Category Archives: Health News

Insurers Are Still Denying Treatments for Pre-Existing Conditions

Patients with chronic illness are often forced to jump through hoops to get drugs they need. Opinion / Commentary – Wall Street Journal By Craig Blinderman  Aug. 22, 2017 6:25 p.m. ET – Dr. Blinderman is an associate professor of medicine and the director of the Adult Palliative Care Service at Columbia University Medical Center.… Read More »

Nerve fibers regenerated with molecular mix

Ana Sandoiu, Medical News Today    August 17, 2017 Scientists may have found a way to regrow axons – a crucial part of a neuron also known as a nerve fiber – after injury. The findings may help patients with spinal cord injury, stroke, or other neurodegenerative conditions recover their motor skills. A team of researchers… Read More »

Does laser therapy for knee pain work?

By Zawn Villines   Last updated Wed 16 Aug 2017 – Medical News Today Laser therapy is an alternative treatment for some types of pain, such as that often associated with the knee. Research on laser therapy is preliminary, and most insurers still consider it to be experimental. However, some studies show it can alleviate pain,… Read More »

CVS Moves Deeper Into Doctors’ Turf

Company plans to use pharmacists, clinics to help manage diabetes, other chronic diseases By Sharon Terlep  The Wall Street Journal   Aug. 8, 2017 3:56 p.m. ET CVS Health Corp., hit by slower store sales and the defection of some big insurance providers, is moving ever more onto doctors’ turf in a bid to win back… Read More »

When Sports Injuries Lead to Arthritis in Joints

By JANE E. BRODY     AUG. 14, 2017      NYTIMES When a physically active person like me injures a joint, especially one as crucial as a knee or ankle, one of the first thoughts, if not the first thought, is likely to be “How fast can I get back to my usual activities?” That kind of thinking, however,… Read More »

We Need to Talk Some More About Your Dirty Sponges

By JOANNA KLEIN  AUG. 11, 2017  NYTIMES A kitchen sponge is not your enemy. But it can be very dirty. Last week, scientists published a study revealing how densely packed your dirty kitchen sponge is with microscopic bacteria. After I wrote an article about their work, readers flooded my inbox with good questions, so I… Read More »

Stroke Risk Declining in Men but Not Women

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR    AUG. 9, 2017         NYTIMES The incidence of stroke has declined in recent years, but only in men. Researchers studied stroke incidence in four periods from 1993 to 2010 in five counties in Ohio and Kentucky. There were 7,710 strokes all together, 57.2 percent of them in women. After adjusting for age and… Read More »

Summer’s Water Woes

August brings warm temperatures and a suite of pediatric ailments by Amy Levine MD August 13, 2017 ‘Dry Drowning’ No, it’s not a thing, but you’ll need to educate worried parents. The patient in bed two is an otherwise healthy four-year-old who is running around the room while you interview his worried mother. He has… Read More »

Helping Kids with Chronic Diseases Move to Adult Care

Program at Wisconsin hospital develops self-management skills by Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today   August 13, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. ORLANDO — A formal program at… Read More »

FDA Warns of Gastric Balloon Deaths

7 reports of death tied to obesity treatment since 2016 by Kristina Fiore, Deputy Managing Editor, MedPage Today August 10, 2017 The FDA sent a letter to healthcare providers warning of reports of seven deaths with liquid-filled intragastric balloon systems used to treat obesity. In five cases, the cause of death was unclear, but all… Read More »