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Today’s Health Headlines

Baby Boomer marijuana use is……booming
 
Florida is projected to be the second highest state in marijuana sales (next to California) in part to the large senior population.  Senior support for legalized marijuana is underestimated.  However, whether its medicinal or recreational use, Grandma and Grandpa may not understand the risks, including falls and drug interactions.
Medical Student depression on the rise
Globally, this study found 25% suffer from depression and 10% report suicidal thoughts.  Students need to be aware and let faculty know if they or a colleague needs help.

http://fox40.com/2016/12/06/study-more-than-a-quarter-of-medical-students-are-depressed-suicidal/

Sleep deprived drivers can be just as dangerous as drunk drivers

 
We’ve known this for years, especially from our post-call years.  Sleep deprivation appears to have the greatest effect in the early morning hours.  We recommend 7-9 hours a sleep at night.  Many people get much less.  And missing just one hour of sleep doubled crash risk.

Handful of nuts a day helps prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease

They can’t be chocolate covered though…..

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/handful-nuts-day-doctor-study-article-1.2899599

Artificial Blood close to becoming a reality

This is very cool. Its like Tang, a powder in which soldiers on the battle field or paramedics would add water.

Catheter along with Cytotec lessens labor time by 4 hours

The Foley balloon is used to stimulate and coax the cervix (not bladder) and along with misoprostol was found to shorten labor time.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161205101612.htm

One drink a day can increase risk of atrial fibrillation

Researchers believe it could be due to stimulation of the autonomic nervous system, or cardiac cell damage that leaves scarring, disrupting electrical conduction.

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/740102/Wine-warning-drinking-glass-every-day-increases-risk-heart-flutter-alcohol-beer

One cigarette a day found to significantly increase death risk

Not a surprise, but low levels of smoking can still be extremely hazardous

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/12/05/even-with-one-cigarette-day-odds-early-death-are-higher.html

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor Touro University Nevada

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