For Many College Students, Hunger Can ‘Make It Hard To Focus In Class’

As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students report that they were either not getting enough to eat or were worried about it, according to published studies.

FDA approves blood disorder drug made by Japan’s Shionogi

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Japan-based Shionogi & Co Ltd’s treatment for low blood-platelet count or thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic liver disease.

The treatment belongs to a new class of drugs called thrombopoietin receptor agonists (TPO RA), which stimulate platelet production. bit.ly/2LJJZPG

Its approval is the second for this class of drug for liver disease patients, following the FDA’s greenlight for U.S.-based Dova Pharmaceuticals’ rival treatment in May.

Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru

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Chipotle slumps 9 percent after Ohio outlet linked to food poisoning complaints

(Reuters) – More than 100 people said they had fallen sick after eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N) restaurant in Ohio, sending shares of the burrito chain down as much as 9 percent on Tuesday.

The customers said they suffered from food poisoning and diarrhea after eating dishes including tacos and burrito bowls at the Powell, Ohio restaurant over the past few days, according to food safety website iwaspoisoned.com.

The Delaware General Health District, which is investigating the food safety incident, told Reuters the county health department had got more than 100 calls since receiving the first complaint linked to the restaurant on Sunday.

Mining A New Data Set To Pinpoint Critical Staffing Issues In Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is not known for linguistic playfulness. Nonetheless, at least one person there must have been chuckling when it named its rich new data source for nursing home staffing levels the Payroll-Based Journal, or PBJ.

Like that classic sandwich, the PBJ data set is irresistible. CMS created it to fulfill a requirement of the Affordable Care Act to improve the accuracy of its five-star staffing ratings on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. The data set contains payroll records that nursing homes are required to submit to the government.

Suicide details reported by the media may lead others to copy

(Reuters Health) – How the media reports on suicides may impact whether others decide to kill themselves in the days following the original death, a study suggests.

An international team of researchers analyzed newspaper reports and suicide patterns over a four-year period to determine if any sort of coverage was more – or less – likely to spark copycat attempts.

“We’re not saying that reporting about suicides is bad or that news organizations shouldn’t report on suicide issues,” said study coauthor Dr. Ayal Schaffer, a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. “But we know that specific aspects of reporting can have a significant effect on suicide contagion. This has been shown across many different groups and many different countries.”

Meat allergy after tick bite may explain severe allergic reactions

(Reuters Health) – Meat allergies related to tick bites might be at the root of some unexplained severe, life-threatening allergic reactions, a new study suggests.

Researchers poring through records from a Tennessee clinic found that a large percentage of anaphylactic shock cases were sparked by an allergy to alpha-gal, a complex sugar found in red meat, according to a report in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Even so, anaphylaxis due to alpha-gal is still pretty rare, said study coauthor Dr. Jay Lieberman of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Shingrix vaccine makes shingles less severe, disruptive to quality of life

(Reuters Health) – The vaccine Shingrix prevents shingles, and if people do contract the virus, it reduces the severity of illness, two company-funded study suggests.

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, typically develops in older adults who had chicken pox, or the varicella-zoster virus, when they were younger. Its hallmark is a painful rash, which clears up within a month in most cases. In some instances, however, it leads to nerve pain that can linger for much longer and make it harder for people to manage daily tasks.

Teen drivers take more risks after trading learner permits for licenses

(Reuters Health) – Adolescents may be cautious while they’re learning to drive, but a new study suggests they get downright dangerous once their license allows them to hit the road without a grownup in the car.

Teen drivers have long been synonymous with risky maneuvers on the road and plenty of previous research has also found novice drivers have higher crash rates than people with more experience. The current study helps pinpoint when teen driving may be riskiest by using cameras and sensors inside cars to examine driving habits for parents and children over almost two years, starting when teens got their learner’s permits.

Community Frets As Buyer For Cherished Rural Hospital Slips From View

Confusion is growing in the remote Surprise Valley region of northeastern California as locals wonder whether a Denver entrepreneur will make good on his pledge to save their bankrupt rural hospital.

Surprise Valley Community Hospital, located in Cedarville, Calif., was featured in a June 6 California Healthline story illustrating the plight of strapped rural hospitals and controversial efforts by some to stay solvent through laboratory billing for patients never treated on-site.