Welcome to our Weekly Roundup, bringing you a compilation of articles we’ve come across recently to help you stay up to date on some of the latest healthcare news.
This week’s edition includes stories about the risks of using websites and apps to diagnose health problems, a “public option” insurance plan and the decline of several major diseases.
- Websites and apps can be helpful tools, but they’re also risky—and they’re no substitute for regular care from a familiar physician.
- An effort in the UK to put occupational therapists on the front lines of care is reducing hospital admissions and stays and allowing more patients to receive care at home.
- Colon cancer, heart disease and dementia are on the decline in the US, though factors of the decline remain a mystery.
- President Obama calls for inclusion of a “public option” insurance plan in the ACA insurance offerings to provide competition for private insurers.
- General Practitioners in Australia are encouraging patients to seek care from a trusted provider instead of relying on unnecessary and costly emergency department care.