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August 2017 In the Loop – Eclipse Eye Damage, Dreaming and Dementia, OTC Hearing Aid Implementation and Much More!

Top Health Updates:

#1Hold the Phone: Handheld Screen Uses Linked to Delayed Speech Development

A recent study from the University of Toronto says every 30 minutes of daily screen use increases a child’s risk of developing speech and language delays by 49 percent for those ages 6 months through 2 years. … – Read More

#2More Evidence Contact Sports Can Affect the Brain

Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report. “There is growing concern about the risk of collisions in sports. However, most of the research has focused on retired professional athletes with decades of exposure to head impacts,” said lead researcher Nathan Churchill. He’s a post-doctoral fellow in the neuroscience research program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. “Far less is known about the consequences of repeated body-to-body contact for young, active athletes,” he said.Read More

#3 APTA Resource Makes It Easy to Deliver Personalized Comments on Proposed Home Health Rule

If a rule from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is adopted as proposed, physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) who work in home health could find themselves in a very different payment environment as early as 2019. That new environment could include a shift from 60- to 30-day episodes of care, and the startup of a new way to make case-mix adjustments that removes physical therapy service-use thresholds from the mix. All told, the changes being proposed could result in a $950 million payment reduction to home health, according to CMS. But the rule won’t be finalized until later this year, and CMS is asking for public comments on its proposal. Ready to fire up your computer? – Read More

#4Did You Damage Your Eyes Viewing the Eclipse?

Experts say cases always arise after these events, and here’s how to tell if you were affected…. – Read More

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Dreaming May Keep Dementia at Bay

According to new research, the rapid eye movement stage of sleep – which is when most of our dreaming occurs – may raise the risk of dementia if this phase is insufficiently entered… – Read More

Now That President Trump Signed It into Law, 5 Steps to OTC Hearing Aid Implementation

President Trump signed into law legislation requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop regulations related to over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. This new category applies to adults with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss…. Read More

Woman Gets $417 Million Verdict from Johnson & Johnson in Baby Powder Cancer Suit

A Los Angeles jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene… Read More

FDA May Limit ‘Risk Info’ in Direct-to-Consumer TV Drug Ads

Prescription drug makers must now mention all benefits and risks in direct-to-consumer advertising, presenting viewers with a litany of potential harms, both major and minor. But a new approach being considered could trim those lists to feature only the most serious and potentially fatal side effects, according to the FDA… Read More

Back to School: Self-Advocacy Tips for Students Who Stutter

Speech-language pathologists can offer a child who stutters and their family several tools to help them minimize the negative impact of stuttering and develop healthy communication attitudes. This starts with education and advocacy… – Read More

New Cholesterol Drugs Vastly Overpriced, Study Contends

Are new medicines for people with out-of-control cholesterol wildly overpriced? It’s a question that’s sparking debate among consumers and providers of care… – Read More

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