Coming Up On Radio Health Journal Show 17-23

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The Health Effects of Loneliness: Loneliness affects far more than our mental health. Studies are now showing that loneliness and social isolation also have profound effects on our physical health, and increase the risk of death substantially.

Rescuing Runaways: More than two million youth may run away from home each year. More than 100,000 of them are forced into the sex trade each year to survive. One young woman who overcame such a life describes how she beat the odds and what runaways need to have a chance to succeed.

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17-22 Segment 1: Alternatives to Opioids for Pain

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Americans consume 80 percent of the opioid painkillers prescribed worldwide, ultimately resulting in the deaths of more than 20,000 Americans each year of overdoses of these drugs. The crisis is making doctors look at alternative medicine therapies for a substitute for these drugs. Experts discuss modalities that have shown success.

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17-22 Segment 2: Giggling Epilepsy

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Epilepsy can show itself in many ways, including as episodes of giggling and laughing. An expert discusses the case of a nine-year old boy with such seizures, the danger they posed, and the novel way he was treated.

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Medical Notes 17-22

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Medical Notes this week…

A lot of people take low-dose aspirin for heart health but a new study shows it may also protect women against breast cancer. The study in the journal Breast Cancer Research shows that a regular dose of baby aspirin cuts breast cancer overall by 16% and reduces “hormone-receptor positive, HER2 negative” breast cancers by 20%. Those are the most common form of breast cancer. Higher aspirin doses taken less often were not protective, nor were other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.

Vitamin D is known as “the sunshine vitamin” because the skin produces it when exposed to the sun. But a new study shows that sunscreen is getting in the way of vitamin D. The study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association shows that sunscreen has contributed to nearly a million cases of vitamin D deficiency around the world. Scientists suggest that people should spend between five and thirty minutes twice a week out in the midday sun before they put on sunscreen.

And finally, extra testosterone makes men go with their gut, and they’re often wrong. A study in the journal Psychological Science shows that men who’d been given a dose of testosterone gel performed 20% worse than a control group on brain teasers where a person’s initial guess is usually wrong. Researchers believe the testosterone produced overconfidence so they never thought twice about their answers.

And that’s Medical Notes this week.

Coming Up On Radio Health Journal Show 17-22

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Alternatives to Opioids for Pain: Americans consume 80 percent of the opioid painkillers prescribed worldwide, ultimately resulting in the deaths of more than 20,000 Americans each year of overdoses of these drugs. The crisis is making doctors look at alternative medicine therapies for a substitute for these drugs. Experts discuss modalities that have shown success.

Giggling Epilepsy: Epilepsy can show itself in many ways, including as episodes of giggling and laughing. An expert discusses the case of a nine-year old boy with such seizures, the danger they posed, and the novel way he was treated.

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17-21 Segment 1: Blood Substitutes

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Donated blood saves 4.5 million American lives each year, but has a short shelf life, low portability and must be available for all blood types. Researchers have sought safe and effective blood substitutes for 60 years, and a few viable alternatives are in animal testing.

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17-21 Segment 2: E-cigarettes and Oral Health

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Experts have a lot of questions still unanswered about electronic cigarettes, but evidence is starting to accumulate that the effect on the oral cavity can be as significant as tobacco cigarettes.

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