When the Team heard that TV news was covering surgical doctors leaving their patients before surgery ended, this week, we were pleased as we had brought you this in our What’s News Blog, months ago! That is who we are—reporters on all that is known in health and as soon as we can get the word out to you!
Here is what is news in health now:
- Inflammation of the gums can lead to stroke as we knew, but now the findings show that the worse the inflammation, the higher the risk of stroke.
- More in the news about inflammation now with regard to depression: brains of depressed patients who have inflammation look different from brains of those who are just depressed without inflammation.
Different connectivity patterns in the brain are found and different signaling. It seems that inflammatory processes change the way parts of the brain speak to each other. The immune system seems to underlie so much with regard to disease and now even mood. Doctors have found that interferon-alpha which is given for hepatitis C induces every brain body function associated with major depression. More research shows that early-life adversity is associated with certain chemicals which led to depression. Adversity can cause inflammation which predisposes people to depression. It perhaps sets people up to be ready for upset and chronic elevated inflammation can predict increased depression later on. Soon it is thought that a blood test for C-reactive protein might help to navigate the body’s chemical reaction on mood such that it will be clearer how to treat depression.
- Peri-menopausal and menopausal women may have depression just linked to the severity of their hot flashes. The Team thinks it is a function of control and when people feel they have more control over their well-being they are usually not as depressed. That said, anti-depressants seem to help in these cases.
- In the news is the question of whether young adults dealing with dating or love loss should take anti-depressants which may produce difficult withdrawal symptoms when it is time to consider conception, etc..And that this is a normal part of growing pains and growing up. What do you think?
- People who drink coffee are less likely to be obese, have high blood pressure or diabetes. It may lower the risk of stomach and skin cancers, heart failure and depression. And can increase alertness, concentration and focus.
- Trend from Paleo to a more Mediterranean diet is in the news. Now eating red meat almost daily for decades is associated with diverticulitis.
- Vitamin D the hormone which we previously wrote about, may also help with balance in older women and reduce their falls especially if they have Vitamin D levels less than 20. Exercise can be very helpful in these instances too.
- People on statins who have muscle pain are helped when they take the hormone Vitamin D. It is important also for people on statins to take CoQ 10 or ubiquinol. Please check with your doctor for what is best for you.
- Cause of death from diabetes is not being put on the records and appears that four times as many people die from this as thought. And it appears to be the 3rd biggest cause of death, not the 7th.
- MRI’s are in the news and their hazards are also under-reported. People are injured by their projectile accidents and these can even be hazardous when the electricity is not on, just because of their huge magnetic force. More significant standards are needed to prevent these accidents.
- Toxic chemicals are found in people’s blood level due to products such as foam, plastics and textiles using flame retardants. This is cancer-causing and also trips up the immune system. We recommend being aware!