Medical Notes 18-01

 

Medical Notes this week…

About 80% of people undergoing cancer treatments suffer from chemo brain a mental fogginess and forgetfulness that can last at least 6 months after treatment is over. Now a pilot study confirms that inflammation in the blood plays a key role in chemo brain.  The study in the Journal of Neuroimmunology tracked 22 breast cancer patients taking chemotherapy, and found that a specific marker for blood inflammation strongly correlated with chemo brain.  The next step could be testing anti-inflammatory drugs for their ability to improve mental abilities during cancer treatment.

A new study shows that attempted suicides are way up among American girls over the last 15 years.  Drug overdoses and other forms of self-harm, such as cutting, are also on the rise according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Among girls age 10 to 14 rates of attempted suicide and self-harm nearly tripled between 2009 and 2015.  Other age groups increased more slowly among girls and rates among boys were nearly steady.  Experts say bullying, especially cyberbullying, could be one cause for the increase.

If your neighbor swears that the diet she’s been on will help you take it with a grain of salt.  A new study in the journal Genetics shows that one diet doesn’t fit all, depending on our genes.  The study divided animals into four groups by gene type and gave them a variety of different diets.  For example, one of those tested was an Atkins type diet, two of the four groups did well on Atkins but two other groups with slightly different genetics became obese with fatty livers and high cholesterol.  Now doctors have to figure out what it means for people.

Experts say that walking is one of the best exercises you can do but a new study in the journal The Lancet shows that where you walk can almost completely reverse walking’s good effects.  Researchers recruited two groups of people over age 60 and had them take two hours walks.  Those walking in a city park showed substantial improvements in heart and lung health but those assigned to walk along high traffic city streets, exposed to car exhaust, benefitted far less.

And finally, a lot of people have trouble remembering to take their medication especially if they suffer from a mental illness.  Now the FDA has approved a pill that lets the patient’s doctor know they took it.  The notification sensor will be embedded in a pill with an antipsychotic drug.  When ingested it transmits to a smartphone app and ultimately to your doctor.

And that’s Medical Notes this week.

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Heart Attacks in Young Women

Young women are at relatively low risk of heart attacks, but when they have one, a much greater proportion die than among men of the same age. Surveys show young women are often unaware of their risk and are much less likely to go to the emergency room when a heart attack occurs. Experts discuss.

Odd Medical Treatments of the Past

An expert examines how far we’ve come in medicine by focusing on past practices, which lead him to conclude doctors in ancient Greece provided better care than those in the US 150 years ago.

 

17-53 Segment 1: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

 

Polycystic ovary syndrome affects about 10% of American women, but has such a wide variety of troubling symptoms that it’s often misdiagnosed. Experts discuss the disorder and what women should know.

Guest:

  • Dr. Felice Gersh, Medical Director, Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • Dr. John Nestler, Professor of Medicine and Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Brie Turner-McGrievy, Associate Professor of Health Promotion Education Behavior, University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Frank Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois-Chicago

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17-53 Segment 2: Dreams vs. Reality for Children in Poverty

 

Poor children often can’t access healthcare or other needs in spite of decades of efforts. A pediatrician who has established clinics for the poor discusses the problem.

Guest:

  • Dr. Irwin Redlener, Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University School of Medicine and Mailman School of Public Health and co-founder, Children’s Health Fund

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome affects about 10% of American women, but has such a wide variety of troubling symptoms that it’s often misdiagnosed. Experts discuss the disorder and what women should know.

Dreams vs. Reality for Children in Poverty

Poor children often can’t access healthcare or other needs in spite of decades of efforts. A pediatrician who has established clinics for the poor discusses the problem.

 

17-52 Segment 1: Long Term Psychological Damage of Natural Disasters

 

Mega-storms such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria disrupt uncounted lives and leave psychological scars that can last for decades and recur every hurricane season. Experts who have tracked survivors of Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago explain what survivors of new storms can expect in their lives.

Guest:

  • Dr. Howard Osofsky, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Dr. Thomas Hauth, Medical Director, Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority

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