Change in Diagnostic Classifications, and Other News

Close up of doctor writing on a medical chartBeginning October 1, doctors and many other health care providers will begin using a new diagnostic code system. The new code system requires much more specificity, increasing the number of diagnostic codes by more than 100,000. In some cases, the codes are designed to identify the specific cause of an injury, such as code V97.33 for someone who is sucked into a jet engine. The new list contains more than 100 codes for gout and more than 200 for diabetes.

Diagnostic codes figure prominently in managed care, with most insurers requiring a specific diagnosis before they will cover treatment. Supporters of the new system say it will ensure quality care by requiring more specific diagnoses. But many medical providers are concerned about their ability to seamlessly transition to the new system, pointing to the costs of changing their current billing scheme and hiring coding experts.

Less Pain, Less Joy: A New Look at Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen, the pain-relieving ingredient in Tylenol and many other medications, might provide relief by easing the symptoms of a headache or muscle pain. But at least two studies have suggested that acetaminophen may also have a global blunting effect. Acetaminophen affects how the brain processes pain, but new research suggests it may also affect how the brain processes strong feelings in general. The new study proposes the drug might reduce intensity of emotions, including joy.

The Health Benefits of Being Naked: How Stripping Down Is Good for You

Going naked may offer health benefits, including healthier skin and a better body image. A recent study suggests that sleeping in lower temperatures may help boost metabolism by increasing levels of brown fat. Sunbathing in the nude can promote the absorption of Vitamin D, improve mood, and increase circulation.

Kenyan Journalists Covering Life-Threatening Events at Increased Risk of Psychological Harm

Previous findings from Western media have suggested that journalists covering life-threatening events, such as wars and natural disasters, may have an increased risk of developing posttraumatic stress and anxiety. The first major study on the emotional well-being of journalists covering violent events in Kenya replicates these findings. Researchers found that journalists covering the West Gate Mall attack—which claimed 67 lives—and those covering the deaths of 1,000 Kenyans during the 2007 election often experience anxiety and other signs of trauma. Less than a quarter of journalists reporting on these events were offered counseling.

Teenagers Who Become Pregnant at Higher Risk of Further Teen Pregnancies

According to a study of abortion figures in England and Wales from 1992 to 2013, a prior teen pregnancy may increase the likelihood of subsequent pregnancies. In 2013, 23% of teens who sought an abortion had been pregnant before, and about 5% had experienced two or more previous pregnancies. During the time period studied, the number of teenagers having an abortion after a previous pregnancy increased by 33%.

When Schools Overlook Introverts

School programs to increase student participation and engagement often encourage group work and communication with other students. These might be appealing outcomes for some, but for introverts, the programs might turn school into a pressure-filled and unwelcoming place. Though advocates for introverts have worked to combat this practice, and books about introversion have raised awareness of introversion in general, the trend toward “collaborative learning” in schools does not seem to be waning.

Study: Racially Charged Hate Crimes Go Up as Broadband Expands

Access to broadband can be an educational equalizer that opens up new worlds, but it may also spark an increase in hate group participation. A study scheduled to be published in the next issue of MIS Quarterly suggests that every 65% increase in broadband access may correlate with a 70-270% increase in race-based hate crimes, depending on the year.

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  • richard m

    richard m

    October 4th, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    My dad was a writer who covered even just our local beat and I know that there were tons of stories that he wrote that were very hard on him. And we are not even talking terrorist level stories, just things happening in our community and there were days when I could tell that they would take their toll on him. I know that he carried a lot of that with him on the inside that he never would share with us, so as an adult thinking back on that it is a little hard to consider just how the journalists who have to cover even worse every single day must fare.

  • Rhonda


    October 5th, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    so it sounds to me like acetaminophen may have a target on it’s back. first problems with the kidneys or something like that and now it’s blunting emotions. that all sounds pretty dangerous to me

  • donnie


    October 5th, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Being an introvert in an extroverts’ world is never easy.

    That is what high school was like for me.

  • Ella


    October 6th, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Maybe the access to wifi and broadband increase but I suspect that the only reason that it then seems that racial activity goes up is because people are out there broadcasting it.
    It’s not that this was not there before but now people have more of a platform from which to stand and spew their hateful thoughts.

  • Genevieve B

    Genevieve B

    October 7th, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    The reason that there continues to be teen pregnancies is because an abortion doesn’t solve the real problem. Yes, it solves the immediate problem of what to do with this pregnancy but it is not addressing what is really causing these teen girls to go out and get pregnant. It is not addressing the behavior that causes them nor is it facing that these girls in all likelihood have real issues that urge them to follow this kind of behavioral pattern.

  • mary


    October 9th, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    I cannot imagine being a journalist in some of these war torn countries today. You will always see much pain and sadness, how do you ever leave some of that behind and maintain a normal home life? That would be so hard!

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