December 15, 2017
Pain Treatment, the European Way?
The opioid crisis in the United States forces physicians to focus more on alternative pain therapies, ranging from acupuncture and mindfulness to food supplements.
Dr. Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown is familiar with pain. Pain of varying degrees, stages, perceptions, types and sources. “All of my patients have chronic pain, some have muscular skeleton pain, some have nerve pain,” says the director of the Emory Pain Center, an outpatient clinic located at Emory University's Hospital Midtown.
And then there is the dark side of pain management - opioid addiction. More than 53,000 Americans died from opioid abuse in 2016.
Such staggering numbers have McKenzie-Brown and many of her colleagues studying new ways to manage pain. “We should consider multiple ways to treat pain,” McKenzie-Brown says, “and not exclusively refer to opioids as pain medication.”
October 25, 2017
Atlanta Experts Discuss Innovative Approaches to Antibiotic Resistance
The rise of deadly, drug resistant superbugs is one of the world's most pressing public health concerns.The dangerous development is driven by overuse and misuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, resulting in a dramatic increase of people infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria.
By 2050, 10-million people globally could die from drug resistant bugs, which could lead to a loss of productivity of $100 trillion. Experts from the fields of public health, medicine and biology discussed innovative approaches to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance during an Atlanta Chapter event of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).
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October 3, 2017
Georgia Health News
The Crowd as a Last Resort
More and more Americans turn to crowdfunding for help with rising medical costs, but the competition for sympathy can be tough
Maurice Tanner has some good days, but many more bad ones. On the bad days, he’s depressed and tired. “I cry a lot,” he says, in a soft, almost apologetic tone.
On a bad day, he sits in a rocking chair on the wooden porch of his house near Oxford in metro Atlanta, wearing his slouch hat and staring out at a gravel path that leads to a small road. He looks at the lush grass, the large oak trees, the neighbor’s mobile home and a gray propane tank.
In March, Tanner, who is 62 and tall, with a shuffling walk, was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. The tumor has spread to his bone marrow and lungs. He also suffers from myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes severe muscle weakness, as well as from diabetes and epilepsy.
On a bad day, he wonders how much longer he can afford to be sick. That’s why his wife, Katherine, started a crowdfunding campaign for him on GoFundMe.com. “I thought, ‘How can we pay for all those treatments?’ ” she says. “Then someone at church suggested I give crowdfunding a try.”