Today’s NewsStand – February 1, 2019

Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.

Iowa News

CCMH winter “Scrubs Camp” provides hands-on learning experience for students
Twenty-one western Iowa high school students spent Monday, January 14 at Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) for its “Scrubs Camp”, a hands-on learning experience to help young people explore careers in health care. The campers spent the day visiting and engaging in activities in the Emergency, Pharmacy, Radiology, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Medical, and Surgery departments. The Scrubs Camp concept is an excellent opportunity to encourage young people to pursue jobs in the medical profession. (Mapleton Press)

UI Dance Marathon celebrates 25th anniversary
University of Iowa students have packed themselves into the IMU Main Lounge to dance their hearts out “for the kids” each year for the last 25 years. The first Dance Marathon raised $31,000 to support 26 families. Last year, Dance Marathon 24 raised a record-breaking $3 million for the kids in the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. In Dance Marathon’s 25-year history, the organization has raised $24,548,224.34. (University of Iowa Daily Iowan)

Hospitals see increase in frostbite cases
Along with the extreme cold, the Polar Vortex also brought an increase in weather-related injuries to Corridor hospitals. Hospital officials in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City reported higher than average cases of frostbite in their emergency departments Wednesday, a result of what the National Weather Service described as “life-threatening” cold temperatures. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

National News

Rural hospitals face many challenges in Maine and across the country
Health care is evolving and Maine’s rural hospitals are at-risk. As the state’s population continues to decline and age, and local economies sputter, hospitals are faced with a variety of difficult decisions when it comes to keeping the doors open. The Maine Hospital Association reports that rural hospital operating margins were negative 1.3 percent in state fiscal year 2017. On a state and national level, the lack, until recently, of Medicaid expansion and cuts to reimbursements have also negatively impacted revenue. (Bangor Daily News)

Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease
A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that’s mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Taking out those with only high blood pressure leaves 24 million, or 9 percent of adults, who have other forms of disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries. (Associated Press/New York Times)

Opioid money has helped, but states want more
More than a decade into an opioid overdose epidemic that’s costing the nation at least $78 billion a year, emergency federal dollars have kindled local victories. But state and local officials say they need sustainable funding for what they expect to be a long-term struggle to provide effective treatment for legions of people addicted to opioids. Many officials are counting on settlements in civil cases against the drugmakers and distributors. Other states are considering an annual assessment against drug companies or a tax on painkillers. (Stateline)

Apple Watch, using Aetna client data, wants to help you be healthy
CVS Health Corp’s health insurer Aetna on Tuesday said it is working with Apple Inc on a new health app for Apple Watches that uses an individual’s medical history to set personalized health goals. Called “Attain,” the Apple Watch app will reward Aetna customers for meeting activity goals and fulfilling recommended tasks, such as getting vaccinations or refilling medications, with a subsidy toward the cost of an Apple Watch or gift cards for U.S. retailers. (New York Times)