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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.      ...

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...
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