Male Contraceptive Injection Shown to Be Safe and Efficacious

Over the past 20 years, researchers have been investigating the potential for male hormonal contraceptives. In a trial including 270 men, U.S. researchers found the male contraceptive injection to be 96% effective. Some mild side effects were reported, but 75% of men participating in the study said they would be willing to use the form of contraception again. For the link to the full article, please click here.

By 2030: Women's Cancer Deaths Will Increase by 60%

A new report from the American Cancer Society has been released in regards to cancer death rates across the world. In 2012, 3.5 million women died across the world from cancer. By 2020, 5.5 million women are expected to die annually from cancer. The biggest changes were found in low and middle income countries because individuals are adopting riskier habits such as poor diet and smoking. Interventions around the world using prevention methods are necessary in order to decrease the amount of women around the world dying from cancers. Click here for the link to the article.

What Bipartisan Opportunities Will The Next Congress And President Have To Improve Health Policy?

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election, the next Congress and Administration will have to address some key issues that require bipartisan collaboration.  A bipartisan collaboration can hopefully advance the health of the American population. The new Congress will have to address funding extension for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), extensions of community health center funding, expiring Medicare provisions, and reauthorization of prescription drugs and medical device user fee bills. Not only will the new Congress address these issues, but it will also determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act. To read more click here

Brain Chip Helps Paralyzed Man Feel His Fingers

Nathan Copeland lost all feeling and movement from his chest down after a car accident in 2004. However, he was able to feel the "fingers" of a robotic arm after a brain implant designed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  The goal of this technology is to ultimately create a system that moves and feesl like a natural arm would. To read more about this fascinating discovery click here

Healthy Lifestyle in Old Age Shortens End-of-Life Disability

An analysis led be Boston University's School of Public Health and University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health discovered that older adult's who live healthier lifestyles reduce their disabled years by 1.7 years.  This community based cohort study observed the lifestyles of men and women 65 years or older, to determine what lifestyle factors directly correlate to shortened disabled years. To read more about the study click here

Federal Funds Allocated for Zika Research

Congress has allocated $1.1 billion for Zika research. $935 million will be used to curb Zika in the U.S. and $175 will be used to slow its spread abroad. The CDC will be given $394 million and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will be allocated $152 million for researching potential vaccines. 

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Birth Control and Links to Depression

A Danish prospective cohort study on one million women has shown a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression. Women who took  "the pill" were found to be a quarter more likely to be prescribed an anti-depressant than a non-user of the pill. The risk rose to 80% for girls aged 15 to 19. 

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Digital Health: A Physician's Perspective

Despite AMA's recent comment that digital health tools are "snake oil," over half of physicians are keen on digital health and 85% see the advantages of using digital health technologies in caring for patients. The AMA polled 1300 physicians in the US, between the ages of 28 and 65, each documenting a minimum of 20 hours of direct patient care each week. Survey results also found that both younger physicians and female physicians are more frequent users of digital technologies than the baby boomer generation. Please click here for the full article. 

Self-Driving Cars Promise to be a Boon to Public Health

Federal automobile safety regulators released industry guidelines for automated vehicles, providing support towards "driverless" cars. When comparing safety benefits, it is predicted that driverless cars will save the same amount of lives as modern vaccines, 42,000 to be exact. Not only will these cars help reduce the loss of lives, but provide economics benefits as well. Read more about these economic benefits on the following website

Public Health Approach Needed In Suicide Prevention

A recent report from the CDC stated that mental health treatments for suicide prevention only affect a small group of individuals. The current prevention strategies help those who have identifiable risk factors, or those who can overcome social barriers.  With a 27% increase in suicides, it is crucial to have prevention methods that affect a larger group of individuals.  To read more about the public health approaches needed in suicide prevention click here

The Silver Lining Behind Global Aging

The aging population and increasing life span are predicted to change the world's economy.  It is predicted that by 2018, those over the age of 65 will overpopulate those under the age of 5. With this increase in the elderly population it is important to acknowledge that real economic power in this age group.  This changing demographic will reshape the economy for decades to come. To read more about the influence the aging population has on the economy, investments, and policy click here