Every day, new advances are made in medicine and science and it can be hard to keep up. Our firm is committed to keeping our clients and the general public informed as to new and important developments in the health field. On a regular basis we will post new findings. We hope you will find them informative.
- The gynecology board has reversed their ban on treating male patients. The reversal comes after a ban put in place in September, and doctors, patients and physical therapists began protesting the decision. Gynecologists regularly check male patients for anal cancer and chronic pelvic pain.
- More people are suffering from traumatic spinal cord injuries in the United States than ever before. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, the rate of injury is rising fastest among older adults, with the average age of an adult with serious spinal cord injury rising from 41 to 51 years old. The leading cause of these injuries has also shifted from car crashes to falls.
- A new study has found that prescription testorone raised the risk of heart attack in older men and in middle-aged men with a history of heart disease. Experts are calling for more extensive warning labels on the drugs. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with about 600,000 Americans dying each year. About 715,000 people have a heart attack in America each year.
- The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America has issued guidance on what health care workers should wear to minimize infection risks in hospitals. The paper suggests that hospitals adopt a "bare below the elbows" policy that includes short sleeves, and no jewelry or neckties during contact with patients. The authors also suggest the white coat be abandoned, or if not, washed frequently or removed before approaching patients.
- Google Glass to be covered by vision care insurer VSP. Google and VSP have struck a deal to offer subsidized frames and prescription lenses for the Internet-connected eyewear.
- Low vitamin D levels has been tied with an increased risk for severe preeclampsia, a serious and sometimes fatal disorder of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. In the U.S., preeclampsia is responsible for approximately 18% of all maternal deaths.
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