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Rheumatoid Arthritis Update

Rheumatoid Arthritis Update

In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the immune system is triggered to attack an individual’s joints and, sometimes, other organs. The specific cause of RA is not known and, currently, there is no known cure. The goal of rheumatologists is to put RA into remission.

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

If a student is sick enough, they get sent around the corner, to a room with a crazy-looking, Rube-Goldberg-like contraption known as the “Gesundheit Machine.” For half an hour, the student sits in the machine. As they breathe, the machine collects whatever virus they’ve got from the droplets in the breath they exhale.

February 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
5 charts show why the South is the least healthy region in the US

5 charts show why the South is the least healthy region in the US

Year after year, southern states consistently rank among the worst in the U.S. for health and wellness. This is not a new trend. The rankings have changed little over the last quarter century. What’s causing residents of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and other southern states to live such short lives, while experiencing higher rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease?

February 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Zika may cause brain damage in fetuses that is not detected with standard screening, study

Zika may cause brain damage in fetuses that is not detected with standard screening, study

The Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new study. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

February 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

This year, a handful of Democratic-led states are gearing up to curb further rate hikes caused by changes implemented by the Trump administration by enacting laws and adopting insurance regulations designed to shore up the traditional insurance industry and restore parts of the ACA, known as Obamacare.

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
What the government shutdown means for the health of Americans – analysis

What the government shutdown means for the health of Americans – analysis

With the disruption to the livelihoods of more than a million federal employees, it’s understandable that some employees — including physicians and scientists — may seek employment in the private sector instead, leaving the federal government less capable in the future.

January 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Everything you never wanted to know about bed bugs, and more

Everything you never wanted to know about bed bugs, and more

These intrepid little insects aren’t picky about where they set up shop – luxury suites and hospitals, public housing and rich neighbourhoods are all equally attractive to them. So why have bed bugs returned, why are they so successful and what solutions exist to help us get rid of them?

January 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

The overall infant mortality rate in the US–the number of children who die during the first year of life for every 1,000 live births–was 5.90 in 2015. Washington’s rate was significantly lower, 4.8, giving the state the 8th lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
The US may be in for a tough flu season: 4 questions answered

The US may be in for a tough flu season: 4 questions answered

Clinicians are bracing for a potentially harsh flu season this winter. As of early December, there have been 7,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. That’s double the amount as the same time last year. Between Oct. 1 through Nov. 25, there were 566 confirmed hospitalizations due to influenza. The hospitalization rate was highest for those 65 and older.

December 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

Experts estimate the U.S. health care system wastes $765 billion annually — about a quarter of all the money that’s spent. Of that, an estimated $210 billion goes to unnecessary or needlessly expensive care.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More