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1) It’s complex. It’s more than insurance coverage. It’s more than lifestyle. It’s about the lack of equality. It’s about the lack of opportunities for certain groups. It’s about people not having the things that many of us take advantage of everyday. One study shows that “a low socioeconomic status is so damaging to health, it reduces life expectancy by 2.1 years.” In some areas I’m sure this number is much higher. #values #compassion #helpthoseinneed
2) Solving the opioid crisis might be as easy as prescribing them for 3 days or less
3) “Intense motor skills interventions in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can significantly improve locomotor and other lower extremity skills in addition to socialization behaviors, according to a recent pilot study.”
4) Colon cancer is increasing. My initial thought is that it’s probably due to all the shit they’re putting in food these days (no pun intended). “A recent study from the group that analyzed colon and rectal cancer incidence by birth year found that rates dropped steadily for people born between 1890 and 1950, but have been increasing for every generation born since”
5) Tinnitus and jugular blood flow? “ Our results suggest that variations in the jugular bulb geometry lead to distinct flow patterns that are linked to [Pulsatile Tinnitus], but further investigation is needed to determine if the vortex pattern is causal to sound generation.”
6) Spend a few seconds to read this article by the Onion regarding health insurance. Fairly accure in some cases.
7) Personal responsibility. “$2,500 is the amount of money that each of us most likely could save annually on medical costs related to heart disease if we walked for 30 minutes most days”
8) “Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National”
9) “A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins – including B6, B8 and B12 – can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.”
10) We might be taking some LSD to deal with our rising anxiety…”As early as the 1960s, researchers showed that LSD reduces depression, anxiety and pain in patients with advanced cancer, and recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the drug’s beneficial effects. In 2014, Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser published the results of a study showing that LSD could alleviate the symptoms of severe anxiety disorder. And a 2016 study from Imperial College London showed that LSD could increase levels of optimism and openness for extended periods of time.”
11) Opioid mortality drop 23% in states with medical cannabis laws
12) Ken Jeong answers some important medical questions
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