CHILDREN'S HEALTH

News In Health First Week of March 2017

Incredible reverse for La La Land at the Oscars last weekend. And another week of Trumps’ interactions with the press and officials on a background of increasing racial tensions this week. While hate seems to be ”up” we are keeping it cool to focus on health trends and what is new in health so we can bring you the latest.  You can be certain that much is new!

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What is News In Health This week 2/25/17

While we are currently and constantly, it seems, receiving alerts about changes in government and what Trump said, did not really mean, or did not really say..or while we are seeing changes in climate that are quite radical with 70 degree temperatures in New York and flooding in Northern California, we still have our ears to what is news in health this week--as that is our promise to you to feature this!  

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Health News This Week February 2017

 

Between the weather's ups and downs and the constant shock and surprises in Washington, there is so much going on. Still, we wanted to make sure to give you updates about what is news in health this week.

Regarding eating disorders, family based therapy still works well. It consists of teaching parents not to respond emotionally, being too supportive, too angry or too removed.  Parents should allow for breathing room in between themselves and their teens and learn also how to not be provoked by their child’s behavior.  Instead there should be an acknowledgement to the child: “Oh you need this, you are doing this, we understand.”

Parents need to stop blaming themselves and/or their child for their eating disorder illness.

Low dose CT scans for lung cancer screenings are producing false alarms indicating lung cancer.  Be aware.

 

How fast you walk is a strong predictor of mortality and is related to arthritis in the hip and knees, to muscle strength, pain, balance, vitamin supplementation, fall risk, cardiovascular status, etc.. This has doctors rethinking how their patients walk and how well they take care of themselves, put on and take off their socks and what their feet look like.  Your feet are your bodies' foundation and without foot health, you are likely to incur other physical issues. 

Stroke risk with people who have Alzheimer’s Disease has been seen to increase if they take Valium, Klonopin or Ativan.   

Most newborns whose mothers used opioids during pregnancy, have neonatal withdrawal.  This affects 55% to 94% of these newborns.  The withdrawal reactions include dehydration, weight loss, fever, tremors and irritability.  The amount of kids and teens who have been hospitalized for opioid poisoning has doubled recently.

People who are overweight or obese and who also have daytime sleepiness have found that when they lose weight purposefully, their sleepiness goes away.   

Keeping the brain active and busy appears to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70+. Activities listed include: craft projects, playing games and participating in social activities as well as using a computer.

If someone is on an anti-depressant medicine and uses anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or acetaminophen, it can hinder the effectiveness of the antidepressant.

When post-menopausal women use hormone therapy they significantly reduce their chances of having vascular dementia and to a smaller extent, they decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

An interesting study of older people (80 year olds) who developed high blood pressure, were 42% less likely to develop dementia and those who developed high blood pressure after age 90 were 63% less likely to develop dementia.

More on marijuana use and what it does:

  • Found to be of anti-nausea and anti-vomiting use in adults who undergo chemotherapy.
  • Found to be a pain reliever in adults with chronic pain.
  • For those with Multiple Sclerosis, found to be an antispasmodic agent for spasticity.
  • Increases risk of death from motor vehicle accidents following use.
  • Risk of accidental overdose in children.
  • Long-term use can worsen respiratory symptoms and lead to chronic bronchitis.
  • Hindrance of learning, memory and attention related performance if used within 24 hours.
  • If used daily by those with bipolar disorder there are increased thoughts of suicide.
  • Helps with sleep in people who have a serious illness.
  • It is also used effectively for sleep apnea at times. 

Over the past 10 years, many 65+ year olds in the U.S. are being prescribed three or more medicines that affect the central nervous system and this has doubled from prior years. Those taking antidepressants, antipsychotics, painkillers, and/or sleep aids—did not appear to have a mental health or pain diagnosis.  Consider everything your are doing!

 

Take charge of your life and your health.

You can choose your path!

Choose to win!


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Slip, Slop, Wrap and Check are Actions to Prevent Melanoma

 

It would be great if you could prevent melanoma. Risk factors for melanoma include age, gender, race, your immune system, your steps towards prevention and your family history. 

And while you cannot quite prevent melanoma, you can mitigate the risks of getting it and also of dying from it--as we read from all the current information out there.

The American Cancer Society suggests: SLIP, SLOP AND WRAP. We add to it-CHECK, D, LOWER ALCOHOL, EXERCISE AND DIET TO MITIGATE INFLAMMATION.

Since we are not doctors, please check with yours or your health provider!  

It is suggested that people limit exposure to ultraviolet rays and stay in the shade when outdoors.

Our Teams' recap on what we think are actions that people can take that can be useful:

  • slip on a shirt,
  • slop on sunscreen-use a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen of 15 or higher and year round.
  • slap on a hat and
  • wrap on sunglasses.
  • avoid tanning lamps and beds.
  • avoid midday sun. 
  • check-for moles by doing self-exams monthly or having a partner look at places you cannot see such as the scalp, behind ears and knees and other hard to see places.
  • be mindful of your immune system--if you have HIV or have taken drugs for organ transplants, you can be at greater risk. 
  • Vitamin D has been linked to melanoma survival.[i]  Lower vitamin D levels have poorer outcomes with melanoma  [ii] 
  • Alcohol is linked to risk of developing invasive melanoma, especially white wine drinking and in the area of the body which gets less sun exposure-the trunk of the body—and was not increased in the head areas the neck or the extremities. This was found in non-Caucasian people.   Some theories have been that drinking aggravates sunburn severity.  One drink per day increased the risk of melanoma by 14%. [iii]

Regarding coffee [iv] consumption, it has been suggested that in animals at least there is some protective effect on the development of melanoma—though not totally conclusive.  

What is new is that there is a compound being worked up now that can prevent melanoma from metastasizing or spreading at about a 90% rate.  It blocks a gene activity that relates to the spreading-blocking cancer migration and can increase patient survival. this is welcome news in 2017 for those at risk.

Melanoma is more deadly in men it appears at twice the likelihood to die. Apparently a tumor suppressor gene on the X chromosome is lower in males perhaps due to the Y chromosome not two X ones.[v].

The Northeast U.S. has had larger drops in melanoma over ten years 2003-2013. 11% decrease in incidence versus a greater increase in the South. This was attributed to more aggressive prevention programs. [vi] 

With the growth in the Hispanic population, more research, strategy and early diagnosis of melanoma will need to be in place [vii].  Rates are higher among males, including on the trunk of the body and later stage diagnosis and thicker tumors were found on males.  Even though rates are down, prevention and awareness interventions need to occur with this growing population.

There is other data regarding skin cancer-but non-melanoma cancer that we wanted to share as well: 

  • Breast cancer risk of more advanced-stage breast cancer is reported in women who don’t have melanoma skin cancer but have other skin cancer. [viii]
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer and statin use[ix], indicates that lipophilic statins are associated with an increase of non-melanoma skin cancer in post menopausal women. High or low but not medium potency statins were associated for these women-and it is not certain why. We invite you to make certain that meds you are on are necessary to take.

Be informed.

Cover yourself!

Check yourself!

Have your hormone D levels checked too.

Watch the alcohol.

Keep your C-reactive protein levels at bay viii

Exercise is good and lower stress always.

WE CAN CHOOSE!

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[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27001565

 

[iii] https://melanomanewstoday.com/2016/12/13/alcohol-consumption-linked-risk-invasive-melanoma/

[iv] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26547919

[v] https://melanomanewstoday.com/2017/01/03/x-chromosome-study-why-men-deadly-melanoma/

[vi] https://melanomanewstoday.com/2017/01/12/melanoma-rate-changes-in-united-states-2003-to-2013-reported/

[vii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27021339

[viii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23760856?log$=activity

 

[ix] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26742009

viii https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25779565

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Health News For This Coming Week

 

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More Health News This Week

The holidays are in full swing and we still want to keep you ahead of the curve in what is news in health.  So the Team like Santa's elves, have been busy assembling this information for you and your family!

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What is Health News, this Week!

 

A lot is news.  

As a nation we are grappling with the impact of data every day—from data’s breach and hacking issues to its' quantifiable information which can be useful as you navigate your health.

The Team wants you to know "what is news" this week in health. The data is out there and it is for you!

  • In adolescents, depression seems related to fear, anxiety, irritability and a reaction to adversity in their lives.
  • One schizophrenia patient, after treatment with a fluoroquenelone antibiotic called Cirpo, died. We have written about fleuroquenolones and black box warnings. She was also taking: 
    • levocetirizine (for seasonal allergies).
    • Fish oil, aspirin
    • Famotidine
    • L-thyroxine
    • Memantine
    • N-acetylcysteine
    • Bupropion Escitalopram
    • Clozapine.
  • Those with binge eating disorders deal with greater expenses regarding to productivity at work and level of resources available to them for health care than those without the binge disorders.
  • Those who smoke at a low intensity and long- term, are risking death even though their tobacco use is low. In Baby Boomers, those born in 1946-1964, low intensity smoking is related to marijuana use.  
  • For depressed Lupus patients (SLE), supportive counseling is helpful to improve symptoms.
  • Cancer death can be lessened perhaps, by such patients having better cardio-respiratory fitness.
  • Statistics reveal that almost one-fifth of the U.S. population experienced mental illness in 2014 with 4.2% having serious mental illness.
  • The Senate Committee calls for a ban on simultaneous surgeries and highlights the issues at hand for this process in our hospitals. One issue is that there is no patient consent and over 5,000 U.S. hospitals seem lacking in policy regarding this type of multi-surgery action.  
  • Kidney donation seems to be effective even when the donation is from healthy older donors.
  • Approximately 6 percent of Zika-infected pregnant women in the United States had a baby or fetus with at least one birth defect related to the viral infection.  
  • Big variations are seen in various areas of the United States as the leading cause of death. Violent deaths are higher in the west, death from drugs higher in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and New Mexico.  Death by neurological issues are higher in eastern Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama and for cancer highest in Florida areas, Alaska areas, Kansas areas, Kentucky areas.  And from heart issues, along the southern Mississippi River. From liver issues due to drinking in: New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and North and South Dakota.
  • Medical students now are reporting having disabilities such as ADHD, learning disabilities, psychological, mobility and sensory disabilities. Perhaps suffering leads people to want to help others.
  • For people with Parkinson’s, there is a 50-75% risk of psychosis so doctors need to assess this risk and be on top of it.  In general, managing Parkinsons involves managing motor symptoms and minimizing dyskinesia. Also managing medicine reactions including those of anti-psychotic meds which can worsen motor functioning.
  • For women seeking abortion there is surprisingly no increase in negative mental health issues. And for the women who were denied an abortion or who went on to miscarry or have an abortion elsewhere, they experienced higher levels of anxiety, low self-esteem and life dissatisfaction one week after being denied. 
  • Suicide claims lives of more people than war and natural disasters. It is estimated that about 44,000 Americans die each year and there seems to be no certain analysis to their demographics, cultural background or where they live.

We can choose especially when we have up to the minute information!

Choose to Win!

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Medical News This Week

The team is lucky to have access to the latest medical information which we break down and serve up for you weekly so you have what is news in medicine and health!

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Oxytocin, The Love Hormone

Our team is very interested in hormones and how it they affect the human body, mind and spirit.  We have written about the hormone Vitamin D, and today we are exploring oxytocin because a physician friend shared that she was investing in research into the effects of oxytocin on autism. 

Oxytocin is a neuropeptide which acts both as a hormone and as a brain neurotransmitter[i].

What if this hormone could really influence social behavior in individuals?

What if oxytocin could help those with social phobias? What could the implications be for people with depression and social withdrawal?

We looked the current literature and we wanted to share it with you.

One summary article stated that this is a bliss hormone that can heal the body.[ii] That oxytocin plays an important part in birth, lactation and bonding.  During childbirth oxytocin stimulates uterine contractions and enhances the relationship between mother and child.And it plays a role in sexual arousal.  
It is nature’s way or sealant for bonding with others enhancing a sense of trust, optimism, mastery and self-esteem.

During love and intercourse, oxytocin surges facilitating the emotions of love and trust strengthening a bond in romance.

The article goes on to state how oxytocin dips during PTSD--post traumatic stress disorder-- when people experience fear and anxiety. Oxytocin is also low when there is childhood trauma and can influence relationships and physical health.  In certain cases of ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, a receptor site for oxytocin is genetically unavailable and sometimes the production of the hormone is extremely low as well.  The article speaks also about digestion and gut function and states that oxytocin levels can influence the brain to calm gastrointestinal inflammation reducing food sensitivities, autoimmune disorders and systemic infections.

Dr. Joseph Mercola[iii] summarizes that oxytocin can counteract stress by decreasing the level of cortisol and lowers blood pressure, too. He recaps that oxytocin plays a role in why pet owners heal faster than non-pet owners, why couples live longer than singles and why being a part of groups work for people with addiction and disease.  The hormone has also been able to reduce addiction cravings for alcohol, drugs and sugar.  Mercola specifies that oxytocin can benefit the heart and heal it from damage by reducing cell death and inflammation.

 

It is suggested that a 20 second hug along with ten minutes of hand-holding reduces the harmful physical effects of stress on the body.

This can be motivation enough to try and does not cost anything!

 

Over the past decade there have been a wide variety of studies done with regard to autism and oxytocin treatment, etc., especially to treat reciprocity in social behavior. 

A current review article[iv], suggests that “acute oxytocin administration improves numerous markers critical to the social circuitry underlying social deficits in autism and that oxytocin might optimize circuits, enhance reward, motivation and learning to improve therapeutic outcomes.”

And concludes that there are a range of treatment strategies including greater focus on oxytocin use that have a neurobiological root in social behavior.  Additional and more sophisticated trials are necessary to be done using these approaches placing oxytocin in the autism context.

 

 

One article about working together, [v] showed that participants in groups were able to work more collaboratively in decision making when oxytocin was administered.  Using oxytocin, the more competent member of a grouping of two was less likely to change their mind during a disagreement and the less competent member showed a greater conformity level when paired with a more reliable partner, suggesting that there can be an improved balance of influence and competence leading to better collaboration within partnerships.  

 

Clearly more research is necessary and underway.

And clearly too, it does not cost money to love, to hug and be tactile, to relax and to bond.

The evidence is in-- that the ways of bonding release oxytocin, and that this release leads to better health.

We can choose. We can choose to love, to hug, to win and to be healthy!

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