Pollution Hurts Children

This is a no brainer. We know that pollution is harmful to our health. What is new is that it can harm the unborn. From WaPo: High blood pressure typically occurs in adulthood, so when children develop the condition, it often means something is very wrong. A child...

Less Heart Disease in Immigrants

This is no surprise. Once immigrants are exposed to our tasty but high fat diets, they then should have the same risk of stroke and heart disease as native Americans. I suspect that the children of immigrants have the same heart and stroke risk as the American general...

ICU Burnout

ICU Burnout is real. From MedPage Today: Burnout in the intensive care unit is nothing new. But there is increasing awareness of the unacceptable cost of provider burnout to ICU workers, ICU patients, and the economic bottom line of hospitals, an expert panel agreed...

Community Health Centers need funding

Many of these centers are the backbone of medical care in under served areas. From the Hill: More than 100 House Republicans are calling on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to quickly reauthorize a pot of money crucial to community health centers, which service millions of...

Considering a Ban on High-Dose Opioids

I would bet that the data shows that these high-dose opioids are not really the problem. I suspect what is abused is the regular low dose opioids but I need to see the data. I’m not sure if this proposal helps or hurts the problem. From CNN.com: Groups...

Lithium and Alzheimer’s

Lithium. Who knew? From Reuters:    Long-term consumption of tiny amounts of lithium may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, but only if the dose isn’t too small, according to a study that looked at levels of the element in...

Coffee may be good for you

After being told, as a child, that coffee was  bad for you. It is odd to hear that all of that was probably wrong. Coffee may in fact be good for you. From Reuters: People who drink the most coffee are less likely to die than those who drink the least or none,...

Mental illness in the US

Over the last 20 years, there has been less and less funding for mental illness. Reuters: More than 8 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress, and they’re less likely to access healthcare services than other people, a U.S. study suggests....

Diabetes killing more than expected

Diabetes complicates everything. WaPo: Nearly four times as many Americans may die of diabetes as indicated on death certificates, a rate that would bump the disease up from the seventh-leading cause of death to No. 3, according to estimates in a recent study....