Monthly Archives: June 2017

Medicaid Expansion States See Uptick in ER Visits

Broader health coverage under the ACA was supposed to reduce them by John Commins, HealthLeaders Media June 25, 2017 States that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act saw 2.5 emergency department visits more per 1,000 people after 2014, while the share of ED visits by the uninsured decreased by 5.3%, according to a… Read more »

Two Very Important Stories about Ticks

Tick-borne diseases on the rise By Dr. Manny Alvarez Published June 21, 2017 – Fox News Ticks and tick-borne illnesses are found all over the U.S., and you can use these maps provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to see which ticks are found in your area. Different types of ticks… Read more »

Losing Fat, Gaining Brain Power, on the Playground

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS NYTIMES JUNE 16, 2017 Better grades might be found on the playground. A new study of elementary-age children shows that those who were not part of an after-school exercise program tended to pack on a particular type of body fat that can have deleterious impacts on brain health and thinking. But prevention… Read more »

Exercise Has a Cascade of Positive Effects, Study Finds

Researchers say exercising helps people socialize more and accomplish more By Deborah Gage -The Wall Street Journal Exercise has been shown to protect against diabetes, stroke and several other diseases and to improve our moods. But does it also make us more likely to engage in other activities? Do people who exercise tend to have… Read more »

Most Parents Give Kids Wrong Doses

Pictographic instructions, milliliter-only lab tools could help reduce errors by Alexandria Bachert MPH, Staff Writer, MedPage Today June 27, 2017 Action Points • Parents often make measurement errors with their children’s medications, suggesting the need for tools to better match prescribed dose volumes in order to prevent accidental overdoses. • Note that almost one third made at… Read more »

Eating Fish May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cross-sectional study ties fish with diminished disease activity by Judy George, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today June 26, 2017 Action Points • Eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce joint pain and inflammation, according to a new study among mostly middle-aged, white, college-educated females taking disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for seropositive, longstanding rheumatoid arthritis… Read more »

Patients in alternate ICUs get less attention on rounds

by Paige Minemyer | FierceHealth Jun 21, 2017 11:17am Patients housed in alternative intensive care units due to overcrowding face worse outcomes than those in the traditional ICU, and one of the causes may be that they receive less attention from clinicians, according to a new study. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at… Read more »

The new war on sepsis

By Anna Gorman  | Jun 19, 2017 11:19am This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. Dawn Nagel, a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, knew she was going to have a busy day, with more than a dozen… Read more »