American Girl Doll Connects to Kids with Diabetes

Having Type 1 diabetes can be a trying experience for a little girl, with all sorts of uncertainties coloring classmates perceptions, but one toymaker wants to easy those worries. The American Girl company recently released a new diabetes kit for its dolls, which comes complete with a blood sugar monitor, insulin pump and glucose tablets, among other items, the New York Times reports. The company rolled out the new item following discussion among its design team, and a request from Anja Busse, a 13-year-old Wisconsinite with Type 1, who gathered some 7,000 signatures on a petition. Anja tells the Times that the new kit helps girls to cope with their diagnoses, as well as educate others to help dispel any myths about Type 1. This isn’t the first health-related item created by the doll maker, as its previously released items such as wheelchairs, eye glasses, hearing aids and service dogs for its figurines. 

High-rise Health Clinic in California

Luxury apartment complexes often have their own grocery stores, workout facilities and cleaners, so why not add health clinic to the list? Stanford Health Care and the Irvine Company announced the opening of an express care clinic at a 1,308-home apartment complex in San Jose, California, Mercury News reports. The clinic will be open to anyone, the report says, even those without health insurance and will be staffed by at least one physician and a nurse or physicians assistant during the five-day business week. Residents won’t need to leave the complex for lab services, because the clinic offers blood tests and electrocardiograms on site. Now we’re one step closer to never having to leave our homes for anything.

Don’t Put Too Much Trust In That Herbal Remedy

Look into many cabinets across the world and you’ll likely find some sort of herbal remedy in there, but researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Stony Brook University urge long-term users of some these remedies to be weary. A study published in EMBO Reports that the plant, Aristolochia, found in herbals, especially in Asia, can cause aristolochic acid nephropathy. Between 1997 and 2003, nearly eight million people were exposed to herbals containing Aristolochia that can lead to interstitial nephritis, renal failure and cancers of the urinary track, which don't sound like minor maladies, the authors of the study report. “The history of Aristolachia indicates that other herbs that have been used for a long time may also have toxic and/or carcinogenic compounds,”said Donald Marcus, M.D. and Arthur Grollman, M.D. and authors of the study. “It is prudent to assume that many herbs may contain toxic or carcinogenic substances that can cause subsequent health problems for humans.”

From Vermont to Vegas — Some States Are Behind in Care

Take a road-trip from Nevada to Vermont to see how much variation there is between states, and that variation remains true for the amount of access to a source of reliable medical care across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A survey done by the CDC found that in 2014, 17.3 percent of adults 18-64 lacked a usual place for medical care — but ranging from a meager 2.8 percent in Vermont to 26.7 percent in Nevada. And even more concerning is the 34 percent of adults in the same age range hadn’t seen or even talked with a doctor in 12 months.

Mistakes Happen and One Hospital is Going Public with Them

Improving safety is a goal for all hospitals, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts is using their Safety Matters blog to describe mistakes made at their facility and steps they are taking to keep them from happening again, STATnews.com reports. The public blog also includes comments from the patient involved in the mistake when possible, and gets permission from clinicians and patients before publishing for HIPPA compliance. One post involved an 85-year old woman who received a delayed cancer diagnosis after her radiologist didn’t communicate the abnormal growth finding to her primary care provider. The cancer diagnosis was made five-months later, but the patient and her daughter were told of the mistake, resulting in the daughter sharing her story during rounds at the hospital. “My mother would be happy to know if this makes a difference for somebody else," said her daughter in a Safety Matters post