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05/22/2017 07:02 AM
Will short-term and long-term treatments for single-gene diseases survive?
Two weeks and several political disasters ago, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act of 2017, and soon lists of "pre-existing conditions" festooned news feeds. We all ticked off a few. But the lists, although acknowledged as incomplete, offered a highly inconsistent menu of maladies as broad as "cancer" yet as specific as "cystic fibrosis." I don't know whether the focus on the familiar reflects editorial choices to appeal to the masses, or ignorance of or deliberate avoidance of mentioning many of the lesser-known rare diseases. More than 30 million people in the US have rare diseases, many of them genetic and some of those treatable with approaches more complex than those used for more common conditions.
05/19/2017 10:13 AM
Italy makes childhood vaccinations compulsory
Italy's government on Friday declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases.
05/19/2017 04:00 AM
Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus could simultaneously transmit other viruses
A new study led by Colorado State University researchers found that Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito that carries Zika virus, might also transmit chikungunya and dengue viruses with one bite. The findings shed new light on what's known as a coinfection, which scientists said is not yet fully understood and may be fairly common in areas experiencing outbreaks.
05/18/2017 10:10 AM
States given until 2022 to meet Medicaid standards of care
(HealthDay)—Federal standards that mean states will need to deliver care to elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees in home and community-based settings will take effect in 2022, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.
05/18/2017 09:40 AM
Study reports encouraging trend in infant mortality
Eighteen states are on track to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality by the year 2050 if current trends hold—sooner if they accelerate—according to a newly published paper from researchers at Florida State University's College of Medicine.
05/17/2017 03:30 PM
Diabetes drug gets FDA warning due to amputation risk
(HealthDay)—The type 2 diabetes prescription drug canagliflozin (brand names Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) appears to increase the risk of leg and foot amputations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
05/17/2017 09:51 AM
DAWN results show reduction in disability from stroke up to 24 hours of onset
Results from the DAWN stroke trial presented at the European Stroke Organization Conference (ESOC) provide compelling evidence that selected patients suffering a major ischemic stroke recovered significantly better with mechanical retrieval of the blood clot with medical therapy compared with medical therapy alone when initiated past the current guidelines of within 6 hours and up to 24 hours of the stroke.
05/17/2017 08:00 AM
New report finds young people troubled by romantic relationships, sexual harassment
A new report released today suggests that many young people struggle with developing healthy romantic relationships and that rates of misogyny and sexual harassment among teens and young adults are alarmingly high. The report also suggests that, while many adults are focused on the youth "hook-up culture," they commonly ignore or fail to address these two more pervasive problems. Titled The Talk: How Adults Can Promote Young People's Healthy Relationships and Prevent Misogyny and Sexual Harassment, the report was published by Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
05/17/2017 06:50 AM
Biophilic urbanism—how rooftop gardening soothes souls
What do an engineer, a building surveyor and a mental health nurse have in common? The answer is a retrofitted rooftop garden. This was a project developed to evaluate the impact of horticultural therapy on the health and wellbeing of people recovering from mental illness.
05/17/2017 05:54 AM
Fighting the diabetes epidemic the way public health has fought HIV
In the U.S. and other high-income countries, diabetes is a good news, bad news scenario. On one hand, people who have diabetes today fare better than they did 20 years ago. They are living longer and suffering fewer complications, such as heart disease, kidney disease, amputations, strokes, and blindness.
05/17/2017 04:20 AM
Few eligible U.S. travelers getting pre-trip measles vaccine
(HealthDay)—More than half of eligible Americans traveling abroad don't get a measles vaccine, and a key reason is lack of concern about the disease, according to a study published online May 16 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
05/17/2017 01:03 AM
Opiate use study in hospitalized seniors with nonsurgical conditions shows negative outcomes
In one of the first studies of its kind, nearly one-third of 10,000 older adults were prescribed opiate pain medications such as morphine, Percocet and OxyContin while hospitalized for non-surgical conditions, a course of care significantly linked to poor outcomes such as being restrained and requiring bladder catheterization, according to startling new research by Northwell Health physicians.
05/17/2017 12:40 AM
US teen dies of caffeine overdose
A coffee, a caffeinated drink and an energy soda proved a deadly combination for a South Carolina teenager who died within two hours of consuming them, triggering warnings about the risks of caffeine overdose.
05/16/2017 03:47 AM
Gov't report: Efforts to reduce US uninsured stalled in 2016
After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress toward reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, according to a government report that underscores the stakes as Republicans try to roll back Barack Obama's law.
05/14/2017 01:07 PM
115 dead as Yemen cholera outbreak spreads: ICRC
A cholera outbreak has rapidly spread in Yemen, killing 115 people in two weeks in the impoverished country where hospitals badly damaged by more than two years of war can barely cope.