A summary of important health news from the past week.
Push On To Make Transparent Medical Records The National Standard Of Care
OpenNotes, an organization that works with healthcare providers to help them allow patients to have access to clinician notes, announced $10 million in grants to expand this practice. Patients are legally allowed to access these grants, however it is often difficult to obtain them. After working with 100 providers in 2010 to make their notes available, over 90% of patients reported liking the practice. This practice improves communication between patients and clinicians and may help with treatment adherence.
Patients Fear Spike in Price of Old Drugs
The Orphan Drug Act was passed in 1983 to encourage more drug development for rare diseases. It offers a quicker review process as well as a seven year monopoly on the drug. This process, however, may lead to highers costs for some drugs, allowing pharmaceutical companies to make high profits off of rare, or orphan, diseases.
More E. coli cases linked to Chipotle; may be a different outbreak
Three people in Oklahoma and two in Kansas fell ill with E. Coli after eating at local Chipotle restaurants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating their cases, as well as 53 other cases linked to the restaurant chain in nine states since October. These five cases, however, have different DNA than the earlier cases. Chipotle is working with the CDC, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and local and state officials to help discover the precise cause of these illness and prevent future cases.
Breakthroughs galore: A transformative year in medicine
The BBC provides a summary of transformative medical findings from the past year, including gene editing, advancements in the use if immunotherapy for cancer, developments in altering the rise of antibiotic resistance, a face transplant, and more!
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