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While it’s known that Cannabidiol is the part of the cannabis plant that won’t get you high, there are few trials to support claims that it aids a range of problems from anxiety to diabetes. Public health news also report on the longterm effects of childhood punishments; pitting germs against each other; mental health benefits of going to green spaces; a quit-smoking message in an obit; smoking’s impact on vision; Ireland’s rising HIV rates; a giant fighter against Ebola retires; minimizing risks of falling and how to be a better talker, as well.
It might be better to try a more adaptive, counterintuitive approach to the disease, some health experts are now saying. Earlier generations approached the disease with shame and frustration, which is “extremely unhelpful to families and their elders,” says geriatrician Bill Thomas. News on public health focuses on sepsis; sunscreen; black lung disease; food allergies; HIV wellness; health care at the drugstore and dietary supplements, as well.
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The 18-member committee representing the World Health Organization will meet in March and begin to address calls for standards that scientists could adhere to. News on public health looks at an increase of heart attacks among young women; child flu deaths; a teen survey on mental health; sleep deprivation and health; a shortage of female surgeons; and HIV in rural America.
“Simply put we’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” top health officials said. The transfusions, which involve pumping a young person’s blood into the consumer, are marketed toward preventing aging, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other serious disease.
More than 200,000 patients age 65 and older receive dialysis and are often told they’d die without it, yet few are informed about a conservative option that helps manage the disease. Public health news also looks at spanking; gay Catholic priests; CBD oil; a CRISPR patent; unsafe radiation exposure; presidents’ public speech patterns; new Ebola treatments and more.
The change in estrogen doesn’t just effect fertility, scientists are beginning to understand. It also effects how the brain is protected from aging. In other women’s health news: heart attacks, genetic testing, pregnancy and breast cancer.
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A study published in Nature mines large databases and reports that while big teams help drive progress, they are best suited for confirming novel findings, rather than generating them. Public health news also looks at beneficial insects; a failed uterus transplant; chronic inflammation’s toll on memory; income predictors at age 6; and aging-in-place pitfalls.
News on the science of rest focuses on the health impact of sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night, the sleep needs of teens, snoring, changing patterns as adults age, and the risks of sleep aids.
Nobel laureate Alvin Roth deserves much of the credit for coming up with a solution for increasing the number of donors and getting people off dialysis sooner. Other public health news focuses on self-harming images; Duchenne muscular dystrophy; hangover prevention; cocktail safety; living alone; breast implants and more.
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African-Americans have long complained of being ignored by doctors and having their concerns downplayed, with several studies over the years even showing that white doctors sometimes think black patients are less likely to feel pain. The controversy over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who was graduating from medical school at the time the blackface photo was published, has, for some, reaffirmed that mistrust. In other public health news: Alzheimer’s, wildfires, e-cigarettes, HIV-tainted blood and more.
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The study is the first to find a way for patients to lower their risk of mild cognitive impairment. “I think it actually is very exciting because it tells us that by improving vascular health in a comprehensive way, we could actually have an effect on brain health,” said Dr. Kristine Yaffe, a professor of psychiatry and neurology at University of California San Francisco.
Mental health centers in Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and other states are adding in-patient internet addiction treatment to their line of services. But some health experts view internet addiction as a false condition. Public health news also focuses on a potential cure for sickle-cell; lessons from a Rwandan medical school; dealing with dementia in the workplace; an overlooked, dangerous infection; tips to avoid a cold; prediction models for pandemics; secrets of unlocking mysterious fascia; naming and taming your anger and problems with scooters.
The research found that bacteria associated with gum disease was also in 96 percent of the brains of people with Alzheimer’s used in the study. But more research will need to be done to determine exactly what role it plays in the progression of the disease. In other public health news: transgender students, sleep, the Doomsday clock, Photoshopping, paid parental leave, climate change, and more.
A recent court case over a theater program and a child with a peanut allergy highlights the social isolation some young people deal with when they have a food allergy. “The child starts to feel like he or she is the problem,” said Dr. James Baker Jr., the director of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan. In other public health news: stem cells, embryos, physician burnout, vitamin D, sleep, mental health, and more.