The average American will live to 78 years and 9.5 months, setting a record high in the U.S., according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1 Life expectancy for a child born in 2012 increased about six weeks from the life expectancy in 2010 and 2011,…

In the past several months, international health authorities have been racing to contain what is being called the “largest and most complex” outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus since its discovery.1 While students in medical assistant programs have certainly been paying attention to the virus,…

Those in physical therapy technology programs may be interested in a story about Darek Fidyka, the first man to receive a groundbreaking treatment that allowed him to walk again after experiencing a paralyzing stab wound. The procedure involved taking cells from Fidyka’s nasal cavity and…

People who use mobile phones, laptops and other media devices might be rewiring the structure of the their brains, according to new research form the University of Sussex.1
The study published in PLOS ONE showed that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower…

For a medical administrative assistant, it might be tough to keep track of the entire front office of a private practice. Generally, human memory seems to be inconsistent, at times leaving us forgetting where we placed our car keys or the topic of conversation. However, a new study conducted by…

A new study published in Current Biology found that the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – a common antidepressant – can alter brain connectivity in a matter of hours. This is particularly interesting as antidepressants often have to be used for weeks before relieving symptoms of…

A new study published in the journal Anesthesiology found that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can potentially reduce postoperative complications in patients undergoing surgery that experience obstructive sleep apnea.1 Sleep apnea is an underreported and under-diagnosed…