September 21st, 2022 3-5PM ET
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U.S. adults should get routine anxiety screening, panel says U.S. doctors should regularly screen all adults under 65 for anxiety, an influential health guidelines group proposed Tuesday. It’s the first time the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended anxiety screening in primary care for adults without symptoms. The proposal is open for public comment until Oct. 17, but the group usually affirms its draft guidance. The recommendations are based on a review that began before the Covid-19 pandemic, evaluating studies showing potential benefits and risks from screening. Given reports of a surge in mental health problems linked with pandemic isolation and stress, the guidance is “very timely,” said Lori Pbert, a task force member and co-author. Pbert is a psychologist-researcher at the University of Massachusetts’ Chan Medical School. The task force said evidence for benefits, including effective treatments, outweighs any risks, which include inaccurate screening results that could lead to unnecessary follow-up care. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health complaints, affecting about 40% of U.S. women at some point in their lives and more than 1 in 4 men, Pbert noted. Black people, those living in poverty, people who have lost partners and those who have other mental health issues are among adults who face higher risks for developing anxiety, which can manifest as panic attacks, phobias or feeling always on edge. Also, about 1 in 10 pregnant and postpartum women experience anxiety.
Legendary ‘Cheers’ Actor Says ‘Last People’ He Would Trust With His Health Is ‘Big Pharma and Big Government’ Legendary “Cheers” actor Woody Harrelson told Bill Maher the “last people” he would trust with his own health is “Big Pharma and Big Government” — and he explained why. During the 61-year-old actor’s appearance on the “Club Random with Bill Maher” podcast Sunday, the TV actor and host discussed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two-plus years. The two agreed that trusting the pharmaceutical companies and government rather than a person’s own doctor is bizarre. The host asked his guest would it be that crazy that the pharma industry wouldn’t say advocate for “more boosters than were necessary” for profit? “Like most Americans would not normally trust the government with helping them,” Harrelson replied. “Like what does the government actually do to help you?” “They help big corporations, industries, all the people that got…those people into Congress, or ultimately to become President,” he added. “Those people all got to get taken care of.”
White House conference aims to end hunger, create national strategy Food security advocates in the United States want an assortment of federal agencies to coordinate a national response that eliminates the root causes of a basic problem that affects the health of millions of people in this country. And they hope the way to achieve this will be through the first White House conference on the problem in more than 50 years. On Sept. 28, the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health aims to take concrete steps toward creating a national strategy to end hunger, improve healthy eating and increase physical activity. That, in turn, is expected to reduce the heavy toll taken by diet-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity in the United States. President Joe Biden announced the conference May 4 as part of the administration’s initiative to tackle these issues and eliminate disparities that block some people’s access to healthy food by 2030. A final agenda was not available as of Tuesday, but Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice are scheduled to participate in the event, to be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The first such conference, held by the Nixon White House in 1969, spurred pivotal national changes.
White House Nutrition Advisor creates “Food Compass” that vilifies whole foods while promoting junk like Lucky Charms In today’s neurotic, upside-down world, good is often labeled as evil and evil is often advertised as virtuous, so it’s no surprise that the White House “Nutrition Advisor” would declare that synthetic, sugary foods like Lucky Charms and Frosted Mini Wheats are healthier than whole foods and fresh meats. Joe Biden’s latest appointee to nutrition advisor is Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He helped put together a “Food Compass” nutrient profiling system that ranks foods into three groups – those that should be encouraged, those that should be moderated, and those that should be minimized. Each food has a score, from 1 to 100, with 1 being the worst ranking and 100 being the best. The Food Compass rankings were published in Nature Journal, widely considered one of the most authoritative scientific publications in the world. While watermelon and kale scored at the top of the chart with a score of 100, junk foods like Frosted Mini Wheats also scored high on the rankings, with a score of 87. Dr. Dariush put the popular cereal brand in the “to be encouraged” category, and claimed it is healthier than whole foods such as chicken breasts, yogurt, millet, dates, and almonds, among numerous nutrition sources. Also at the top of the list is honey nut cheerios, which received a “to be encouraged” score of 76 – also higher than many whole foods on the list. Lucky charms, full of artificial colors and corn syrup, scored higher than canned pineapple and boiled eggs. Meanwhile, ground beef was ranked way at the bottom of the chart and placed in the “to be minimized” category. The chart appears to vilify whole foods – especially meat – in an attempt to promote corporate junk foods that come from companies that have great lobbying power.
Americans in 2022: 1 in 4 can’t name any branches of government, half think Facebook protected by First Amendment Can you list the three branches of the U.S. Government? If you can, you’re apparently in the minority. For the first time in six years, the percentage of Americans who correctly named the legislative, executive, and judicial branches fell below the 50 percent mark. In all, just 47 percent of respondents know all three branches of the government, a decline of nearly 10 points from last year, according to the latest Annenberg Public Policy Center survey. To make matters worse, one in four people could not name any of the branches. Even fewer could correctly identify what role the U.S. Supreme Court serves. Also dropping in 2022 is the number of Americans who can, without any prompt, name the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Only 6 percent of the 1,113 adults surveyed were able to list the “Right to petition the government” as a First Amendment protection. “Freedom of speech” knowledge appears to have fallen, or become politically tainted, among self-described conservatives. Two-thirds inaccurately think Facebook posts are covered by the First Amendment. Overall, a slight majority (51 percent) incorrectly say that First Amendment protections force Facebook (or other social media companies) to permit users to post anything they want on their company platforms.
Alzheimer’s Might Not Actually Be a Brain Disease, Expert Says The pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an increasingly competitive and contentious quest with recent years witnessing several important controversies. In July 2022, Science magazine reported that a key 2006 research paper, published in the prestigious journal Nature, which identified a subtype of brain protein called beta-amyloid as the cause of Alzheimer’s, may have been based on fabricated data. One year earlier, in June 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration had approved aducanumab, an antibody-targeting beta-amyloid, as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, even though the data supporting its use were incomplete and contradictory. Some physicians believe aducanumab never should have been approved, while others maintain it should be given a chance. With millions of people needing an effective treatment, why are researchers still fumbling in this quest for a cure for what is arguably one of the most important diseases confronting humankind? For years, scientists have been focused on trying to come up with new treatments for Alzheimer’s by preventing the formation of brain-damaging clumps of this mysterious protein called beta-amyloid. In fact, we scientists have arguably got ourselves into a bit of an intellectual rut concentrating almost exclusively on this approach, often neglecting or even ignoring other possible explanations.
Research shows poor sleep habits are bad for your liver health If you have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), excess deposits of fat accumulate in your liver even if you don’t normally drink excessively. Unfortunately, NAFLD has progressed from being an uncommon condition to being a widespread health problem across the United States. According to health experts, at least 25 to 30 percent of American adults have NAFLD. But what does fatty liver disease have to do with poor sleep habits? Researchers who conducted a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism have found that there is a shocking link between poor sleep and the risk of NAFLD. In a cross-sectional study involving over 5,000 middle-aged and elderly Chinese volunteers with metabolic-dysfunction fatty liver disease, which is another name for NAFLD, scientists wanted to learn more about the links between sleep behaviors and fatty liver disease risk. The research team also set out to evaluate the influence of obesity on sleep quality and NAFLD. Study results revealed that three specific sleep behaviors were linked to a greater risk of developing NAFLD. Study participants who had the highest risk of developing NAFLD were those who had disturbed sleep at night and took long naps during the day naps to compensate. This combination of factors caused the risk of NAFLD to more than double.
Question of The Day!
I’m trying to stay as natural as possible-consequently I am doing a lot of reading- I read an article that stated that vitamins that have words that have the following are to be avoided–(ate-for example palmitate–words that have (ide)-or (di)– or (calciferol)-do you agree?
Exclusive: Woman Injured by Pfizer Shot Forced to Get Vaccine Despite Pre-Existing Heart Issue When her employer in 2021 mandated all employees get the COVID-19 vaccine, Heather Elkins, who had a pre-existing heart condition, requested a medical exemption. But the Oregon Department of Human Services turned down her application — even though Elkins had transitioned, in 2020, to a permanent work-from-home employee. Elkins told The Defender: “All State of Oregon employees were mandated by Gov. Kate Brown to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or to meet a qualifying exemption regardless of if the employee was working from home or not and if we did not comply, we would lose our job!” Elkins, 45, was reluctant to get the vaccine for several reasons, she said: “I am by no means against vaccines. With that being said, I was not comfortable with the COVID-19 vaccine for a number of reasons. First, I didn’t feel like there was enough known about it and the long-term effects it might have. “Second, I saw reports stating people were developing heart issues, and given that I myself have a heart issue, I wasn’t feeling comfortable with getting the vaccine.” She added: “It’s my body and the decision should be my choice! I know how my body reacts to trauma, illness, etc. I should be able to choose what goes in it.”
Don’t cook chicken in NyQuil: FDA warns about dangerous social media challenges Want to cook chicken in NyQuil? Overdose on antihistamines? Swallow laundry detergent pods? While most of us would recoil in horror from such dangerous suggestions, adolescents and young adults continue to be susceptible to social media dares like these, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. “One social media trend relying on peer pressure is online video clips of people misusing nonprescription medications and encouraging viewers to do so too. These video challenges, which often target youths, can harm people — and even cause death,” the FDA stated in a warning. One recent challenge posted on social media encouraged people to cook chicken in a mixture of acetaminophen, dextromethorphan and doxylamine — the basic ingredients of NyQuil and some similar over-the-counter cough and cold products. “Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways,” the FDA said. “Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the medication’s vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body. It could also hurt your lungs.”