Good Stuff to Know July 2020

Steroid Shot Side Effects: Steroid Injections are BAD NEWS

Traditional medicine has a secret addiction that’s hurting patients. Like the addict who just can’t stop, it needs a serious intervention. What are physicians addicted to? Steroids shots that are reimbursed by insurance but that are making patients worse. So let’s dive into steroid shot side effects and find out what all of the traditional medical sites will never tell you.

Survey finds large increase in psychological distress reported among US adults during the COVID-19 pandemic

A new survey conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic found a more-than-threefold increase in the percentage of US adults who reported symptoms of psychological distress — from 3.9 percent in 2018 to 13.6 percent in April 2020.

Why some older adults remember better than others

New research marks the beginning of an effort to better understand memory and memory loss in older adults using advanced imaging and data analysis techniques. Even among healthy people, a faltering memory is often an expected part of aging — but it’s not inevitable.

Researchers urge halt in prescribing hydroxycholoroquine for COVID-19

Researchers urge a moratorium on prescribing chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, with or without azithromycin, to treat or prevent COVID-19, and caution that the reassuring safety profile of hydroxychloroquine may be more apparent than real. Safety data derive from decades of prescriptions by clinicians, primarily for their patients with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which are of greater prevalence in younger and middle age women, who are at very low risk of fatal heart outcomes due to hydroxychloroquine.

Slow easing of lockdowns may be better for global economy

A cautious approach to easing lockdown restrictions that reduces the risk of later lockdowns may be better for the global supply chain in the long run, according to a new modeling study.

Vitamin D levels appear to play role in COVID-19 mortality rates

Patients with severe deficiency are twice as likely to experience major complications. Researchers analyzed patient data from 10 countries. The team found a correlation between low vitamin D levels and hyperactive immune systems. Vitamin D strengthens innate immunity and prevents overactive immune responses. The finding could explain several mysteries, including why children are unlikely to die from COVID-19.

Restoring vision by gene therapy

Latest scientific findings give hope for people with incurable retinal degeneration. Macular degeneration is one of the major reasons for visual impairment. Scientists have now developed a therapeutic approach based on gene therapy. They managed to activate degenerated photoreceptors using near-infrared light.

Physical activity in all of its forms may help maintain muscle mass in midlife

Hormonal changes during menopause decrease muscle mass, but physical activity might slow the decrement. Loss of estrogen has an effect on muscles and leads to a decline in muscle mass. Physical activity in all of its forms may help maintain muscle mass in midlife.

Repetitive negative thinking linked to dementia risk

Persistently engaging in negative thinking patterns may raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, finds a new UCL-led study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

Unexpected uncertainty can breed paranoia

In times of unexpected uncertainty, such as the sudden appearance of a global pandemic, people may be more prone to paranoia, say researchers.

‘Playing hard to get’ really works; here’s why

Researchers examined the effects of playing hard to get, a mating strategy that is likely to instill a certain degree of uncertainty. In a new study they show that making the chase harder increases a potential mate’s desirability.

Mozart may reduce seizure frequency in people with epilepsy

A new clinical research study has found that a Mozart composition may reduce seizure frequency in patients with epilepsy.

A good vitamin D status can protect against cancer

A good vitamin D status is beneficial both in cancer prevention and in the prognosis of several cancers, according to a new research review. The anti-cancer effects of vitamin D are especially pronounced in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer and blood cancers. In addition, high vitamin D responsiveness can be linked to a smaller cancer risk. Vitamin D responsiveness varies between individuals, affecting their need for vitamin D supplementation.

The neurobiology of social distance

Why loneliness may be the biggest threat to survival and longevity. A new paper explores the wide-ranging, negative consequences that social isolation has on our psychological well-being and physical health, including decreased life span.

Should Sales Reps Vet the Products They Sell?

Does a medical distributorship have a responsibility to vet the products they sell to physicians? Or is this an arm’s length relationship and buyer beware? Today, let’s view this controversy through the lens of some of the products pushed by a medical sales company in the regenerative medicine space called Apex Biologix.

Physical activity prevents almost 4 million early deaths worldwide each year

At least 3.9 million early deaths are being averted worldwide every year by people being physically active, according to a new study using data from 168 countries. By showing how many deaths are averted, it might also be possible to frame the debate in a positive way and this could have benefits to advocacy, policy and population messaging.

Far-UVC light safely kills airborne coronaviruses, study finds

More than 99.9% of seasonal coronaviruses present in airborne droplets were killed when exposed to a particular wavelength of ultraviolet light that is safe to use around humans, a new study at Columbia University Irving Medical Center has found.

Three-quarters of US workers can’t work exclusively from home, face greater risks during pandemic

About three-quarters of US workers, or 108 million people, are in jobs that cannot be done from home during a pandemic, putting these workers at increased risk of exposure to disease. This majority of workers are also at higher risk for other job disruptions such as layoffs, furloughs or hours reductions, a new study shows.

Personality traits linked to toilet paper stockpiling

People who feel more threatened by COVID-19 and rank highly on scales of emotionality and conscientiousness were most likely to stockpile toilet paper in March 2020, according to a new study.

A father’s love is one of the greatest influences on personality development

A father’s love contributes as much — and sometimes more — to a child’s development as does a mother’s love. That is one of many findings in a new large-scale analysis of research about the power of parental rejection and acceptance in shaping our personalities as children and into adulthood.




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