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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.      ...

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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