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 Doctors respond to Indiana banning abortions because of Down syndrome


House Bill 1337 is a bill recently passed in Indiana that limits access to abortions, adds extra rules and regulations to abortions, and imposes limitations on physicians who perform abortions and who have patients who wish to pursue abortions. In the article "Doctors respond to Indiana banning abortions because of Down syndrome", doctors speak out against this bill's destructive effects on their patients' health and the physician-patient relationship. While the title of this article focuses on Down syndrome, HB 1337 actually opposes abortion based on any disability. 

The Overdose Crisis is Making America Finally Consider Supervised Injection Facilities

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This is a seemingly controversial, but interesting article regarding "President Obama’s initiative to address addiction and overdose.” Apparently, sixty-six cities in nine countries actually have injection facilities where people can administer their drugs under the supervision of a medical professional. In the European facilities, 51% of clients injected heroin. Some states in the US have passed laws to allow access to naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, and some states have passed the “911 Good Samaritan” law that allows witnesses of an overdose to call 911 without fear of arrest. The article can be found here.

Prolonged Sitting Responsible for more than 430,00 Deaths

 There were previous implications that prolonged sitting can raise risk of obesity, heart disease, and premature death, “regardless of physical activity status." Recent research adds that sitting for 3+ hours a day is responsible for 3.8% of “all-cause deaths over 54 countries.” A large amount of people spend their days studying for school or being in work, sitting for large amounts of time. On average, Americans spend up to “13 hours a day sitting, with around 7.5 hours spend sitting at work.” More information can be read here.

Hawaii Cuts to Pest Control Have Allowed Dengue to Thrive
The state aggressively attacked previous outbreaks of dengue fever that were quickly stopped but recent response efforts have been gutted. Mosquito control is “the easiest thing for politicians to cut,” says David Morens, a senior scientific advisor at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Click here to read more about the article on the dengue outbreak.
 Study links eating fish with healthier brains, regardless of mercury

Eating at least one serving of seafood a week could help stave off Alzheimer's disease.  A strong case has been building for the role that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish could play against Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.  For more information, read more on the article here.

Easily Stressed Teens have Increased Hypertension Risk Later in Life

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Hypertension is having a blood pressure higher than 140 over 90 mmHg, a definition shared by all the medical guidelines. Heavy evidence has observed that easily stressed teens having an increased hypertension risk later in life. This increased hypertension risk results from psychological factors, such as childhood trauma, a person's propensity for impatience and hostility, financial stresses, depression and anxiety. To learn more about the effects of stress, find the article here.


Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears

As a way to get more young healthy people to pay for health insurance, the government is placing fines on those who are uninsured. The minimum penalty rises to $695 in 2016 for someone uninsured a full 12 months. Find out more in this article.


Molecule Clears Alzheimer's Plaques in Mice


A molecule can clear Alzhemer's plaques from the brains of mice and improve learning and memory, Korean scientists have found in early tests.  Find out more in this article.

Mexico to Get World's First Dengue Fever Vaccine


Mexico has approved the use of the world's first vaccine against dengue fever, the health ministry announced. Find out more in this article.

Word of the Week


Borborygmus n. rumbling in the stomach.



Periarteritis n. inflammation of the external coats of an artery and of the tissues around the artery.

From the Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health


Cadaverine n. a foul-smelling diamine formed by bacterial decarboxylation of lysine; poisonous and irritating to the skin; found in decaying meat and fish 


Microcephaly n. abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development.


Veneer n.  a thin, custom-made shell of tooth-colored plastic or porcelain that is bonded directly to the front side of natural teeth to improve their appearance -- for example, to replace lost tooth structure, closed spaces, straighten teeth, or change color and/or shape.


Alopecia (n): the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness

From the Merriam Webster Dictionary.


Dermatopathology (from Greek δέρμα, derma, "skin"; πάθος, pathos, "fate, harm"; and -λογία, -logia) is a joint subspecialty of dermatology and pathology and to a lesser extent of surgical pathology that focuses on the study of cutaneous diseases at a microscopic and molecular level.


Neoplasia n."The formation of tumors or a tumorous condition."

From the Merriam Webster Dictionary


Eczema n."Atopic dermatitis, commonly referred to as eczema, is a chronic skin disorder categorized by scaly and itching rashes. People with eczema often have a family history of allergic conditions like asthma, hayfever, or eczema."

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary


Roseola n. a symmetric eruption of small, closely aggregated patches of rose-red color caused by human herpesvirus-6.

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary


Whelp v. the action of a female dog giving birth to a puppy.

From the Oxford Dictionary.


Obdormition n. Numbness of an extremity due to pressure on the sensory nerve.

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary


Vitrectomy n. The surgical removal of the vitreous (transparent gel that fills the eye from the iris to the retina).

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary


Vitrectomy n. One of three rounded protuberances present on the cutting edge of an incisor tooth when it erupts. These are worn away by use. 

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary


Vitrectomy n. The surgical removal of the vitreous (transparent gel that fills the eye from the iris to the retina). The surgery utilizes an instrument that simultaneously removes the vitreous by suction and cutting and replaces it with saline or some other fluid. 

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary


Chagoma n. A small granuloma in the skin caused by early multiplication of Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease), a disease transmitted by bloodsucking bugs and caused by a parasitic protozoan, which can lead to damage in the heart and central nervous system.

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary


Fardel n. In medical terminology, it is the total measurable penalty that is incurred as a result of the occurrence of a genetic disease in one individual; one of two major quantitative consideration in the prognostic aspect of genetic counseling , the other being risk of occurrence.

From the Stedman's Medical Dictionary


noun | lu·pus | \ˈlü-pəs\

A disease that affects the nervous system, joint, and skin.

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary