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With Frontotemporal Dementia Parts Of The Brain Associated With Personality Are Often Affected First

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Loved ones will notice changes to a person’s behavior rather than notice slips in memory like one would see in Alzheimer’s. Because of this, a frontotemporal dementia can be extremely hard on the families who don’t understand why their loved one is so different. In other public health news: a new HIV strain, insomnia, “femicide,” the practice of dopamine starvation, and more.

Mental Health Services Must Be Provided For Separated Migrant Parents, Kids Who Experienced Trauma, Judge Rules

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Judge John Kronstadt of the United States District Court in Los Angeles ordered the federal government to immediately make available mental health screenings and treatment to thousands of families. The judge cited precedent from previous cases where governments can be held liable when with “deliberate indifference” they place people in dangerous situations.

Physician Goes Behind The Scenes To Write Compelling Story About Treating Patients With New Cancer Gene Therapy

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Ilana Yurkiewicz, a physician and medical journalist at Stanford University, explains why CAR-T is only used in patients with certain cancers and tries to answer why they haven’t yet been shown to work against solid tumors in an UnDark article. Public health news is on breast cancer tests, fecal matter transplants, Zantac recalls, white male life expectancy, skin rashes, growing up with HIV, a retracted HIV study, live-streaming a mammogram, and how to get a good night’s sleep, as well.

Pediatricians More Likely To Ask About Smoke Alarm Safety Than Safe Storage Of Guns, Study Reports

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Suicide rates among young people are rising and about 4.6 million of U.S. children live in households with at least one gun that is loaded and unlocked, according to the study. Yet discussing gun safety is avoided by many pediatricians. Public health news is on opponents of assisted death, sugary drinks bans, tattoo risks, infant genome sequencing, social media and teens, eye tests for Alzheimer’s, childhood anxiety, seniors’ heavy duty flu shots, bedtime blood pressure meds, and more.

Several Low Scores Show Even U.S. Lacks Preparedness To Face Pandemic That Could Wipe Out Humanity, Report States

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Factors driving down America’s score include the risks of social unrest and terrorism, as well as low-public confidence in government. The report grades the efforts of 195 countries. Public health news is on the declining number of children in foster care, ”auto-brewery syndrome,” portable MRI, autism screenings, suicidal police officers, dementia, pros and cons of non-monogamy, and high fives for eating yogurt and fiber.