Health Care


Moving lump on woman's face turns out to be worm Moving lump on woman's face turns out to be worm
- June 22, 2018

The patient recovered completely once the worm was out. It took two weeks before she chose to get the lump examined by doctors. We've all heard the urban legend about the woman with the spiders living in her face, but we've always been able to comfort ourselves with its falseness. (more...)
Common vaccine could reverse effects of Type 1 diabetes Common vaccine could reverse effects of Type 1 diabetes
- June 22, 2018

Normal A1C levels can prevent numerous complications associated with diabetes like blindness and nerve pain in the feet. And the answer seems to be yes, even for folks who've had Type 1 diabetes for decades. While the results of the study look promising, not everyone is convinced. The research must be replicated with more patients before it is ever used clinically. (more...)
New Mayo Clinic research to help pancreatic cancer patients New Mayo Clinic research to help pancreatic cancer patients
- June 22, 2018

Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer can develop elevated blood sugar levels up to three years before their cancer diagnosis. "Due to increased research investment, in recent years we have seen outstanding progress in other cancers such as breast and prostate, and a shocking lack of progress for pancreatic". (more...)
Laser Pointer Burns Through Boy's Eye Laser Pointer Burns Through Boy's Eye
- June 22, 2018

The journal posted a pair of images on Twitter showing the effects on a 9-year-old boy's eye as a result of "repeatedly gazing into the laser beam". Further imaging revealed two further injured spots below the hole. "When you have something as powerful as a laser, it's so powerful that it is converted to heat like a burn", Thomas C Lee, director of the Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, who was not involved in this particular case, told CNN . (more...)
World Health Organization Releases Disease Classification World Health Organization Releases Disease Classification
- June 22, 2018

Take a peek at ICD-11's entry on "gambling disorder " and you'll find nearly identical language; In other words, video game addiction has become so notable that it's worth including in a global medical reference document, as the World Health Organization stated in its introduction to ICD-11. (more...)
The World Health Organization Just Made A Huge Change For Transgender People The World Health Organization Just Made A Huge Change For Transgender People
- June 22, 2018

The rationale being that while evidence is now clear that it is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in this can cause enormous stigma for people who are transgender, there remain significant health care needs that can best be met if the condition is coded under the ICD. (more...)
Here's the Latest Study on the Links Between Alcohol and Cancer Here's the Latest Study on the Links Between Alcohol and Cancer
- June 21, 2018

We wanted to see what the risk of getting either of these conditions (cancer or mortality) were to give a more comprehensive and less confusing message about the health effects of light-moderate drinking. The idea of the study was to give a clearer message, Kunzmann said in an article for The Conversation , because there seems to be conflicting advice out there for alcohol consumption. (more...)
Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option
- June 21, 2018

However, these plans would not be required to provide certain "essential health benefits" like mental health care, emergency services, maternity and newborn care and prescription drugs. "They are providing insurance options that have fewer benefits and fewer requirements than ACA-compliant plans", Claxton said. Republicans repealed the ACA's so-called individual mandate, the requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance or else pay a fine, in an overhaul of the USA tax code past ... (more...)
British PM promises Brexit health service boost British PM promises Brexit health service boost
- June 21, 2018

While the announcement was welcomed by the BMA and chief executive of NHS England, others questioned whether increasing the health service budget by 3.4 per cent a year was enough to stave off a crisis after years of real-terms cuts. And I'm very clear that we need to make sure that in dealing with social care it doesn't put added pressure is on to the NHS. Taxpayers will have to stump up more cash in order to meet the government's planned £20bn extra cash for the NHS, Theresa May admitted ... (more...)
United Kingdom to review use of medicinal cannabis United Kingdom to review use of medicinal cannabis
- June 21, 2018

He told MPs that the review would be held in two parts. Kristofer Sheckleton, a Fianna Fail activist in the Kingscourt area, has been campaigning on the medicinal cannabis issue for over 18 months and has helped Billy and his mother over the last hard week. (more...)
New Amazon-led health care company names surgeon Atul Gawande as CEO New Amazon-led health care company names surgeon Atul Gawande as CEO
- June 21, 2018

Gawande "had an article last summer that was absolutely magnificent", Buffett told CNBC on March 1, 2010, according to a transcript of the appearance. Munger was so impressed that he sent $20,000 to Gawande, who promptly donated the money to charity. Many other innovators have sought to find solutions to health care costs in the past but have run head-on into the complexity of the system. (more...)
International Yoga Day 2018 International Yoga Day 2018
- June 21, 2018

Adding that yoga has become the biggest mass movement "in the quest for good health and wellbeing", the prime minister said India should be honoured to be the "guardians of the great practice". After the Yoga session, the officials presented the Guinness World Records certificate mentioning. Yoga is lovely because it is ancient yet modern, and it is constantly evolving, he said. (more...)
Video game addiction is now officially recognised as an illness Video game addiction is now officially recognised as an illness
- June 21, 2018

Or are you yourself a young person who has concerns about your approach to online gamine? The objective of including gaming disorder in the ICD is, in part, to bring more attention to the issue and raise the visibility of treatments for those seeking help for excessive video game playing, World Health Organization said . (more...)
"Break the Silence, Let's Care" — Sickle Cell Disease
- June 21, 2018

Sickle cell disease is caused by a faulty gene that affects how red blood cells develop. He spoke on the sidelines of the annual public lecture on Sickle Cell Disorder . However, these are yet to be effectively replicated in Uganda. As parents, it's our responsibility to request a sickle cell test when our babies have been born. (more...)
Marriage is (Literally) Good for the Heart Marriage is (Literally) Good for the Heart
- June 21, 2018

A new meta-analysis has found a link between marriage and a lower risk of having a heart attack or being diagnosed with heart disease . Married people are more than 40 per cent less likely to suffer or die from heart disease than those who are not, according to a study. (more...)
World Health Organisation classifies gaming as addiction World Health Organisation classifies gaming as addiction
- June 20, 2018

It's worth noting that WHO's stance on gaming addiction is different from that of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the handbook used by health professionals in the us and other countries to help diagnose mental health disorders. (more...)
Billionaire trio forms health care firm to be based in Boston Billionaire trio forms health care firm to be based in Boston
- June 20, 2018

In 2010, Berkshire vice chairman Charlie Munger wrote a $20,000 check to The New Yorker after Gawande published an article about health care in Texas. Gawande donated the money to an global project to improve surgical equipment in developing countries, according to the Huffington Post . I'm thrilled to be named CEO of this healthcare initiative. (more...)
Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan Pick CEO for New Health-Care Company
- June 20, 2018

Chan School of Public Health. The new company will be based in Boston and, the companies said, will "operate as an independent entity that is free from profit-making incentives and constraints". "And it takes somebody that has a fervor for doing this beyond just having a job". But in his note to friends, Gawande said that "this new health care organization represents one of the most promising opportunities to accelerate improvement of USA health care delivery". (more...)
World Health Organization ‘gaming disorder’ classification opens door for treatment
- June 20, 2018

Finally, after years of speculation and concern, we may start to get some scientific answers now that the World Health Organization has chose to classify gaming disorder as an addiction , comparable to compulsive gambling or substance abuse. (more...)
Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers 'shortened 456 lives'
- June 20, 2018

The report released on Wednesday found an "institutionalised" practice of prescribing and administering opioids without medical reason between 1989 and 2000 at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in southern England. But the nurses were warned not to take their concerns further. The report criticises healthcare organisations, the limited police investigations and the processes of the General Medical Council. (more...)
Grandma strangles rabid bobcat outside her Georgia home Grandma strangles rabid bobcat outside her Georgia home
- June 20, 2018

But her plans changed when she spied a bobcat . "And I strangled it to death", said Phillips. Phillips said she was able to get her hands around the animal's throat and strangled it, "If I had ever let it go, it would have been me, so I made sure I never let it go". (more...)
Diabetes After Age of 50 May Indicate Early Signs of Pancreatic Cancer Diabetes After Age of 50 May Indicate Early Signs of Pancreatic Cancer
- June 20, 2018

Pancreatic cancer has a five-year survival rate of less than 10%. Importantly, the researchers demonstrated that the association of recent-onset diabetes with pancreatic cancer incidence was evident in African- Americans and Latinos. However, because researchers found these genetic mutations in patients with no family history of pancreatic cancer, they are recommending genetic testing for all pancreatic cancer patients as the new standard of care. (more...)
HPV vaccine has reduced infections by 90%, finds study
- June 20, 2018

The results suggest that the HPV vaccination programme will bring about large reductions in cervical cancer in the future. The vaccine is not meant for women above the age of about eighteen years. "Virtually all cervical cancer cases (99%) are linked to genital infection with HPV which is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract", writes the World Health Organization (WHO). (more...)
Helicopter parents may prevent children from flying high Helicopter parents may prevent children from flying high
- June 20, 2018

Perry explained the balancing act of toddlerhood this way: "A greater desire for independence often puts toddlers in situations of increasing emotional challenge and complexity". The study followed 422 USA children for eight years, assessing them at ages 2, 5 and 10. The study suggested that children who are subject to this type of parenting will have a harder time regulating their emotions in school. (more...)
CVS just made a move that could protect itself from Amazon CVS just made a move that could protect itself from Amazon
- June 19, 2018

In some cities, that delivery will happen the same day the prescription's ordered. A CVS drugstore and pharmacy location in Philadelphia, as seen in October 2016. Postal Service is now also available nationwide from almost all of its 9,800 stores. CVS also processes more than a billion prescriptions annually as a pharmacy benefits manager, or PBM, and it provides mail-order deliver through that business. (more...)