslexia/725542/ Missouri schools will be required to screen for dyslexia in K-3rd grade for the first time in the 2018-2019 school year. Senator McCaskill’s Roundtable Addresses Health Care Dilemmas: http://www.komu.com/news/sen-mccaskill-s-roundtable-addresses-health-care-dilemmas Senator McCaskill invited various healthcare professionals and patients to a roundtable discussion to address health care concerns for Missourians. Study Finds Noom’s Mobile Diabetes Prevention Program Demonstrated Weight Loss Results In Line with the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/journal-of-medical-internet-research-publishes-a-65-week-study-that-finds-nooms-mobile-diabetes-prevention-program-demonstrated-weight-loss-results-inline-with-the-cdcs-national-diabetes-prevention-program-300642321.html Study shows that mobile health coaching program delivers similar results for prediabetics when compared with the federal government’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.  ...

J. Thaddeus Eckenrode Named Top Medical Malpractice Defendants Attorney for 2018

Tad Eckenrode, an attorney who has handled a number of cases on behalf of MoDocs’ insureds, has been named the top Medical Malpractice Law attorney for defendants by Best Lawyers for 2018. We are always pleased by Tad’s unwavering dedication to the defense of our doctors, and this is a well-deserved honor! Congratulations Tad! More information on the awards granted by Best Lawyers for St. Louis attorneys can be found...

MoDocs Elects James F. Conant, M.D. as Chairman of the Board

MoDocs elects James F. Conant, M.D. as Chairman of the Board Saint Joseph, MO – May 1, 2017.  James F. Conant, M.D. has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of MoDocs, a leading medical malpractice insurance company with offices in Saint Joseph and Chesterfield.  MoDocs is doctor owned and serves over 600 physicians statewide. During the Annual Meeting of its members, Dr. Conant was re-elected to his board position. Subsequently, during the Board Meeting, Dr. Conant was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Conant’s distinguished career spans over three decades of service, including many leadership roles in local and state medical organizations and hospitals. Dr. Conant is a Fellow of the AAFP. Currently he is a member of the MSMA, the AAFP and is a delegate from the State of Missouri to the AMA. He was the President and Chief of Staff of Jefferson Memorial Hospital in 1982-1983.  He formerly served as the MSMA Hospital/Medical Staff Section Representative from Heartland Health. He also served as the Vice-Councilor of Organized Medical Staff Section for the MSMA from 2001-2010. Dr. Conant served as President of Health Choice of Northwest Missouri. As a supporter of continuing medical education, he has served as Associate Councilor from Missouri to the SMA for many years and as Councilor for Missouri from 2011-2015. He served as President of the Buchanan County Medical Society in 1995 and served on the Physicians’ Advisory Committee for the Missouri Department of Social Services Division of Aging. He also served in the US Army in Korea. Dr. Conant received a Bachelor’s degree in...

MoDocs’ General Counsel Wins Prairie Spirit 100 Mile Ultra Race

Paul Schoenlaub, MoDocs’ General Counsel, is an ultra runner; he regularly visits Colorado and Arkansas to run 50-100 mile races, also known as Ultra races. Paul also helps manage an Ultra race right here in Missouri called the Ozark Trail 100. On April 2nd, 2016, Paul ran in the Prairie Spirit 100 mile Ultra race in Ottawa, Kansas. He finished first overall, with a total time of 18 hours, 16 minutes, and 33 seconds. His average time per mile was 10 minutes, 58 seconds. This was Paul’s first career first-place-overall finish in an Ultra race. You can see the complete list of results here. Congratulations on your win,...
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