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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....

Notable News for the Week: August 24th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: August 20th, 2018 Missouri’s Community Health Services Get #3 Million in Performance-Based Federal Funding Approximately 230 site in Missouri will receive benefits from the funding, which was awarded for quality of care. Saint Louis Children’s Hospital Saves 5-Month-Old with Heart-Lung Transplant Diagnosed via ultrasound as having only half a heart, the infant was given a very grim outlook. With parents who refused to accept the diagnosis as a death sentence, Jack became the youngest documented patient to receive a heart-lung transplant at 5 months old. New Multiple-Sclerosis Subtype Identified Researchers have discovered a new subtype of MS, and are hopeful that this discovery could lead to personalized treatments. Prospect of New Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis International researchers have been testing a new drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The drug has now successfully completed phase III of testing. Familiar Pair Tops US News and World Report List of Best Hospitals in Kansas City University of Kansas Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital have been listed as the top two hospitals in the Kansas City area for the 5th year in a row. Osteoporosis Increases Dementia Risk A recent study shows that osteoporosis significantly increases the risk of developing...

Notable News for the Week: August 17th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: August 17th, 2018 How Forests Improve Kids’ Diets A global study indicates that children have better nutrition when they live near forests. FDA Approves First Generic Epi-Pen The first generic epi-pen has been approved for use by the FDA. Research Links Banned Insecticide DDT to Autism Research indicates that high levels of exposure to DDT in women may more than double the risk of autism in their children. Stress During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Mood Disorders for Female Offspring A new study reports that high levels of hormone during pregnancy show increased anxious and depressive-like behaviors in females at age 2. Whole Blood Test for Toxoplasmosis is Sensitive, Specific Transmission of toxoplasmosis during pregnancy can lead to sever problems; research shows efficacy of a low-cost whole blood test. More than 400 Cases of Illness from McDonald’s Salads More than 400 illnesses have been reported from a bacteria linked to salads sold at McDonald’s in 15...

Notable News for the Week: August 10th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: August 10th, 2018 Exercise for Mental Health: How Much is Too Much? A new study confirms that exercise is good for mental health…but too much can be detrimental. Keto Diet: Scientists Find Link to Diabetes Risk New research questions health benefits of ketogenic diets after finding a link to a condition that raises the risk of type 2 diabetes. Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Genes ID’d More genes associated with an increased risk of this form of breast cancer have been identified. Brain Evolution May Play Role in Mental Illness A new study shows that evolutionary changes may be responsible for certain psychiatric illnesses. New Lab-Synthesized Molecule Appears to Fight Malaria Effectively A molecule based in natural compounds found in marine gliding bacteria is a strong candidate for a new antimalarial drug. Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks May Lower Risk of C-Section A recent study of more than 6,000 women in the US indicates that inducing labor at 39 weeks may reduce the risk of C-Section when compared with those who wait for their labor to start naturally....

Notable News for the Week: August 3rd, 2018

Notable News for the Week: August 3rd, 2018 Fear of Litigation is a Key Factor in Decision to Perform C-Sections A new study finds that fear of litigation and safety concerns are key factors that influence the decision to perform a caesarean section. Medical Errors in the Emergency Room: Understanding Why An estimated 250,000 deaths per year in the US are attributed to medical errors. Research is being done to determine why these errors happen, and possibly what can be done to avoid them. New Med School in Southern California Aims to Tackle Doctor Shortages The medical school’s goal is to expand the workforce as well as diversity. Dense Breast Notification and Insurance Legislation Analysis State-level policies and their impact on screening techniques and outcomes in breast cancer detection. Nursing Homes See Medicare Ratings Fall Medicare ratings have been lowered largely due to inadequate numbers of registered nurses. Tickborne Diseases are Likely to Increase Public health officials are working to build a better understanding of the diseases ticks carry, as scientists are working to develop preventative vaccines.    ...

Notable News for the Week: July 27th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: July 27th, 2018 Some notable news articles from around the web, detailing recent medical studies, healthcare news, and interesting developments. Does Magnesium Relieve Migraines? Magnesium may be a mineral that can treat and prevent migraine symptoms. How a Cat Parasite Can Change Your Personality A new study suggests that Toxoplasma gondii could make people more risk-prone. Are Doctors Removing Too Many Thyroids? Two doctors argue that removal of a thyroid may be an over-aggressive response to this type of cancer. Social Interaction Improves Wellbeing in Dementia Patients A study shows that even just 10 minutes a day can improve the overall wellbeing of patients being treated for dementia. CDC Reports that Too Few Americans Being Screened for Cancer The CDC reports that screening rates for breast, prostate, and cervical cancer have stalled in recent years, despite early detection being a key to successful treatment. Prompt Sepsis Detection and Treatment Saves Lives A recent study shows that more than 1 in 10 children who present with sepsis die from it, however, clinical treatments and testing completed within an hour of detection can reduce that risk by 40%....

Notable News for the Week: July 20th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: July 20th, 2018 Study Finds Genetic Heritage to be Dominant Factor in Heart Failure Hereditary factors found to be behind 26% of all cases of heart failure in Sweden according to a recent study. Potential Link Between Alcohol and Death Rates Study shows that heavy drinking results in uncontrolled iron absorption in the body, putting strain on vital organs and increasing the risk of death. Compounds Found in Green Tea and Red Wine May Block Formation of Toxic Metabolites A new study provides hope for treating certain inborn congenital metabolic diseases. Seven Ways IVF Changed the World As the first “test-tube baby” turns 40 this month, one author takes a look back at the new normal IVF has introduced to the world. Scientists Support Viability of Potential Way to Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease Risk New commentary by scientists in Manchester and Edinburgh on a recent study by epidemiologists supports the viability of a potential way to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.      ...
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