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Future Women's Disease Detector - A Tampon?

Diagnose endometriosis or estimate the number of viable eggs from blood and cells drawn from a tampon? Maybe not yet, but entrepreneurial women have been working on it for several years. Applying technology to do noninvasive tests for women’s specific health needs is likely to be a future trend, along with similar  technology applications for women’s health. Frost and Sullivan, a market research firm, predicts that femtech (a term being applied to these types of efforts) will be a $50 billion industry by 2025.

Posted on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 4:07PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Serious Concerns about Measles 

The global spike in highly contagious measles presents more concerns than initially thought. Childhood measles can have long-term impact into adulthood. For example, if you had measles as a child and become a smoker with asthma, the long-term impact is contribution to breathing problems - post-bronchodilator airflow obstruction in middle-aged adults, according to findings from the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS).

That problem compounds the even more serious concern that this preventable disease kills more than 100,000 people each year. The good news is that more people are getting vaccinated as the facts come out about the seriousness and the value of immunization. Healthcare providers need to continue to present the facts and help get the word out.

Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:46AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Non-Profit Steps Up After Budget Maneuvers Kill National Clinical Guidelines Clearinghouse

As a budget cut, the Nathional Healthcare Clinical Guidelines Clearinghouse was shut down in 2018. The clearinghouse maintained thousands of clinical practice guidelines and guideline summaries provided free of charge to help guide best practices for healthcare in the US. A new non-profit association, the Alliance for the Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (AiCPG), just announced the launch of a clearinghouse that will fill the void left by the defunded Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC).

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9:35AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

England Boldly Refocuses and Funds New Neonatal Care Efforts

The govenrment in England has allocated funds to improve maternal and neonatal health services to the tune of £20.5 billion every year by 2023/24. Their ambitious goals are to reduce by 50% - stillbirths, maternal and infant deaths, and serious brain injuries in newborn babies by 2025. They plan to:

  • Increase staff (neonatal nurses and specialists).
  • Launch a pilot to digitize maternity records to enhance info that will support women’s maternity care by the end of 2019
  • Provide better NICU accommodations and support from dedicated care co-ordinators (2021 to 2022)
  • Offer wider availability of physical therapy for the 1 in 3 women who experience incontinence after childbirth
  • Ask for accredited, evidence breast feeding programs at every maternity service - to be implemented 2019 -2020 (eg, UNICEF Baby Friendly)
Posted on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:21AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Include a diet soda question on patient history?

Should a medical provider’s health assessment include a question about a patient’s diet soda consumption? According to a recent study by Eva Fenwick, PhD, published in Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2018;46:767-776, people who drank more than four cans of diet soda per week had twice the risk of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Eye issues related to soft drinks were not correlated to the sugary ones. 

Author Fenwick is a clinical research fellow at the Singapore Eye Research Institute and an assistant professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 3:13PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment
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