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Obi Jo

New Orleans, Louisiana
BA, MD, FACS, professor, researcher, patent holder, published author . . . then patient . . . now retired and focused on health reform, medical care and wellness issues. Blogging at: www.realhealthreformonline.com and www.benkazie.com
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Heart Risks Major Cause of Recent Drug Recalls by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It seems that the majority of drug recalls by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the past 15 years have involved cardiac complications.   At least one-half of the 21 ... Read on »
Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit Goes Into Effect by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy One aspect of the new health care bill being implemented is the small business health insurance tax credit.   It is estimated that the value of these credits will reach some $ ... Read on »
Full Impact of Taxes in Health Reform Bill Now Coming to Surface by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Back in March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), when speaking about what was in the then pending ObamaCare plan said, "Congress has to pass the bill so you can find ... Read on »
High Fructose Intake Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Diets which are high in fructose increase the risk of persons developing hypertension   (high blood pressure).   This data was first presented at the American Society of Nephr ... Read on »
Vitamin D Critical Nutrient by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Vitamins & Supplements The Centers for Disease Control (CDC ) estimate that this year the number of deaths from cancer related causes will be over 560,000, with heart disease leading at just over ... Read on »
Salmonella Infection Outbreak by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Digestive Health EGGS FOCUS OF OUTBREAK What is Salmonella? Salmonellosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella. Those infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abd ... Read on »
Communications Technology Speeding ER Care Delivery by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Despite the many difficulties and costs involved in the gradual movement of medical records systems to fully digital mode, it appears that where implemented, digital data sy ... Read on »
New Test Predicts Onset of Alzheimer’s by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, affecting 5% of the population older than 65 years and 30% - 50% of those older than 80. Substantial progress has ... Read on »
Health Reform, Immigration Reform Linked by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The recent hoopla over the Arizona immigration law has brought the issue of illegal immigration front and center.  In the area of health care, the issue of illegal immigra ... Read on »
FDA Panel Says Revoke Approval of Avastin (bevacizumab) for breast cancer by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 12-1 to recommend revoking approval of the drug Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer, saying the dr ... Read on »
AMA: Health Insurers, Make Your Physician Rating Measures Public! by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Doctors are openly criticizing  growing efforts by health plans and health insurers to direct patients toward certain physicians based on perceived cost or quality, arguin ... Read on »
QUICK POST: Birth Rate in US Fell in 2008 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Both the number and rate of U.S. births fell in 2008, according to   recent data a change partly attributable to uncertainty about the economy. The decline was seen in ... Read on »
The "G Shot"? Are you kidding me? by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex The “G Shot” for the G Spot? Fact or Fiction? No Pain No Gain? As women seek to advance their sexual satisfaction, in the shadow of the craze started for men with the ... Read on »
Health Insurers and Hospitals Fighting Over Costs by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, despite the health reform bill passed last fall with such rancor and expectation, it appears that wars between health insurers and hospitals are heating up.  In ... Read on »
Libido Pill for Women on Hold by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health FDA Denies Approval for Flibanserin from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Flibanserin (proposed trade name Girosa) is a drug developed by and under investigation via ... Read on »
Recurring SGR Mess: Medicare Doctor Payment Formula Flawed by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This past week, the House passed legislation to reverse a steep pay cut for Medicare doctors that began on June 1st. The temporary “doc-fix”, as it is called, staved o ... Read on »
Interns not to work more than 16 hours by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is issuing new guidelines for the amount of time interns and residents may work at one stretch.  The new g ... Read on »
AMS issued Method Patent for Trans-Obturator Slings:Enforceable? Doubtful by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Having just posted on the topic of method patents, it is of interest that a major news item recently was the issuance of just such a patent by the U.S. Patent Office. Th ... Read on »
A Fat Belly May Equal Alzheimer’s by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Metabolic Syndrome may play major role in predisposing to Alzheimer's & related dementia Metabolic Syndrome may play a major role in predisposing to the development o ... Read on »
Method Patents: Unethical in Medicine and Surgery by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Product patents for medical devices and drugs are common.  However, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office only rarely granted patents for medical and surgical proc ... Read on »