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Health Care Week in Review: New Shingles Vaccine, Cheating Death, Opioid Crisis Public Health Emergency, Embracing Telemedicine

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  On Wednesday, an advisory panel to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the use of Shingrix, a new shingles vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. For the last decade, only one shingles vaccine has been available on the market. The head of the CDC still has yet to formally endorse the recommendation.  Read More

•  Genome sequencing is a technology that's becoming more mainstream and genomics expert J. Craig Venter is using that technology to help patients find out about any potentially fatal illnesses before symptoms come to light. However, many physicians are opposed to the exam as it may turn up false positives.  Read More

•  On Thursday, the President declared a public health emergency to deal with the opioid crisis. Agency and department heads are directed to use all appropriate emergency authorities to reduce the more than 140 deaths a day caused by the opioid epidemic.  Read More

•  Smaller practices are beginning to expand their offerings to include telemedicine services, in part to maintain patients that might otherwise go to outside telemedicine providers. Embracing telemedicine programs is also a way to attract patients from a broader region.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture software.
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