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In States Where Recreational Marijuana Legalized, Less Demand for Prescription Codeine

In States Where Recreational Marijuana Legalized, Less Demand for Prescription CodeineMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that there's one potential way to reduce demand for prescription codeine: legalizing recreational cannabis.Exactly what brought scientists to that conclusion? States that legalized cannabis use saw a significant reduction in pharmacy-based distribution of codeine, an opioid with a high potential for misuse.“A reduction in the misuse of opioids can save lives,” said lead study author Shyam Raman. He is a doctoral candidate in Cornell University’s Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, in Ithaca, N.Y. “Our research indicates that recreational cannabis laws substantially reduce distribution of codeine to pharmacies, an overlooked potential benefit to legalizing recreational cannabis use.”Misuse of prescription...

Patients Give High Ratings to Pre-Surgery Telemedicine...

23 January 2023
Patients Give High Ratings to Pre-Surgery Telemedicine ConsultationsMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Despite distance and occasional technical glitches, a new study finds that most patients like seeing a surgeon for the first time via video.The study was published Jan. 19 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons."We see patients that live hours away. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it threw fuel on the fire of our telehealth program," said study co-author Dr. Alexander Hawkins, associate professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. "Across the entire health care system, we now do about 20,000 telehealth visits a month," he said in a college news release. "Previously, there had been concerns about whether we could effectively communicate with patients remotely, but we found that patients are just as...

Want to Lose Weight? Here Are the Best Exercises to Shed...

23 January 2023
Want to Lose Weight? Here Are the Best Exercises to Shed PoundsMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to picking the best exercise to lose weight, there is no one right answer. That's because the right answer is variety, mixing and matching types of exercise to keep the body guessing and improving. "The body adapts to the demands we put on it," said Dr. Russell Camhi, who works in primary care sports medicine for Northwell Health's Orthopaedic Institute in East Meadow, N.Y. "If we do the same exercise regimen over and over, results are bound to plateau," he explained. "Now this doesn’t mean you have to change exercises every day or every week, but a little variety will help the body change and grow."The key to weight loss is a blend of exercise and nutrition, with the latter responsible for about 80% of the heavy lifting,...

'Climate Trauma': Brain Changes Seen in Survivors of...

23 January 2023
`Climate Trauma`: Brain Changes Seen in Survivors of California`s Deadliest WildfireMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When the deadly Camp Fire swept through Northern California in 2018, it may have damaged more than the landscape.University of California, San Diego researchers studying survivors' mental functioning in the wake of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history have uncovered evidence of “climate trauma.”The November 2018 fire burned 239 square miles, destroyed 18,804 structures and killed 85 people."In this study, we wanted to learn whether and how climate trauma affected and altered cognitive and brain functions in a group of people who had experienced it during the Camp Fire," said Jyoti Mishra, an associate professor of psychiatry and associate director of the UC Climate and Mental Health Initiative."We found that...

Be Realistic: It's Key to Achieving Those New Year's Resolutions

22 January 2023
Be Realistic: It`s Key to Achieving Those New Year`s ResolutionsSUNDAY, Jan. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The key to keeping those New Year’s resolutions from fading out by February: Make sure you've set achievable goals.Resolutions are often lifestyle changes and those are best managed when the goal is something attainable, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Resolutions and lifestyle changes are very similar. When we think about lifestyle changes, it’s normally positive, but when people have unrealistic expectations, they often fail," Dr. Asim Shah said in a college news release. He is executive vice chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor.Common resolutions include weight loss, exercise routines, diet changes, managing finances and quitting smoking. Understand the pros...

Winter Wonderland? Not for Your Skin

21 January 2023
Winter Wonderland? Not for Your SkinSATURDAY, Jan. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Winter is no friend to the body’s delicate skin, but an expert offers three key tips: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.“It’s pretty intuitive, but it bears repeating,” said dermatologist Dr. David Pearson, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in Minneapolis. “The environment treats our skin differently in the winter, and that means we may have to change our behaviors to acclimate.”As temperatures and humidity levels drop, your skin loses moisture, Pearson explained in a university news release. This is especially true in a cold, dry state like Minnesota.To help hydrate winter skin, Pearson recommends a thick moisturizing cream that has to be scooped out of a jar or squeezed out of a tube, rather...

Report Outlines National Plan to Test Wastewater for Harmful Germs

20 January 2023
Report Outlines National Plan to Test Wastewater for Harmful GermsFRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The pandemic brought the utility of testing wastewater to gauge viral spread to the fore. Now, experts at the independent National Academies of Sciences (NAS) have issued a report outlining a roadmap for the broader surveillance of Americans' wastewater.The report "reviews the usefulness of community-level wastewater surveillance during the pandemic and assesses its potential value for control and prevention of infectious diseases beyond COVID-19," the NAS said on its website.As the NAS explained, people naturally shed the DNA of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens in their stool, which of course makes its way into local wastewater systems. So, efforts to test and track wastewater "can be used to identify changing levels of a pathogen or...

Suicide Risk Rises When Cancer Strikes

20 January 2023
Suicide Risk Rises When Cancer StrikesFRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A cancer diagnosis can be devastating.Now, new research shows that patients diagnosed with cancer have a risk of suicide 26% higher than the general population.A variety of factors contribute to the elevated risk, including geography, race and ethnicity, economic status and clinical characteristics, American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers found.The study also showed a decline in elevated risk for cancer patients compared with the general population from 67% in 2000 to 16% in 2016."Our findings highlight the importance of timely symptom management and targeted interventions for suicide prevention in individuals with cancer," said senior author Xuesong Han, scientific director of health services research at ACS."These require joint efforts by...

A Probiotic May Equal Antibiotics in Fighting Staph...

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A probiotic supplement appears to clear the body of a type of bacteria that can cause serious antibiotic-resistant infections, a new study finds.More...

AHA News: At Annual 'Thriller' Event, Zombie Went Into...

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- A week before Halloween 2021 and five days before her 68th birthday, Sarah Katzenmaier slipped into a royal blue bridesmaid dress and...
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