Inmates are excluded from Medicaid — here’s why it makes sense to change that

Originally posted 2017-02-23 01:03:52.

By Megan Zakerski, Medical Student, University of Michigan, Tyler Winkelman, RWJF Clinical Scholar and Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan, and Amy Young, Medical Student, University of Michigan. Inmates wait to enter an assigned cell block at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File The incarcerated population in federal and state prisons has…


Mayo Clinic: Privately insured patients to get priority over Medicaid, Medicare patients

Originally posted 2017-03-17 12:02:16.

Citing tighter profit margins, the chief executive of the Mayo Clinic recently told his employees that the prestigious health system will prioritize the care of privately insured patients over those on Medicare and Medicaid. That bold pronouncement by Dr. John Noseworthy – made in a speech to employees late last year – reflects the growing unease…


What is best for children’s health and development after divorce? The research shows…

Originally posted 2017-05-26 21:02:34.

As a young psychology intern in the late 1970s, my first patients were boys from divorced homes, suffering from what was then called “father hunger.” In those days, when parents split up, dads fell by the wayside. Fathers saw their children at the mothers’ discretion. This customary fallout from divorce reflected the belief that mothers are…


Parents, before you refuse your child’s next vaccine read this

Originally posted 2016-12-13 10:36:59. Your Child’s Pediatrician Is on Your Side Contrary to what may are told by proponents of vaccine refusal, your child’s pediatrician is your child’s advocate. The pediatrician earns his or her livelihood by seeing your child do well in health and being on the same page with the parents. The pediatrician…


For a trip to the ER, some are opting for Uber over an ambulance

Originally posted 2017-04-07 10:43:19.

Millions of Americans take an ambulance trip every year; others get rides from willing friends or, tempting fate, drive themselves. But in recent years a new trend has arisen: Instead of an ambulance, some sick people are hailing an emergency Uber. Though firm numbers are hard to come by, drivers for Uber and Lyft say it…


Appendicitis In Children Can Be Scary: here is the scoop

Originally posted 2017-01-05 02:00:25. Our clinic is one of the leading destinations for children’s health in Roswell and Alpharetta. Today’s post is about falls and injury prevention.   Acute appendicitis refers to an inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small, blind-ending structure outpouching from the cecum (the first part of the large intestine). It…


Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say, as FDA investigated for years

Originally posted 2017-02-22 04:25:04.

WASHINGTON – Case 7682299: Aug. 1, 2010. A mother gives her toddler three homeopathic pills to relieve her teething pain. Within minutes, the baby stops breathing. “My daughter had a seizure, lost consciousness, and stopped breathing about 30 minutes after I gave her three Hyland’s Teething Tablets,” the mother later told the Food and Drug Administration.…


Childhood obesity may be inherited from parents

Originally posted 2017-02-22 01:45:20.

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2017 – Childhood obesity is an increasing problem around the world, and a new study suggests genes may contribute to the problem. A new study by the University of Sussex in England has found that parents of obese children may have passed on their obesity genetically, according to Science Direct. The numbers are…


Sequencing a genome for less than the cost of an X-ray? Not quite yet

Originally posted 2017-01-12 10:00:31.

When Illumina announced on Monday that it will begin shipping its two newest DNA sequencing machines as soon as March, president and CEO Francis deSouza said the technology “will enable the $100 genome.” That raised some questions: $100-really? A $100 genome will cost $100 in the same way that the $1,000 genome costs $1,000. As in,…