Monthly Healthcare Buzz…
The Department of Veterans Affairs turn to telemedicine to treat patients with mental health disorders. The use of telemedicine increases access to care and helps reduce high anxiety levels in patients unable to go to a clinic due to anxiety.
Scientists discovered 12 ancient hepatitis B genomes in 4,500-year-old humans remains, including a type of the virus that is now extinct. A technique called shotgun sequencing was used by the scientists to shred, at random, long strands of DNA. The fragments are then cloned.
An independent federal study reports that President Trump’s short-term health insurance plans could cost individuals and the government more than originally estimate. The chief actuary estimates the proposal could increase federal spending by $38.7 billion over 10 years.
The FDA approved a monthly shot for preventing chronic migraines, the first of its kind to be approved in the U.S. Three additional shots are also expected to be approved by next year.
U.S. sunscreens protect against sunburns causing UVB, but are not as effective at blocking UVA which can lead to premature aging and skin cancer. New sunscreen filters have not been approved in the U.S. since the late 1990s falling behind many European countries with sunscreen containing filters providing better UVA protection.
May was Skin Cancer Awareness Month
In the U.S., skin cancer is the most common and one of the most preventable types of cancer. (1)
2. Final Recommendation Statement: Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2018, March). Retrieved from https://uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementFinal/skin-cancer-counseling2