Category Archives: Health Headlines

Health Headlines – Monday, March 23 – The TOP healthcare news for those on the go….

New York Times:
Health Care Systems Try to Cut Costs by Aiding the Poor and Troubled (Sabrina Tavernise)
Jerome Pate, a homeless alcoholic, went to the emergency room when he was cold. He went when he needed a safe place to sleep. He went when he was hungry, or drunk, or suicidal.
One Year Later, Ebola Outbreak Offers Lessons for Next Epidemic (Sheri Fink and Pam Belluck)
One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths.
Congress to Weigh a Plan to Protect Medicare Fees and Children’s Insurance (Robert Pear)
Lobbyists will descend on Congress this week as lawmakers near a bipartisan agreement to finance health care for the oldest and youngest Americans, by revamping the payment of doctors under Medicare and by extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Stigma Around Physician-Assisted Dying Lingers (Clyde Haberman)
“Death is nothing at all,” the English theologian Henry Scott Holland wrote a century ago in a reflection that is often quoted at funerals. Death is but life extended, Holland said: “I have only slipped away to the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was.”
With Expansion of Medicaid, Some States Are Identifying More New Diabetes Cases (Sabrina Tavernise)
The number of new diabetes cases identified among poor Americans has surged in states that have embraced the Affordable Care Act, but not in those that have not, a new study has found, suggesting that the health care law may be helping thousands of people get earlier treatment for one of this country’s costliest medical conditions.

Wall Street Journal:
Boehner, Pelosi Reach Across the Aisle on ‘Doc Fix’ Legislation (Siobhan Hughes)
A House vote expected this week will be the first test of whether leaders of the two parties can win support for small structural changes in how the costs of Medicare are covered—a significant political shift for Congress, which has for years been at an impasse over entitlement programs.
Tenet Healthcare Nearing Deal to Buy United Surgical Partners (Gillian Tan and Dana Cimilluca)
Tenet Healthcare Corp. is nearing a deal to buy United Surgical Partners International Inc., as a number of hospital networks seek mergers amid sweeping changes in the U.S. health-care system.
A New Dawn for Breast Pumps and Other Products (Christopher Mims)
Recently, as I gazed into the prototype of a smart breast pump, I had a vision of the future. I saw an age in which new products—actual, physical electronics products—will go from idea to store shelves in a matter of months.
Big Pharma’s Unfamiliar Biosimilar Threat (Charley Grant)
In the perpetual battle over U.S. prescription drug prices, pharmacy-benefit managers may have found a potent new weapon: biosimilars. Pharma investors look ill-prepared.

Washington Post:
Doctors who diagnosed Shaken Baby Syndrome now defend the accused (Debbie Cenziper)
The forensic pathologist who had spent the better part of 30 years investigating violent deaths walked into a Minnesota courtroom in 2012, braced to testify at another grueling murder trial.

Los Angeles Times:
Drinking milk: the pros and cons (Emily Sohn)
There are a few things we can say for sure about milk: It is a concentrated source of calcium. It also contains protein and other nutrients. And it elicits strong opinions, even among scientists who study it, about how much we need.
Migraine studies yield fresh approaches to ward off pain (Lisa Mulcahy)
If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’re not alone. More than 10% of the population is hurting right along with you, including 18% of women. Migraines are most common from the ages of 25 to 55. The good news: New research can help change your approach to managing your migraines. Here are five strategies to try.

Arsenic and California Wine: Do You Need to Worry? (Tara Haelle)
I am what I have termed a blue collar wine snob. I’m picky about my wine and am even a member of a wine club, but I rarely pay more than $10 a bottle, mainly because I drink about two bottles a week.
New Study Shows That Your Brain’s Powers Change As You Age — Some Peaking In Your 70s (David DiSalvo)
If you’ve been paying attention to psychology and neuroscience research the last few years, you know that we’ve recently experienced major shifts in thinking about the nature of the brain.
Why Uber Won’t Be Coming To Healthcare (Dan Munro)
Headlines abound for the idea that Uber will appear shortly to massively disrupt the healthcare industry in the same way it’s disrupted the taxi industry. Some boldly proclaim it’s not only here, but it’s here to stay.
Why Not To Be Complacent About Ebola (Elaine Schattner)
This month, the number of Ebola cases in west Africa is creeping up again. Liberia just reported its first new patient after a 28 day hiatus. It’s unclear how the affected woman, a 44 year old food seller in the Caldwell community, northeast of Monrovia, contracted the disease.
Employers Warm To Obamacare, Stick With Coverage (Bruce Japsen)
Five years after employers were considering terminating health coverage due to costs and other issues related to the Affordable Care Act, companies have largely changed their tune as fears have not been realized, according to a new analysis.
WHO Says Monsanto Roundup Ingredient Is ‘Probably Carcinogenic.’ Are They Right? (Alice G. Walton)
An ingredient in Monsanto Roundup weed-killer – glyphosate – is “probably carcinogenic,” according to a new decision by the World Health Organization yesterday.

USA Today:
Non-prescription allergy relief: what you need to know (Kim Painter)
Spring has barely sprung, but in most of the country, spring allergy season — triggered by the first stirrings of tree pollen — is well under way.

The #TwizzlerChallenge: This year’s Ice Bucket (Ed Payne)
Admit it, you’ve been secretly itching for a new cause since last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS left your teeth chattering and raised $115 million.


Health Headlines – Thursday, March 19 – The TOP healthcare news for those on the go….

New York Times:
Brain Swelling Tied to Deaths From Malaria (Denise Grady)
When children die from a severe form of malaria, swelling of the brain is often what kills them, a new study finds.
Study Reveals Genetic Path of Modern Britons (Nicholas Wade)
In A.D. 410, Roman authority in Britain collapsed and Romano-British society disappeared from history under the invading tides of Angles and Saxons from northern Europe. Historians have been debating ever since whether the Romano-British were wiped out or survived by adopting their conquerors’ language and culture.

Wall Street Journal:
What Is Coke CEO’s Solution for Lost Fizz? More Soda (Mike Esterl)
On a visit to a Coca-Cola Co. bottler in Pensacola, Fla., in January, Chief Executive Muhtar Kent pulled a small red paint chip from his wallet and held it up to a new delivery truck. The truck might have looked Coke red to the untrained eye, but it was ever so slightly off in hue.
For Some Face-Lift Chains, Future Doesn’t Look Pretty (Sara Randazzo and Leslie Josephs)
Lifestyle Lift, a nationwide chain of about 50 cosmetic-surgery centers, abruptly shut its doors earlier this month, laying off nearly 400 employees, its spokeswoman said. Its founder, Dr. David Kent, is “exploring a number of strategies,” according to his lawyer, which could include filing for bankruptcy or an infusion of new capital to restart the brand.

Washington Post:
Regulators take a growing interest in drug-makers’ moves to protect profits (Julie Appleby)
Executives at drug company Actavis knew they had to move fast to avoid a plunge in sales of their top-selling drug, Namenda, a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that would lose patent protection in July.

LA Times:
Ban on fast-food eateries in South L.A. hasn’t cut obesity, study says (Soumya Karlamangla)
Seven years ago, Los Angeles made national headlines with a novel attempt to reduce obesity in South L.A. by banning new fast-food restaurants.
Breast-feeding pays: Babies who nursed earn more as adults, study says (Karen Kaplan)
It pays to breast-feed – for babies. When they grow up, that steady diet of breast milk may boost their monthly income by up to 39%, according to a new report.

Michael Bloomberg And Bill Gates Launch $4 Million Legal Fund To Fight Tobacco Industry (Katia Savchuk)
Billionaire philanthropists Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates have launched a new $4 million fund to help developing countries fight off legal challenges from tobacco companies.
Chris Borland’s Concussion Concerns, Retirement Are Latest Big Blows To NFL Business (Lee Igel)
Last week, Chris Borland was set as a starting linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers this coming season. This week, he is gone—retired, mainly due to fear for his health if he kept playing NFL football.
How To Rewire Your Brain For Happiness (Vanessa Loder)
Is happiness something we can cultivate or is it a result of our environment? New scientific research is shedding light on the answer, and the results are encouraging.
Breastfeeding May Be Linked To Higher IQ (But Other Factors Still Matter) (Alice G. Walton)
The benefits of breastfeeding for a child, physically and intellectually, have been increasingly well-illustrated in recent years, with some studies finding connections between breastfeeding and IQ throughout childhood.

Extended breastfeeding linked to higher IQ and income in study (CNN)
“Breast is best” — you could call it a mantra of sorts that sums up much of today’s research on breastfeeding.
Research: Loneliness increases risk of death (Joseph Netto)
Batman has Robin, Han Solo has Chewbacca, Christopher Robin has Pooh — having companions in life doesn’t just make for adventures, it can also help you live longer, according to recent analysis.


Health Headlines – Wednesday, March 18 – The TOP healthcare news for those on the go….

New York Times:
Breast Biopsies Leave Room for Doubt, Study Finds (Denise Grady)
Breast biopsies are good at telling the difference between healthy tissue and cancer, but less reliable for identifying more subtle abnormalities, a new study finds.

Breast-Feeding May Have Benefits Decades Later (Nicholas Bakalar)
Breast-feeding has well established short-term benefits, but now researchers have found that its advantages may persist into adulthood.

How to Get Your Spouse to Exercise (Gretchen Reynolds)
Spouses influence each other’s exercise habits, for better and worse, more than is often recognized, according to an interesting new study of the workout habits of middle-aged couples. The study found that changes in one spouse’s routine tend to be echoed in the other’s, highlighting the extent to which our exercise behavior is shaped not just by our personal intentions but by the people around us as well.

Cleveland Clinic Grapples With Changes in Health Care (Reed Abelson)
In downtrodden East Cleveland, a three-story family health center has replaced the city’s full-service hospital. Seven thousand miles away in Abu Dhabi, a gleaming 24-story hospital is preparing to admit patients this year.

House Republicans Propose Budget With Deep Cuts (Jonathan Wisman)
House Republicans called it streamlining, empowering states or “achieving sustainability.” They couched deep spending reductions in any number of gauzy euphemisms.

Chris Borland, Fearing for Health, Retires From the 49ers. At 24. (Ken Belson)
It is an off-season like no other in the National Football League. Young players, with many games and millions of dollars potentially ahead of them, are walking away from the country’s most popular sport.

Premera Blue Cross Says Data Breach Exposed Medical Data (Reuters)
Health insurer Premera Blue Cross said on Tuesday it was a victim of a cyberattack that may have exposed medical data and financial information of 11 million customers in the latest serious breach disclosed by a health-care company.

New Bribery Evidence Adds a Year to Biomet’s Probation (Ben Protess)
Life was supposed to return to normal for Biomet, the giant medical devices manufacturer accused of foreign bribery, when its federal probation expired next week. But on Tuesday, Biomet disclosed that prosecutors would extend its probation another year as they investigate new evidence of wrongdoing at the company, the Justice Department’s latest attempt to stem a widening pattern of corporate recidivism.

Gunmen Kill Health Workers From Pakistan Polio Drive (The New York Times)
Gunmen killed two female health workers and one police guard in northwestern Pakistan in the latest attack on people involved in a polio immunization campaign.

Wall Street Journal:
Holy Grail: Pain Pills Without the High (Jeanne Whalen)
Last year, scientists enlisted 40 recreational drug users to test one of the hottest questions in pharmaceutical research: Is it possible to develop a strong painkiller that doesn’t make people high?

Premera Blue Cross Says Cyberattack Could Affect 11 Million Members (Anna Wilde Mathews and Danny Yadron)
Health insurer Premera Blue Cross said hackers gained access to the personal information of around 11 million consumers, including bank account and clinical data for some.

Washington Post:
You might as well jump — everyone else does these days (Larry Bernstein)
Two years ago, when I was still co-writing The Washington Post’s fitness column, I decided, in honor of the NCAA tournament, to see if I could improve my jumping ability — despite being overweight, in my mid-50s and generally earthbound. It didn’t work out too well, but I got to meet Brandon Todd, who at 5’5″ easily dunked a basketball, and told me he had been doing so since he was 5’2″ and 13 years old.

Bad news, diet soda drinkers: Your favorite beverage may lead to more belly fat as you age (Larry Bernstein)
I admit it: I drink a Diet Pepsi just about every day. I love the stuff — with a meal, after a long run or when I’m just really thirsty. It’s not the caffeine. For that, I reach for coffee. I can’t really explain this, because I don’t like the taste of Diet Coke or most other diet beverages.

Kraft recalls more than 6 million boxes of macaroni and cheese because they may contain metal (Elahe Izadi)
Kraft is voluntarily recalling thousands of cases of its original-flavored macaroni and cheese due to a concern that some boxes may contain pieces of metal, the company announced Tuesday.

Your kid is really sick, but the doctor says it’s ‘just a virus’ (S. Chad Hayes)
Your child has been coughing for days; she hasn’t slept in three nights (which means that you haven’t slept in three nights). She has a fever, has morphed into a living snot factory and has a rash that you think might be leprosy. Or smallpox. Or poison ivy.

Critical Reports Mount On Hepatitis C Pill Costs (Bruce Japsen)
The staggering costs of hepatitis C pills are the subject of two new medical journal reports pointing out that employers, insurers and the U.S. government will have difficulty paying for these pricey pills for years to come.

Microsoft Band Expands To Amazon And Target, Spreads To U.K. (Parmy Olsen)
Microsoft just re-emphasized its commitment to wearable devices after only jumping into the market last year with its heart-beat tracking Microsoft Band. The Band, which initially went on sale in Microsoft’s online and physical stores, started selling on Amazon, Best Buy and Target today, the company said in a blog post.

Study Suggests Diet Soda May Lead To Belly Fat. Critics Aren’t So Sure. (Alice G. Walton)
Artificial sweeteners – and their most popular protégé, diet soda – haven’t exactly been the nutritional godsends they were supposed to be. In the last 30 years, their consumption has risen considerably, but so have obesity and other chronic diseases.

Recent Studies Of Mammography Use Shockingly Old Data (Elaine Schattner)
The U.S. preventive services task force (USPSTF) is updating its breast cancer screening recommendations. You might think it’s a slam-dunk this time around, that the data against mammography are overwhelming, so persuasive that we should just give it up. In fact, the Swiss Medical Board has considered doing just that. But a close read reveals flaws in the evidence.

Think You Can Draw The Apple Logo From Memory? You Sure? (David DiSalvo)
Pick any ranking of publicly traded companies, and year after year you’ll find Apple in the top three worldwide. To say that its famous logo is ubiquitous is an understatement. It’s everywhere and then some. There’s a decent chance you’re holding it in your hand as you read this article. This is all true – but right now, without any help, do you think you could draw the Apple logo from memory?

Men’s memories worse than women’s, especially with age (Sandee LaMotte)
Ladies, science has proven what you’ve been saying all along: A man’s memory is worse than yours. Not only that, but their brains are smaller, at least the part that controls memories.

Research: Loneliness increases risk of death (Joseph Netto)
Batman has Robin, Han Solo has Chewbacca, Christopher Robin has Pooh — having companions in life doesn’t just make for adventures, it can also help you live longer, according to recent analysis.

How to help your hangover (Jen Christensen)
OK, if you know yourself too well and can’t help but over-enjoy, then you may want to read this carefully. Preferably in a dark room without a lot of noise if you just desperately did an Internet search for “hangover cure.”

Partner yoga doubles the pleasure and halves the stress (Dana Santas)
Want to share more than commercialized romance with your significant other? Try Partner Yoga to put the emphasis back on connection instead of consumerism.

Americans exposed to Ebola patient return from Africa for monitoring (Elizabeth Coheri)
Fifteen American aid workers who had high-risk exposure to Ebola in Sierra Leone have arrived back in the United States since Friday for monitoring, according to a spokesman.

NHS Trust put into special measure (N/A)
England’s biggest NHS hospital trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, has been put into special measures after a damning report by the health service regulator. The Care Quality Commission found a culture of bullying and low morale among staff at Whipps Cross Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs six hospitals across east London.

Selfie danger during solar eclipse, eye experts warn (Smitha Mundasad)
Taking pictures of Friday’s solar eclipse on a smartphone could put people at risk of blindness, eye experts warn. The College of Optometrists says the danger comes should people look directly at the Sun as they position themselves for selfies or other shots.

Morbidly obese could get free flu jab (Michelle Roberts)
Morbidly obese people in England should be given a free flu jab on the NHS each year, say government advisers. Public Health England and the government’s vaccine advisory committee are in agreement that obesity poses enough of a health threat to consider including it as one of the “at risk” groups routinely offered the vaccine.

Breastfeeding ‘linked to higher IQ’ (N/A)
A long-term study has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence. The research in Brazil traced nearly 3,500 babies, from all walks of life, and found those who had been breastfed for longer went on to score higher on IQ tests as adults.

The Daily Mirror:
UK’s most popular statin raises diabetes risk and has serious side effects says top doctor (Andrew Gregory)
Writing in the British Medical Journal, Dr Sidney Wolfe says rosuvastatin has other side effects such as muscle cell breakdown and renal problems. A statin which is commonly-used in the UK carries a high risk of harmful side effects and diabetes, a top doctor warns.

Dementia cure boost as £52m pledged to Dementia Discovery Fund by drugs giants (Andrew Gregory)
Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Lilly, Pfizer and charity Alzheimer’s Research UK promised the funding at a Global Action Against Dementia conference in Geneva. Drugs giants today pledged £52million to help find a cure for dementia.

The Daily Telegraph:
Breast-fed babies grow up smarter and richer, study shows (Sarah Knapton)
Babies who were breast-fed for at least 12 months have higher IQs and could earn an extra £200,000 in their lifetime compared with bottle-fed youngsters, scientists have suggested.

Aspirin can increase risk of bowel cancer for some, study suggests (N/A)
Routinely taking aspirin increases the risk of developing bowel cancer for one in 25 people, a study has suggested. Previous research has hailed the benefits of the drug in reducing cases of certain types of cancer, as well as helping to guard against heart attacks and strokes.