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Letter to the Editor
What's Up Doc
What's New in Medicine (1963)
Bridget Early, M.D.
Hung Winn, M.D.
Raghav Govindarajan, M.D.
Immediate Past President
Kim Cayce, M.D.
Prescriptions is published monthly for
members of the Boone County Medical
Society (physician members in Boone, John Pardalos, M.D., George (Rich) Nichols, M.D., Mark Janzen, M.D., George Parkins, M.D., Cooper and Howard Counties) Steve Keithahn, M.D., Ashish Nanda, M.D.
Deadline for submission of materials is the first of each month preceding MU AMA-MSS BCMS Liaison
Mitchell Padkins, Nick Arnold *Disclaimer: BCMS does not assume responsibility for the statements of Jerry Kennett, M.D., Past-President Jerry Murrell, M.D., Past-President authors and opinions expressed are not Joseph Corrado, M.D., Councilor, Dist. V necessarily those of Prescriptions or the
George Hubbell, M.D., Councilor, Dist. V BCMS nor should publications or Lisa Thomas, M.D., Vice Councilor, Dist. V advertisements be considered an endorsement by the BCMS. MO AMA Delegate
Ted Groshong, M.D.
AMA Council on Legislation &
MSMA Council on Judicial and Ethical Affairs
Jerry Kennett, M.D. Steven Westgate, M.D.
Managing Editor/BCMS Executive Director
"The Boone County Medical Society "Prescriptions" is to
Boone County Medical Society be used for communication among its members; to
inform members of activities, highlight membership
Columbia, MO 65205 concerns and promote camaraderie. It is also intended
as a forum to address community health needs."

­ Make healthier gravy by chilling your turkey drippings and skimming the fat off. Combine these drippings with reduced sodium chicken broth and dry white wine.
THANKSGIVING MEAL A ­ "As for the turkey, the main dish," Otteson MAKEOVER WITH A FEW says "how it's cooked whether in the oven, roaster or fried doesn't make a huge nutritional difference. The skin is where you will find most of the fat. Peeling it off By: Kayla Otteson, RDN at MU Health Care after the turkey is prepared you will be cutting back on a lot of fat." White meat is The traditional foods we often eat for leaner than dark meat so choosing the Thanksgiving are actually very healthy, according turkey leg means more fat and calories.
to dietitians at the University of MO Health Care. ­ Plate size and portions are another way to But how we prepare the food makes all the control your holiday eating. You may not always have control of the plate size, and many families use the biggest plates they Turkey, cranberries, green beans, sweet potatoes can find. In this case, try to fill it up with and pumpkin are all healthy foods," said Kayla fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens take Otteson, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist at up a lot of space, leaving you little room for MU Health Care. "But we mask these healthy the foods with more fat and calories.
foods with fat, sugar and salt. All it takes is making some healthier substitutions." ­ Serving sizes should be as follows: Ÿ 3 oz of turkey (which is about ¼ of the Here are some quick and easy changes you can make to keep your holiday meal healthy.
plate stacked 1" high) Ÿ ¼ of your plate for the starch or grains ­ Use reduced-sodium chicken broth instead of Ÿ ½ of your plate for fruits and vegetables.
regular chicken broth.
­ If you are filling up on fruits and vegetables ­ Use fresh cranberries instead of canned jellied you might be less likely to go back for cranberries. Make cranberry relish with seconds," said Otteson.
whole fresh cranberries, orange zest and sugar substitute.
"Drinking a zero-calorie drink with your meal can help you feel full and also make you ­ Used canned, evaporated skim (fat-free) milk less likely to feel the need for a second instead of heavy cream.
­ Roasted sweet potatoes can substitute for candied yams with marshmallows and butter or mashed potatoes and gravy. Roast cubed sweet potatoes with olive oil, cinnamon and small amount of maple syrup.
­ Choose whole-wheat bread for stuffing and rolls instead of white bread.
­ Pick pumpkin pie over pecan pie to save about 200 calories. Make pumpkin pie without the crust.
­ For appetizers set out a vegetable tray instead of chips and dip or sausage and cheese.
­ Drink water or zero-calorie beverages instead

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your browser's address bar, check that it says "https" rather than just "http" (the "s" stands Entering in credit card data usually only takes for "secure"). Some browsers also add a little a minute or two – a small amount of extra lock icon to make this easier to read – check work if you do end up making a repeat for this in the top left corner of the window.
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Letter to the Editor I sincerely hope you are doing great.
I'm glad to inform you that as a result of your unceasing efforts, the outpatient department (OPD) of proposed oncology department (first of its kind in Afghanistan) started its services yesterday, Monday, August 16, 2015. This is the first big step towards establishing a comprehensive cancer center within the structure of Ministry of Public Health. Please join me in thanking the MoPH leadership, especially distinguished Dr. Ahmad Jan Naeem, the Deputy Public Health Minister, for making it possible.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the oncologists who are providing their precious time, energy and skills voluntarily without any incentives.
Maihan Abdullah **Cancer Control Committee Coordinator **Maihan Abdullah, MD, PDG, MPH was a guest speaker for our DIG meeting on November 11, 2014. Dr. Abdullah is a general surgeon from Afghanistan with much passion for the health of Afghanistan. He was a Fulbright Scholar at MU and received his MPH from MU in 2013. He spoke to us about how a Health Promotion Department in a third world country works, the structure, the technical capacity, the funding, the problems they face, what health conditions and diseases they focus on and their vision, goals and objectives. Again we want to thank Lynelle Phillips and Steven Westgate for bringing Dr. Abdullah and his mission to
our attention and for keeping us updated on the progress he is making in Afghanistan.
Maihan Abdullah is pictured above 4th from the left. FASTEST 2016 DUES Gregory Renner and
Frederick Lobati
Thank you!!
If you have not paid your 2015 MSMA dues of $395 and your BCMS dues of $205, please log onto the MSMA website and pay them together or mail your check and dues statement to MSMA at Box 1028, J.C., MO 65102. Remember, BCMS is a component society of MSMA and you must belong to MSMA before you can become a BCMS member. Hugh S. Harris, Jr.
Dennis Abernathie PHYSICIANS SECTION Thomas R. Highland MSMA has revitalized the Young Physicians Section for physician members age 40 and under. The new Chair for this Section will be our BCMS Joseph J. Muscato Secretary/Treasurer, Raghav Govindarajan.
If you are a BCMS member under 40 and interested in this program, please contact our office. MSMA will be coordinating some William G. Marshall activities throughout the year with BCMS. We'll James E. Fairlamb keep our members informed of activities. PHYSICIAN LUNCHEON Patrice Delafontaine
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Physician of the Day (Picture of Capitol) PHYSICIAN OF THE DAY
October 20, 2015
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PHYSICIAN OF THE D SICIAN OF THE D Y Between January 6 physician every Tuesday, the House and Senate typically adjourn around noon. contact Kenny Jackson from MSMA MARCH 18-20, 2016 If you are available to attend the convention, please let the BCMS office know by January 15, 2016. Any BCMS member can be a delegate. If you are planning to submit a Resolution, it is advisable to attend the convention so that you can updated information concerning hotel reservations and Rubbing Away Psoriasis
Of 96 patients with psoriasis who were treated by rubbing in a cream containing tar and allantoin (Alphosyl) some of whom had shown no improvement after years of other therapy—73 responded with 75 to 100% improvement; only 8 were not helped at all. When the cream was used Overcoming Allergy To Penicillin
again at the first sign of recurrence, it was effective in bringing psoriasis under control once more. It Many people have become sensitive to penicillin is important that the cream be rubbed in briskly. to the point where its use may produce strong In a previous test it was found that patients who did reactions. Yet, despite availability of many other not benefit had only patted the medication on.
antibiotics, penicillin is considered the drug of choice in some severe infections. Now Treating Chronic Ear Infection
physicians at a New York hospital report that simultaneous use of prednisone, a hormone, may Persistent infection of the middle ear has been solve the problem. In three patients with overcome with a bismuth compound, Bistrimate, infections of the lining of the heart and with which may work in some cases even when histories of allergy to penicillin the hormone antibiotics and other treatments have failed. In allowed the antibiotic to be used without causing one difficult case, discomfort and drainage of the reactions, and in all three the heart infection was right ear started after an upper respiratory infection and persisted for 2 months. Various antibiotics taken by mouth, followed even by puncture of the New Aid For Allergy
eardrum and irrigation of the middle ear over a period of three weeks, with an antibiotic solution, A new long acting form of a widely used failed to help. When tablets of Bistrimate were antihistamine, Chlor-Trimeton, appears to be a tried, the ear discharge began to subside on the 3 significant improvement in the treatment of day; at the end of the 7 day, the ear was dry and allergy, three physicians report after studying it in 43 patients with respiratory and skin allergies. Taken only once every 12 hours, and in some Acute Leukemia In Children
cases, once every 24 hours, the new preparation, called Minitrol, produced excellent relief in 30 Although it has thus far produced no cure, a new patients, moderate in 12 and failed in only 1.
agent Cytoxan, is providing helpful in treating children with acute leukemia. Physicians in Easing Leg Cramps Of Pregnancy
Houston, Atlanta and St Louis studied the drug in 44 children with advanced leukemia, who were in Cramping spasm of the calf muscles, a common relapse after conventional treatment with ACTH, and very painful complaint in the later months of steroids and other compounds. Complete pregnancy, can be relieved in most cases by remissions lasting from 3 to 15 months were isoxsuprine hydrochloride. The compound, obtained in 8 of the children, partial remissions in 5 although originally developed to relax or dilate blood vessels, brought marked relief of leg cramps for 96 out of 100 pregnant women in a study Relieving "dumping" Syndrome
conducted by a New Jersey physician.
Following stomach surgery for ulcer or other Ultrasound For Plantar Warts
problems, some patients develop the "dumping" syndrome, experiencing such symptoms as Often exquisitely tender and difficult to treat flushing, sweating, cramps and weakness when effectively, plantar warts on the soles of the feet are they eat. Now 4 University of Washington common warts flattened by pressure. Now surgeons report excellent results in such cases with excellent results with ultrasound (high frequency Periactin. In every one of 16 patients, moderate to sound waves) have been reported by doctors at severe symptoms present for as long as 9 years University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The were greatly relieved or completely eliminated cure rate –44 out of 55 cases—was the highest when the drug was taken two hours before meals.
among those who had had warts for no more than 6 months.
Taken from Cosmopolitan magazine July 1963
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Of Note: CMS announced that the ICD-10
Coordination Center and claims processing will
continue to operate even if there is a
government shutdown due to the budget.

Reprinted from enews.ama.assn.or, ICD 10 Resources If your office has experienced any problems with September 29, 2015 the processing of your claims or other administrative transactions, please have your business office manager go to: Medicare:
The AMA has created an ICD-10 complaint form
Medicare and Medicaid that will be available on the AMA ICD 10 web page to report problems with Medicare claims. Forms will be forwarded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The AMA will This summer marked the 50th anniversary of the not provide individual responses to each enactment of Amendments to the Social Security Act that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Physicians can also contact their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) or monitor On July 30, 1965 President Johnson signed their MAC's website for information on problems legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly with ICD-10. You may also contact CMS directly and Medicaid for low income adults, children, by emailing the ICD-10 ombudsman, Dr. William pregnant women and people with disabilities. Rodgers, at ICD10 [email protected] Though Medicare and Medicaid started as basic health coverage programs for Americans, the programs have evolved over the years to provide Check the state Medicaid website for information more Americans with improved access to quality about ICD-10 implementation and a method of and affordable health care coverage. These contact for issues.
programs have transformed the delivery of health care in the U.S.
Commercial Payers:
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In 1966 approximately 19.1 million Americans ICD-10 implementation and a method of contact were covered by Medicare. In 2012 there were nearly 52 million beneficiaries covered by Medicare. As the Baby Boom generation has started to retire Medicare has seen a three million For United Health Group you can use person increase in the last three years.
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EPIDEMIOLOGY SERIES Blinding in randomised trials: hiding who got what Kenneth F Schulz, David A Grimes Blinding embodies a rich history spanning over two centuries. Most researchers worldwide understand blindingterminology, but confusion lurks beyond a general comprehension. Terms such as single blind, double blind, and tripleblind mean different things to different people. Moreover, many medical researchers confuse blinding with allocationconcealment. Such confusion indicates misunderstandings of both. The term blinding refers to keeping trialparticipants, investigators (usually health-care providers), or assessors (those collecting outcome data) unaware ofthe assigned intervention, so that they will not be influenced by that knowledge. Blinding usually reduces differentialassessment of outcomes (information bias), but can also improve compliance and retention of trial participants whilereducing biased supplemental care or treatment (sometimes called co-intervention). Many investigators and readersnaively consider a randomised trial as high quality simply because it is double blind, as if double-blinding is the sinequa non of a randomised controlled trial. Although double blinding (blinding investigators, participants, and outcomeassessors) indicates a strong design, trials that are not double blinded should not automatically be deemed inferior.Rather than solely relying on terminology like double blinding, researchers should explicitly state who was blinded,and how. We recommend placing greater credence in results when investigators at least blind outcome assessments,except with objective outcomes, such as death, which leave little room for bias. If investigators properly report theirblinding efforts, readers can judge them. Unfortunately, many articles do not contain proper reporting. If an article claims blinding without any accompanying clarification, readers should remain sceptical about its effect on bias reduction.