Study Confirms Long-term Stem Cell Benefits for Parkinson’s Disease

Newly reported research discovered neural dopamine-producing stem cells transplanted into patients with Parkinson’s disease stayed healthy and functional for up to 14 years.  The findings were reported in the June 5, 2014 issue of the journal Cell Reports.  This is exciting news for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Researchers studied the brains of five Parkinson’s Disease […]

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After Dental Care, What’s Left in Your Wallet?

Have you ever noticed that dental pain often finds its way from your mouth to your wallet?  In the United States, major dental care can cost anywhere from a few hundred to more than $40,000.  When you turn to your dental insurance policy for benefits, you find coverage limits of only a few thousand dollars, leaving you with a […]

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Are Americans Afraid of Traveling for Medical Care?

A medical tourism facilitator recently asked, “Are Americans afraid of medical tourism?”  Unfortunately, the term “medical tourism” is a vexing part of the problem, as are companies who promote luxury travel over the quality of medical care.  Soter Healthcare believes the quality of care and its outcome is much more important. According to Wikipedia, “medical tourism” was […]

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Clearing up the International Accreditation Noise

There is a lot of noise about accreditation in media and marketing surrounding international medical travel.  With few clear voices, sorting the message from the madness is challenging. Accreditation, whether regulatory or voluntary, is simply a floor above which a hospital must work.  That there are no “good, better, best” connotations implied or expressed in […]

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International Medical Accreditation Unwound

We often see the comment “We only use JCI accredited hospitals” on the websites of and marketing brochures of medical tourism facilitators. I always enjoy reading that statement, knowing that the company either doesn’t understand accreditation or doesn’t really believe the comment. Accreditation, put simply, is a means by which the medical community evaluates administration, operations, […]

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