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May 25, 2017
Volume VIII |  Issue 21    
How Telehealth Benefits Rural Health Centers    
Renae Rossow

It's becoming more and more clear that people living in rural areas and our veterans are the types of patients that will benefit the most from the increasing use of telehealth. The Rural Health Information Hub defines telemedicine as the remote delivery of healthcare services and information using telecommunication technology. We've seen a dramatic increase in the use of telemedicine in recent years, though it's actually been around for a very long time. I'll share a few interesting facts with you.

Though technically telemedicine began not long after the invention of the telephone in 1876, it was in the '60's that NASA began...



Gender-Confirmation Surgeries On the Rise in U.S. 
For the first time, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is reporting on the number of gender confirmation surgeries in the United States. ASPS-the world's largest plastic surgery organization-found that more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine surgeries were performed in 2016. The procedures can include anything from facial and body contouring to gender reassignment surgeries.

"There is no one-size-fits-all approach to gender confirmation," said Loren Schechter, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Chicago. "There's a wide spectrum of surgeries that someone may choose to treat gender dysphoria, which is a disconnect between how an individual feels and what that person's anatomic characteristics are."

Read the Full Report HERE
23 Million Fewer People Would Have Coverage Under Obamacare Repeal Bill, CBO Confirms
Jonathan Cohn, Jeffrey Young | Huffington Post

Twenty-three million fewer Americans would have insurance under legislation that House Republicans narrowly passed last month, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Wednesday.

The CBO also predicted that the deficit would come down by $119 billion over the next decade -- and that premiums for people buying insurance on their own would generally be lower for younger consumers and higher for older and sicker people than those premiums would be if the Affordable Care Act stays in place.

But the reasons why health insurance would be less expensive for some aren't much to cheer about, the budget report makes clear. Prices would come down for healthy people because those who are sick or have illness in their medical histories would have less access to coverage -- and the policies available on the market would tend to be a lot less comprehensive.

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How Botulism Got Into Gas Station Cheese

Laura Geggel | Life Science

A botulism outbreak has killed one man and sickened nine other people who ate nacho cheese sauce contaminated with the toxic bacterial protein. Heath officials traced the outbreak to a gas station in California's Sacramento County.

But how did this deadly protein, known as botulinum toxin, get into the cheese sauce?

UM Hospital layoffs begin amid restructuring

University of Miami Hospital layoffs are underway as administrators start restructuring the UHealth system to offer more care in outpatient facilities instead of U Health overnight hospital stays. Administrators wouldn't say how many employees will lose their jobs at the 560-bed UM Hospital. The changes are part of a larger restructuring announced Wednesday by UM President Julio Frenk.

Read the letter from the president HERE.