The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Week Report recently published findings stating severe vision loss was most prevalent in the South. The report found that “the South was home to three-quarters of the United States counties with the highest prevalence of severe vision loss.” To lower the risk of vision loss, an additional report by the NPR “Shots” blog suggested catching diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy – the most common causes of vision loss in adults – early on through regular eye exams will lower the rust of vision loss.

East Jefferson General Hospital recently announced a technology addition to aid in the quality of patient care. MedCPU is support software that gives doctors and care physicians immediate access to notes, dictation and medical data to ensure the most accurate and appropriate course of treatment for each patient. EJGH will be the first healthcare facility in Louisiana to introduce this technology into its medical community.

Recently, Oschner Medical Center began enrolling patients for a national study (the Carotid Revascularization and Medical Management for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Study, CREST-2) determined to find the best treatment of carotid atherosclerotic stenosis. Carotid atherosclerotic stenosis is the narrowing of the carotid – a major artery that supplies the head and neck area with oxygenated blood – which shows no symptoms. Stroke research has vastly improved in the last 20 years as strokes became the fourth most common cause of death in the U.S. CREST-2 is being used to compare three methods of stroke prevention in order to find the safest and most effective option for those with carotid artery narrowing. Dr. Charles Sternberg, chief of vascular and endovascular surgery as well as the principal investigator for the CREST-2 study at Oschner, said in a statement, “the information from this study will help us learn more about the best treatment for stroke prevention we can provide our patients.”

CORRECTION: In a news item about University Medical Center New Orleans managing West Jefferson Hospital (June 2014 edition), UMC was referred to as the new regional children’s hospital. UMC New Orleans won’t specialize in pediatric healthcare; the company is the flagship academic medical center of LCMC Health, which operates Children’s Hospital.