Notable News for the Week: November 2nd, 2018

Notable News for the Week: November 2nd, 2018 Could Antibiotics Raise Kids’ Obesity Risk? A recent study suggests that prescribing antibiotics to children before age two may increase obesity risks. Eye Scan May Detect Alzheimer’s Disease in Seconds Two new studies show that Alzheimer’s alters the fine blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye. A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing Hospital closings are rising, especially in rural communities. How Emotions Can Affect the Heart A doctor looks at how factors like unhappy relationships and work stress can influence heart disease. Do High-Cholesterol Foods Raise Your Cholesterol? Saturated fat, rather than dietary cholesterol, may be the main contributor to serum cholesterol.  ...

Notable News for the Week: October 26th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: October 26th, 2018 Cities Try to Tame Health Care Costs Two Bay Area cities are proposing ballot measures that would limit how much hospitals and doctors can charge for patient care. New Study Says Organic Foods Ward Off Cancer Researchers in France found a decrease in cancer occurrence among those who regularly eat organic foods. People Overestimate Benefits – And Underestimate Risks – of Medical Interventions A new study shows that people may perceive the benefits of medical intervention as higher than they actually are, and the risks significantly less than they are. Trump Outlines New Plan to Lower Medicare Drug Prices New plan is planned to reduce medicare drug prices, bringing costs in line with those of other nations. Endometriosis Treatments Not One-Size-Fits-All A new study shows that effectiveness of hormone therapy depends on certain indicators being present. Palbociclib Said to Improve Survival of Metastatic Breast Cancer A new study shows that the drug used in combination with standard treatment can improve survival for women with hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast...

Notable News for the Week: October 19th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: October 19th, 2018 Two St. Louis Doctors Lauded by Spinal-Care Magazine Two St. Louis physicians and one MU physician received recognition in SpineLine for being young doctors of note. Study: Global Lifespan to Increase by 2040 All countries are expected to see an increase in lifespans by 2040 according to a new study. Amazon Seeks Data Scientist to Study Why Costs are Increasing but Health is Not It appears that a focus of the new venture by Amazon will conduct research into why this is the case, and possibly how to resolve it. Kids Health Outcomes Have More to Do With Education Level Than Income, Study Finds A new study indicates that parents with greater than a high school education invest more in family health care; reducing likelihood of adverse medical conditions....

Notable News for the Week: October 12th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: October 12th, 2018 According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Missouri has reported a record low in malpractice actions in 2017, with a record 1,278 claims being reported as closed vs. 825 new claims opened. It is National Health IT Week! More US Children Not Getting Vaccines According to the CDC, the number of children not receiving routine recommended vaccinations is increasing. Factors such as insurance and region play a significant role in whether or not a child receives these immunizations. Missouri Will Have 3 Options for Medical Marijuana Vote in November There will be 3 initiative options on the November ballot. FDA Threatens to Pull New Products From Nearly Two Dozen e-Cigarette Companies The FDA has sent a letter to 21 e-cig manufacturers in order to determine whether or not new products were illegally introduced to the market without going through agency approval. Study: Cesarean Births Nearly Doubled Since 2000 A new study indicates that the number of C-sections is increasing at an alarming rate. The Fight Against MRSA: Photoactive Bacteria Bait Researchers are testing new treatments for MRSA. Medicare’s Telemedicine Proposal is Unpopular with Doctors, Physicians Many doctors say the proposed reimbursement will cover a service they already do for free; may have a negative impact on patients because they would be required to pay a cost-sharing charge.        ...

Notable News for the Week: October 5th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: October 5th, 2018 The Flu: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment The flu evolves from year to year, so recognizing symptoms and ordering appropriate treatment is imperative. Ireland Passes ‘Groundbreaking’ Bill to Curb Excessive Drinking The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will allow for a series of changes nationwide, all aimed at curbing excessive drinking, which can have a negative impact on health. Florida Doctor Went to Court to Clear His Name A Florida doctor who faced a medical malpractice claim but was convinced of his innocence took up his own case, refusing his insurance company’s offer to settle early in the case. In addition to exorbitant financial costs, the doctor feels as though he missed 10 years of his life in pursuit of clearing his name. Migraine Can Be Treated Without Medicine, Pilot Study Finds Using a small inhaler to slightly change the body’s molecules, a study has found that certain migraine patients can reduce or eliminate the need for medications. Marijuana a Threat to Teens’ Brains: Study A new study indicates that marijuana may cause long-term damage to teenager’s brains.      ...
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