Newest concussion prevention crackdown: Cheerleading
Football got all the attention, but Texas officials took a step to make another dangerous school activity less risky for concussions: cheerleading.
The University Interscholastic League, which sets rules for public school athletics in Texas, not only moved toward a 90-minutes-per-week limit on full-contact football practice Tuesday, they also voted to bring cheerleading in compliance with the section of the state education code pertaining to the prevention, treatment and oversight of concussions.
California's breast density notification law -- 1 month in
It's been just over 30 days since California's version of breast density notification legislation went into effect. How is the law affecting clinical practice in the state's breast centers? Although they are complying, many breast imagers are skeptical of its value.
How brain scans could become EKGs for mental disorders
If EKGs can detect potential problems in heart function, then doctors are asking why brain scans can’t be used in the same way, to identify disorders like depression, autism or schizophrenia. Doctors have long relied on EKGs, or electrocardiograms, to track the electrical activity of the heart and find any potential aberrations in the normal pattern of blips and valleys that could indicate distress.
Brew on this: Latest research on coffee's connection to Alzheimer's
By Denise A. Valenti
As I stared into my morning cup of black coffee, trying to percolate into alertness, I received an email from a colleague alerting me to a recently published article about acetylcholinesterase inhibition. Some of the most commonly prescribed medications for Alzheimer's disease act upon the cholinergic system, inhibiting acetylcholinesterase.
NATA publishes position statement on ankle sprain prevention
During its 64th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in Las Vegas, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) pre-released a position statement on the "Conservative Management and Prevention of Ankle Sprains in Athletes." The statement, created by the NATA Research & Education Foundation, will appear in the July issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication.
Supreme Court voids human gene patents
The National Law Journal
Reversing decades of federal patent awards, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that human genes and the information they encode are not patent-eligible.
The ruling invalidated controversial patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc. on two genes whose mutations dramatically increase the risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer — the so-called BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
Early signs of Alzheimer's disease can be detected years before diagnosis
Early signs of Alzheimer's disease can be detected years before diagnosis, according to researchers at Birmingham City University.
The study found that sufferers of a specific type of cognitive impairment have an increased loss of cells in certain parts of the brain, which can be vital in detecting which patients will progress to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
CDC: Sharp rise in drug overdoses among US women
HealthDay News via WebMD
The rate of fatal overdoses of prescription painkillers and other drugs among U.S. women quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, federal officials reported.
Long thought of as primarily a male problem, drug addiction is increasingly affecting women, and the new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 42 women in the U.S. die each day from prescription drug overdoses.
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The 5 "Rights" of Imaging
If you have been a patient in any healthcare situation recently, you have experienced a denial of some type of medical care. It could have been a procedure that was not approved, a diagnostic test that someone determined was not necessary or more likely a medication that was not on your approved list. Healthcare is changing rapidly and even though you have not been too dissatisfied with your healthcare insurance recently, that is likely to soon change.
Trying to get control over medical costs has become a significant priority as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is approaching. Drug costs are a significant factor in the cost of healthcare. A common complaint from patients, as well as physicians currently, is there is difficulty in getting approval for any pharmaceutical that is not a generic. Read more...
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