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This week we will be covering developments in drug price control, revival of vital organs, and new benefits of walking after meals
Senate to Pass New Act to Control Drug Prices
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A recent bill presented in the Senate is likely to be signed into law. Within the large package known as the Inflation Reduction Act, the Senate is going to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and is placing a cap on out-of-pocket costs at $2000 for medicine. This change is predicted to go into effect in 2026 with 10 drugs, and increase to 20 drugs by 2029. Along with these changes, many policy experts are saying that these changes will be significant and make an impact on the lives of Americans. 

Currently, more than three in four adults in the United States think prescription drugs are unaffordable and one in three do not take prescription medication due to price. For decades, congress has been in discussion on how to control drug prices; the expected passing of this bill will begin some resolution to this discussion.

New Research Group Revives Vital Organs of Pigs
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A new research group from Yale University has made a new scientific breakthrough with pigs. In the experiment, scientists were able to revive the organs of pigs up to a full hour after their death. According to components of the study, scientists heard a faint heartbeat and restoration of blood circulation in vital organs. Scientists have labeled this significant because from the current knowledge of death and organ function, the cells should not be able to function after such a long period of time after death.

This new discovery has the potential to dramatically positively affect the transplantation of vital organs in humans. With the organs able to function again, the worry of oxygen deprivation greatly decreases, and the likelihood of an organ functioning after the transplant greatly increases. The discovery raises an important ethical question on the definition of death. The researchers at Yale have said that there is still much work to be done, alongside the many bioethical questions to be answered about these types of operations and experiments.

BLUEPRINTS SPOTLIGHT
Emily Wallace is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Biomedical Engineering. She is passionate about improving others' lives in a medical context, through both scientific innovation and the elimination of healthcare disparities. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD and have a high-impact role in developing and distributing healthcare solutions.
Newfound Benefits of Walking After Meals
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In a recent analysis, researchers found new benefits of going for a walk after a meal. In addition to aiding in digestion, walking for even two minutes after a meal can help lower blood sugar levels and chances of getting type two diabetes. The analysis compared seven studies of the heart health of people who walked, stood and sat after meals, and found the healthiest group to be the people who walked after meals. The research furthermore found that the optimal window to walk is 60 to 90 minutes after a meal for as little as two to five minutes. 

For a more realistic approach, researchers recommend going for mini walks throughout the day to keep activity high, since going on a longer walk during the day may be not attainable. They suggest activities such as going for a short walk after a lunch on Zoom, or even taking the stairs to drop something off to a coworker. 

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