APRIL 25, 2019
Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, the state Department of Public Health said. Since January, 214 cases of hepatitis A have been identified statewide. The uptick started last June, and there have been 281 cases in the state since then. | READ MORE
Atlanta psychiatrist [Patrice A. Harris, M.D.] set to take reins of AMA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The American Medical Association is a powerful force in the lives of American patients, and in two months it plans to install an Atlanta psychiatrist as its president, the first African-American woman to take that position. READ MORE
Veteran suicides draw new attention after Georgia deaths
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Between 2005 and 2016, suicide rates in the general population climbed 21%. For veterans, already taking their lives at twice the U.S. rate, it climbed 26%. More than 6,000 veterans are dying by their own hands each year – nearly 20 a day. | READ MORE
Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures
The Washington Post
The financial condition of the government’s bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government’s overseers of Medicare and Social Security. | READ MORE
145.6 million patients a year go to hospital ERs
The Washington Post
Across the country, hospital emergency rooms are seeing a record number of patients – 145.6 million a year, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. | READ MORE
FDA approves Teva's generic nasal spray to treat opioid overdose
Generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Friday received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its generic nasal spray for opioid overdose, the health regulator said. | READ MORE
FDA signs off on first medical device for treating ADHD in children
USA Today
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it has permitted marketing for the first medical device to treat ADHD. | READ MORE
Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations
The Washington Post
Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found. | READ MORE
How does measles spread? Do I need another MMR vaccine shot? How dangerous is measles? FAQ on the outbreaks.
The Washington Post
The United States is experiencing its second-highest number of measles cases in nearly two decades. At least 20 states have reported cases of the highly contagious virus. | READ MORE
Lethal plans: When seniors turn to suicide
Kaiser Health News
A six-month investigation by KHN and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes. | READ MORE
The disturbing links between too much weight and several types of cancer
The Washington Post
Smoking has been the No. 1 preventable cause of cancer for decades and still kills more than 500,000 people a year in the United States. But obesity is poised to take the top spot, as Americans’ waistlines continue to expand while tobacco use plummets. | READ MORE
Georgia researchers reverse mental decline in diabetic mice
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia researchers appear to have confirmed how obesity can erode some patients’ brain function and possibly lead to dementia. | READ MORE
Breaking free: More docs go independent
Medpage Today
The overall number of doctors working for hospitals or medical groups peaked at nearly 58% in 2016 before dropping to just below half in 2018, physician search firm Merritt Hawkins finds. | READ MORE
[President] Trump headlines emotional Atlanta summit on opioid crisis
Georgia Health News
President Trump told a drug abuse summit Wednesday in Atlanta that he and his administration will “never stop until our job is done’’ in solving the nation’s opioid crisis. | READ MORE
Talking about death: 6 vital tactics for physicians, medical teams
American Medical Association
Conversations about dying and end-of-life care are among the most challenging communication scenarios for physicians. Diagnosis, prognosis, treatment goals and end-of-life wishes all may be difficult topics to discuss, but research has identified protocols that can ensure end-of-life conversations are meaningful, comprehensive and effective, particularly when input from multiple disciplines is needed
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