Monday, December 31, 2012

Remembering 2012 - Top Ten Health

 As 2012 draws to an end,  EverythingHealth will reflect on our top 10 health and medicine events to remember.  

1.  The world did not end on December 21 as predicted by the Mayan Calendar,  but a new Age of    Enlightenment may just be beginning!!!   "Be the change"

2.   The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act ( ObamaCare) and President Obama was re-elected to carry out the most significant health care legislation since the creation of Medicare.

3.   As of this writing the United States "fiscal cliff" has not been averted and an automatic 26.5% cut in Medicare pay for physicians is part of that cliff.  Not good for seniors!

4.   Deaths from fungal meningitis and joint infections continue to be announced as the result of contaminated injectible products from the New England Compounding Center.  More stringent regulations and authority to the FDA will likely result.

5.   Nine Medical Societies published a compendium of 45 clinical tests and procedures that are not rooted in evidence-based medicine, greatly drive up costs and bring no value to patients.

6.   The US Preventive Services Task Force recommended against PSA prostate cancer testing in healthy men, regardless of age.

7.   A soda a day was found to raise cardiovascular heart disease risk by 20%

8.   Researchers found breast tumors fell into four major subtypes. The knowledge could translate into changes in the way doctors treat breast cancer for different patients.

9.   Scientists discovered that "insignificant" portions of DNA are really the metabolic switches that regulate how and when genes function and when they manufacture certain proteins.  Future discoveries may allow us to control or even cure diseases by focusing on these portions of the human genome.

10.  New dialog about gun violence and gun safety is beginning, sadly because of the deadly shootings that are ravaging our society.  Various medical societies are joining with The American Academy of Pediatricians and urging physicians to be strong leaders in gun reform.

Happy New Year to all my faithful readers across the globe and new readers to EverythingHealth.  May 2013 be magical for all of you!


SIQ said...

Happy New Year!

Do you have a reference or link for #5?

SIQ said...

Happy New Year!

Do you happen to have a link or reference for #5?

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Hi SIQ: Happy New Year to you too. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) commissioned the specialty groups as part of a campaign called "Choosing Wisely". Each group submitted 5 questionable services that do not bring value to health care. These were widely published in 2012 and some can be found on this blog as well.

Michael Kirsch, M.D. said...

2013 starting with a medical bang. New study conlcudes that obesity has a lower mortality rate!! Skepticism should be our watchword.
Have a great year. Looking forward to your posts.

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