Health Tip: Coping With a Chronic Cough
Suggestions to help tame the hacking (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 2, 2016 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Pulmonology, FYI, Source Type: news

Common Vaccine Safe for Mother, Fetus
Finding should reassure women who get Tdap shot to help protect their infant against whooping cough (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Common Vaccine Safe for Mother, Fetus
Finding should reassure women who get Tdap shot to help protect their infant against whooping cough Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Pregnancy, Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Vaccines (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pitt-developed program improves adult immunization rates at primary care offices
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) A University of Pittsburgh-developed program successfully boosts vaccination rates in adult patients seen at primary care offices, two recent studies demonstrated. Physician offices participating in the 4 Pillars Practice Transformation Program had nearly three times the increase in patients getting the Tdap vaccine for protection against pertussis (whooping cough) compared to non-participating offices. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 28, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Management of chronic cough in children
Advice on managing chronic cough in children, understanding symptoms, possible causes and suitable investigations. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - October 5, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Paediatrics Source Type: news

The 6 Medications You Should Never Take When Driving
It’s a given that safe driving needs concentration, alertness and an ability to react in a coordinated and timely fashion. But what may not occur to you is that the medications you’re taking can seriously impact all of these things. And it’s not just prescription medications, but over-the-counter products as well. “While laws differ from state to state, you can be charged with a DUI if caught driving hazardously while taking prescription or OTC meds, even if your doctor wrote you that prescription,” adds C. Michael White, Pharm.D., FCP, FCCP, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Pr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Purple drank: a dangerous cocktail - Garcin L, Le Roch M, Agbessi CA, Lobut JB, Lecoeur A, Benoist G.
"Purple drank" is a dangerous hallucinogenic cocktail commonly used by teenagers, made popular by American rappers and social networks. It combines codeine-based cough syrup, antihistamines such as promethazine, and soda. Unknown by caregivers, it may be r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

An Infant With Worsening Cough: Osmosis Question of the Week An Infant With Worsening Cough: Osmosis Question of the Week
An 11-month-old infant presents with worsening cough and runny nose. Do you know the best treatment?Osmosis (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - September 30, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pediatrics Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

Test your USMLE Step 2 readiness with this most-missed question
The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) Step 2 is a major measure of any medical student’s clinical knowledge, soAMA Wire® is providing frequent expert insights to help you prepare for it. Take a few minutes here to work through another of the most-missed USMLE Step 2 test prep questions and view an expert video explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Once you ’ve got this question under your belt, be sure to test your knowledge with other posts in this series. Ready. Set. Go.This month ’s question that stumped most students: A 54-year-old woman comes to the p...
Source: AMA Wire - September 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

Mom Changes Her Anti-Vax Stance After Entire Family Gets Sick
Kristen O’Meara refused to vaccinate her children for more than five years.  Then her entire family contracted Rotavirus, a potentially deadly stomach virus that can be prevented with a vaccination. It was a wake-up call she couldn’t ignore. O’Meara decided to forego vaccines when her first daughter, Natasha, was born in 2010. “I entered motherhood with what I thought was a healthy skepticism regarding vaccination,” she wrote in a New York Post article last week. The Chicago-area special needs teacher purposely sought out books and research that confirmed what she already believ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Parents should vaccinate children against whooping cough every three years
PARENTS should get their child vaccinated against whooping cough every three years, a new study warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough vaccine's immunity drops substantially over time
The vaccine to protect against whooping cough works well at first, but immunity drops off quickly, making it more important for babies to get inoculated when they're most vulnerable, Canadian doctors say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

What 1989 And The Golden Girls Tell Us About Medicine Today
Today, 1989 may be most associated with Taylor Swift: It is the album that won her a second Grammy for Album of the Year. Not only that, it happens to be the year Swift was born--such a long, long time ago! People under 35 have no personal memory of 1980s pop culture, which is ironic since Swift's album in part pays homage to it. In the real 1989 (no offense to Swift and the 10 co-producers who made the album), all sorts of revolutions took place: Mr. Gorbachev tore down that pesky wall, for example. America's greatest antagonist, the Soviet Union, collapsed in 1989. Brazil conducted its first democrat...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu virus kills up to 500,000 people every year
Influenza kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people worldwide every year. The virus travels efficiently via large airborne droplets, when infected people sneeze, cough or talk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough: Experts discuss signs of contagious bacterial infection on This Morning
A WORRIED mother contacted GPs on This Morning over concerns her son was suffering with whooping cough. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children
Codeine is not safe to give to kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement this week urging parents and doctors to stop giving children under the age of 18 both prescription and over-the-counter medications that include codeine, such as cough syrup and pain relievers.  “People have this very false misconception about codeine, thinking that it’s safer than other opioids,” Dr. Joseph Tobias, one of the study’s lead authors, told The Huffington Post. “Our whole push for writing this manuscript was to educate clinicians and push regulatory boards to pull codeine off the m...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children
Codeine is not safe to give to kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement this week urging parents and doctors to stop giving children under the age of 18 both prescription and over-the-counter medications that include codeine, such as cough syrup and pain relievers.  “People have this very false misconception about codeine, thinking that it’s safer than other opioids,” Dr. Joseph Tobias, one of the study’s lead authors, told The Huffington Post. “Our whole push for writing this manuscript was to educate clinicians and push regulatory boards to pull codeine off the m...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): clinical management and guidance
is a viral respiratory disease. It is a new strain of coronavirus first identified by the Netherlands in 2012. A similar strain in the UK was identified by Public Heath England's virus reference laboratories at Colindale.Symptoms include fever and cough that progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In some cases, a diarrheal illness has been the first symptom to appear. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves clinical trial for QT Vascular ’ s Chocolate Touch DCB
QT Vascular said today that it won an investigational device exemption from the FDA for a pivotal study of its Chocolate Touch drug-coated balloon. The device won the CE Mark for treating peripheral artery disease in September 2015 and in July it won approval for treating coronary artery disease. The Singapore-based company is slated to enroll patients in the U.S., Europe and New Zealand to evaluate the efficacy of the Chocolate Touch DCB. The study is designed to compare that device with C.R. Bard’s (NYSE:BCR) Lutonix balloon to treat patients with peripheral vascular disease. “We are thrilled to receive this ...
Source: Mass Device - September 20, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Clinical Trials Drug-Device Combinations Food & Drug Administration (FDA) AngioScore Inc. Peripheral Artery Disease QT Vascular Source Type: news

Contraceptive pills not proven to protect against the flu
Conclusion These are interesting scientific findings but they have limited implications. Animal studies are useful for giving an indication of how biological processes may work in humans but we're not identical. Then the scenarios tested here – the progesterone, or the flu injection – can be taken as representative of real-life in humans. For one thing all the mice had surgery to remove their ovaries before being infected. It makes sense that the mice that had been given some additional recovery boost in the form of hormone replacement may have been in a better health state than those left hormone deplete...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Source Type: news

Alcoholics who quit completely do better than those who dabble. I'm not surprised | David Ferguson
I tried, and failed, repeatedly to control my intake of intoxicating substances. Eventually I decided total sobriety was the only wayIn my last week of using drugs in the summer of 2005, I had a moment of clarity during a binge that combined codeine cough syrup, Ativan pills and ground-up Oxycontin that I was snorting. I was stumbling around the room – I was always a mess of bruises from head to foot in those days – trying to decide whether or not to take all the rest of the Ativan in the bottle when it occurred to me to ask myself, “Why is it that I can never get high enough? What exactly is it I’m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: David Ferguson Tags: Alcoholism Science Source Type: news

Doctors Strengthen Advice Against Codeine For Kids ’ Coughs, Pain
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects including breathing problems. The academy’s advice, published in a report Monday in its medical journal, Pediatrics, mirrors warnings from the Food and Drug Administration about using codeine for kids’ coughs or pain. Studies suggest it is still commonly prescribed by doctors and dentists despite the risks and lack of evidence that it works to relieve coughs. Doctors and parents should choose another remedy when possible, i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News codeine Source Type: news

Don't give children codeine for a cough
There are health risks for children who are given codeine for coughs or pain. Dr. Randall Flick, director of Mayo Clinic Children's Center,  says, "Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an advisory panel to consider the use of codeine specifically for suppression of cough and found little evidence of benefit." The American Academy of [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 19, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Read The Letter Hillary Clinton's Doctor Wrote About The Presidential Nominee's Health
Hillary Clinton’s doctor penned a letter Wednesday with more information about the Democratic presidential nominee’s health. The letter comes as Clinton recovers from a bout of pneumonia. Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, said the presidential hopeful “is recovering well with antibiotics and rest.” Below, the full text of Dr. Bardack’s letter on Clinton’s health: This letter is a summary update on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health since the release of my previous medical statement in July 2015. Mrs. Clinton has been seen by me regularly this year for routine car...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Dark side of ADHD in my marriage
ADHD goes hand in hand with many definitions: lazy, excitable, overstimulated. I've heard these and many more. And I'm sure that in many ways these describe it perfectly. But there's a darker side to having ADHD. One in which you can't comprehend unless it's you or your married to it. That place where all the medication and therapy still simply can't reach. There are funny parts for sure. I laugh and joke with my partner about them in some ways. Often to ease the tension and strain I know it puts on our marriage; or to hope he sees it in the colour of humour vs hurt and exhaustion. It's like a super thrill ride of a roll...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Lessons From Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia Diagnosis
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is recovering from a case of pneumonia she was diagnosed with last Friday. She was treated and advised to rest, but according to her doctor became “overheated and dehydrated” Sunday at a 9/11 memorial service.  Footage that showed Clinton needing to be helped to her car as she departed the service for a brief rest at her daughter’s apartment fueled speculation about medical conspiracies and “raised questions” about the state of her health and fitness to run for president. But the truth is that pneumonia is a common and highly treatable illness f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Lessons From Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia Diagnosis
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is recovering from a case of pneumonia she was diagnosed with last Friday. She was treated and advised to rest, but according to her doctor became “overheated and dehydrated” Sunday at a 9/11 memorial service.  Footage that showed Clinton needing to be helped to her car as she departed the service for a brief rest at her daughter’s apartment fueled speculation about medical conspiracies and “raised questions” about the state of her health and fitness to run for president. But the truth is that pneumonia is a common and highly treatable illness f...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

What do you know about pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia. Causes Many germs can cause pneumonia. The [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 12, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Camphor poisoning presenting as acute diffuse demyelination of brain - Manorenj S, Inturi S, Pancheti N.
Camphor is a colorless substance available in solid and liquid form. Volatile oil form of camphor is the active ingredient of Vicks Vaporub, and Tiger Balm ointments. These ointments are commonly used as home remedies for treatment of cough, cold and for t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Hillary Clinton coughs and a nation listens
Apparently, it takes a village to explain a cough. Hillary Clinton's coughing spells along the campaign trail have drawn attention from supporters and opponents alike. Though Democrats insist Clinton merely has seasonal allergies, Republicans argue her cough suggests a more problematic health issue. Meanwhile, everyone is left to sigh and wonder: When is a cough "just" a cough -- and when do you need a doctor? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DBV Technologies begins patient enrolment in Phase I trial of Viaskin rPT to treat whooping cough
French clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company DBV Technologies has begun enrolment for its proof of concept Phase I clinical trial of Viaskin rPT to treat Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough). (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - September 6, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How Effective is Oseltamivir?
Discussion Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) is an oral neuraminidase inhibitor of influenza viruses types A and B. It first came on the market in Switzerland in 1999 and currently is used around the world along with other neuraminidase inhibitors to treat seasonal and pandemic influenza. Oseltamivir is easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, and circulates to the liver where it is converted to its active metabolite oseltamivir carboxylate (OC). In adults approximately 75% of the oral medication is converted and it then travels to the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Unchanged oseltamivir is eliminated in the urine. ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 5, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Caused by Plasmodium falciparum Infection
A 23-year-old male was admitted to an inpatient facility in June for the evaluation of a fever that was not responding to antibacterial therapy. The patient had presented at a local clinic 2 days previously with a nonproductive cough and fever of 24-h duration. Left basilar crackles were heard on physical examination. Chest X ray revealed no significant findings, and vital signs were normal with the exception of slight tachycardia (76 beats per minute) and a fever of 101.7 °F. The patient was diagnosed with bronchitis/early community-acquired pneumonia and sent home on a 1-week regimen of levofloxacin. (Source: Clinica...
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - September 3, 2016 Category: Microbiology Authors: Erik Munson, Patricia G. Luedke, William D. Timm Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

Doctors' decision-making tool could cut antibiotic overuse
HealthDay News A new decision-making tool for doctors may reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in children with respiratory tract infections and cough, researchers report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors' Decision-Making Tool Could Cut Unnecessary Antibiotic Use
FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 -- A new decision-making tool for doctors may help reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in children with respiratory tract infections and cough, researchers report. Respiratory tract infections with cough are the most common... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Kenya: KNH Doubles Treatment Fee for Cancer Patients
[Nation] Cancer patients seeking treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital will have to cough up double the amount they have been paying for radiotherapy after charges were raised. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 2, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Decision-making tool may help doctors cut unnecessary antibiotic prescribing
Respiratory tract infections (RTI) with cough are the most common reason children are prescribed antibiotics by their doctors, but up to a third of prescriptions may be unnecessary. A new study of over 8,000 children has identified seven key predictors which could help general practitioners (GPs) and nurses in primary care identify low risk children who are less likely to need antibiotics, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Promising decision aid could help cut needless antibiotic prescriptions
Designed to identify children with respiratory tract infections/cough at low risk of serious illness Related items fromOnMedica Point-of-care diagnostics needed to curb antimicrobial resistance GPs welcome NICE advice on bronchiolitis in children Evidence launched to improve antibiotic prescribing (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 2, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

What Can Be Learned From a Cough? What Can Be Learned From a Cough?
Does a person's cough hold clues to underlying disease? And could identifying different cough'neurophenotypes'be the key to more effective diagnosis and treatment of airway diseases?Medscape Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - September 1, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Viewpoint Source Type: news

U.S. FDA strengthens warning over opioid/sedative combination
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday strengthened warnings about the danger of combining opioid painkillers or cough medicines containing opioids with benzodiazepines, a common class of sedatives. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA warns about serious risks and death when combining opioid pain or cough medicines with benzodiazepines; requires its strongest warning
[8-31-2016] A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review has found that the growing combined use of opioid medicines with benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS) has resulted in serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing and deaths. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - August 31, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA requires strong warnings for opioid analgesics, prescription opioid cough products, and benzodiazepine labeling related to serious risks and death from combined use
(Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 31, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

SICK of being ill? Putting THIS in your mouth can cut it by three days, say experts
Runny nose, a sore through, sneezing and a killer cough are among the most common symptoms of the health ailment. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coventry mother left paralysed after a COUGH triggered devastating brain haemorrhage
Caz Dickinson was 42 when she collapsed after suffering a brain haemorrhage at home in Coventry in 2009. She spent years in a care home before finally returning home last month. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccines Are Crucial And Safe. So Why Are Parents Still Questioning Them?
If ever there was an idea that doctors, researchers and public health experts are in agreement upon, it’s that vaccines are safe and strongly recommended. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports immunizing children. So does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of parents in the United States clearly do as well, as evidenced by national vaccination rates that have remained relatively stable ― and high.  Yet according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, pediatricians say they’ve seen a shift in parents’ concerns about childhood vaccines in th...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gault must cough up Super Bowl ring in Heart Tronic case
Former NFL star and Heart Tronics executive Willie Gault is being ordered to turn over his Super Bowl ring by the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, according to court documents dated last week. Gault, who was the co-chief executive officer at Heart Tronics, was ordered to pay $206,571 in June to settle an SEC lawsuit over his involvement in a scheme to inflate the stock price of the company. The SEC asked Gault to hand over the Super Bowl XX Championship Ring in June after he failed to pay up on an earlier payment. The ring will be held in custodia legis “for at least until the appeal of the ...
Source: Mass Device - August 23, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Heart Tronics Source Type: news

Mold and fungi lurking in instrument blamed for death of bagpipe player
Doctors have an important message for musicians: Don ’t forget to clean your instruments. It could be a matter of life and death.Their warning was inspired by a 61-year-old British bagpipe player who developed a dry cough and breathlessness that worsened over a period of seven years. His condition... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - August 23, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Wind musicians warned over hygiene as fatal case of 'bagpipe lung' reported
Doctors discovered that trigger for fatal case of hypersensitivity pneumonitis was likely to have been fungi living inside man ’s bagpipesWind musicians have be warned to clean their instruments after a man died from a lung disease triggered by fungi lurking in his bagpipes.The piper developed a serious inflammation of the lungs, known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, that worsened over a number of years, leaving him with a dry cough, breathlessness and curtailing the distance he could walk from 10 kilometres to just 20 metres. Eventually, in 2014, the 61-year old was admitted to hospital where he later died.Continue...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 23, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Fungi Science Biology Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

Dental Hygiene Thought Leader Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH Launches National Cancer Network
New Non-Profit ’s Mission is to Reduce Mortality Rates of a Variety of Cancers via Earlier Detection by Vigilant Dental ProfessionalsHobe Sound, FL –August 17, 2016 – Debra Zafiropoulos, RDH, a leading dental hygiene key opinion leader known for her tireless advocacy for the early detection of oral cancer is broadening her efforts to include other forms of cancer with the formation of the National Cancer Network, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.According to Zafiropoulos, commonly known as “Debbie Z”, “Dental professionals are the early warning system of the healthcare profession be...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - August 19, 2016 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Marijuana: Health effects of recreational and medical use
Marijuana is widely used, especially in adolescents and young adults. In the US, there are about 20 million users (about 7.5% of people aged 12 or older). Marijuana is a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug. Similar to hemp, it comes from the cannabis plant. The plant’s primary drug effects come from the chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or “THC.” Marijuana is smoked, “vaped” (inhaling the vapor), or ingested in foods or teas. Over the last few decades, the concentration of THC in the cannabis plant has been increasing. In addition, the plant extracts are more potent. Short-term effects of m...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - August 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wynne Armand, MD Tags: Behavioral Health Brain and cognitive health Drugs and Supplements Pain Management Source Type: news