One Challenge for Telemedicine? Getting the Word Out

One Challenge for Telemedicine? Getting the Word Out

More people know about telemedicine today than did a few years ago. But that doesn’t mean it has become commonplace, despite the many benefits telemedicine offers over traditional office visits. In December of last year, a Harris Poll found that ...

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Female Viagra Gets FDA Approval

Female Viagra Gets FDA Approval

On August 18, the US Food and Drug Administration granted approval to a new drug called flibanserin, which is expected to be sold under the trade name Addyi. There has been plenty of media buzz surrounding flibanserin, because it is ...

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How Better Sleep Often Equals Sex

How Better Sleep Often Equals Sex

Occasional lack of sleep is usually little more than an annoyance. But when sleep is constantly disrupted long term due to factors like having a new baby, working rotating shifts, or having health conditions that interfere with rest, the results ...

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Herpes Vaccine: A Progress Report

Herpes Vaccine: A Progress Report

An estimated half a billion individuals worldwide carry the herpes simplex virus, type 2 (HSV-2). This strain of herpes virus is most commonly associated with genital herpes, whereas the herpes simplex virus, type 1 (HSV-1) is most commonly associated with ...

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Telemedicine Being Tapped More for Veterans

Telemedicine Being Tapped More for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded telemedicine options significantly in 2014. During the 2014 fiscal year (which ran from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014), the VA served more than 690,000 veterans via telehealth. This represents about 12% ...

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Mayo Clinic Pushes for Medicare Reimbursement for Telemedicine

Mayo Clinic Pushes for Medicare Reimbursement for Telemedicine

Healthcare payment policies advance at a much slower pace than technology does. In Minnesota, Mayo Clinic’s Randy Schubring, the clinic’s public policy manager, tells the Star Tribune that federal insurance program Medicare advances especially slowly when it comes to payment ...

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British Men Turn to Viagra in Record Numbers

British Men Turn to Viagra in Record Numbers

Viagra has been available for 17 years now, and as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, Viagra and its generic competitors containing sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) are still wildly popular. Name brand competitors like Cialis and Levitra also exist, ...

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Cost Concerns Limiting Telemedicine for Medicare Patients

Cost Concerns Limiting Telemedicine for Medicare Patients

One of the biggest factors affecting the expansion of telemedicine in the United States is how the costs are reimbursed by insurers, both private and public. Medicare has long offered limited telemedicine services to patients who live in clearly defined ...

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Viagra Now Comes in Single Packs

Viagra Now Comes in Single Packs

Pfizer, manufacturer of Viagra, recently introduced a new drug packaging option in the United States. Now, in addition to being able to acquire the popular erectile dysfunction drug in a bottle or in blister packs of multiple doses per pack, ...

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NATO-South Dakota Team-Up Could Help After Disasters

NATO-South Dakota Team-Up Could Help After Disasters

The use of telemedicine in disaster management may seem counterintuitive at first glance. After all, disasters require hands-on decision-making and action at the scene. But it turns out that telemedicine may have an important role in disaster management, as disaster ...

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