Volume III, Issue 17

April 25, 2016
Suicide Rates Up  
WH 
Carina Storrs, in a CNN post dated April 22, 2016:
 
The number of suicides in the United States has been on the rise since 1999 in everyone between the ages of 10 and 74, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
Researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics looked at data on cause of death for Americans 10 and older from 1999 to 2014. They also included information on age and race from death certificates.
 
  WIM
"The increase is broad-based," said Sally C. Curtin, a statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics and lead author of the new report, which was released Thursday.
 
Such an increase in suicides could also make prevention efforts more difficult. "If it were just one particular group, you could say 'that is where we need to focus,' " Curtin said.
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Unauthorized Filming for "NY Med" Results in $2.2 Million Settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital
WH
According to a 4.21.16 HHS.gov post:
 
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached a $2.2 million settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) for the egregious disclosure of two patients' protected health information (PHI) to film crews and staff during the filming of "NY Med," an ABC television series, without first obtaining authorization from the patients. In particular, OCR found that NYP allowed the ABC crew to film someone who was dying and another person in significant distress, even after a medical professional urged the crew to stop.

WIM

 "This case sends an important message that OCR will not permit covered entities to compromise their patients' privacy by allowing news or television crews to film the patients without their authorization," said Jocelyn Samuels, OCR's Director. 
Technology in health care: Is medicine really evolving?  
WH
Dr. Eunice J. Minford, in an April 20, 2016 KevinMD post, writes:
 
Medicine has...been transformed and is considered to have evolved significantly since the days of bloodletting and releasing of evil humors. We now have the most in-depth knowledge ever regarding anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, surgery and I could go on...

WIM
According to Dr. Minford:

Yet, despite all these great advances, we seem to be getting sicker!

Obesity, diabetes, and mental ill-health to name a few are all increasing and each one alone could cripple the health economies in years to come. Certain cancer incidences are rising: with a 1 in 3 risk of each of us getting cancer in our lifetime. This isn't just due to people living longer thus getting more diseases; people are also getting sicker at a younger age...

... We cannot hope to have a medicine that truly heals, evolves and progresses mankind as long as we continue with the fragmented medicine of parts that ignores the whole those parts belong to.

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