Category Archives: Health News

Multiple Recurring C. Diff. on the Rise

John Commins, is a senior editor at HealthLeaders  Media. July 5, 2017 Researchers say the findings point to an increased burden on the healthcare system, including more demand for new treatments for recurrent CDI. The most promising of these new treatments is fecal microbiota transplantation. Multiple recurring Clostridium difficile infections are becoming more common in… Read More »

Shingles Seen as Possible Trigger for Cardiovascular Events

Younger age associated with increased risk; but biological mechanism unclear by Alexandria Bachert MPH, Staff Writer, MedPage Today July 03, 2017 Shingles attacks may increase a person’s risk of stroke and myocardial infarction, according to a large population-based cohort in South Korea. In propensity score-matched analysis, herpes zoster reactivation — also known as shingles —… Read More »

Visit from a nurse practitioner can ease transition from hospitalization to primary care

by Paige Minemyer |FierceHealth  Jun 30, 2017 10:30am A meeting with a nurse practitioner prior to discharge could improve communication between hospital staff and primary care providers, easing the transition after hospitalization and improving patient outcomes. Katie Wingate, a nurse practitioner at Kernersville Primary Care in North Carolina with a focus in elderly patients, piloted… Read More »

Caregivers Desperate for Support, Say Advanced Care Advocates

Policy experts also say payment reform for end-of-life care will enhance quality by Shannon Firth, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today June 28, 2017 WASHINGTON — Caregivers need more information and resources to feel confident in their role, said panelists at a briefing hosted by the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) on Wednesday. Speakers at the… Read More »

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 »