Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new social media initiative this week in an attempt to highlight the consequences of prescription drug abuse and overdoses. The campaign, "When the Prescription Becomes the Problem," tells the stories of people who have been affected by prescription painkiller abuse and are working to improve their lives. According to the CDC, there were 16,235 deaths involving prescription opioids in 2013 alone. Source
• Ebola researchers announced a breakthrough in their testing against the virus responsible for the deadly outbreak in West Africa. Two new Ebola vaccines protected lab monkeys against the virus, requiring only one dose of the vaccine and without apparent side effects. The vaccines have not yet been tested on people, but safety trials among healthy volunteers are expected to begin early this summer. Source
• The White House reported this week that it will enlist the help of hospitals and medical professionals to fight the health risks associated with climate change. They stated that "rising temperatures can lead to more smog, longer allergy seasons, and an increased incidence of extreme weather-related injuries." The announcement aims at building a health care infrastructure that is resilient to the adverse health effects of climate change. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple lost a total of 0.08 percent of the mobile device pie to Android this week, making that three weeks in a row now that Apple has lost market share. Users may be focused on the Apple Watch instead, which can be pre-ordered starting today. Apple will also be taking in-store appointments to let users try on the watch in-person.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.