Friday Fix: November 17, 2017

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease Awareness; NY Allows medical marijuana for PTSD sufferers; and first responders begin providing in-home health care

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “What Is Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease?”

This broadcast from WWNY-TV7/FOX 28 touches on an important health concern for families with young children. According to the report, Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease has been making the rounds in North Country elementary schools, most recently causing Clifton-Fine Central School to cancel its after-school activities.

The disease, most common in infants and children under seven, causes mouth sores, rashes on the hands and feet, and a fever. It is contagious and has no prescription treatment, but it can be prevented by proper hand washing.

Pediatrician Dr. Mary Lou Feilmeier told 7 News that parents who see symptoms of the disease on their child should keep that child at home: “Children with fevers shouldn’t be at school,” she said. “If they have a developing rash they should stay home.”

Click here for the full broadcast.

2. “New York allows patients with PTSD to access medical marijuana (VIDEO)”

New Yorkers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) now have access to medical marijuana to help manage their condition, according to this article from the Watertown Daily Times. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed legislation to make the change, said there are approximately 19,000 patients with PTSD in New York who may benefit from medical marijuana therapies — many of whom are veterans.

“Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them when they return home,” the governor said in a prepared statement.

To read the full article, click here.

3. “A new role for first responders: providing in-home health care”

This article from STAT News takes an in-depth look at how the role of first responders — including EMTs, paramedics, and others — is changing. According to the report, hospitals and insurance companies are beginning to promote the use of “mobile integrated health” practices, in which first responders care for patients in their homes rather than taking them to the emergency room.

“The idea is, instead of transporting patients to the hospital, emergency medical technicians respond to their needs in their own home,” writes reporter Leah Samuel. “Many patient needs — for instance, slightly elevated blood pressure, a dip in blood sugar — are simple enough to not need a trip to the hospital.”

To read more, click here.

Stop by December 1 for the next Friday Fix!

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