Monday Morning Round-Up #16

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

Older adults report frequently mishearing clinicians via The JAMA Network

Another effect of age-related hearing loss: problems understanding what your clinician is telling you. In a new survey of 100 older adults, 43 of them said they had misheard a physician, nurse, or both during either a primary care visit or hospital stay, possibly contributing to the higher prevalence of medical errors among older patients.

There is now a Google test for depression and mental ill health via CNBC 

Google has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) to provide Americans with a test to check if they are depressed or mentally ill. People in the U.S. who type “clinical depression” in Google search via a mobile device will now be invited to check if they are clinically depressed via a screening questionnaire.

Rural-urban gap in some vaccination rates leaves health officials puzzled via STAT News

New data on vaccination rates among U.S. teenagers provide some heartening news — but also pose a bit of a mystery. The report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows parents of teenagers are in the main following the CDC’s advice and keeping their children up to date on vaccines that should be administered in the early teens. But the 2016 survey revealed big differences in the rates of teenagers who are vaccinated with some but not all recommended vaccines, depending on whether they live in cities or more rural locations. And that fact is puzzling the CDC scientists who analyzed the data, published Thursday in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Intent On Reversing Its Opioid Epidemic, A State Limits Prescriptions via NPR

A year ago, Maine was one of the first states to set limits on opioid prescriptions. The goal in capping the dose of prescription painkillers a patient could get was to stem the flow of opioids that are fueling a nationwide epidemic of abuse. Maine’s law, considered the toughest in the U.S., is largely viewed as a success. But it has also been controversial — particularly among chronic pain patients who are reluctant to lose the medicine they say helps them function.

Public Hospitals Treat Greater Share of Mental Health Patients via The New York Times

For people in New York with severe mental illness, the path to treatment has increasingly passed through the city’s public hospitals, even as health officials and private hospitals try to accelerate years of slow progress by providing people with better outpatient care. A new report shows that treatment is being provided more and more by the city’s strained public hospital system, as financial pressures on some private hospitals drive them to divert psychiatric patients and close beds.

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