Weekly News Roundup: Congress Working on Social Security Reforms, Pills May Not Be Most Effective Treatment for Insomnia, Online Symptom-Checkers Misdiagnose More Often Than Not



Here are some of the top healthcare and disability headlines for July 21–27.

Big Social Security Bills in the Works with 2016 Cliff Approaching

Congress may be working on legislation to reform Social Security’s Disability program, but don’t expect it to pass anytime soon. The House and Senate will more than likely release separate bills introducing a combination of changes to the administrative-review process, work incentives, fraud provisions, and pilot projects in an attempt to prevent cuts to the Disability program late next year. However, a final solution isn’t expected until the final hours since many legislatures feel there is plenty of time left to debate and propose solutions. Read More

If You Have Insomnia, Pills May Not Be The Answer

Have trouble falling asleep? According to new research, cognitive behavioral therapy may be more effective than sleeping pills. Instead of lying in bed tossing and turning and worrying about how much sleep you will get, sleep experts recommend getting out of bed until you feel tired. If you get back in bed and find you still can’t fall asleep, get back out and do something until you can. If you don’t do this, your body will start to associate wakefulness and stress with the bed, which will only exacerbate the problem.  Read More

Online Symptom-Checkers Are Often Wrong

We’re all guilty of doing it. Instead of heading to the doctor when we think something may be wrong, we hop on Google to see if we can self-diagnose. However, more often than not, online symptom-checkers are wrong. Overall, computer programs offered accurate advice for 57 percent of the standardized scenarios that were used in researchers’ tests. The misdiagnoses encouraged people to seek care for minor issues or incorrectly told people real emergencies could wait. Read More