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 – 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 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 – 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 – 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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