The Business of Sleep: Rise of sleep disorders sparks new treatments, technology

[caption id="attachment_19713" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Martha Frankowski in the Munson Sleep Disorders Center.[/caption] Dr. Martha Frankowski's prescription is simple: “Sleep, sex, or sickness,” says the Traverse City physician who is board certified in both neurology and sleep medicine and works at the Munson Sleep Disorders Center. "If...

Alternatives to Opioids: New innovations in pain management

Pain management has been an ongoing facet of healthcare for generations. However, as the challenges of opioid addiction rage through the country and states like Michigan adopt new regulations, physicians, caregivers and health systems are pursuing new medical and intervention strategies to treat patients for...

New Hazardous Drug Regs: ‘Sweeping changes’ coming in 2019

Before the advent of mass drug manufacturing, prescriptions were mixed – or compounded – by the hometown pharmacist. While this old school service still exists for special cases – like medicinal allergies, or cheaper versions of hormonal creams – new regulations could price local pharmacies out...

Munson Clinic Wages War with Ongoing HIV Epidemic

The opioid crisis ravaging northern Michigan – and much of the country – could result in an outbreak of HIV. According to Victoria Cammarata, a licensed master social worker and medical case manager with Munson’s Thomas Judd Care Center, the growing trend of intravenous drug...

Michigan’s New Opioid Laws: Saving grace or administrative nightmare?

New Michigan rules are on the way for those who prescribe prescription painkillers and other controlled substances. The requirements – like checking an online database of controlled substances dispensed in Michigan, and prescribing for acute pain no more than seven-day supply of opioids in a seven-day...