Medicine http://wesa.fm en Medical Professionals from Around the World Discuss Efficiencies in Health Care Systems http://wesa.fm/post/medical-professionals-around-world-discuss-efficiencies-health-care-systems <p>Health care costs continue to rise in the US and part of the reason is inefficiencies throughout the system. That’s according to Everette James, J.D., M.D., director of the Pitt Health Policy Institute and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. One of the main topics of discussion at the “All Together Better Health VII” Conference in Pittsburgh is how to increase efficiencies in health care.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:43:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30501 at http://wesa.fm CMU Method Could Help People Take Medication On Time http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-method-could-help-people-take-medication-time <p>Ever ask a family member, “Did you take your medicine today?”</p><p>There might be a more effective way to prompt people to take their meds on time, a recent Carnegie Mellon University study found.</p><p>The 10-month study, conducted in the homes of older adults with chronic health problems, revealed that giving people feedback after they take medication, rather than reminding them on time, has its benefits.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 28390 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgher Takes on Diabetes Education as National Chair http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgher-takes-diabetes-education-national-chair <p>When the National Diabetes Education Program gathers for its annual meeting this summer it will install a Pittsburgher in its top elected position.&nbsp; University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute Executive Director Linda Siminerio was elected as chair earlier this year.</p><p>The federally-funded program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.&nbsp; Siminerio refers to the nation’s struggle with type II diabetes as an epidemic but warns that it is already a pandemic in other parts of the world. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:21:58 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 26446 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgher Takes on Diabetes Education as National Chair Marina Picciotto Offers a Scientific View on Happiness http://wesa.fm/post/marina-picciotto-offers-scientific-view-happiness <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aN1jtr9qTPA" width="575"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">Marina Picciotto, Charles B.G. Murphy Chair in Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, speaks about the science of happiness Thursday morning in the Amphitheater.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:06:41 +0000 The Chautauqua Institution 25998 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Ranks 6th Nationally for Emergency Care http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-ranks-6th-nationally-emergency-care <p>The state of emergency medicine in Pennsylvania is improving, but a <a href="http://www.emreportcard.org/">national report card</a> from the American College of Emergency Physicians, or ACEP, shows the commonwealth lagging behind the rest of the US in some categories.</p><p>Overall, the state received a grade of "C+," which was compiled by looking at several areas.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:19:11 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22872 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Ranks 6th Nationally for Emergency Care The High Cost of Medical Illiteracy http://wesa.fm/post/high-cost-medical-illiteracy <p>Roughly 90% of Americans are medically illiterate to some degree, according to Kevin Progar, Project Manager of the <a href="http://iop.pitt.edu/healthliteracy/">Regional Health Literacy Coalition</a>.</p><p>This low level is a costly problem for patients and healthcare providers. Consumers accept their doctor’s orders without asking for a second opinion or truly understanding what the doctor has said. In some cases patients take their medication incorrectly or do not take the prescribed medication at all (because they do not understand how to do so properly). Progar says $230 billion is wasted annually in the United States because of medical illiteracy. How can we fix this problem? Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:02:50 +0000 Nick Frost 17523 at http://wesa.fm The High Cost of Medical Illiteracy