Medical Breakthroughs

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Autism numbers + BMI & diabetes + Meaning of Life

A new study shows there are not enough therapists to treat children with autism. The number of children diagnosed with autism is rising. Currently, one in 59 children , up from 1 in 125 ten years ago. New research in Psychiatric Services showed a shortage in certified therapists across the country- although the Northeast has a significantly higher number than…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Flu Death + Help for Kidney Stones + New Liquid Health Check

The CDC reports flu activity continues to increase. The South and West are seeing the most cases, and another child death associated with the flu was reported this week, bringing the total to five this season. Plus, new treatment could help ease the passage of kidney stones. Researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital found muscle relaxants delivered to the…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Dangers of Rheumatoid Arthritis + Sickle Cell Disease & Exercise + Kids Vision

A Mayo Clinic study found people with inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes or blood clots may be at increased risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. Researchers also found patients who develop Rheumatoid Arthritis are at increased risk of developing heart disease, blood clots and sleep apnea. A new study found light to moderate exercise may benefit patients with sickle cell…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Concussion Laws + CT vs Cancer + Statins

High schools across the country are reporting challenges in implementing state concussion laws affecting student athletes. That’s according to researchers at nationwide children’s hospital in Ohio. Doctors found athletes’ unwillingness to disclose symptoms along with resistance from coaches and parents… are part of the problem. Plus, a new study suggests radiation from CT scans is associated with higher thyroid cancer…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Teen Depression + Pregnancy and Heart Problems

A new national poll shows many parents face barriers when it comes to diagnosing depression in their own teenagers. Researchers in Michigan reported 40% of parents struggle to differentiate the disorder from normal mood swings. At least 30% said their child is good at hiding their feelings. Plus, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania said the earlier pregnant women are…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Sports Injuries + Breakthrough in Vaping Injuries + Cigarettes at All-Time Low

Sports injuries account for 2.7 million emergency room visits each year. That’s according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics which looked at children and young adults. It found football accounted for about 20% of ER visits for boys, while gymnastics and cheerleading accounted for almost 12% of visits for girls. Plus, the CDC is now reporting…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Unhealthy Eating Habits + Reading and Writing Benefits + Dangers of Climate Change

A new study finds children in the U.S. are developing unhealthy eating habits… at an early age. Researchers found nearly two-thirds of infants, and mostly all toddlers, consumed added sugars in their daily diets, primarily in the form of flavored yogurts and fruit drinks. Also, learning to read and write may provide long-term health benefits…especially for the brain. That’s according…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Life Stress + E-Cig Damage + Domestic Violence Training for Doctors

New research showed the stress of modern life combined with disruptions to the body’s internal clock may increase the risk of developing metabolic disorders, including obesity and type two diabetes. Shift working and jet lag can alter a person’s body clock, as well. Plus, cardiologists said new research highlights the damage e-cigarettes pose to the brain, heart, blood vessels, and…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Risks of vaping + Lack of sleep risks + Benefits of exercising

A new review of research found more evidence that vaping can harm the heart and blood vessels. Researchers at Ohio State University College of Medicine said e-cigarettes contain small particles and metals, which could contribute to cardiovascular problems. Plus, lack of sleep can lead to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  A new study in the journal ‘Neurology’ looked…