Today’s NewsStand July 13, 2018
Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.
MRHC employee receives Iowa Hospital Association scholarship
A Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) employee who is studying to be a nurse has received a scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Association. Elaine Macumber was presented the $3,500 Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF) scholarship to use towards her associate degree in nursing at Western Iowa Tech Community College (KCIM).
Roses & thistles: Vulnerable Iowans get help from grocer and hassles from Medicaid insurer
A rose to Hy Vee Inc. and the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) for going above and beyond to help residents in a low-income neighborhood get to the grocery store…A thistle to UnitedHealthcare, one of Iowa’s private Medicaid insurers, for its dedication to slashing in-home care for a disabled man — again. (And a jab to Gov. Kim Reynolds for continuing to support the disastrous privatization of this state’s health insurance program for 600,000 low-income and vulnerable Iowans). (Des Moines Register)
Courtroom for mental health credited for saving lives
A client of the Scott County Mental Health Court credits the service for saving his life. The program is entering its third year. A grassroots effort led by Quad Cities Interfaith created the program in 2016. It’s meant to break the cycle of those with mental illness ending up behind bars. Instead, it provides people access to treatment and support services to address their diagnosis. (OurQuadCities.com)
MRI could reduce unnecessary prostate biopsies for Siouxland men
A new approach to diagnosing prostate cancer in Siouxland could help local men avoid unnecessary prostate biopsies. After years of trying, Dr. Tim Kneib, who practices with Siouxland Urology, said he was finally able to bring MRI-ultrasound guided fusion biopsy to the area 1 1/2 years ago, after Mercy Medical Center obtained a 3 Telsa MRI and radiologists who can read MRIs of the prostate gland became available. (Sioux City Journal)
Trump Administration slashes funds for ACA outreach|
Most of the funding for an Affordable Care Act outreach program is being cut by the Trump administration, a move announced late Tuesday that touched off an angry response from Democrats who called it another attempt to sabotage the health law. The program, which provides money to outreach groups urging people to sign up for plans on the ACA exchanges, will get $10 million in federal funding for the 2019 open enrollment period, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees implementation of the ACA. That is down from $36 million in 2018 and almost $63 million in 2017. (Wall Street Journal)
Illinois, Iowa officials look into rise in parasitic illness
Health officials in Illinois and Iowa are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from a parasite that causes intestinal illness. The Illinois Department of Public Health said in a news release Thursday that it has received confirmation of about 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, which is caused by the Cyclospora parasite. The Iowa Department of Public Health, in its own release, said it has identified 15 cases linked to the same illness and parasite. (The Hour)
How more carbon dioxide in the air could lead to more human disease
The rising level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means that crops are becoming less nutritious, and that change could lead to higher rates of malnutrition that predispose people to various diseases. That conclusion comes from an analysis published in the journal PLOS Medicine, which also examined how the risk could be alleviated. In the end, cutting emissions, and not public health initiatives, may be the best response, according to the paper’s authors. (NPR)