Category Archives: Week's Update

Feeling a bit down?

As we head into the winter months it is not uncommon for episodes of depression to increase at this time of the year. Seasonal depression occurs to many individuals, but those who are aware and make lifestyle changes can reduce its impact.

Making sure you maintain a regular exercise routine, eating a well balanced diet (as well as considering a multivitamin) and getting outdoors as much as possible. However there are times when it is best to seek help. If you feel yourself slipping deeper into a depressive mood, especially if you find yourself withdrawing from your usual activities and/or friends, then it may be time to get help.

The first step is to contact your health provider to ask for a referral. Other options include contacting your local health department for information about mental health services and providers. Asking your local  health center, religious organization, and community center are other places that may provide resources for mental health services.

There are now more online resources including online counseling. More and more health plans provide telemedicine services. Be smart about checking out these services in terms of length of counseling sessions, credentials of providers, and limitations of care.

Drug Resistant Bacteria…..

In the last several months articles have been cropping up in the lay press about drug resistant bacteria (DRB). The problem occurs when an infection can not be adequately treated because the drugs available are not effective against the bacteria causing the infection.  The current problem affecting 20 states in the US  also stretches across the globe to the Middle East  causing physicians in Tel Aviv angst as elaborated in USA Today

Health care providers, make your patients aware of this problem. Colleagues, stop prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily. Patients, stop asking us for antibiotics because you know it will make you feel better.

Every one of us needs to be aware, concerned and help in controlling this major problem in health care today.

Children’s Medicine Recall: Johnson & Johnson

J& J division recalls 43 medicines for kids

By Lyndsey Layton
A division of Johnson & Johnson is recalling 43 over-the-counter medicines made for infants and children — including liquid versions of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl — after federal regulators identified what they called deficiencies at the company’s manufacturing facility.

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My Take: Spread this information widely, especially to those in  your circles. Many people never listen to the news and may not hear about this recall.

Medscape: USPSTF Recommends Obesity Screening for …

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USPSTF Recommends Obesity Screening for Children Ages 6 to 18 Years
Medscape Medical News , 2010-01-22

January 22, 2010 — The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen children ages 6 to 18 years for obesity and refer as appropriate to programs to improve their weight status, according to evidence-based guidelines posted online January 18 and to be published in the February print issue ofPediatrics. The statement, which is an update of the 2005 USPSTF statement about screening for overweight in children and adolescents, is accompanied by a supporting systematic review and commentary.

“Since the 1970s, childhood and adolescent obesity has increased three- to sixfold,” write chair Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Denver, and colleagues from the USPSTF. “Approximately 12% to 18% of 2- to 19-year-old children and adolescents are obese (defined as having an age- and gender-specific BMI [body mass index] at >95th percentile)….Previously, the USPSTF found adequate evidence that BMI was an acceptable measure for identifying children and adolescents with excess weight.”

The USPSTF evaluated evidence for the efficacy of pediatric weight management interventions that are feasible in primary care or referable from primary care. The task force also considered the evidence for the magnitude of potential harms of treatment in children and adolescents.

This evidence led the USPSTF to issue a grade B recommendation that clinicians screen children 6 years and older for obesity and provide obese children with intensive counseling and behavioral interventions designed to improve weight status, or that they refer them for such counseling and interventions.

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My Take: Improving the health of our youth will help improve our communities. Regular screening for obesity is needed at each health checkup. Parents need to encourage their youth to get regular exercise. Educators need to advocate for physical activity in schools. Health care providers need to screen and educate their patients. E. coli Tainted Beef in 16 States

E. coli-tainted beef infects 21 in 16 states

By Lyndsey Layton
Twenty-one people in 16 states have been infected in recent days with a potentially lethal strain of E. coli bacteria, after consuming beef in restaurants supplied by the same Oklahoma meat company, federal officials said.

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My Take:

Food safety is a constant ongoing problem in this country. Our children’s food in schools is not as safe as it could be. We should be demanding an immediate improvement in this precarious situation.

CALL TO ACTION: Write your congress person and demand action. Support those bills which work to ensure safty at al levels of our food chain. Establish greater funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Schools could learn lessons on food safety –

Our Children Are Important!  Why isn’t something being done?

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My Take:

Food borne illnessses (FBI) are prevalent. Imagine between 1998-2007 there were 470 outbreaks of FBI in the nations schools. This contributed to 23,000 children getting sick! Imagine ….. in the USA….. as a parent I AM CONCERNED!!!! A a physician I AM APPALLED! As a US citizen, I AM EMBARRASSED AND DISGUSTED!!!!

CALL TO ACTION: Contact your Representative and Senator in Congress and ask that the bill sponsored by Kristen Gillibrand, D-NY, be supported and pushed through ASAP.

All of our children are at risk,…. it is just a matter of time before they will be affected if not already.

Peace and blessings for the New Year!

Can We Be The Real Leaders?

I have been diligently following the Climate Change Conference (CCC) now entering in the final week. It amazes me how the USA cannot take a leadership role especially since we were one of the big contributors to this problem.

In the recent broadcast from Copenhagen, Denmark Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! reports:

US Criticized for Rejecting Climate Reparations

Here in Copenhagen, the Obama administration is coming under criticism for refusing to acknowledge a climate debt to poorer countries suffering the brunt of global warming. This week US climate negotiator Todd Stern “categorically” rejected calls for climate reparations to developing countries. On Thursday, Bolivia climate negotiator Angélica Navarro responded in an address before the alternative summit Klimaforum.

If the US ever hopes to raise it’s credibility amongst the many other nations it is time for us to take the lead and help resolve this ever important issue.

WashPost: Senate may drop public option

Senate may drop public option

By Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery
Democratic Senate negotiators struck a tentative agreement Tuesday night to drop the controversial government-run insurance plan from their overhaul of the health-care system, hoping to remove a last major roadblock preventing the bill from moving to a final vote in the chamber.

My Take:

Without a public option there is not health care renovation. Right now the public does not have access to health care as a right. People go bankrupt due to health care costs, delay of treatment and care continues. Make your voices heard now. Contact your Senator. There is no health care reform without a public option!

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