Monday Morning Round-Up #1

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Welcome to the first addition of the new bi-weekly Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US via Stat News

The superbug that had spread through the elderly female patient was resistant to 26 different antibiotics – all that are available in the U.S. Researchers say that this case is yet another sign that we need to be taking antibiotic resistance seriously.

When Patients Leave ‘Against Medical Advice’ via the New York Times

Exploring the complicated issues surrounding releasing a patient early from their hospital stay – do we stigmatize these patients as “non compliant”? Where is the balance between respecting the autonomy of patients and a doctor’s responsibility to minimize physical harm to the patient?

 Yoga as a possible treatment for chronic lower back pain via Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

This new review looked at data from 12 randomized trials that included 1,080 individuals with chronic lower back pain. Compared to no exercise, yoga seemed to improve lower back pain and function by a small amount for the first six to twelve months a patient does it.

Mobile Team Offers Comfort Care To Homeless At Life’s End via Kaiser Health News

Since January 2014, the pilot project run by Seattle/King County Health Care for Homeless Network and UW Medicine’s Harboview Medical Center has served more than 100 seriously ill men and women in the Seattle area, tracking them down at shelters and drop-in clinics, in tents under bridges and parked cars.

Plagued by anxiety or depression? Some apps may actually help. via The Washington Post

A new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggests that the use of smartphone apps aimed at improving mental health can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Dad Turns Newborn Daughter’s Sleeping Patterns Into Stunning Graphic via Discover

Andrew Elliot mapped his daughter’s sleeping patterns for the first six months of her life. The results allow us to visualize the process of how infants mature into their circadian rhythms.

One In Three Women With Breast Cancer Treated Unnecessarily, Study Concludes via Kaiser Health News

According to a Danish study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, one in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram is treated unnecessarily, because screening tests found tumors that are so slow-growing that they’re essentially harmless.

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