Health Headlines: The NFL Makes Medical Records Electronic
The NFL recently signed a deal to make all medical records electronic. According to the Globe, the NFL will pay eClinicalWorks, a Massachusetts company, between $7 and $10 million for a 10-year contract to store X-rays, blood test results, physical exam notes, medications and more. This also includes video clips documenting a game injury. Having all this information in one online server will let players and physicians access this information from anywhere in the country. [Boston Globe]
Taking magic mushrooms (psilocybin) can have a lasting change on the individual’s personality, according to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The study found that personality changes that occurred when people took magic mushrooms were still there 12 months later. This is similar to findings done by former Harvard professor, Timothy Leary in 2010, who founded the Harvard Psilocybin Project. [Medical News Today]
Birth control pills should be over the counter, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced in a statement yesterday. In a video on the ACOG’s website, Gerald F. Joseph, M.D. says that the recommendation was based on the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States, which has hovered around 50 percent for the last 20 years. By providing greater access to contraception without a prescription, which is already done in many other countries around the world, the ACOG hopes to finally make a dent in this number. [SELF]
Taking a two hour walk after your Thanksgiving dinner can burn off most of your meal, according to this infographic from USA Today. Just make sure it is a moderate meal under 600 calories. Happy Thanksgiving!