Notable News for the Week: September 28th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: September 28th, 2018 Ovarian Cancer: Newer Birth Control Pills May Lower Risk A new large-scale study suggests that newer birth control pills can lower the risk of ovarian cancer in young women. Can People Die From Giving Up On Life? A new study suggests that feeling defeated and giving up on life can lead to death. Aetna to Sell Medicare Part D Business to WellCare Health Plans Aetna has agreed to sell its Medicare Part D drug plan business to WellCare. Employee Mental Health Costs Rise Twice as Fast as All Other Expenses Aetna reports that mental health costs are rising twice as fast as all other medical expenses in recent years. Deaths of Despair: The Opioid Epidemic is Just Part of the Problem “The opioid epidemic is sitting on top of a much longer, and more poorly understood, decline in the health and well-being in the United States,” said Peter Muennig, MD, professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia School of Public Health. “Virtually any social trend that might correlate over time with changes in health curves is a candidate.” New Means to Fight “Unkillable” Bacteria in Healthcare Settings Scientists have uncovered a new means of fighting drug-tolerant bacteria. These Paralyzed People Are Beginning to Walk Again Thanks to Electrical Implant A ground-breaking new therapy has allowed four patients to walk again; a feat that was previously thought to be...

Notable News for the Week: September 21st, 2018

Notable News for the Week: September 21st, 2018 Bi-partisan Bill Proposal to Crack Down on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills A draft measure has been unveiled by a group of senators from both parties, aimed at cracking down on surprise medical bills that have hit patients with massive charges for the care they received. Americans Aren’t Meeting Exercise Goals The CDC reported that a research study shows that the majority of Americans are not getting enough exercise. Recovering from Florence, Hospitals Get an Outside Assist Mobile units from other areas have come to assist those impacted by Hurricane Florence and provide much-needed medical services. Flu Season Forecasts Could be More Accurate with Access to Health Care Companies’ Data Research from the University of Texas at Austin could make forecasts for flu season more accurate if for-profit companies provide some of the information gathered from patients to researchers. Zika Vaccine Shows Promise for Treating Deadly Brain Cancer International researchers have successfully deployed a Zika virus vaccine to target and kill the cancer cells, showing that this could create the basis for a new treatment option for a fatal type of brain cancer. Rate of Missourians Without Health Insurance Remains at 9%, Census Finds Missouri uninsured rate remained at 9.1% according to a survey from the US Census Bureau in...

Notable News for the Week: September 14th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: September 14th, 2018 Scientists Reveal Drumming Helps Schoolchildren Diagnosed with Autism A study has shown that drumming significantly improves the children’s ability to follow instructions and interact with peers. Missouri Medical Schools Raise Awareness for Mental Health Education Monday, September 17th is a statewide Show-Me Compassionate Medical Education Day. KU Hospital Given $66 Million to Expand Blood Cancer Treatment Currently bursting at the seams with patients needing treatment, this donation will allow expansion for the treatment centers. Why Some People Catch a Cold and Others Don’t A new study suggests that how many stressors your nose and airway passages encounter impact the likelihood of catching a cold. What Does a 2-Year Old Know? You May Be Surprised Studies show that young children’s understanding of the world around them is much more sophisticated than we often give them credit...

Notable News of the Week: September 7th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: September 7th, 2018 How to Tell if Stress is Affecting Your Sleep According to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 43% of people between the ages of 13-64 reported lying awake at night due to stress. Evolution of Psychiatric Disorders and Human Personality Traits A research team has discovered the evolution of a gene relating unique-to-humans psychiatric traits. Human Gut Study Questions Probiotic Health Benefits A recent study suggests that probiotics may not actually live up to the hype. Urgent Care Centers Ease ER Burden in US Urgent care centers are helping to reduce number of emergency department visits. New One-Dose Flu Drug Shows Promise Baloxavir is being studied as a way to address the misery of...

Notable News for the Week: August 31st, 2018

Notable News for the Week: August 31st, 2018 Exercise is Best for Managing Osteoarthritis: New Guidelines New guidelines for best practices for managing osteoarthritis have been released by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. FDA Investigation on Valsartan Impurities and Recalls The FDA is conducting an investigation into generic versions of valsartan, as some have been found to contain an impurity that doesn’t meet FDA’s safety standards. Opioid Crisis Breakthrough: Non-Addictive Painkiller Found Effective A painkiller has been tested in primates and found to be safe and effective. How Our Brain and Personality Provide Protection Against Emotional Distress A recent study suggest you can learn how to be resilient and manage your stress and anxiety. Pushing Big Data to Rapidly Advance Patient Care Technology offers a solution for moving research out of journals and into the clinic. Gene-editing Hope for Muscular Dystrophy Scientists have used gene-editing to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a large mammal for the first time....
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