The Health News United Kingdom February 21 2018

  • According to new research that short children are at greater risk of suffering a stroke later in life. Being 2 to 3 inches shorter growing up raised the likelihood of the disease in both men and women. The discovery follows research by British scientists showing the vertically challenged are at increased risk of a heart attack. A previous study of more than a million adults found those who were 2 and a half inches taller than average were 6% and 10% less likely to die from an ischaemic and intracerebral haemorrhage, respectively.
  • Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. Their study tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the earlier detection of the condition, which can be difficult to diagnose. But experts expressed caution, saying such a test was still a long way off.
  • People on Twitter were outraged when McDonald’s announced it was removing the cheeseburger from their Happy Meal menus in the US.  However the move was slightly lost in translation, as people are still able to order the cheeseburger Happy Meal on request, it just won’t be advertised. The fast food chain stated that the changes form part of the global fast-food giant’s plans to have at least half of the Happy Meals listed around the world to contain 600 calories or fewer by 2022. In the UK, cheeseburgers have not been advertised on the menu for more than 10 years. But, parents can still order them for their kids.
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The Health News USA February 21 2018

  • A new study suggests that a shortage of clinicians specializing in pediatric behavioral and developmental disorders is translating into long wait times for new patient appointments amid surging demand. Researchers noted in Pediatrics that developmental and behavioral problems are common, affecting about 15% of U.S. children. But as a growing number of kids seek care for increasingly complex conditions, the number of available specialists is set to decline as retirements loom and fewer younger clinicians pursue this type of work.
  • Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. Under gun industry pressure, U.S. government research on firearm violence has been limited for decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were about 38,000 U.S. gun deaths in 2016, slightly more than the number of people who died in car crashes.
  • A US study suggests that the number of babies dying of suffocation before their 1st birthday has been rising in recent years, driven at least in part by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants. Researchers reported in Pediatrics that from 1999 to 2015, the suffocation death rate for babies younger than 1 year climbed from 12.4 to 28.3 fatalities for every 1,000 U.S. infants.
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The Health News Australia February 21 2018

  • The Federal Government says it is providing two new “enhanced” flu vaccines for free to people over 65 after last year’s “horrific” flu season. Last year there were more than 1,000 flu related deaths — 90% of those were people aged over 65. There was criticism of the vaccines used last flu season. The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, believes the new “enhanced” vaccines will be more effective. From April, both vaccines, Fluad and Fluzone High Dose, will be available through the National Immunisation Program following a recommendation from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.
  • Scientists have found that targeting micro-organisms in the gut, known as microbiota, could have the potential to help prevent type one diabetes. University of Queensland researcher Doctor Emma Hamilton-Williams investigated differences in the gut microbiota, comparing those susceptible to type one diabetes to those protected against the autoimmune disease.
  • Healthcare providers will need to confirm the identity of new patients, batch requests for Medicare numbers by large hospitals will be more tightly controlled, and Australians will be able to find out who has accessed their Medicare details, following the discovery last year of Medicare numbers for sale on the dark web. A public awareness campaign will be conducted to inform Australians of the importance of protecting Medicare numbers, given the use of the cards as a form of proof of identity.
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The Health News United Kingdom February 20 2018

  • Health and social care services in the south of Nottinghamshire have been placed on the highest alert. The Opel four status, formerly known as black alert, has been in effect at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust since Monday. But the warning has now been extended to include council-run health services and the ambulance service. NUH said it had seen high numbers of admissions relating to respiratory conditions and a shortage of beds.
  • Cases of “highly contagious” scarlet fever are continuing to soar in Wales, with more than 90 cases reported in the last week alone. According to new data for the week ending February 11, 92 suspected cases of scarlet fever were reported in Wales. The number is much higher than in the sixth week of the year in the previous four years, with 27 cases reported in 2017, 25 in 2016, and 23 in 2015.
  • A study has found that skin supplements could be a waste of money. Scientists at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) found there was little evidence that added exotic ingredients, such as green tea, pomegranate extract, fish oil, collagen and co-enzyme Q10 had any effect as supplements. The global beauty supplements market is expected to reach £5.1 billion pounds by two thousand twenty three, with many containing ‘neutraceuticals’, such as vitamins A, C, B2, B3, B7, and the minerals iodine and zinc.
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The Health News USA February 20 2018

  • The state Department of Health says nearly 11,000 people in Ohio have been hospitalized for influenza this flu season. Ohio health department records show Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, has had nearly double the number of flu hospitalizations thru February 10 as Franklin County, Ohio’s most populous county that includes Columbus.
  • A Canyon County legislator has proposed carving out a mental health exception to a felony battery law meant to protect health care workers. The bill was introduced last week in the Idaho House by Representative Christy Perry, Republican from Nampa and a candidate this year for Congress. The 2014 law made battery of health care workers a felony. Those workers have among the highest rates of on-the-job violence. Nurses, doctors, hospital security guards and others in Idaho have reported being stalked by angry patients, punched and kicked by patients who are drunk or high, attacked by patients who wanted prescription opioids, and injured so badly that they cannot work.
  • Long before authorities accused Nikolas Cruz of killing 17 people at his former high school in less than five minutes, state social workers, mental health counselors, school administrators, police and the FBI received warnings about his declining mental state and penchant for violence. Instead of taking decisive action to help Cruz, authorities left the troubled 19-year-old diagnosed with depression, autism and ADHD to essentially continue on his own down a path that prosecutors say led to the shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle.
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The Health News Australia February 20 2018

  • The federal government has agreed to the fourteen recommendations made by the independent review of health providers’ access to Medicare card numbers, touting an individual’s privacy and card information security. One recommendation made by the review in October was having authentication for the Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) system moved “expeditiously” from Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to the more secure Provider Digital Access. Also agreed to by DHS was keeping the Medicare card as a valid form of identification in Australia, and as recommended by the review, it will aim to encourage further public awareness on the importance of protecting Medicare card information.
  • Melbourne researchers have revealed why flu vaccines work better in some people and not others. Australian scientists have discovered three specific white blood cells which play a key role in determining whether a person responds well to flu vaccines, a breakthrough that could lead to better protection against future deadly strains of the virus. Best-case vaccine effectiveness is around 60%, however efficacy was much lower during the 2017  flu season.
  • A record number of West Australians last month got so badly sunburnt they ended up in hospital emergency departments, despite Perth’s mildest summer in 25 years. In January, 118 people — an average of almost 4 people a day — sought emergency medical help at hospitals for sunburn-related injuries. Cancer Council WA estimates 261 thousand West Aussies suffer sunburn each year.
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RiduZone with Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Dr. Jay Yepuri

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Dr. Jay Yepuri the Chief Medical Officer at NutriForward, the creators of RiduZone. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Yepuri is a Gastroenterologist in active clinical practice with Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT), one of the largest Gastroenterology group practices in the United States. Dr. Yepuri practices general Gastroenterology and advanced therapeutic endoscopy. Dr. Yepuri is a member of DHAT’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He serves as Medical Director of the GI Lab at Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital in Bedford, Texas. He is President of the Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (TSGE) and President of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society (TASCS). He serves on the American College of Gastroenterology’s Practice Management Committee. Dr. Yepuri also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.  

Segment Overview: Dr. Jay N. Yepuri, Chief Medical Office for NutriForward, discusses their product RiduZone™, the first and only FDA accepted OEA Dietary Supplement, using natural metabolite Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) to induce satiety and stimulate lipolysis in the body.

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AMAG FDA Approval of Feraheme [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Julie Krop, M.D.

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Julie Krop, M.D. serves as AMAG’s chief medical officer and senior vice president of clinical development and regulatory affairs. She joined AMAG in June 2015 and has more than 15 years of experience in drug development. Dr. Krop most recently worked for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where she served as vice president of clinical development. She began her career in the biopharmaceutical industry in 1991 at Pfizer, Inc. and has since held various leadership positions at Stryker Regenerative Medicine, Peptimmune, and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Krop received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and a medical degree from the Brown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital and a fellowship in the Department of Endocrinology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Krop was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.

Segment Overview: Dr. Julie Krop, AMAG’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs discusses Feraheme® (ferumoxytol injection) that has recently been FDA approved for those patients who have intolerance to oral iron or have had an unsatisfactory response to oral iron.

Cystinosis Awareness [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Rebekah Palmer

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Rebekah Palmer is a woman living with Cystinosis, a rare genetic metabolic disease that can lead to progressive, irreversible tissue damage and multi-organ failure, including kidney failure, blindness, and premature death. Her doctors predicted that she wouldn’t live past her twenties. However, at age 30, Rebekah has undergone a kidney transplant, survived lymphoma and is now a successful writer living in the Twin Cities area. Rebekah hopes to share her journey and raise awareness of resources for patients with the disease, including the recently launched website, Cystinosis United.

Segment Overview: Rebekah Palmer talks about her journey living with Cystinosis to help raise awareness of resources for patients with the disease including the recently launched website, Cystinosis United.

New Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction [transcript] [audio]

Guests: Dr. Andrew Elkwood & Dr. Eric Wimmers

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio:

Dr. Andrew Elkwood is skilled in many of the latest plastic surgery techniques. In addition to his expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Elkwood is an international expert in nerve reconstruction surgery for patients who have lost the use of a limb from nerve damage. He is highly skilled in microsurgery, limb replantation and microsurgical reconstruction after cancer. Dr. Elkwood is a graduate of the prestigious six-year combined B.S./M.D. program at Union College, Schenectady, New York, and the Albany Medical College of Union University, Albany, New York. He completed his general surgery residency at New York University and Bellevue Hospital, and simultaneously received a graduate degree in finance and economics from Columbia University.   

Dr. Eric Wimmers is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Capital Health Center. He received his medical degree from Howard University in Washington D.C., followed by General Surgery training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Wimmers is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the American College of Surgeons.

Segment Overview: Dr. Eric Wimmers and his colleague Dr. Andrew Elkwood, discuss being the first surgeons worldwide to perform nerve graft surgery for erectile dysfunction on the first patient ever.