Medical Notes 18-10


Medical Notes this week…

Antibiotic resistance has left some serious infections with only one defense and the development of new antibiotics has slowed to a crawl, but a study in the journal Nature Microbiology reveals that scientists have found an entire new family of antibiotics in soil.  Researchers say the new antibiotics kill a variety of bacteria, including MRSA, that are mostly resistant to current antibiotics.  However its likely to take years before the find can be turned into an effective treatment.

We’ve reported on sibling abuse in the past and now a study in the journal Psychological Medicine shows that it can lead to mental illness later.  Researchers say people who were bullied by a brother or sister are up to three times more likely than other children to develop schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or other psychotic disorders by age 18. Kids who are also bullied at school are four times more likely to develop mental illness.

And finally, babies crawling on the floor, especially on carpeting, kick up a lot of bacteria, dirt, pollen, and other biological bits and they breath a lot of that in.  In fact, a new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology shows that crawling babies inhale four times what an adult would when they walk across the same floor.  But scientists say its not necessarily a bad thing, exposure to allergens and microbes in infancy helps babies develop immunity and may reduce the chances they develop asthma and allergies later on.  

And that’s Medical Notes this week.

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15-49 Segment 1: Children’s Mental Health Treatment


Synopsis: A recent study finds that about 35 percent of children receiving treatment for mental health issues are being treated only by a primary care physician. This is due in part to a shortage in pediatric mental health care providers as well as a stigma in consulting them. Experts discuss readiness of pediatricians to treat mental illness in children and adolescents and efforts to be sure they’re prepared.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Jeanne Van Cleve, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; Dr. Douglas Tynan, clinical psychologist, American Psychological Association; Dr. Scott Benson, child & adolescent psychiatrist, Pensacola, FL

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15-35 Segment 2: Grief


Synopsis: Everyone deals with grief at one time or another. An expert discusses how it’s experienced by most people, and what separates normal grief from more problematic depression A writer/illustrator discusses his experience dealing with his spouse’s sudden death.

Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Ronald Pies, Professor of Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical Univ. and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University; Danny Gregory, author and illustrator, A Kiss Before You Go

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