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Recent health articles & news for February 2016.

Recent Health Articles: Zika May Raise Risk of Mental Illness, The Happiest & Healthiest City in the U.S., and More!

Latest Health News Updates

Top Health Updates:

#1 TBI: Drug Shows Promise for Reducing Harmful Brain Inflammation

In recent years, researchers have highlighted the potential long-term effects of traumatic brain injury, which include increased risk of dementia and other neurological disorders. Now, a new study has uncovered a drug that shows promise for reducing the brain damage caused by such an injury.

#2 CMS, Private Insurers Agree on Health Outcomes Measures

Everyone agrees that the future of health care will be driven by outcomes. But which outcomes will be doing the driving? A major-player collaborative that includes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the country’s leading private insurers’ organization has unveiled its first answers to that question.

#3 Zika May Increase Risk of Mental Illness, Researchers Say

Reproductive health experts are warning that microcephaly may be only the most obvious consequence of the spread of the Zika virus. Even infants who appear normal at birth may be at higher risk for mental illnesses later in life if their mothers were infected during pregnancy, many researchers fear. Read More

#4 The Happiest, Healthiest City in the U.S. is…

It has Fifth Avenue, lots of shopping and a hot real estate market, but the country’s healthiest and happiest city is nowhere near the Big Apple. Read More

More News & Recent Health Articles:

Stroke Patients’ Speech Loss Linked to Loss of Brain Interconnections

Imaging reveals disruption of language network ‘structural hubs’ directly associated with aphasia following stroke, reports Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

Study: One-Third of U.S. Adults Don’t Get Enough Sleep

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: Despite repeated recommendations for adults to sleep at least seven hours each night, a new study shows that more than one-third of Americans are not getting enough shut-eye. And, the researchers have pinpointed which states are the most sleep deprived. Read More

Small Weight Loss Yields Large Rewards, Study Finds

Shedding just a few pounds can lower the risk of serious health problems in obese adults, a new study suggests.

OT: The Misunderstood Therapy

Why occupational therapists should play a greater role in interdisciplinary team assessments of long term care residents… Read More

Study Shows Just How Big a Role Cellphones Play in Car Crashes

In a finding that demonstrates how crucial it is to pay attention when behind the wheel, researchers report that video taken inside cars showed drivers were distracted seconds before an accident in more than two-thirds of crashes.

Geisinger Identifies 17 Genes Related to Developmental Disorders

A study led by a team of researchers at Geisinger Health System’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) in Danville, PA has identified 17 new genes causing autism and other related brain disorders, including intellectual disability/developmental delay, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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