Your week in health
Happy TGIF! We hope everyone had a great week. Here's your Friday rundown of health news.
+ Don't expect news on the perils of swine flu to let up, even if fall flu season is still months away. The World Health Organization says the H1N1 pandemic is spreading too fast to count. Meanwhile, summer camps continue to report swine flu cases and Maryland recorded its third death from the virus on Wednesday. With everyone looking to a vaccine being ready this fall or winter, some folks are asking: will you vaccinate?
+ The latest health care reform news points to more partisan wrangling to come on a proposal that is not anywhere near final. The folks at Kaiser Health News offer a look at how reform could make it difficult for folks who currently have employer-based coverage to swap plans. And the New York Times magazine offers a philosphical approach at rationing health care.
+ The Alzheimer's Association met this week and issued a flurry of new findings on the illness. Stephanie blogged below about genetic testing for the disease. There were also interesting findings on a promising new drug and whether moderate drinking could cut the odds of getting the disease. And here's a great piece that attempts to understand dementia and "wandering."
+ The New York Times Well blog looks at a study on mothers of children with developmental disabilities. Here's an interview with a researcher who ponders the unique stress of raising a child with autism.
+ We've all been known to ask Dr. Google to help us diagnose our health problems. But one doc explains why Wiki isn't the best medical resource.
And with that, have a wonderful weekend!