Medical Notes: Week of August 2, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of August 2, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 2, 2020 including: A study showing that telehealth is taking off in the United States. Then, a study in the Journal of Hospital Infection showing some mask materials are better than others. And finally, a new study shows that the “mommy brain” stereotype is wrong.

“Electroshock Therapy:” Not What You See In The Movies

Electroconvulsive therapy still has a stigma, with the reputation of being a painful, disturbing procedure that wipes out memories and, if movies are to be believed, even creates zombies. Experts explain the reality—that ECT is a quiet procedure that provokes a short brain seizure, releasing huge amounts of neurotransmitters to reset the brain in what is the quickest and most dependable treatment for severe and often suicidal depression.

Public Health Officials Resigning Under Pressure

Public Health Officials Resigning Under Pressure

State and local public health officials have been under pressure like never before in the COVID-19 pandemic, as citizens and elected officials push back against tough restrictions designed to curb the virus. Some officials have even been threatened. Feeling their bosses don’t have their backs, a higher proportion of officials are quitting than normal, and these essential jobs will be hard to fill with qualified health experts.

Medical Notes: Week of July 26, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of July 26, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 26, 2020 including: Evidence is piling up that face masks cut the risk of getting COVID-19 by up to 65 percent. Then, a study finds that, at least in the laboratory, a common asthma drug can prevent the formation of tangles. Then, A study finds that cord blood helps some children with autism improve their social communication skills. And finally, if you feel especially insecure about your romantic partner… it may be all in your genes.

Dealing With The Rise In Osteoporosis

Dealing With The Rise In Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is increasing as America ages. However, fewer people are being tested for bone density and are agreeing to treatment because of side effects of osteoporosis medications. Experts discuss the devastating effects of increased broken bones and what can now be done to prevent them.

Medical Notes: Week of July 19, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of July 19, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 19, 2020 including: Do-it-yourself COVID swabs could be just as accurate as those taken by a medical professional. Then, researchers say access to air conditioning is far more important than officials have planned for... especially when some people are still in isolation. And finally, for many people, one casualty of the coronavirus pandemic has been the grocery store they used to shop at.

Orthorexia: Overdoing A Good Thing

Orthorexia: Overdoing A Good Thing

Therapists report an increase in orthorexia, a not-yet recognized eating disorder where people become fixated on eating only healthy things and/or exercising hours per day. It can take over an afflicted person’s life and result in physical symptoms much like anorexia. Experts discuss diagnosis and treatment.

Medical Notes: Week of July 12, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of July 12, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 12, 2020 including: An analysis showing states that stuck to tough shelter in place rules are now recovering. Then, your blood type could be a more factor that can raise your risk of contracting coronavirus. And finally, Americans are less happy than they’ve been in at least 50 years. Scientists at the University of Chicago have been surveying happiness nationwide since 1972… and the results have never been worse.

Autism And Substance Abuse

Autism And Substance Abuse

While most people who contract COVID-19 survive, those who suffer often-changing symptoms for months on end can only wonder when they’ll get well. A survey of members of a long-haul survivors support group find that many who don’t have “textbook” symptoms suffer poor medical care and discrimination as a result. Two women who operate the support group discuss the issues.

Medical Notes: Week of July 5, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of July 5, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 5, 2020 including: Shelter in place rules have brought the economy to its knees but researchers say it was worth it. Then, people who’ve never smoked make up about 25 percent of those who develop the lung disease COPD. Plus, resetting the body clock may be as simple as exercise. And finally, people have joked about the “COVID 15,” the supposed weight gain of people staying home during the pandemic. But a new study shows it’s a real thing.