Posts Tagged by Weekly News
|October 7, 2011||Posted by Ronni under Health News|
Panel: Routine prostate test not needed. “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force analyzed previous research, and a draft report concludes there’s little if any reduction in deaths from routine screening but possible harm, including unnecessary surgery and other treatment.” Read More
Time to shop: Some Medicare plan prices drop. “If you’re a senior on Medicare – or if you help out aging parents with their money matters – it’s time to get ready to shop. The annual enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug and Advantage managed care plans is about to begin, and it’s one of the best opportunities of the year for seniors to save money.” Read More
Why Pancreatic Cancer is So Deadly. “Jobs had a rare form of pancreatic cancer called a neuroendocrine tumor. Patrick Swayze, Joan Crawford, Margaret Mead and Luciano Pavarotti all died from a more common form of pancreatic cancer, called adenocarcinoma. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in February 2009 and, 18 days later, returned to the bench.” Read More
Sexy Anorexia Halloween Costume Causes Controversy. “It’s hard to imagine a deadly disorder being translated into a Halloween costume, let alone a sexy Halloween costume. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more inappropriate than sexy Cookie Monster, a costume has come along that reaches a whole new level of just plain wrong.” Read More
|September 23, 2011||Posted by Ronni under Health News|
Cross-country competitor saves runner. Andover, MA high school student carries a cross country competitor to safety, after several runners pass him unconcerned. Injured student received 21 stitches in his right leg. Read More
With Bed Bugs the Cure May be Worse than the Disease. “Blood-sucking bed bugs have made a comeback in recent years. But as victims of infestation have become increasingly desperate to rid their homes of the bedeviling pests, many have only done themselves more harm.” Read More
New Hope for Blind as Europe’s First Embryonic Stem Cell Trail is Approved. “An injection aimed at curing blindness is to be given to British patients, after health authorities approved plans for the first embryonic stem cell trial of its kind on Europe. Surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London will inject cells into the eyes of 12 patients with the degenerative condition Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy. Read More
ADHD Drug May Help Wake Up People After Surgery. “The drug Ritalin, prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may help patients wake up after they’ve been placed under general anesthesia, a new study in animals suggests. Rats given the drug regained consciousness in about one-third of the time it took those given a placebo.” Read More
|September 16, 2011||Posted by Ronni under Health News|
After Dr. Oz’s show this past week, where he reported his findings from his study on the arsenic in apple juice, the FDA and other doctors have fired back, questioning the legitimacy of his study. The FDA says that his study was conducted without merit – but Dr. Oz sticks to his story and his findings.
Doctors at a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital have separated eight-month-old twins who were connected by their pelvis and lower spine. The Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital announced that they successfully operated on Joshua and Jacob Spates about two weeks ago. The twins remain in the intensive care unit, according to the hospital.
“Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson stunned “700 Club” viewers Tuesday when he said divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease was justified. Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network and former Republican presidential candidate, said he wouldn’t ‘put a guilt trip’ on someone for divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease, calling Alzheimer’s itself “a kind of death.’”
“Among the 115 children who died of flu-related causes last year, less than a quarter of them had received the flu vaccine, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While childhood deaths from the flu are extremely rare, experts said the flu vaccine could have likely saved the lives of these children.”
|September 9, 2011||Posted by Ronni under Health News|
Spotting autism’s unique shape in the brain: “Diagnosing autism is not easy. Doctors currently diagnose autism in children by observing behavior. But researchers at Standford University believe they have developed a way to use brains scans that may help identify autism in children in the future.”
Test for Movement Disorders Gives Physicians Better Tool to Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease: “Thanks to a new diagnostic imaging technique, physicians now have an objective test to evaluate patients for parkinsonian syndromes, such as Parkinson’s disease. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is among the first institutions in the country to offer DaTscan™, the only FDA-approved imaging agent for assessment of movement disorders.”
Vaccine Safety: New Report Finds Few Adverse Events Linked to Immunizations: “In a new report investigating adverse events caused by vaccines, a panel of experts says there are relatively few health problems caused by the most commonly recommended immunizations, which public health experts advise that all children receive.”
Obama calls on Congress to quickly pass his ‘American Jobs Act’: “Facing low approval ratings and constant Republican criticism as his re-election campaign starts up, President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday night to put the good of the nation over political benefit and pass a huge jobs plan he proposed.”
Federal appeals court blocks state lawsuit over health care reform law: “A federal appeals court has tossed out Virgini
a’s lawsuit against the sweeping health care reform effort championed by President Barack Obama, after the three-judge panel concluded Thursday the state lacks the jurisdictional authority to challenge the 2010 law.”
|August 29, 2011||Posted by Ronni under Health News|
“The M.M.R. vaccine doesn’t cause autism, and the evidence is overwhelming that it doesn’t,” said Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, the chairwoman of the panel.
The report stated, many children injured by a vaccine have an immune or metabolic problem and “receiving vaccines may be the largely nonspecific ‘last straw’ that leads these children to reveal their underlying” conditions.
To read more about the whole report – please visit the NY Times Health page.
|August 26, 2011||Posted by Ronni under Health News|
In early Alzheimer’s, work is possible with support. Even with the daunting future after a diagnose of early-on-set Alzheimer’s, work is possible. This article suggests how to continue working using Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summit, as inspiration for early Alzheimer’s patients.
‘Maggie Goes on a Diet’: A Kids’ Book About Dieting? Not Without Controversy. This TIME Magazine Blog article outlines the controversy surrounding the upcoming children’s book, Maggie Goes on a Diet. Child obesity rates are sky rocketing, but critics suggest the language surrounding healthy eating utilized in this book are unnecessary and send the wrong message to children. Should “diet” be in a child’s vocabulary
Study: World is getting fatter, needs to stop. This CNN blog article outlines the results of a worldwide study on obesity. Numbers of obese people in the world are staggering and they are only growing, according to the report. How can people take action to stop the growing numbers and secure the future of their health?
Cancer Patients Like Steve Jobs Face Risks From Treatment. Recently, Steve Jobs stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple due to health conditions – pancreatic cancer being one. “As many as 80 percent of patients who get liver transplants to treat this type of cancer live for at least five years, according to the University of California San Francisco.”
|August 19, 2011||Posted by Ronni under Health News|
Cancer’s Secrets Come into Sharper Focus: The New York Times Health page reports, “Cancer appears to be even more willful and calculating than previously imagined.” http://nyti.ms/njueuA
Autism Risk for Siblings Higher than Expected: The New York Times blog, Well, writes about a recent study that links Autism within siblings more closely than previous studies suggested. “Based on the study population, that suggests that roughly 1 in 5 younger siblings of children with autism go on to develop the disorder.” http://nyti.ms/o9uZsR
The Scary Trend of Tweens with Anorexia: The report follows a mother that faced a young daughter’s fears of weight gain after quitting the gymnastics regiment in which she had been accustomed. Her daughter was 10-years-old and Anorexia didn’t even cross her mind. http://bit.ly/p9gXkB
New Labels Simplify Health Plan Options: “The rule announced by U.S. health officials Wednesday is designed to better inform people about health insurance choices with a standard label, which the Department of Health and Human Services likens to the kind on a cereal box.” http://on.msnbc.com/oChS1Z
New Stroke Screening Test Raises Hopes, Worries: “A new test based on ultrasound scans may be able to spot people at high risk of a stroke, though it is still too early to be excited, researchers said.” http://fxn.ws/nNsReL