Category: Archived - Part 20

Elective induced labor risky, costly

By Diane Carman The March of Dimes has a news flash for women everywhere: pregnancy is more than a nine-month commitment. Actually, its closer to 10. And if you want a healthy baby, there are no loopholes. As a society weve really focused on nine months of pregnancy, said Scott Matthews, director of program services for the Colorado Chapter of the March of Dimes. Surveys have found that women view pregnancy as 36 weeks long. But full term is 40 weeks, and research has shown that significant fetal respiratory and brain development occurs in those last four weeks. In the…

Depression + diabetes = higher heart risks for women

Women who suffer from both depression and diabetes have a increased risk of dying from heart disease, as well as having a higher chance of dying over a six-year period, according to a new study out this week. A CNN report .

Optimizing Care and Outcome for Late-Preterm (Near-Term) Infants:A Summary of the WorkshopSponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

By Tonse N.K. Raju, MDRosemary D. Higgins, MDAnn R. Stark, MDKenneth J. Leveno, MD Read the full article here

Acute Effects and Recovery Time Following Concussion in Collegiate Football Players The NCAA Concussion Study

The NCAA Concussion Study Michael McCrea , PhD; Kevin M. Guskiewicz , PhD, ATC; Stephen W. Marshall , PhD; William Barr , PhD; Christopher Randolph , PhD; Robert C. Cantu , MD; James A. Onate , PhD, ATC; Jingzhen Yang , MPH; James P. Kelly , MD Read thefull article here.

An Empirically Derived Scale for Monitoring Resolution of Symptoms Following Sport-Related Concussion

Christopher Randolpha,Scott Millisb,William B. Barrc,Michael McCreae,Kevin M. Guskiewiczg, Thomas A. Hammekef andJames P. Kelly Read the full article here

Multivitamins may disrupt sleep – And is there such a thing as beauty rest?

Millions of Americans take multivitamins daily, looking to get all sorts of health benefits. But when it comes to a good nights sleep, can these pills do a disservice? Read the New York Times story. Speaking of sleep, the Washington Post explores new research that validates the idea that people who get a good nights sleep do look more attractive. John Axelsson from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and colleagues studied 23 subjects ages 18 to 31. They were photographed between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on two occasions once after getting a normal nights sleep of eight hours and once after being up for 31 hours after…

Vaccination rates

Association Between Medicaid Reimbursement and Child Influenza Vaccination Rates Byung-Kwang Yoo, MD, PhDa,Andrea Berry, MSa, Megumi Kasajima, BSa,Peter G. Szilagyi, MD, MPHb Departments of a Community and Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York Read the full article here

Republicans cheer ruling challenging health law

The Wall Street Journal reports that Republicans are cheering Mondays ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Afederal judge in Virginia declared a central plank of thehealth care law requiring most Americans to carry insurance unconstitutional.

Opinion: Vaccines are safe and save lives

By Robert Brayden, MD The medical world has made huge strides in the ability to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases, yet we cannot forget how vaccine-preventable diseases once affected children and their families. With the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks affecting our own communities, it is more important than ever to maintain our efforts to encourage good health through immunization. Immunizations keep Colorado kids healthy. In the 30-plus years I have spent caring for children, I have witnessed first-hand the landmark achievement of vaccines and their ability to prevent suffering, hospitalization and death in our children. As a pediatric…

Racial marketing of menthol cigarettes

The FDA is weighing a ban on menthol cigarettes, which have been aggressively marketed to minorities for decades. The Chicago Tribune reports that some blacks think a ban would backfire.