Month: January 2014

Falls, Not Car Crashes, Now Cause More Spinal Cord Injuries

By Fran Kritz Traumatic spinal cord injuries are on the rise in the United States, and while until recently the chief cause was car crashes, new research from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine finds that more recently falls are more likely to cause the injuries. In addition, the rate of spinal cord injuries, which can range in severity from temporary numbness to permanent paralysis,

UCLA Researchers Develop New Calculator to Assess Appropriate Treatment for Heart Failure

By Fran Kritz Researchers at UCLA have developed a new “risk calculator” to help predict heart failure patients’ chances of survival for up to five years. The goal of the calculator is to help physicians determine how aggressively to treat a patient for the condition. The new calculator was a better predictor of outcomes compared to two other available calculators, says Tamara Horwich, M.D., an

Access to Firearms Increases Both Suicides and Homicides

By Fran Kritz A new analysis of more than a dozen previously published studies finds that a person with access to firearms is three times more likely to commit suicide and nearly twice as likely to be the victim of a homicide as someone who does not have access to guns, according to researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF.) The researchers say they found very

Diabetes Tops List of Health Concerns for Latino Families

By Fran Kritz A new poll conducted by National Public Radio, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the views of Latinos in the US about their health and health care, communities, financial situation, and discrimination in their lives finds that Latino families see diabetes as the greatest health problem for their families. According to the poll results, nearly

The Doula Trend

When people used to ask Darcy Stanley what she did for a living, her first response was to ask if the person knew about doulas. Many said no. That was three years ago.

USDA: Diets of US Adults Are Improving

By Fran Kritz American adults are eating better, making better use of available nutrition information, and consuming fewer calories from fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and eating more fiber, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. The study was based on data collected between 2005 and 2010 on close to 1,000 adults who participated in the National Health

Keeping Hope Alive for Single-Payer System

By Robert Fulton

Considering the prospects of a United States single-payer health care system, physician Matthew Hendrickson quipped: “Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else.”

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