Medical Forefront

By Dr. Jean Layton | curated finds from the medical forefront

UC Davis

“Abortion is never mentioned” in the Bible—a Christian ob-gyn on why choice is pro-life

To those working in reproductive rights in the US, doctor Willie Parker is a hero. “A colored boy from Birmingham,” Alabama, as his 1962, pre-Civil Rights Act birth certificate described him, Parker grew up in abject poverty, fourth of six children, raised by a fierce single mother. Against all of …

Feminism

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It …

Addiction

G.O.P. Bill Would Make Medical Malpractice Suits Harder to Win

WASHINGTON — Low-income people and older Americans would find it more difficult to win lawsuits for injuries caused by medical malpractice or defective drugs or medical devices under a bill drafted by House Republicans as part of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>The bill would impose …

Health Care

Primary care teams as catalysts for innovative care: New white paper

As the first point of contact for many patients, primary care providers have a unique opportunity to impact patient health and health care spending.<p>A …

Health Care

New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages

by Donald W. Light Few people know that new prescription drugs have a 1 in 5 chance of causing serious reactions after they have been approved. That …

Health

In Deep Red America, The Rise of the Abortion Doula

Reproductive Health<p>In Deep Red America, The Rise of the Abortion Doula<p>“Just as a laboring patient needs emotional and physical support in the …

Women's Rights

Head, Neck, and Eye Movements That Modulate Tinnitus

1. Caird D, Klinke R. Processing of interaural time and intensity differences in the cat inferior colliculus. Exp Brain Res. 1987;68(2):379–392. …

F.D.A. Approves First Drug to Treat Severe Multiple Sclerosis

The Food and Drug Administration approved on Tuesday the first drug to treat a severe form of multiple sclerosis, offering hope to patients who previously had no other options to combat a relentless disease that leads to paralysis and cognitive decline.<p>The federal agency also cleared the drug to …

Medicine

Late G.O.P. Proposal Could Mean Plans That Cover Aromatherapy but Not Chemotherapy

Most Republicans in Congress prefer the type of health insurance market in which everyone could “choose the plan that’s right for them.”<p>Why should a 60-year-old man have to buy a plan that includes maternity benefits he’ll never use? (This is an example that comes up a lot.) In contrast, the …

How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office

Billions that should go to Obamacare are missing, thanks to senators like Marco Rubio<p>Donald Trump suggested that the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was a clever ruse by our first Black president and his Democratic friends to have a successful health-care system in place for his own …

ObamaCare

9 health reform lies Congress members are telling their constituents

We fact-checked lawmakers’ letters on health care. They were full of untruths and misinformation.<p>In the race to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have been guilty of spreading erroneous statements, exaggerating the truth, and skimping on …

Health Care

Patients Lose Sight After Stem Cells Are Injected Into Their Eyes

Three women suffered severe, permanent eye damage after stem cells were injected into their eyes, in an unproven treatment at a loosely regulated clinic in Florida, doctors reported in an article published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.<p>One, 72, went completely blind from the …

Why Trump Supporters Have the Most to Lose With the G.O.P. Repeal Bill

The people who stand to lose the most in tax credits under the House Republican health plan tended to support Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, according to a new Upshot analysis.<p>Over all, voters who would be eligible for a tax credit that would be at least $1,000 smaller …

First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts starting in July

First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts in hospitals across the United States starting July 1, when a much-debated cap that limits the physicians to 16 consecutive hours of patient care is lifted, the organization that oversees their training announced Friday.<p>The Chicago-based …

The People Helped by the Republican Health-Care Bill

Though most old and sick people will be worse off under the GOP bill, it might be a boon—real or perceived—for people earning just above the Obamacare subsidy cutoff.<p>House Republicans unveiled Monday the American Health Care Act, their long-promised plan to replace Obamacare. The bill is similar …

Four GOP senators pledge to vote against rolling back Medicaid expansion

Four GOP senators on Monday told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) they will vote against any ObamaCare repeal bill that eliminates the …

ObamaCare

Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Last summer Felicia Keesing returned from a long trip and found that her home in upstate New York had been subjected to an invasion.<p><b>What Causes Pandemics? We Do</b><p>In this series, NPR explores the causes behind our new hyperinfectious era. Join the conversation with the hashtag #KillerViruses or tweet …

Microbiology

She’s 17 and Needs Birth Control. Do We Turn Our Backs?

LEWISTON, Me. — She is 17 years old, has an alarming itch “down there” and has come to the family planning clinic because she doesn’t know where else to go.<p>Sara Hayes, a nurse practitioner, breezes into the examining room and soothes the teenager. Hayes takes a swab and quickly diagnoses a mild …

Did You Get Bit By A Lyme-Infested Tick? Here's What To Do

This spring and summer may be a doozy for Lyme disease, at least in parts of the Northeast.<p>"We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," says Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.<p>Ostfeld has been studying the …

Microbiology

In Trump’s ‘Maternity Leave’ Plan, The Devil — and the Stereotypes — Are In the Details

The time for paid family leave for everyone is now.In Donald Trump’s speech to Congress this week, he surprised many by mentioning the need to …

Pregnancy

Did Chinese scientists find autism’s missing puzzle piece?

BY J.B. HANDLEY February 22, 2017<p><i>Scientists appear to be far closer to explaining the mechanisms of action within the body that cause autism. Most of</i> …

We All Want Healthcare To Cost Much Less — But We Are Asking The Wrong Question

We All Want Healthcare To Cost Much Less — But We Are Asking The Wrong Question<p><b>Imagine this: Healthcare — the whole system — for half as much.</b> …

Information Update - New safety information on injectable gadolinium-based contrast agents used in MRI scans

OTTAWA – Health Canada has conducted a safety review of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) due to growing scientific evidence that gadolinium …

Medicine

How would repealing the Affordable Care Act affect health care and jobs in your state?

State<p>Drop in overall state employment<p>Number of jobs lost<p>Jobs lost per 1,000 jobs in the state<p>Billions of federal health care dollars …

Your smartphone could soon be a powerful tool for detecting skin cancer

They’ll be some of the weirder selfies you’ve ever taken, but a study using artificial intelligence to analyze images of skin lesions suggests that smartphones may soon help humans detect skin cancer.<p>Published today in Nature, the study began with an unremarkable image-recognition network provided …

Same-sex twins are taller and heavier than opposite-sex twins (but only if breastfed): Possible evidence for sex bias in human breast milk

•<p>Breastfed same-sex twins are taller and heavier than breastfed opposite-sex twins.<p>•<p>Same-sex twins are shorter and lighter than opposite-sex twins …

In search of the stroke detector

Up to 50% of stroke diagnoses are inaccurate. What if a small biosensor could do the job precisely? Robert McCrum, who survived a ‘brain attack’ 22 years ago, traces one team’s long journey to a breakthrough<p>Stroke, or “brain attack”, is the third biggest killer in the western world, after cancer …

Medicine