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The Harm of Solitary Confinement
I first realized how important jail and prison are to individuals with serious mental illness when I noticed, early in my career , that my patients in community clinics were talking about time they had spent behind bars. My friends and colleagues had not been incarcerated, and I had not heard much about mental illness behind bars while I was in training. Then I was asked to tour the Los Angeles County Men s Central Jail and testify as a psychiatric expert ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Jul 12
NRL scientists find high prevalence of antibiotic resistance in Kenya
WASHINGTON - Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant global public health problems and is rising in many developing nations due to over-use of antimicrobial agents, widespread availability of counterfeit or substandard medicines and poor infection control measures. In a joint effort between the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory NRL , U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Kenya USAMRD-K , Kenya Medical Research Institute KEMRI , and University of ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Immune system may keep body from neutralizing HIV-1 virus
AURORA, Colo. June 11, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that a process protecting the body from autoimmune disease appears to prevent it from creating antibodies that can neutralize the HIV-1 virus, a finding that could possibly help lead to a vaccine that stimulates production of these antibodies. The study, led by Raul M. Torres, PhD, professor of immunology and microbiology at the University of Col ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Research raises antibiotic questions
A James Cook University scientist has warned about the side effects of overusing topical antibiotics, including concerns they re contributing to global antibiotic resistance. The ground-breaking work from JCU Professor of General Practice Dr Clare Heal and her team has featured in the British Journal of Surgery -- the premier peer-reviewed surgical journal in Europe and one of the top surgical journals in the world. Professor Heal said the researchers look ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Insufficient levels of Vitamin D in pregnancy detrimental to child development
Vitamin D deficiency in expectant mothers during pregnancy has a negative effect on the social development and motor skills of pre-school age children, a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition reports. Examining data gathered from over 7,000 mother-child pairs , researchers from the University of Surrey, and the University of Bristol, discovered that pregnant women who were deficient in vitamin D less than 50 nmol per litre in blood were more likely ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Football boosts bone development in boys
Playing football can improve bone development in adolescent boys, new research shows. In a study comparing adolescent footballers to swimmers, cyclists and a control group of boys not involved in regular sport, scientists at the University of Exeter found football led to significantly better bones after one year of training. Adolescence is the key period for bone development, and poor development at this stage is linked to reduced peak bone mass the amount ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Live-in grandparents helped human ancestors get a safer night's sleep
DURHAM, N.C. -- A sound night s sleep grows more elusive as people get older. But what some call insomnia may actually be an age-old survival mechanism, researchers report. A study of modern hunter-gatherers in Tanzania finds that, for people who live in groups, differences in sleep patterns commonly associated with age help ensure that at least one person is awake at all times. The research suggests that mismatched sleep schedules and restless nights may ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Study: After watching disturbing video, CPAP usage soars
Like more than 20 million other Americans, John Brugger has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He snored, tossed and turned, and struggled to breathe during the night, which often left him not only exhausted the next day, but also raised his risk of heart attack, stroke and car accidents. Fed up, Brugger went to his doctor, who suggested he use a CPAP machine, which delivers air through a face mask while he sleeps to keep his throat open with continuous posi ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Doctor cautions against denial of the opioid epidemic
When a family physician moved to a new rural community, she was unprepared for the constant flow of patients seeking prescriptions for opioids. In this essay, she recounts her patients denial and anger and her own feelings of frustration and burnout as she tried to balance good medical care with the wants of her patients. A turning point came when she received training in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Her role transformed from a villa ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Who should treat patients with opioid use disorder?
In a Point Counterpoint, two doctors debate whether or not family physicians should provide medication-assisted treatment to their patients with opioid use disorder. Family physician David Loxterkamp states that family medicine, with its focus on relationships, communities, and team-based care, must be at the forefront of treating patients touched by this epidemic. Because family physicians know how to listen, care, and be present for their patients, Loxte ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Deprescribing in primary care runs counter to medical culture
Although deprescribing tapering and withdrawing medicines when risks outweigh potential benefits is essential to best prescribing practices, it runs counter to patient expectations, medical culture, and organizational factors. In a qualitative study of 24 primary care physicians in Auckland, New Zealand, participants recognized the importance of deprescribing for older patients, while identifying many barriers and few incentives to the practice. Less exper ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
Insured patients have limited access to behavioral health care
A health plan s ability to offer access to clinicians in primary and specialty care is crucial to ensuring access to care. New research finds that access to outpatient behavioral health care varies widely depending on insurance company and level of training, 10-59 percent of clinicians can offer a new patient appointment, with psychiatry appointments particularly difficult to schedule. Using a secret shopper method, three researchers made 1,932 calls to be ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jul 12
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