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How to Use an Otoscope with Pictures of Common Infections

Posted by Fouad Rabah on

INSTRUCTIONS: You'll find it useful to have an otoscope available in your home for examination of the ear canal. The best way to practice using your otoscope is with the help of an adult volunteer who has ear canals relatively free of ceruman (ear wax). To see the eardrum, grasp the outer ear. Gently pull backward and slightly upward on the ear (see ear picture below). This will help to straighten the ear canal for the best "line of sight." Gently insert the otoscope while looking into its lens. You will begin to see when structures inside the ear come...

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Implications of the ACA on Medical Costs

Posted by Joseph S on

The issue of health care costs plays differently in the political arena than the issue of coverage. Politicians bicker endlessly about who should be covered and how generously, as the never-ending debate about the Affordable Care Act has demonstrated. In contrast, there is bipartisan agreement that policy action is needed to address rising medical costs.That said, addressing costs in a meaningful way is difficult. The central difficulty is that medical spending increases apply to a mix of valuable services and less valuable ones. Spending more for drugs or surgeries that cure disease is worthwhile. But paying more for a medication...

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Understanding Medical Device Development

Posted by Joseph S on

Do you have a medical device to launch? Well I have good news for you and I have bad news for you. Here is the bad news first: Medical devices are not easy to launch and are masked with layers of regulations. There are several reasons for launching a new product into the market. It may be due to a healthcare practitioner wanting life to be easier for them during a medical procedure which involves the innovation of a new device. It may be a completely new device that will save thousands of lives or improve the quality of lifestyle...

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