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Aaron Hernandez suffered from worst CTE seen in someone his age
For the first time since announcing former
Aaron Hernandez's CTE diagnosis in September,
Boston University neuropathologist
Dr. Ann McKee shared the findings from Hernandez's brain autopsy on Thursday. McKee and her team have examined more than 100 former NFL players' brains for the neurodegenerative disease, formally named chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and found Hernandez's case to be significant. "This is the first case that we've seen that kind of damage in such a young individual," she said, adding that the type of brain damage observed is usually seen in someone 20 years older.
Improving cancer immunotherapy by harnessing new technology
Checkpoint-inhibiting drugs like Genentech's Tecentriq and Bristol-Myers Squibb's Yervoy have transformed the treatment of some cancers by removing barriers that in the past would prevent patients' immune systems from attacking and killing tumor cells. But these drugs don't work for some patients, and for others they cause dangerous autoimmune responses. That's why researchers around the world have been searching for ways to improve checkpoint inhibition. Two ideas for doing just that were proposed this week.
One of the skills and stresses about being a doctor is giving advice to or about patients we have never seen. If readers
think these are rare events, it happens nearly every day. Often during weekend or evening hours when I am on call, my partners' patients will call with questions on their condition or about their medications. Radiology departments contact me during off hours with abnormal CAT scan results of patients I do not know. Or, a doctor may call me during the day for some informal advice about one of his patients. These physician-to-physician inquiries are called 'curbside consults', which are appropriate for simple questions that do not require a formal face-to-face consultations.
Physicians must be cautious when providing a curbside opinion on a patient he has not seen as even informal advice could result in legal exposure if the patient later files a medical malpractice claim. Consider this hypothetical example...
HHS Offers New HIPAA Guidance in Light of Opioid Crisis
Vitale Health Law
Shortly after President
Donald Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency to combat the opioid
HHS Office for Civil Rights released new guidance on when and how healthcare providers can share a patient's health information when that patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose. HIPAA regulations already allow health professionals to share health information with a patient's loved ones in emergency or dangerous situations. However, sometimes there is confusion among healthcare professionals as to when such information can be shared, which HHS noted might hamper proper care.