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ICYMI, This Week in Healthcare (Week of March 26) By: Randy Gerber, Esq. Founder of Pacient

Hope you had a good week.  I’ve pulled together a few articles from around the web that I think you’ll find interesting about women and kids, so let’s dive right in:

What the Duck?  It’s about that duck that’s in your bathtub (well hopefully not your bathtub, but your kids’ tub).  As if your kids need more exposure to germs, a recent study found “potentially pathogenic bacteria” in 4 out of 5 toy ducks. Get the duck out! Perhaps a real duck might be safer!

Baby-talk for Congress?  As it turns out, the pitch and timbre changes we make when babbling to babies helps the baby learn new words and understanding. Wonder if this would work in Congress?  

For Low-Risk Pregnancies Telemedicine Can Reduce Trips to the Doctor. Telemedicine allows doctors and patients to connect online rather than face to face. Think of FaceTiming with your doctor.  The Mayo Clinic has such a program that can be beneficial to low-risk pregnancies. The program allows the patient to monitor her heart rate, blood pressure and fetal heart monitor.  This can be a huge time saver by eliminating the number of doctor visits. Perhaps your OB offers a similar program?

Postpartum Depression: A Problem Not to be Ignored.  In what may be a sign of things to come, California is considering a law that requires doctors to set up a program to help screen new moms with depression.  If 1 in 7 women are affected with depression, a whopping 78% don’t get treated. This is a pervasive problem that should not be ignored. Whether this law passes, it brings to light an important conversation.

Well that’s enough for the week.  Have a great weekend. If you have any questions or recommendations for an article, email me at rgerber@pacient.care

See you next week.