Month: April 2018

Study: Common class of drugs linked to increased risk of dementia

A new study found the use of a common class of drugs is associated with an increased risk of dementia – even when taken 20 years before a dementia diagnosis. The international research team from the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland analyzed more than 27 million prescriptions for anticholinergic drugs. They compared those prescriptions […]

Report: Clark County has higher rates of female, young doctors

While Clark County has more physicians and more primary care providers per 100,000 than the state average, it lags behind in several specialties and psychiatry, according to a new report by the state Office of Financial Management. Clark County also has a higher rate of female physicians per 100,000 people and has the youngest median […]

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak continues to grow

Want to avoid E. coli? Better stay away from chopped romaine lettuce. The number of people sickened in a multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has climbed to 53 people in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is recommending people don’t eat any store-bought chopped romaine […]

WSU researchers study effects of pot on depression, anxiety

Researchers at Washington State University have confirmed what medical marijuana users have been saying for years: Smoking pot helps with anxiety, stress and depression. The WSU researchers looked at how self-reported levels of stress, anxiety and depression were affected by smoking different strains and quantities of cannabis at home. They concluded that smoking cannabis can […]

Research shows marijuana ends up in breast milk

New research shows that a marijuana compound ends up in mom’s breast milk, but the exact consequences of that are still unclear. Research published this month in Obstetrics and Gynecology looked at marijuana use among eight women in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal. The women were between two and five months postpartum and were […]

Survey: Young women don’t see STD risk

While more than half of young women are sexually active, more than 85 percent of those who are do not believe they are at risk for chlamydia or gonorrhea, according to a new report. Quest Diagnostics surveyed thousands of young women 15 to 24 years old, their mothers and primary care and OB/GYN providers about […]

Surgeon general urges people to carry opioid antidote

In an effort to combat the opioid’s crisis, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says more Americans should be carrying the overdose antidote naloxone. Adams released a public health advisory Thursday, recommending more people carry the medication that is already carried by many first responders. Individuals, including family, friends and those who are personally at […]

Poll: Majority will buy own health plan, even without mandate

The vast majority of people say they will continue to buy their own health insurance, even without an individual mandate requiring they do so, according to a new poll. The March Kaiser Health Tracking Poll surveyed non-group health plan enrollees about the individual mandate and their health coverage. As part of the Republican tax plan […]

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