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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Weekly Roundup – September 27, 2013

Weekly RoundupThere were lots of questions swirling around in the news this week…Is there going to be a government shutdown? Is a deal going to be met on the debt limit? Will the exchanges open on October 1st? From the looks of things we won’t get answers to some of these questions until next week which makes for a stressful weekend for many. To help reduce some of the stress you might be feeling because you missed important health care news because you were focused (as we all have been on government shutdown and debt issues) we’ve got you covered, below are some of the interesting stories from the world of health care this week.

NPR’s Shots Blog ran a story that discusses how doctors are beginning to understand how pregnant women’s choices affect their babies. They believe one important factor is epigenetics, which involves the mechanisms that turn individual genes on and off in a cell. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – September 20, 2013

Weekly RoundupFrom the tragic Navy Yard shooting that resulted in casualties to the battle in Congress over the continuing resolution I think we can all agree there has not been a whole lot of good news this week. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the victims of the shooting. We hope next week will bring more positive news, in the meantime below are some of this week’s interesting healthcare stories you may have missed.

The long-term care panel, commissioned by Congress released its recommendations, but did not reach a consensus on how to pay for these recommendations. Learn more about their recommendations and the potential problems with the lack of payment plan in a Kaiser Health News article. Later in the week The Washington Post ran an interview with the lead of the commission who believes there is a small window in which the recommendations can be implemented. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – September 13, 2013

Weekly RoundupEven with all that is going on internationally health care continues to generate news, check out some interesting stories from this week below.

Kaiser Health News has a story on nurse practitioner’s new approach for expanding the primary care services they can provide. They are asking the Obama administration to require insurers to include them in the plans offered to consumers in new online marketplaces. Read the story for more information on this strategy and how it might be received.

A new study released this week found that getting a mammogram before 50 could save a women’s life.  ABC news has the details on this. This news will undoubtedly reopen the debate over when a woman should begin routine breast cancer screening. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – September 6, 2013

Weekly RoundupThis month is an exciting one for Disruptive Women, we are five years old! Help us celebrate this exciting milestone and be sure to check the blog for special features and content. It was a short week for most of us, but there is still some interesting health care news to highlight…

Time looks at the apps being developed and deployed by public health departments. The article seeks to determine whether or not they will work.


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Weekly Roundup – August 30, 2013

Weekly RoundupWe hope you have enjoyed what most consider this to have been the last week of summer! In honor of the end of summer Disruptive Women is raffling off “Women Know Everything! 3,241 Quips, Quotes and Brilliant Remarks.” To enter click here. Below are some of this week’s interesting health care stories.

According to the Washington Post Americans should expect a shortage of caregivers for the aging population. AARP’s “The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap,” projected that by 2030 there will be only four potential caregivers for each person 80 or older. This is down from a more than seven in 2010. Even more disturbing by 2050, when baby boomers are between 86 and 104, the ratio will drop below 3 to 1.

NPR Shots Blog ran an article about how although children with costly chronic medical conditions get some help paying for health care it isn’t nearly enough. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – August 23, 2013

Weekly RoundupCan you believe summer is almost over? Where does the time go? Currently, in the world of health care news a great deal of time continues to be spent on Obamacare…from its rollout to how it can be defunded. For us it is spent providing our readers with interesting and disruptive posts. In that vein below are some interesting stories from this week that you might have missed.

NPR’s Shots blog ran an article that discusses online risk calculators. Although they are extremely popular among public health groups looking to influence health behaviors, knowing the numbers isn’t enough. The numbers should be a starting point of a conversation between the individual and their doctor.

A recent report shows obesity rates have not risen in the last year, but did reveal that obesity is more dangerous to people’s health than previously thought. Read the Time article for more details. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – August 16, 2013

Weekly RoundupWith all the Senators and Representatives back in their homes states and districts, it has been another relatively quiet week here in the Beltway. Of course the news is never quiet, check out some of the interesting stories from this week below!

According to a New York Times article some foreign trained doctors are unable to put their skills to use because they have stumbled over one of the many hurdles in the path toward becoming a licensed doctor in the United States.

Not surprisingly, cash is a motivator for individuals to improve their health. Time has the details on the studies that prove this as well as how apps are capitalizing on the concept. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – August 9, 2013

Weekly RoundupDisruptive Women is running a series this week that focuses on issues women face internationally such as human trafficking and gender based violence. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. And the series isn’t over, look for another post this afternoon and two more over the weekend!

The August recess has brought somewhat of a lull in health care related news, but there were still some interesting stories that we’ve highlighted for you below.

NPR Shots Blog has a post that looks at a woman who was “ahead of the curve” when she requested a double mastectomy 10 years ago after learning she had an early form of cancer in one of her breasts.

If you want to ensure you have strong, healthy bones you need to start thinking about it earlier in life according to a New York Times article. Currently, most people do not start worrying about their bone health until later in life which could be too late. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – August 2, 2013

Weekly RoundupThis week’s news was once again full of pundits weighing in on the rollout of Obamacare. We don’t see any signs of this type of coverage slowing down anytime soon so, while they keep tackling this we have some of the other news from the healthcare world.

Medcity News ran an interesting article that looked at whether or not rethinking the traditional nursing home model would improve senior’s health.

Now that more and more people are tracking their health measurements doctors are looking to access this data. The Boston Globe has more on a system at Boston’s Partners HealthCare that allows patients to upload information from their medical devices directly into their electronic records. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – July 26, 2013

Weekly RoundupThe heat broke (thank goodness!) and with the cooler days came a somewhat slower week of health care news. Still there were some interesting stories this week, check them out below.

Obamacare is driving a good number of physicians to obtain their MBAs, The Boston Globe has the details on this. One of the reasons is that it will improve their practices and interactions with their patients.

A Washington Post article takes a look at an AMA committee that meets confidentially every year to come up with values for most of the services a doctor performs. The values, in turn, determine what Medicare and most private insurers pay doctors. Read the story to determine if you think the panel is distorting doctors’ pay. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – July 19, 2013

Weekly RoundupThis week has been HOT, yes temperature wise (unbearably in this regard if you ask us) but also in the world of health news. Below is a selection of this HOT news.

NPR Shots blog covers a study that found it’s not just how you live but where you live that determines your life expectancy.  Take a peek to consider if a move should be in your future.

The New York Times ran a story about a boot camp at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The program provides the interns with a three-day session to prepare them for bedside assignments…the idea, get them ready to handle life and death situations. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – July 12, 2013

Weekly RoundupThe fallout from the Administration’s decision to delay the large employer mandate continued this week, both sides of the aisle have provided their commentary and rationale for why it is or isn’t a good thing. As could have been expected this decision spurred conversation over whether or not the individual mandate should also be delayed, the New York Times has more on this. This has undoubtedly consumed this week’s healthcare news coverage, but for your viewing pleasure below are a couple of other stories that might be of interest.

The Washington Post ran a feature on the risks of loud hospital alarms to patients.

Also from the Washington Post an article that looks at whether the decision made in July 2011 when the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education reduced the maximum allowable shift for the least experienced doctors from 30 straight hours to 16 is having the right effect…they are getting more rest, but are they getting the necessary training? (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – July 5, 2013

dw_roundupWe hope all our DW readers had a safe and happy 4th! The big news this week was the Administration’s announcement to delay the employer mandate until 2015 (Politico answers your questions on this announcement). We’ve got your other news below, check it out.

The New York Times ran an article earlier this week that looks at researchers who are pushing pharmaceutical companies to make public their records so that we can better understand the benefits and harms of the drugs that people take daily.

Should you consider firing your doctor? The Wall Street Journal helps you answer this question. (more…)

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Weekly Roundup – June 28, 2013

dw_roundupLeading this week’s coverage was most assuredly the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision. In case you were busy trying to digest all the coverage on this (which is totally understandable) here are some other things that happened this week.

But first one more article on the DOMA ruling (we couldn’t resist), Washington Post’s Wonk Blog wrote an article that detailed what the decision means for Obamacare.

According to an article in NPR’s Shots Blog, “Gloomy Thinking Can be Contagious”. I imagine we all assumed this as we have all undoubtedly had someone else’s mood rub off on us before. But a study that looked at college roommates found that roommates have strong positive and negative effects on one another’s mental health. (more…)

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