Notable News for the Week: June 1st, 2018

Notable News for the Week: June 1st, 2018 Viruses Reprogrammed to Attack Cancer: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321933.php Scientists have recently created a way to use viruses as a force for good by altering them to aid in the fight against cancer. Link Between Depression and Cognitive Decline Explored: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321935.php University of Sussex psychologies performed a study on the relationship between depression and impairment of cognitive function. The study can be found here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/psychological-medicine/article/affective-problems-and-decline-in-cognitive-state-in-older-adults-a-systematic-review-and-metaanalysis/5D529D177B003920ECC3A7280BAB7318 Higher Protein Intake Helps Heart Failure Patient to Live Longer: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180528/Higher-protein-intake-helps-heart-failure-patients-to-live-longer-shows-study.aspx Study investigates the association between protein intake and survival in patients with heart failure. New Guidelines Say Screen for Colon Cancer at 45: https://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/news/20180530/new-guidelines-say-screen-for-colon-cancer-at-45#1 The American Cancer Society is changing their recommendation for beginning colorectal cancer screenings from age 50 to age 45. FDA Approves First Artificial Iris: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm609291.htm The first stand-alone prosthetic iris has been approved for use in adults and children whose iris is missing or damaged due to certain conditions. Metabolically Healthy Obesity? https://www.medpagetoday.com/primarycare/obesity/73173 A long-term study has been added to the growing body of evidence that there is not such a thing as ‘healthy obesity’. 9-year-old Raises $6,000 Selling Lemonade to Help Baby Brother: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/05/29/9-year-old-raises-6g-in-lemonade-fundraiser-for-baby-brother-battling-rare-illness.html The young South Carolina boy raised money to help his parents pay his younger brother’s medical bills. His younger brother is fighting a rare neurological condition called Krabbe disease. President Trump Signs the ‘Right to Try’ Legislation Into Law: http://righttotry.org/president-trump-signs-right-to-try-act-into-law/ Right To Try allows terminally ill Americans to try medications that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process. Man Hopes to Save Lives with St. Louis Syringe Exchanges that Cut Risk of Disease Outbreak: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/man-hopes-to-save-lives-with-st-louis-syringe-exchanges/article_b1f1788d-b764-5140-a73b-2ef88639b6db.html In 2016,...

Notable News for the Week: May 25th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: May 25th, 2018 Some interesting medical news from around the country, the world, and right here in Missouri. MADD Urges Drivers to Stay Sober, Safe Over Summer: http://www.newstribune.com/news/news/story/2018/may/25/madd-urges-drivers-stay-sober-safe-over-summer/727770/ Memorial Day weekend is here, and MADD is reminding everyone in the state to drive safely. Studies: Employer Costs Slow as Consumers Use Less Care, Deductibles Soar http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/studies-employer-costs-slow-as-consumers-use-less-care-deductibles/article_3058d1b5-af5a-5d0b-ae69-73fbbb7cb196.html Employer health care premiums have risen at a lower rate than in previous years, with increases around 3.4% on average. McCaskill Calls for Federal Investigation of Billing Practices at Missouri Hospital: http://kcur.org/post/mccaskill-calls-federal-investigation-billing-practices-missouri-hospital#stream/0 McCaskill’s call for a federal investigation comes after a highly critical state audit that took place in 2017. Breast Cancer: A Low-Fat Diet May Improve Survivors Outlook: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321926.php Study findings report greater overall survival rates. Scientists Find Cell Types Behind Schizophrenia: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321918.php Recent study reveals the few cell types behind the...

Notable News For the Week: May 18th, 2018

Notable News:  May 18th, 2018 Some interesting medical news from around the country, the world, and right here in Missouri. New Hope for Patients with Depression and Anxiety: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180515081726.htm Scientists at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have proven that special treatment could help many sufferers of anxiety and depression. Six Years of Exercise May Be Enough to Change Heart Failure Risk: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180515081718.htm Johns Hopkins researchers have found a significant link between increasing fitness levels and reduced risk of heart failure. Five Goals for Enhancing Rural Healthcare: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/health-plans/cms-debuts-strategy-improve-rural-healthcare The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a new strategy for helping people in rural communities gain access to affordable healthcare. Antipsychotic for Alzheimer’s Psychosis Completes Phase 2 Trial: https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/antipsychotic-alzheimers-psychosis-phase-2/ Researchers are testing the use of pimavanserin treatment for psychosis in Alzheimer’s patients. Lack of Insurance Exposes Blind Spots in Vision Care: https://khn.org/news/lack-of-insurance-exposes-blind-spots-in-vision-care/ Reports show that as many as 16 million Americans have undiagnosed or uncorrected vision problems that could be addressed with glasses, contacts, or surgery. New, Faster, Rabies Test Could Save Lives : https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20180516/new-faster-rabies-test-could-save-lives The CDC has developed a test called LN34, which can produce faster, more accurate results. Simple Lifestyle Changes May Improve Osteoarthritis Symptoms: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321812.php Focusing on nutrition and exercise may produce relief for some sufferers, study finds. Emergent Technology in Prosthetics May Improve Use by Amputees:  https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/emergent-technology-prosthetics-improve-use-amputees/ US researchers are evaluating the benefits of computerized prosthetics. Missouri Faces Physician Shortage, Medical Students Leaving: http://www.bnd.com/news/article210868404.html St. Jude Named the WHO’s First Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/st-jude-named-the-world-health-organizations-first-collaborating-centre-for-childhood-cancer-300649392.html Both organizations are making a push to expand research efforts that will increase pediatric cancer survival...

Notable News for the Week: May 11th, 2018

Notable News: Weekly Roundup Some interesting medical news from around the country, the world, and right here in Missouri. Happy Nurse’s Week!  https://www.nursingworld.org/education-events/national-nurses-week/ New Dementia Risk Factors Uncovered: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321747.php With dementia itself being currently untreatable, recognizing risk factors is an important key to getting early treatment – before the condition sets in. Medical Marijuana is One Step Closer to Being Legal in Missouri: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article210215944.html The Missouri House of Representatives voted to legalize medical marijuana for those with certain health conditions in a 112-44 vote; this sends the vote to the Missouri Senate. Missouri Measles Outbreak Up to 13 Cases: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article210483894.html 13 cases have now been reported on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metro. Psych Hospital Project Moves Forward in Cape:  https://www.semissourian.com/story/2511077.html The State Board has given its approval to move forward with the 102-bed psychiatric hospital to be located in Cape Girardeau. Districts Now Required to Screen for Dyslexia: http://www.fultonsun.com/news/local/story/2018/may/10/districts-now-required-screen-dyslexia/725542/ Missouri schools will be required to screen for dyslexia in K-3rd grade for the first time in the 2018-2019 school year. Senator McCaskill’s Roundtable Addresses Health Care Dilemmas: http://www.komu.com/news/sen-mccaskill-s-roundtable-addresses-health-care-dilemmas Senator McCaskill invited various healthcare professionals and patients to a roundtable discussion to address health care concerns for Missourians. Study Finds Noom’s Mobile Diabetes Prevention Program Demonstrated Weight Loss Results In Line with the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/journal-of-medical-internet-research-publishes-a-65-week-study-that-finds-nooms-mobile-diabetes-prevention-program-demonstrated-weight-loss-results-inline-with-the-cdcs-national-diabetes-prevention-program-300642321.html Study shows that mobile health coaching program delivers similar results for prediabetics when compared with the federal government’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.  ...

J. Thaddeus Eckenrode Named Top Medical Malpractice Defendants Attorney for 2018

Tad Eckenrode, an attorney who has handled a number of cases on behalf of MoDocs’ insureds, has been named the top Medical Malpractice Law attorney for defendants by Best Lawyers for 2018. We are always pleased by Tad’s unwavering dedication to the defense of our doctors, and this is a well-deserved honor! Congratulations Tad! More information on the awards granted by Best Lawyers for St. Louis attorneys can be found...
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