August 19: Weekly Health Round Up

Will Your Prescription Drugs Be Covered in 2017?

Two of the largest prescription insurers in the United State, CVS Caremark and Express Scripts, have officially released their respective lists of approved drugs for  2017. CVS Caremark has excluded 130, which is a lot more prescription drugs removed from their coverage list compared to Express Scripts’ 85 removals. By doing so, Express Scripts/CVS hopes to save customers up to $9 billion over the next five years. “The threat of kicking drugs off their covered lists — which are known as formularies — is a powerful way to drive discounts”, says Adam Fein, CEO of the Drug Channels Institute. Visit and check with your insurance provider to see if your prescription meds will be covered next year.

Medical Samples Collected - Using A Drone

Dr. Peter Small, a professor of global health at Stony Brook, led a team of public health professionals at startup company Vayu Inc. to conduct the first long-distance drone flight to collect blood samples. The drone flew form the central research facility and landed in the remote village of Madagascar’s Ifanadiana district. Soon after collecting the samples, the drone made the trip back to the facility, all within about an hour. That’s Fast! LiveScience fills us in on what steps needed to be taken in order for this innovative project to work. Check it out!

8 Countries – 8 Different Ways to Stay Healthy

If you've vacationed to an international destination, you know that learning about its cultural norms can be the best way to become familiar with the countries lifestyle. The good news is that everyone can borrow those healthy habits from around the world and implement them into your own life. Making small changes in the way you live day-to-day can bring big health benefits and more excitement. USNews has provided you with a slideshow of how people from across the world stay healthy and how those lifestyles can influence your own health.

Paralyzed Patients Regain Movement – Using Virtual Reality

A group of researchers’, led by Miguel Nicolelis, have been working with paraplegics who eventually regained partial feeling and movement in their legs after long-term training with a brain-controlled robotic device. The patients used what's called a brain-computer interface (BCI), including a virtual reality system that used their own brain activity to help them recover sensation in their paralyzed limbs. The main goal to this project is to understand whether the use of these devices, can help paralyzed patients regain feeling and control in their muscles and hopefully improve their quality of life overall. Go to Popsci and see the process and future plans that Miguel Nicolelis has planned not just for paralyzed patients but also patients who have had a stroke. 

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