Acetaminophen and the Liver

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are those that can be sold without a prescription, usually found in the aisles of many community pharmacies, supermarkets, and convenience stores. OTC medications exist for people to independently and affordably treat many common ailments from aches, itches, and pains, to athlete’s foot and yeast infections. According to the Consumer Healthcare Products […]

Are Robotics the Future of Surgery?

In this age of rapid technological advancement, every industry is undergoing nearly constant change. Health-care is no exception. Many technological advancements are welcomed with open arms. Personally, I loved that I could help stroke patients learn to walk more effectively through use of partial body weight offloading harnesses during a clinical rotation this fall. Scientists […]

Income, Geography and Race: The Disproportionate Prevalence of Avoidable Hospitalizations

Typically, we think of the hospital as the patient’s last resort. High costs and the often-stressful environment of these busy facilities’ halls prove unideal for patients, even those of the greatest affluence and especially to those of low-income status. Yet, when access to primary and preventive care in a population is limited, history demonstrates that […]

Virginia earns a “B” on report card for access to palliative care

How can Virginia aim to increase utilization of appropriate palliative services and hospice care for patients with advanced illnesses?  For starters, access to these services must be available to all Virginians.  To increase access to palliative care services, Virginia should look to the versatile physician assistant (PA) profession to fill voids where there is insufficient […]

Innovator Interview: Secretary Daniel Carey, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Carey, M.D, joined the Northam Administration as the Secretary of Health and Human Resources this January. Secretary Carey served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra and has held the past positions of President of the Lynchburg Academy of Science, the Medical Society of Virginia and the MSV Foundation. VHIN got the exciting opportunity to […]

Medication adherence?

“Do you believe that the patient will take the medications you’re prescribing?” This question was recently posed to me by my primary care clinical preceptor.  In my ideal world, every patient adheres to the health and medication regimens that we, as clinicians, prescribe for them; however, I am discovering that a gap exists between my […]