News - Part 42

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.

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

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…

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

Vaccines saddle doctors with high costs

By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon The vaccines sit like liquid gold in a high-tech refrigerator fitted with alarms that scream if the temperature climbs too high. A power outage generates a full-fledged red alert. Managers must transfer the vaccines to a safe, cool refuge away from the office until the power pulses on again. Dr. Steve Perry of Cherry Creek Pediatrics in Denver examines twins, Lily and Owen, during their one-year well baby visit. Perry said vaccinations cost the practice more than $1 million a year. Reimbursements barely keep up with costs. For pediatricians and family doctors, managing expensive vaccines has…

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.

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…