Germs make workplaces more dangerous nationwide; Oregon man claims sexual orientation was manipulated by psychiatrist; Frito-Lay chips will soon be gluten-free; and hospitals cut costs with ‘medical home.’ These stories and more topping public health headlines today, Thursday, May 24, 2012.
City Weekly – The Great Obamacare scare page 1: 10 (untrue) reasons Utahns fear the ACA
It’s been 24 years since Ronald Reagan quipped, “The 10 most dangerous words in the English language are ‘Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” But who could have predicted that his words, and the sentiment behind them, would become the way conservatives view most domestic issues? From immigration to the environment to education, the role of government, especially anything emanating from Washington, D.C., is under constant attack.
Medical News Today – The anti-epilepsy ‘miracle’ diet
It’s always been the old wives’ remedy for Epilepsy, that eating a high fat diet, low in carbs would help people reduce or prevent seizures. Now, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have uncovered the science behind the so-called miracle cure for Epilepsy.
News on 6 – Your workplace’s break room is crawling with germs
A new study by Kimberly Clark lists the one location at your work place that has the most germs and it’s not the restroom. The study used thousands of samples from different businesses and the results showed that break rooms have the most germs. Most break rooms are high-traffic areas, and with more people come the possibility for more germs.
American Press – Man says Ore. psychiatrist told him he wasn’t gay
Max Hirsh says he sensed something wasn’t quite right when the psychiatrist focused on his failures with sports and teenage girls, as well as his deficient relationships with older men, particularly his father…he essentially told the openly gay Hirsh that his true sexuality was in the closet. Hirsh, 22, contends the Oregon psychiatrist was practicing “conversion therapy” to change his sexual orientation.
ABC News – Frito-Lay jumps into gluten-free craze with new labels
This week, junk food giant Frito-Lay is poised to roll out new labeling on a host of snacks, all of which will be promoted as “gluten-free:” Lay’s, Doritos, Ruffles, Tostitos and Cheetos. Last year, Americans spent $2.64 billion on foods and beverages without gluten, up from $210 million in 2001, according to Packaged Facts, a Rockville, Md.-based market research firm.
New York Times – For hospitals and insurers, new fervor to cut costs
Giselle Fernandez is only 17 but she has had more than 50 operations since she was born with a rare genetic condition. She regularly sees a host of pediatric specialists. Her care has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars so far. While UCLA Health System has long prided itself on being at the forefront of treating patients like Giselle, it is now trying to lower sharply the cost of providing that care. By enrolling young patients with complex and expensive diseases in a program called a medical home, the system tries to ensure that doctors spend more time with patients and work more closely with parents to coordinate care.
Associated Press – Missouri opts for untested drug for executions
The same anesthetic that caused the overdose death of pop star Michael Jackson is now the drug of choice for executions in Missouri, causing a stir among critics who question how the state can guarantee a drug untested for lethal injection won’t cause pain and suffering for the condemned. Last week the Missouri Department of Corrections announced it was switching from its longstanding three-drug method to use of a single drug, propofol. Missouri would be the first state ever to use propofol as an execution drug.
NPR – By putting patients first, hospital tries to make care more personal
No one likes to go to the hospital. But some hospitals around the nation are trying to make their patients’ stays a little less unpleasant. They’re members of an organization called Planetree. Today Planetree has certified, or “designated,” 30 hospitals and nursing homes in the U.S. and four countries as meeting a specific list of criteria that qualify them as providing truly patient-centered care.
Wall Street Journal – Long-lasting birth control cuts pregnancy rate
A new study confirms that long-acting forms of contraception such as intrauterine devices and implants are better than birth control pills and patches at preventing pregnancies, giving doctors new ammunition to recommend these methods.