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Monday, July 1, 2013

Research Roundup July 2013

2:19 PM Posted by Tiffany Taft , ,
Hey, it's July!  Summer is in full swing and it's time for another installment of our critically acclaimed Research Roundup.  This month we look into issues of public health and consumer protection.

Research.  Tastes so good.
  • In an attempt to combat research bias, post doctoral fellows at leading universities in the U.S. are pushing pharmaceutical companies to release detailed data from their clinical trials for public scrutiny.  This partially comes from increases in drug recalls and other "black box warnings" that have happened in recent years.  
  • We all have heard that the US leads the world in healthcare expenditures, even though we rank well below #1 in healthcare quality.  An interesting article sheds some light on what may be causing this, and the answer is kind of surprising.  Expensive surgeries?  Nope.  Rampant obesity-related illness?  Not that, either.  Colonoscopies?  Disco!
  • Roughly 50% of Americans will experience a mental illness at some point in their life.  Depression and anxiety can be debilitating, but how do these problems impact people at work?  Well, people with mental illness are 2-3 times more likely to be unemployed, call in sick more often and for longer periods of time, and tend to under-perform when they are at work.  The author offers some tips on how to combat the impacts of mental health issues on the workforce.
  • New York will be added to the list of states that require health insurance companies to pay for essential formula-based treatments for patients living with Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders (EGIDs).  Dubbed "Hannah's Law," patients in NY will no longer have to pay out of pocket for these treatments, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
  • From the "what the?" files...Stem cell transplants to treat Type 2 Diabetes?  It's being looked in to.
  • And finally, can your fork & knife influence how your food tastes?  Yep.  So if you're eating yogurt, find a white spoon for the best experience.
Dr. T