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HEALTH CARE NEWS YOU CAN USE (9/14/18)

By: Randy S. Gerber, Esq., Founder of Pacient.care

WHERE WE ARE GOING FOR CARE CONTINUES TO CHANGE: Urgent Care v. Emergency Room

They named a T.V. series "E.R." because that's where you went when you were really sick and your doctor wasn't available.  Today, our visits to Urgent Care Centers, Retail Clinics and use of telemedicine have increased by 140% (for low acuity conditions such as bronchitis and urinary tract infections) while visits to the E.R. have gone down by 36%.  So I'm seeing Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep staring as doctors in the new series: "Urgent Care."  For more information on when to use an urgent care center and emergency room, read here.

KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON THOSE COLLEGE STUDENTS (stress can lead to anxiety, suicide)

As college students head back to school don't minimize how stressful college can be.  College student stress can increase the likelihood of depression, anxiety and suicide.  This is particularly true for transgender students and racial and ethnic minorities.  Read more about a recent study on this important mental health issue.

KIDS AND CONCUSSIONS: (new CDC Guidelines)

The CDC recently issued new guidelines for the treatment of child concussions for all causes not just sports injuries.  New recommendations include:

     1.  Children should not be given routine X-rays and blood tests to diagnose a concussion;

     2.  X-rays and CT Scans should be used when specific symptoms are present such as severe headache, amnesia and recurrent vomiting;

     3.  Families should be counseled about warning signs and recovery times.  Clear instructions should be given on when your child can return to normal activity.

THERE'S A NEW DRUG SUPPLIER IN TOWN: (Hospitals launching their own drug company)

It's called Civica Rx.  And no it's not a car.  It is a new drug company formed by more than 500 hospitals around the country. Its mission: to fight against the high price of drugs and to make essential generic drug medicines affordable and available to everyone.  If efforts like this don't succeed, our drug prices might at some point be greater than the cars we drive to the pharmacy.  For more information read here.

GET ON UP: (1/4 of the world's population doesn't get enough exercise)

If you spend a little too much time on your couch. . . well you have company--1.4 billion people. That's the number of people who get too little exercise.  What is recommended?  150 minutes of moderate exercise a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise.  If you are able reaching these goals can improve weight control, reduce blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression and cancer.  It's not easy for some, but clearly worth the effort.  

If you need further information, feel free to email me with any questions or comments.  Randy.  rgerber@pacient.care