The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) started out as a good idea. But, many medical professionals have started to read too far into HIPAA, making doctors’ jobs more difficult and, in some cases, affecting current and future patient care.
Despite decades of clinical advice that caffeine is bad for the heart, there has been little actual study of its effects. A California team said moderate consumption does not affect the performance of the heart or trigger arrhthymias.
Researchers in poor neighborhoods of Cape Town, South African tried to see if sending low-income underserved patients short text messages would improve patients’ adherence to taking anti-hypertension drugs regularly. The results were disappointing, but the strategy should be further explored, a UK team concluded.
White matter differences, picked up with diffusion tensor imaging, correlate with autism symptoms and severity, a UK team found in a study of men on the autism spectrum. The finding could lead to a novel treatment avenue.