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Trace amounts of flame retardants, banned in the U.S. for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new Indiana University research. The chemicals are linked to health concerns including hormone disruption and low birth rate. PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, were commonly used flame retardants in building materials, electronics and textiles until they were banned in 2004. The chemicals leach into the…

Trace amounts of flame retardants, banned in the U.S. for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new Indiana University research. The chemicals are linked to health concerns including hormone disruption and low birth rate. PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, were commonly used flame retardants in building materials, electronics and textiles until they were banned in 2004. The chemicals leach into the…

2017-One of the applications for marijuana is epilepsy treatment, which remains a frontier with significant unmet need, since nearly 30% of epilepsy patients experience little to no relief from standard drug therapies. Now, a new study supports the medicalization of marijuana by providing evidence that a compound found in the plant has a pronounced effect on the number and severity of epileptic seizures. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive chemical compound in marijuana that was first…

2017-One of the applications for marijuana is epilepsy treatment, which remains a frontier with significant unmet need, since nearly 30% of epilepsy patients experience little to no relief from standard drug therapies. Now, a new study supports the medicalization of marijuana by providing evidence that a compound found in the plant has a pronounced effect on the number and severity of epileptic seizures. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive chemical compound in marijuana that was first…

2016 -FDA Warning: Antipsychotic Drug May Lead to Urges to Gamble, Binge Eat, Shop, & Have Sex

2016 -FDA Warning: Antipsychotic Drug May Lead to Urges to Gamble, Binge Eat, Shop, & Have Sex

What the company found during the trials is that so-called pressure ulcers aren't caused by pressure at all but rather by what happens when moisture, friction and shear of bed linens interact with skin."There's been so much focus for decades on managing the pressure of the surface. Billions of dollars have been spent, and there are 200 surface products, mattresses and things that go on them that focus on pressure. They still put the lowest-grade cotton or poly-cotton linens on them -that's…

What the company found during the trials is that so-called pressure ulcers aren't caused by pressure at all but rather by what happens when moisture, friction and shear of bed linens interact with skin."There's been so much focus for decades on managing the pressure of the surface. Billions of dollars have been spent, and there are 200 surface products, mattresses and things that go on them that focus on pressure. They still put the lowest-grade cotton or poly-cotton linens on them -that's…

Losing teeth raises older adults' risks for physical and mental disability -- ScienceDaily

Losing teeth raises older adults' risks for physical and mental disability

Losing teeth raises older adults' risks for physical and mental disability -- ScienceDaily

A new application of a common clinical test, the positron emission tomography (PET) scan, seems to be able to differentiate between minimally conscious brains and those in a vegetative state. The work could help doctors figure out which brain trauma patients are the most likely to recover—and even shed light on the nature of consciousness.

A new application of a common clinical test, the positron emission tomography (PET) scan, seems to be able to differentiate between minimally conscious brains and those in a vegetative state. The work could help doctors figure out which brain trauma patients are the most likely to recover—and even shed light on the nature of consciousness.

While many people can experience multiple stressful events and be fine, others might only have one instance of stress and still feel repercussions for years. Some people appear to become resistant to stress such as those who work in stressful jobs like police officers, firefighters and other jobs that involve danger. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is considered a mental illness, but new research shows that there is a definite physical component in the brain.

While many people can experience multiple stressful events and be fine, others might only have one instance of stress and still feel repercussions for years. Some people appear to become resistant to stress such as those who work in stressful jobs like police officers, firefighters and other jobs that involve danger. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is considered a mental illness, but new research shows that there is a definite physical component in the brain.

How primary care is being held hostage to tertiary care

How primary care is being held hostage to tertiary care

We must stop allowing buttholes to design primary care delivery in America.

This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The guideline addresses 1) when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; 2) opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and 3) assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use. CDC developed the guideline using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and…

This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The guideline addresses 1) when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; 2) opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and 3) assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use. CDC developed the guideline using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and…

Does Blockchain Have A Place in Healthcare?

Does Blockchain Have A Place in Healthcare?

2016 - IMS Institute Report Examines Medicine Use and Spending in 2015 | BioPharm International

2016 - IMS Institute Report Examines Medicine Use and Spending in 2015 | BioPharm International

Health Problems, Medical Marijuana, and Treatment in Pictures

Health Problems, Medical Marijuana, and Treatment in Pictures

2016-This year, the team is turning its attention to textiles, designing items for patients with neurological illnesses. The gloves are the latest project. They are embedded with sensors on the fingers and thumb that measure tremors and rigidity—common symptoms of Parkinson’s.  The gloves, in turn, are connected to cell phones, which process the data and deliver it to neurologists in their offices. This way, doctors can manage the treatment plan of the patient day-to-day, ensuring that…

2016-This year, the team is turning its attention to textiles, designing items for patients with neurological illnesses. The gloves are the latest project. They are embedded with sensors on the fingers and thumb that measure tremors and rigidity—common symptoms of Parkinson’s. The gloves, in turn, are connected to cell phones, which process the data and deliver it to neurologists in their offices. This way, doctors can manage the treatment plan of the patient day-to-day, ensuring that…

Cardiovascular responses to sugary drinks in humans: galactose presents milder cardiac effects than glucose or fructose. - PubMed - NCBI

Cardiovascular responses to sugary drinks in humans: galactose presents milder cardiac effects than glucose or fructose. - PubMed - NCBI

LED Streetlights Could be Harmful, AMA Warns

LED Streetlights Could be Harmful, AMA Warns

2016- Specifically, physicians commonly prescribed antidepressants for insomnia and pain, and anxiety and panic disorders, which are seen as variants of depression. But physicians also wrote antidepressant prescriptions for several nondepressive indications, including migraine, vasomotor symptoms of menopause, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders, and digestive system disorders.

2016- Specifically, physicians commonly prescribed antidepressants for insomnia and pain, and anxiety and panic disorders, which are seen as variants of depression. But physicians also wrote antidepressant prescriptions for several nondepressive indications, including migraine, vasomotor symptoms of menopause, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders, and digestive system disorders.