Author Archives: Sally McMahon

Widening Appalachian Health Disparities Study released

A study published in the August 2017 issue of Health Affairs found that the infant mortality rate in Appalachia is 16 percent higher than in the rest of the country, and that the life expectancy for Appalachians is 2.4 years shorter than for those living elsewhere in the United States. Both gaps have widened since 1990; there

Change for rural COPD patients with National Action Plan

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is number three on the cause of death list, with nearly 150,000 deaths every year. In rural America, it’s the sole major chronic disease with increasing death rates. In a 2015 American Thoracic Society abstract, Johns Hopkins researchers reported a national prevalence rate of 7.2 percent, but a prevalence rate of

New editorial board selected for Medical News

  IGE Media, publisher of Medical News and producer of the MediStar Awards, added six new members to the Editorial Board, effective June 23. The Board provides leadership for carrying out Medical News’ mission to help the healthcare business community in Kentucky stay informed, grow their businesses and build relationships around important issues. “We are

Local marketing experts work to engage today’s patients

You might have heard that our nation’s healthcare system is evolving. This backdrop of near-constant change in healthcare brings challenges and opportunities for hospital executives and marketing professionals. Marketers are moving away from old tactics, such as explicitly sales-y content and press releases, and moving towards newer tactics, such as thought leadership and omnichannel campaigns.

Physician Spotlight: Meet Maher Kassis, MD, with Mercy Primary Care-Irvine.

Fast Facts Hometown: Damascus, Syria Family: Shaza (wife) Layth (son) Hobbies: Hunting and soccer. Education: Damascus University in Syria and Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kentucky   Medical News: Why did you become a doctor?   Maher Kassis: It’s rewarding for me to be a part of this healing ministry. MN: Why did you choose this specialty?   

New guidelines for dental offices

By Jennifer Cave The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) recently finalized technology-based pretreatment standards to reduce discharges of mercury and other metals from dental offices into municipal wastewater treatment plants, also known as publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) determined that dental practices discharge over five tons