2008 June — Cool Health News

2008  June — Cool Health News

All the latest news about health and fitness

Training Surgeons From The Video Game Generation - Study To See If Using Computer Animation Can Make Young Surgeons Better

The first generation of kids who grew up playing video games aren’t kids anymore. Today, they’re the backbone of the American workforce, and all that time playing games as kids, may be helping them now as adults. In fact, researchers hope to use computer animation to not only help train the next generation of surgeons, but to see how good they can really be.

New Subcommittee Of HHS’ National Biodefense Science Board To Look At Mental Health Consequences Of Disasters

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is convening a group of national experts to develop recommendations on protecting, preserving and restoring individual and community mental health in catastrophic events. Studies show that mental health and substance use concerns increase during and after disasters and other public health and medical emergencies.

NAD President To Keynote At Deaf Bilingual Coalition Conference

NAD President Bobbie Beth Scoggins has accepted an invitation to be one of six keynoters at the inaugural Deaf Bilingual Coalition (DBC) Conference in Milwaukee, WI, June 27-30. Dr. Scoggins will be speaking about early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) systems and how the deaf community can become involved in these systems and support deaf children and their families.

California Nurses Assn./NNOC, Nation’s Largest RN Organization, Endorses Sen. Barack Obama

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. In announcing its endorsement, the 80,000-member CNA/NNOC (AFL-CIO), which has members in all 50 states, cited “a stark distinction between Sen. Obama and Sen.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Montrgie, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the Montrgie region of Quebec. EAB does not spread quickly on its own. In fact, it is most commonly spread when people move materials which it has infested. Moving these materials even just a few kilometres away can spread the emerald ash borer to new areas.

Newark City Council Approves $11.9M In Ryan White Funding

The Newark, N.J., Municipal Council during an emergency session on Tuesday approved $11.9 million in Ryan White Program funding for HIV/AIDS initiatives in the region, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. According to the Star-Ledger, the deadline to approve applications to receive funding is this week, and the city risked “los[ing]” the funding if the applications had not been approved on Tuesday.

New Jersey Legislature Approves Bill To Expand FamilyCare Program

The New Jersey Legislature on Monday approved legislation that would expand health care coverage for parents and mandate that all children have coverage, the Asbury Park Press reports. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and by a 59-18 vote, with two abstentions, in the Assembly. Gov. Jon Corzine (D) is expected to sign the bill into law.

Markle Foundation Releases Guidelines To Protect Privacy Of Online Personal Health Records

The Markle Foundation on Wednesday released guidelines for the protection of the privacy of online personal health records that a number of technology companies, health care providers and health insurers have agreed to adopt, the AP/Washington Post reports.

Salmonella In Tomatoes Outbreak Totals 756 Infections

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has increased to 756, up by 200 in the last week, the official count of persons infected with the same rare type of Samonella (serotype Saintpaul) which is believed to come from contaminated raw red tomatoes although the authorities still haven’t tracked down the exact source of the contamination.

WHO Meeting Addresses Health Worker Shortage In Developing Countries

Representatives from more than 50 European governments met Wednesday at the opening of a World Health Organization meeting aimed at addressing health worker shortages in developing countries, AFP/Independent Online reports. According to WHO, there is a global shortage of more than 4.3 million health workers, which mostly is affecting developing countries.

Underage Drinkers Get Their Alcohol From Adults, US Survey

A new nationwide survey on underage drinking in the US estimates that 40 per cent of underage drinkers get free alcohol from adults over the age of 21, including more than 5 per cent who receive it from parents and guardians.

Pacific Rim Summit Will Showcase Advanced Biotech Tools For Renewable Fuels And Chemicals

Research scientists and industry leaders will present progress in developing advanced biotech fuels and chemicals through genomics, synthetic biology, and genetic engineering at the upcoming Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Sept. 10-12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Report Highlights Hispanic Health Care Issues In Montgomery County, Md., Makes Recommendations For Improvement

Many Hispanics living in Montgomery County, Md., are uninsured, have limited access to medical care, face cultural and language barriers, and experience other obstacles that affect their health status, according to a recent county report, the Washington Post reports.

Senate Leaders Reach ‘Tentative’ Agreement On Legislation To Reauthorize PEPFAR, AP/Google.com Reports

Senate negotiators on Wednesday reached a “tentative” agreement on measures (HR 5501, S 2731) to reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the AP/Google.com reports (Abrams, AP/Google.com, 6/25).Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.

Three Groups Announce Formation Of Consortium To Fight Health Insurance Fraud

The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud on Tuesday announced the formation of the Consortium to Combat Medical Fraud, which will seek to fight health insurance fraud nationwide, CQ HealthBeat reports.

Missouri Supreme Court Reinstates Law Allowing Midwives To Practice In State

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday in a 5-2 ruling reinstated a law permitting midwives to work in the state without fear of potential criminal charges, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports (Lieb, AP/International Herald Tribune, 6/25). The law essentially allows anyone certified in obstetrics to deliver infants (AP/Springfield News-Leader, 6/24).

Patients With Prior TURP Undergoing Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy Have Higher Positive Surgical Margin Rates

ORLANDO, FL (UroToday.com) - With the incidence of robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RALP) increasing, questions regarding the significance of margin status have arisen. Patients with a history of a prior transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), may have a higher incidence of positive margins because of the prior surgery.

THT Launches Sexual Addiction Group For Gay Men, UK

On Wednesday the 16th of July, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a group for gay men who feel they behave compulsively or addictively when it comes to sex. The group will take place weekly for 10 weeks from 6.30 - 9pm in Central London. The group aims to help people who feel that their sexual behaviour is having an overwhelming and negative impact on their lives.

House Panel Passes Bill To Reduce Allowable Lead Levels In Paint

The House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would strengthen restrictions on lead-based paint used in houses, CongressDaily reports. House Financial Services Subcommittee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said most of the children affected by exposure to lead-based paint are poor minorities living in older homes. According to bill sponsor Rep.

Paper Examines U.S. Health Care Financing; NEJM Perspective Discusses Massachusetts Health Insurance Law

“Financing the U.S. Health System: Issues and Options for Change,” Better Health Care Together: The paper examines the implications of different options to finance the U.S.

Retired Couples Need $85,000 To Cover Annual Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums, Study Finds

A 65-year-old couple needs $85,000 on average to cover annual premiums for long-term care insurance through retirement, according to a study released Thursday by Fidelity Investments, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports. For the study, Fidelity surveyed insurers offering long-term care policies.

Study Finds Disparities In Maternal Care Among U.S. Hospitals

Birth complications and how they are handled generate the greatest quality gaps in maternal care between best- and worst-performing hospitals nationwide, according to an annual study released Tuesday by HealthGrades, CQ HealthBeat reports.