Monday Morning Round-Up #3


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

Zika in 30 seconds: What you need to know today via Stat News

Learn about the latest Zika news, including current screening practices (and flubs) and Microsoft’s new robotic mosquito traps that can distinguish between various species.

FDA collects complaints about “healthy” food labeling via the Federal Register

The FDA is gearing up for a big public meeting in early March to discuss what the word “healthy” actually means when it’s slapped on a food label. But first, the agency wants to know if you’ve been tricked by the word healthy. They’re looking to hear cases of consumers who found the use of the word “healthy” to be false or misleading. Been burned by a granola bar you thought was good for you but was chock-full of sugar? The FDA is all ears — share your thoughts here.

Travel Ban Spotlights U.S. Dependence On Foreign-Born Doctors via Kaiser Health News

Top health professionals, including Andrew Gurman, the president of the American Medical Association, weigh in on how President Trump’s travel ban (now on hold after a federal appeals court ruling) could effect foreign born medical students and physicians working in the U.S.

A ‘miracle’ face transplant gives young man a new life via Stat News

In June of last year, Andy Sandness successfully weathered a 32-hour face transplant surgery for a chance at a “normal life” a decade after a self-inflicted gunshot wound destroyed much of his lower face.

‘Tsunami’ Of Alzheimer’s Cases Among Latinos Raises Concerns Over Costs, Caregiving via Kaiser Health News

With no cure in sight, the number of U.S. Latinos with Alzheimer’s is expected rise by more than eight times by 2060, to 3.5 million, according to a report by the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and the Latinos Against Alzheimer’s network. Advanced age is the leading risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles about every five years after age 65. As a group, Latinos are at least 50 percent more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s, in part because they tend to live longer, the report notes.

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