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Notable News for the Week: July 13th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: July 13th, 2018 A Healthful Diet May Help Prevent Asthma Symptoms A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains may be associated with better asthma outcomes according to a recent study. How Long Does it Take to Recover From Heart Bypass Surgery? A look at what to expect from pre-surgery to post-surgery. An Orange a Day Keeps Macular Degeneration Away: 15-Year Study A new study has show that people who regularly eat oranges are less likely to develop macular degeneration. Gene Required for Addictive Behavior Scientists have discovered a gene called Maged1 that plays a crucial role in the pathological changes associated with addictive behaviors. How to Boost Serotonin and Improve Mood Salmon, eggs, spinach and seeds are among the foods that can help boost serotonin naturally.  ...

Notable News for the Week: July 6th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: July 6th, 2018 Smart Bandages Designed to Monitor and Tailor Treatment for Chronic Wounds A prototype bandage has been designed to actively monitor chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to approve the chances of healing. How Young You Feel May Reflect the True Age of Your Brain A new study shows that subjective age may more accurately predict how your brain really looks. It’s Official: Spending Time Outside is Good for You Spending time has wide-ranging health benefits according to new research. Chemotherapy Enhanced by Disused Antipsychotic A molecule in the drug may help minimize drug resistance. Combining Antibiotics Changes Their Effectiveness Combining antibiotics can alter the effects of antibiotics as well as their effectiveness a study finds. Study Shows How ‘Friendly’ Bacteria Keep Our Gut Healthy New research reveals important information about the good bacteria and how it helps our biological systems. Mercy Shares EHR Data with Johnson & Johnson to Help Improve Its Medical Devices The collaboration uses real-world clinical data to track device performance.        ...

Notable News for the Week: June 29th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: June 29th, 2018 FDA Approves First Cannabis-based Drug: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm611046.htm The FDA has approved Epidiolex, an oral solution for the treatment of seizures. Doctors Decry Plans to Detain Immigrant Kids with Parents: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/27/health/immigrant-family-detention-children/index.html President of the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that this policy puts children at risk for abnormal development. Exercise Also Prevents Heart Disease: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322297.php Exercise may be the best treatment for keeping both the heart and mind healthy in patients with depression. Even Minor Sleep Problems Raise Women’s Blood Pressure: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322270.php Even minor sleep disruptions can increase the risk of high blood pressure in women....

Notable News for the Week: June 22nd, 2018

Notable News for the Week: June 22nd, 2018 No Evidence that Vitamin D Protects Against High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620193732.htm Study shows that evidence recommending Vitamin D supplements for certain adverse pregnancy outcomes is insufficient. Severe Stress May Send Immune System Into Overdrive: https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/news/20180619/severe-stress-may-send-immune-system-into-overdrive#1 A new study suggests that trauma or stress may increase the likelihood of developing an autoimmune disease. Breakthrough Discovery Reveals Brain Metals that May Drive Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180621/Breakthrough-discovery-reveals-brain-metals-that-may-drive-progression-of-Alzheimere28099s-disease.aspx A study from the University of Warwick identifies abnormal clusters of protein in the brain which may lead to mental deterioration. Research Suggests Forgetting Plays a Positive Role in Learning: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180620/Forgetting-plays-a-positive-role-in-learning-research-suggests.aspx Forgetting can actually increase long-term retention, information retrieval and performance, a new study finds. New Piece of the Huntington’s Disease Puzzle Found: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180621/Study-unravels-new-piece-of-information-in-the-Huntingtone28099s-disease-puzzle.aspx Researchers have come a step closer to finding out what happens in the brain in Huntington’s patients. Electronic Skin Prototype Brings Real Sense of Touch to Prosthetic Limbs: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180621/Researchers-create-electronic-skin-that-brings-back-real-sense-of-touch-to-prosthetic-limbs.aspx Johns Hopkins University engineers are developing an electronic skin. Missouri Chamber Offers Alternative Health Plan: http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2018/jun/21/missouri-chamber-offers-alternative-health-plan/731485/ The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry does not have plans to create the type of health care plan authorized this week by the President. New Rule Rolled Out for Small Business Health Insurance Plans: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/19/politics/association-health-plans-ruling/index.html Plans can start being offered September 1 under this new rule.          ...

Notable News for the Week: June 15th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: June 15th, 2018 Metabolic Risk Tied to Both Too Much and Too Little Sleep: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322126.php Both too much and too little sleep can be harmful to your health, a new study finds. Salmonella Prompts Precut Melon Recall in 8 States:  https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20180611/salmonella-prompts-precut-melon-recall-in-8-states Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio are affected by the recall. Poplar Bluff VA Medical Nursing Home Gets 4-Star Rating: http://www.kfvs12.com/story/38427465/poplar-bluff-va-medical-nursing-home-gets-4-star-rating The nursing home received a four star rating during its annual performance review. Judge Upholds Missouri Law That Restricts Access to Abortion Pill: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/391898-judge-upholds-missouri-law-that-restricts-access-to-abortion One-Third of Adults in US Taking Drugs That May Cause Depression: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/13/hundreds-of-commonly-used-drugs-can-cause-depression-study-finds.html A recent study shows that 200 commonly used prescriptions list depression or suicide listed as potential side effects. Community Health Centers Continue to See Huge Demand for Services: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180614/NEWS/180619937/community-health-centers-continue-to-see-huge-demand-for-services Child in Idaho has Plague: https://www.webmd.com/children/news/20180614/child-in-idaho-has-plague A child in Idaho has been diagnosed with the plague. Scientists Identify New Subtype of Prostate Cancer: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180614/Scientists-identify-new-subtype-of-prostate-cancer.aspx Accelerated Brain Maturation Linked to Stress in Childhood: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180615/Accelerated-brain-maturation-linked-to-stress-in-childhood.aspx Accelerated maturation of certain areas of the brain have been observed when the study subjects underwent negative experiences such as illness or...

Notable News for the Week: June 8th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: June 8th, 2018 New Immunotherapy Treatment Removes All Tumors in Woman with Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer: https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2018/06/04/new-immunotherapy-treatment-removes-all-tumors-in-woman-with-advanced-metastatic-breast-cancer/#5f0740561005 New immunotherapy treatment caused woman’s cancer to go into remission; she is still in remission 22 months later. CDC: Suicide Rates Rising Across U.S.: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20180607/cdc-suicide-rates-rising-across-us CDC reports that suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Oldest Bubonic Plague Genome Decoded: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180608085625.htm Two 3,800-year-old genomes suggest a Bronze Age origin for bubonic plague. Opioid Antidote Naloxone Recalled: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20180606/opioid-antidote-naloxone-recalled The Food and Drug Administration states the recall was triggered by the possibility of loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger, which could pose health risks. Scientists ID Source of Damaging Inflammation After Heart Attack: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180607120721.htm Scientists have found a type of immune cell that spurs damaging inflammation to the heart following a heart attack. New Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood in Missouri Alarm Health Care Advocates: https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/07/planned-parenthood-defunded-healthcare-providers/680472002/ The proposed budget, which restricts funding to any facility that offers abortion services, is currently under review and awaiting comments and...

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.  ...
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