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Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal-Here is Help

Cancer patients often lose their appetite because chemotherapy can cause nausea. But it does something else to make food unappetizing – it changes the way things taste.

Hollye Jacobs was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, at the age of 39. As a nurse she expected the extreme nausea that often accompanies powerful chemo therapy drugs. But as a patient, she wasn't expecting the taste changes. 

"Nothing tasted good, nothing was appealing, I didn't have any desire whatsoever to eat," Jacobs, of Santa Barbara, Calif., says. Food tasted like cardboard, textures were mealy and there was a near chronic taste of metal. "The metal mouth was horrible, even just saying it again, I can taste it," she says.

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Campus News

Patient Care at a Children’s Hospital Incorporates Google Glass
For all the times technology may cause us to shake our heads, the times when technology allows for truly amazing things to happen are priceless. Recently, the patients at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital got to experience something unique, the Google Glass Explorer program

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Growing Need for Palliative Care
Only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care - that is medical care to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness - is currently receiving it. 

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Latest Blog Posts

Making “Food” from 3D Printers
I recently saw a blog post from Steve Moran at The Senior Housing Forum. He proposed an interesting question “Would you serve food straight from a 3D printer to your residents?”   He refers to an article “Transforming Mealtimes for Elderly People with 3D-Printed Food”. 
 
Posted: 4/29/2014 8:09:28 PM

The Rewards of Providing Superior Post Acute Care
The times are changing as our skilled nursing facilities are expected to now proficiently provide high acuity care to recently hospitalized patients. As I read the latest article in the New England Journal of Medicines article Post-Acute Care –The Next Frontier for Controlling Medicare Spending I see an opportunity for skilled nursing facilities and home health care agencies and other post acute care providers. 
 
Posted: 4/29/2014 7:34:20 PM
 
 
 
 

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  Steve Koontz has been in the medical device industry for over 35 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Missouri State University in 1973. Steve is the Midwest Region Manager for ARC Medical with additional duties including sales training and marketing. Steve is beginning his 11th year with ARC Medical.

His background includes owning two medical supply companies, region sales manager positions, national sales manager positions, and director of sales and marketing for a respiratory anesthesia specialty manufacturer.

Steve has always specialized in the anesthesia and respiratory/critical care arena during his 35 years of experience. He is currently CEU Certified by the Missouri Board of Respiratory Care for his program “The Science of HMEs,” which is designed for the respiratory care industry.

He is a frequent guest lecturer at Saint Paul College in St. Paul, Minnesota, speaking on “Humidity and Its Applications” to respiratory care students.

Steve has published several articles, with “How Do You Know Your Filter Filters?” published in Becker’s Operating Room: Clinical Quality & Infection Control (May/June 2011 • Vol. 2011 No. 1) being one of his more popular articles.
 
 
 
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