By Carrie Winans. We know the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Supreme Court (SCOTUS) showdown was the only thing on most people’s radar this week, at least as far as health care and health policy news goes! We too were too caught up in the broccoli vs. okra debate, dissecting every known fact about Justice Anthony Kennedy (the likely “swing” vote) and trying to find a cat leash to be bothered by the other news headlines (highway Armageddon? didn’t faze us; Final Four? we’re back at Elite Eight?).
That’s why, for the round up, we decided to focus on a few things you may have missed while you were furiously refreshing your #ACA #SCOTUS tweet-stream.
Here are this week’s top non-ACA/SCOTUS health care and health policy headlines, at home and abroad…
Cancer in young people is devastating for all, and survivors are often shocked to learn that they are infertile after treatment. Reuters reports on why doctors are sometimes silent about this side effect.
If you are lucky enough to carry children, USA Today cautions you should be on the look-out for fatal heart attacks. A recent study shows that pregnancy increases your risk.
Your trip to the OB/GYN is about to get a lot more personal. A PsychCentral study suggests that women should start talking to their gynecologist about how their sex life is going. By skipping out on those between-the-sheets details, you could be skipping out on catching early warning signs to many reproductive, menopausal and other health related issues.
Remember how much fun you had studying for your MCAT? USA Today reports that the party rages on as the MCAT changes to recruit holistic doctors who understand the effect of sociocultural factors on health.
Along with advising heart attack survivors to take a drink, doctors may now hand out Starbucks vouchers to their diabetic patients. Seems insane? The Huffington Post reports on a Harvard School of Public Health study that found coffee improves insulin sensitivity.
In England, a new study suggests that doctors who remove faulty breast implants should immediately replace them with new ones. If this course of action is implemented, it could cost UK tax payers millions.
Can you see your doctor prescribing two whiskeys a day to heart attack survivors? ABC News reports that the European Heart Journal believes it could work wonders.
And finally, this story may not be health-related, but take our word that you would regret if we let you miss it – CNN reports on what could quite possibly be the world’s smallest puppy.
Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check back next week for all your health care and health policy news headlines, at home and abroad!