Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was once considered voodoo medicine, and many medical schools still do not educate doctors on its benefits for wound healing, says Dr. Michael Meadors, chief of the hyperbaric medicine program at Novant Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in North Carolina. The center had a waiting list this summer and is adding a third chamber.
A New York county is celebrating one year of implementing the 5-2-1-0 program, which seeks to curb childhood obesity. The program -- a collaboration among schools, businesses health care providers and others -- sets goals and limits for nutrition, physical activity and more. It recommends five or more fruits and vegetables daily, two hours or less of recreational screen time, one or more hours of physical activity and zero sugary drinks.
Mayor Robert Palmieri of Utica, N.Y., honored nursing pioneer Dr. Loretta Ford, the country's first nurse practitioner, during the celebration of the Annual Nursing Teaching Day at the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. Ford talked about how health care is changing, with new technology that is putting tests in the hands of patients. Palmieri declared April 24 as Loretta Ford day in Utica.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Lee Carter have announced the recall of about 25,000 baby rattles due to a choking hazard. The handles of the rattle may fit inside a child's throat, violating safety standards protecting children from choking dangers. No injuries have been reported.
New River Medical Center in Monticello, Minn., added a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to its wound care facility. Though only 10% to 15% of patients with non-healing wounds are candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the facility is already seeing patients, said William Scheig, wound and hyperbaric medicine director.