Weekly Roundup – January 18, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far (for many of us it’s a three day weekend, yay)! Below are some of the interesting health care news stories you may have missed this past week. Enjoy!

Think winter has got you down? Time has an article that breaks down seasonal affective disorder. Interestingly, research shows many people overestimate the impact seasons have on their moods.

The Boston Globe ran an article that discusses how America is chronically sleep deprived. According to the article, Americans have not gotten the message that sleep is essential to good health. Dr. Czeisler, head of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School believes a public awareness campaign should be launched. In the article he points to the successes of other public awareness campaigns. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – January 10, 2014

Weekly Roundup

Made it through the first full work week of 2014 and many of us did it in freezing or well below freezing temperatures. Obamacare continues to take center stage in the world of health care news. To keep you apprised of some of the other stories below are some interesting ones from the past week.

The New York Times ran an article that brings to light an issue many of us do not like the idea of…our doctors could possibly be googling their patients. Why do they do it? To learn things that don’t come up during the routine history-taking or medication checks or to check to see if a patient is telling the truth. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – January 3, 2014

Weekly RoundupHappy New Year! A crystal ball is not needed to tell us health care reform will continue to be front and center in health care news this year. What do you think some of the other top health care news stories of 2014 are going to be?

Wondering what the focus of 2013 was in regards to health care…Huffington Post ran a story about the top 13 health care stories of 2013. Below are some of the interesting stories from the past week.

A landmark drug for hepatitis C has been developed. Over 90 percent of patients who take the drug can expect to be cured and will experience few side effects. The hang up…it costs $1,000 a pill and a typical course of treatment lasts 12 weeks and will cost up to $84,000, plus the cost of necessary companion drugs. NPR’s Shots blog has more on this. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – December 27, 2013

Weekly RoundupWe hope everyone has been enjoying a safe and happy holiday season!  Below is our last roundup of 2013 and although it was a bit slow in the world of health care news we found some stories we hope you enjoy.

According to a Time Healthland article scientists have found out exactly how many steps it takes to keep your heart healthy.  In this new research people with early signs of pre-diabetes who take an extra 2,000 steps a day can lower their chances of heart problems. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – December 20, 2013

Weekly RoundupObamacare continues to top the list of health care headlines, understandable as 2014 is quickly approaching. As always we have some other interesting health care headlines that you might have missed.

The common perception, that the only real choice is taking away the car keys of elderly drivers is wrong. The New York Times ran an article that looks at a service where elderly drivers consult driving rehabilitation specialists who ride with them, observe their reflexes and range of motion, and determine if they are fit to drive.

NPR Shots Blog ran a post that discussed a NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll on how Americans feel about how the morning-after pill and what restrictions there should be on its sale. The poll found, not surprisingly, feelings are mixed. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – December 15, 2013

Weekly RoundupWe hope you have had a chance to read the blog posts in our 2014 Women to Watch series, but if not check out the series here. Truly an amazing group of women!

With the holiday season is in full swing USAToday ran an article that might be helpful for women. It looks at the effects drinking has on women.

According to a Kaiser Health News article a recent report gave most states grades of “D” or “F” regarding providing consumers with easily accessible information about physician quality. Most of the data compiled is only about primary care doctors, not specialists. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – December 6, 2013

Weekly RoundupHappy Friday! It has been a while since the roundup ran on a Friday; we were trying different days to see what our fabulous readers preferred. If you have a preference let us know.

Does hormone replacement therapy help aging women’s moods and mental agility? The Los Angeles Times ran an article on a study that says it is not helpful, read the article for more on this study as well as a few others that are in the works.

A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vaccination programs for children have prevented more than 100 million cases of serious contagious disease in the United States since 1924. The researchers believe the data should help inform the debate on the risks and benefits of vaccinating children. To learn more on this study and the availability of its data read the New York Times article. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup: December 1, 2013

Weekly RoundupWe hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and have emerged from their food comas. This week’s roundup is in line with the series we ran this week which focused on those tackling the tough and important issues concerning food in the United States.

One percent of the U.S. population owns a farm, but one out of every 12 jobs in America is connected to agriculture. In an article in Politico Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks about the underappreciated farming industry.  When asked what Americans should be thinking about this Thanksgiving he said, “I would like them to think about how as an American, you are more secure because America is producing all you need. And somewhere in America on this Thanksgiving, there is a guy in the fields still working.”

USAToday ran an article that talks about how food banks across the country are bracing for an increase in demand as millions struggle to put holiday meals on their tables. Food banks have felt this strain in the past, but this year will be worse due to the recent food stamp cuts. The article says that even larger food banks with big supplies might not be able to meet demands. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – November 21, 2013

Weekly RoundupHappy almost Friday! Obamacare continues to get top billing in health care news. Below are some of the non-Obamacare health care stories that we hope you will find interesting.

The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic. These guidelines recommend physicians be more aggressive about helping their patients lose unneeded pounds. The Washington Post has more on what this might mean for you at your next doctor’s appointment.

The New York Times published an article about Jorge Odón, a car mechanic who developed a tool that eases births. The device whose idea came from a YouTube video he had seen on extracting a lost cork from a wine bottle and whose prototype was developed on his kitchen counter will be manufactured by Becton, Dickinson and Company. Doctors believe it has the potential to save babies in poor countries, and possibly reduce cesarean section births in rich ones. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – November 13, 2013

Weekly RoundupBelow are some of the past week’s interesting health care related news stories. Happy Hump Day!

In honor of November being National Caregivers Month AARP and the Advertising Council launched a new advertising and social media campaign. The campaign illustrates the many roles caregivers play and to thank them for this assistance. Check out the New York Times article for more details on the campaign.

NPR’s Shots Blog covered a story about doctors who are studying if gabapentin, a generic drug that’s commonly used to treat epilepsy and fibromyalgia can be used to fight alcoholism.

USAToday ran an article about a study that looked at how speaking multiple languages could delay dementia. The study found that dementia developed years later in bilingual people than in people who speak just one language. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – November 5, 2013

Weekly RoundupLast week was brutal for the Obama Administration with both CMS Administrator Tavenner and Secretary Sebelius testifying on the Hill in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. They will both be back this week, this time to face the Senate. No doubt these hearings will generate just as much news as the ones last week. Below are some of the additional health care news headlines from the past week.

NPR Shots Blog ran an article on how husbands should navigate their wives’ breast cancer diagnosis.

The Huffington Post ran a great article that looked at eight ways to teach young women and girls about happiness. Very important given that women’s happiness levels have been on the decline for the past few decades. The eight messages will help young women and girls take control of their happiness and in turn their health. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – October 25, 2013

Weekly RoundupThe rollout of Obamacare, specifically the HealthCare.gov technical glitches took center stage this week in the world of health care news. In addition to this issue there were also several interesting studies that were released this week; we have the summaries for you below.

NPR Shots Blog ran an article that we bet is of interest to most of our readers. It looked at the issue of severe premenstrual symptoms and whether or not they should be considered a mental disorder. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD is listed as a mental disorder in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the DSM-5. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – October 18, 2013

Weekly RoundupThe major headlines of this week include: the government shutdown ending, the debt ceiling being dealt with (at least for now) and Obamacare. While you were busy staying on top of these issues you may have missed the health care related stories below.

Here is a scary finding; some individuals just have a darker outlook on the world than others and they might not have any control over it. The Washington Post talks about how a group of scientists found what people observe may depend on their genetic blueprint and that a particular gene could also influence where people focus their eyes and attention. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – October 11, 2013

Weekly RoundupIt is week 2 of the government shutdown, the debt ceiling and the opening of the health care exchanges dominating the news. Below are some interesting health care stories you may have missed because of this.

NPR’s Shots Blog ran a post that discusses the difficulties males with eating disorders face finding treatment options.

A study detailed on NPR’s Shots Blog offers statistical evidence that delaying aging would extend life expectancy more than a decline in cancer or heart disease.

A Time article raises the issue that doctors are being trained to tackle obesity. In addition to talking about why this is, the article also discusses the various solutions to this issue. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – October 4, 2013

Weekly RoundupThe government shutdown and the opening of the health exchanges…this week’s headlines in a nutshell. Because of these issues you may have missed some of the health care stories, no worries we’ve highlighted some of them below.

According to a New York Times article, medical students at the University of California, San Francisco will be able to receive course credit for editing Wikipedia pages that provide information on diseases.

A link between regularly eating peanut butter and having a lower risk of developing benign breast disease in early adulthood was found by researchers from the Washington University in St. Louis’s School of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. The Huffington Post has more on this. (more…)

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