Community Health Centers need funding

Many of these centers are the backbone of medical care in under served areas. From the Hill: More than 100 House Republicans are calling on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to quickly reauthorize a pot of money crucial to community health centers, which service millions of the nation’s most vulnerable. In a letter sent Friday, 105 Republicans, led by Rep. Elise […]

Coffee may be good for you

After being told, as a child, that coffee was  bad for you. It is odd to hear that all of that was probably wrong. Coffee may in fact be good for you. From Reuters: People who drink the most coffee are less likely to die than those who drink the least or none, according to […]

Mental illness in the US

Over the last 20 years, there has been less and less funding for mental illness. Reuters: More than 8 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress, and they’re less likely to access healthcare services than other people, a U.S. study suggests. People with serious psychological distress, which includes any mental illness severe enough to […]

Diabetes killing more than expected

Diabetes complicates everything. WaPo: Nearly four times as many Americans may die of diabetes as indicated on death certificates, a rate that would bump the disease up from the seventh-leading cause of death to No. 3, according to estimates in a recent study. Researchers and advocates say that more-precise figures are important as they strengthen […]

Drug overdoses are up…Way up!

West Virginia is leading the way in drug overdoses with a rate of 41.5 per 100,000. From Reuters: The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of the drug dropped and its potency increased. There were 12,989 overdose […]

Well, it has been awhile – Chemical burns increased because of Detergent Pods

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. Will try and post a couple of times per week on current medical topics. Chemical burns from detergent pods have increased dramatically. This is mostly due to an increase in ocular burns. From JAMA Ophthalmology – Chemical ocular burns are a significant cause of morbidity and vision loss in […]

Methadone ain’t good for you

I know that this would seem obvious, but Methadone has been used for years to help get folks who are addicted to narcotics get off of narcotics. It was used as a bridge.  Well, it seems that the methadone bridge isn’t safe. A recent study looked at patients taking methadone verses long-acting morphine. The patients […]

Measles

Had you told me that I would be writing about measles 20 years ago, I would have laughed at you. Measles was on its way out. We have an effective vaccine and a wonderful vaccination program. Yet, here we are. A measles outbreak centered around Disneyland, of all places. Some parents have swallowed the Kool-Aid […]

FDA Approves Gay Men as Blood Donors

This is a safe and thoughtful decision: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended dropping its blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual donors in favor of a less restrictive policy. The proposed policy change, which will be offered for public comment next year, would allow gay men to donate blood […]

Pass me the epinephrine

There are the very things that can prove to be as dramatic in medicine as a patient who is dying from an anaphylactic reaction. These patients look awful. They are normal one minute and then swollen, sweating, short of breath and extremely anxious the next. If you make the diagnosis and give these patients some […]

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