A North Texas Partnership to Fight Chronic Pain with Ketamine

Principal Spine and Pain Consultants have partnered with Kalypso Wellness Centers to bring ketamine infusion therapies to North Texas to fight chronic pain. According to the CDC, 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and depression affects about 16 million American adults every year. Ketamine has a long history of being used in the operating room during surgery and has been included on the World Health Organization’s most essential medicines. More recent studies show that ketamine can treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, pain, inflammation as well as migraines and headaches. Ketamine works to counteract these health issues by working on several… Full Story

Texas Supreme Court Will Hear Ebola Suit Against Texas Health Dallas

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear the lawsuit filed by an Ohio bridal shop against Texas Health Dallas. When a nurse visited the bridal shop after contracting Ebola from a patient at the hospital, the lawsuit claims the nurse’s visit resulted in the closing of the shop. Amber Vinson was part of the team of nurses that attended to Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in October 2014, and released the nurses days after Duncan’s death, according to a Texas court document. Following Duncan’s treatment and death, Vinson, who was newly engaged at the time, traveled to… Full Story

PCCI Joins Federal Effort to Fight Kidney Disease

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced earlier this month that the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation will be contributing its capabilities to support the “Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative.” Nearly 100,000 Americans are waiting on the list to receive a kidney transplant, with kidney disease ranking as the ninth leading cause of death in America, costing Medicare $114 billion a year. PCCI is focused on improving healthcare for vulnerable populations by using advance data science and clinical experts and will now advance efforts to learn more about kidney health. With 37 million patients suffering from chronic kidney… Full Story

SMU Research is Fighting Cervical Cancer with Video Games

Gaming technology could be the key to saving women from cervical cancer in Africa. Although cervical cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, it is the killer of more women in Zambia than any other disease. In fact, one in five cervical cancer deaths worldwide occurs in sub-Saharan Africa. This is mostly due to a critical shortage of trained surgeons, which means that women who have been diagnosed often wait months to receive hysterectomies while their tumors grow and progress. But with the introduction of relatively simple video game technology, this may change. The game has the… Full Story

Report: Specialists in Demand Amidst Decrease in Calls for Primary Care

Healthcare facilities are looking for more specialists and fewer primary care physicians, according to an annual report from Merritt Hawkins tracking physicians starting salaries and other recruiting patterns. An aging population reveals shortages of both specialist and primary care physicians in years ahead. The report arrives as numerous data points suggest the importance of primary care physicians in reducing overall healthcare costs and avoiding unnecessary and often costly treatment performed by specialists. The 2019 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives analyzed results from a survey of 3,131 physician and advanced practitioners conducted over the last year. Merritt Hawkins is a… Full Story

PCCI COO Named by Commerce Department to Innovation Board

Aida Somun, the Chief Operations Officers at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation was named to the Board of Examiners for the 2019 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Baldridge Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation as well as excellence in overall performance. Somun has 15 years of experience as a business leader focused on profitable growth and saving costs. She consistently contributes to bottom line efficiency, performance, and process improvements and is passionate about strategic decision-making to create the right innovative programs that will improve the … Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Helps Improve Treatment for Cardiogenic Shock

Texas Health Dallas is one of only 60 hospitals in the US, and the only one in Texas, to participate in a study which hopes to improve the survival rates for patients suffering lethal complications after heart attacks. The initial findings of the study show that 72 percent of patients survive using the new protocols, whereas the typical survival rate from this complication, called cardiogenic shock, has historically hovered around 50 percent. Cardiogenic shock is when the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood into the body and is typically caused by damage to cardiac muscle from a heart attack. In… Full Story

A New Take on the Sexual Health Clinic

Dallas County led the nation for the highest rate of increase for new Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections from 2016 to 2017 and is one of 48 counties nationwide with the highest rates of new HIV infections. In response, a number of organizations are teaming up with the Dallas County Health and Human Services department to fight the stigma and impact of HIV in Dallas. The plan involves identifying those who are at risk and have been effected with HIV, and to get those individuals on proper medication and in touch with the health system. It also means reaching the populations… Full Story

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dementia

Around 5.7 million Americans are currently living with dementia, and as many as 13.9 million individuals 65 years or older are projected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias in the US by 2060. Physicians can help patients reduce their chances of developing dementia and educate families how to cope with a challenging situation. “It can be frustrating for families and caregivers because the disease makes people behave unpredictably,” says Dr. Raja Paspula, senior lead physician at Parkland’s Geriatrics and Senior Care Center, via release. “They no longer have proper judgment or impulse control so they can act… Full Story