Published in the December issue of REACH - Reviews in Human Space Exploration the paper discusses health risks associated with long-term exposure to space radiation including tissue damage, increased cancer risk, acute radiation syndrome, central nervous system defects, and many others. It also looks at the differences between terrestrial and space radiation, recent knowledge developments regarding space radiation, and also potential countermeasures for protecting future human spaceflight explorers.
Dr. Pourmand, Davis, and Shokoohi co-authored this article about an uncommon cause of sore throat with ST segment elevation.
Reasearch coordinator, Lorne Richards, and 3rd year medical student Chloe Michel were also co-authors.
In this prospective observational study, 8 women with low risk pregnancy in the first trimester were recruited at an urban academic medical center. Participants received a mobile phone app with a connected digital weight scale and blood pressure cuff for at-home data collection for the duration of pregnancy. At-home data was assessed for abnormal values of blood pressure or weight to generate clinical alerts to the patient and provider. As measures of the feasibility of the system, participants were studied for engagement with the app, accuracy of remote data, efficacy of alert system, and patient satisfaction.
The objective of the study was to predict volume responsiveness and to assess the diagnostic accuracy of carotid flow time (FTc) with the change in hydration status, before and after a passive leg raise (PLR) maneuver. Co-authors included PGY3 resident Dr. Murteza Shahkolahi, resident and fellow alumnus Dr. Grant Berry, and Dr. Ali Pourmand.
The press release and Dr. Pines' article center around a study, published in the same issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, on the Association Between the Opening of Retail Clinics and Low-Acuity Emergency Department Visits.
At the George Washington University, Dr. Neal Sikka, co-chief of the Telehealth Section at the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said the school focuses on health problems commonly found in an urban environment. He noted that a weakened patient with a chronic disease and few resources may have as much trouble getting across town to his doctor’s office as an isolated rural individual who needs to drive several hours would. So his team is working on ways to use telehealth to serve an urban population. It’s also exploring novel treatments in post-surgery wound care as well as tele-consults for those in chronic pain, which is critical in an era of opioid overuse.
The article discusses how to construct a template for physical exams that will both assist in the process and insure proper coding adhering to the 1995 and 1997 CMS guidleines.