A U.K. study found that a 1 degree centigrade reduction in average daily temperature was associated with a cumulative 2% increase in risk of heart attack for the following 28 days. The study also found that elderly people ages 75 to 84 and those with a history of heart disease are particularly vulnerable to the effect of colder weather on heart attack risk, with prolonged exposure to the cold increasing that risk.
The European Commission is calling on European Union states and the European Parliament to seriously consider and promote new methods for the production of the medical isotope technetium-99m. The commission said the seven reactors producing the vast majority of the isotope "are approaching the end of their lifespan."
An initiative unveiled Wednesday by the Healthcare Leadership Council brings together industry stakeholders and policy leaders to help boost medical innovation in the U.S. Called the National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation, the forum will focus on identifying ways to "develop and deliver new lifesaving medicines, technologies and health care practices to patients," the HLC's president said.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a $26 billion jobs bill into law that includes $16 billion to help states shore up their Medicaid programs. The bill, which passed the Senate last week, was approved by the House during a special one-day summer session earlier in the day.