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Dec 23, 2018 1-3PM ET

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Are Doctors Giving Patients Up-to-Date Vaccine Safety Information (or Any Safety Information atAll)? In 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), a carefully crafted piece of legislation that gave vaccine manufacturers their dream come true: blanket immunity from liability for injuries resulting from childhood vaccines. Throwing a bone to the safety concerns of consumers, the Act also mandated that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (via the CDC) develop and distribute educational materials to inform vaccine recipients and/or their parents about a given vaccine’s risks and benefits. The NCVIA stipulated that doctors give out the appropriate materials—currently called Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)—“prior to every dose of specific vaccines,” including before “each dose of a multi-dose series.” Early on, government documentation emphasized the importance of giving VISs every time a vaccine is administered because “the health status of the child could have changed”—and as an example of changes in health status, the CDC cited children with “evolving neurological disorder[s].” By 2005, however, researchers were calling attention to doctors’ frequent failure to give out VISs, while also noting that the physicians who did distribute VISs “rarely initiated discussions regarding contraindications to immunizations.” To rectify the situation, the same authors carried out a CDC-coordinated evaluation in 2007 and proposed revisions “that would alert the physician to the need to use the VIS.” Neither the CDC nor state-level officials endorsed the proposed revisions.

Whistleblower Nurse Alleges Hospital’s ‘Flu Vaccine Consent’ Policy Is Misleading A whistleblower nurse claims that hospitals use The Affordable Care Act in a way to gain consent for numerous vaccines, including the flu shot, even when the patient came to the emergency room for nothing related to the flu. She claims in the video that nefarious consent-to-care forms are utilized in a way that patients simply do not understand. She claims that patients do not realize that they are granting consent. “Since the Affordable Care Act came out, we are now – as nurses – required to ask every single patient when they come to the hospital if you’ve had your flu vaccine or your pneumococcal vaccine.” She says in the video. “If you say no to either one of those, in the computer, an order will generate that says we need to give you this vaccine. We don’t need to speak to a doctor, it’s hospital policy. It’s now health department policy that we now have to give you the vaccine.” According to the description of the video, posted under Jefferey Jaxen Update’s account: Listen to a whistleblower nurse as she describes her experience inside a hospital taking orders to unknowingly force vaccinate patients with the flu shot. Later she describes how The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has redefined the term “Biologics” being used in hospital consent forms to include vaccines.

US adults aren’t getting taller, but still putting on pounds You don’t need to hang the mistletoe higher but you might want to skip the holiday cookies. A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren’t getting any taller but they are still getting fatter. The average U.S. adult is overweight and just a few pounds from obese, thanks to average weight increases in all groups — but particularly whites and Hispanics. Overall, the average height for men actually fell very slightly over the past decade. There was no change for women. One factor may be the shift in the country’s population. There’s a growing number of Mexican-Americans, and that group tends to be a little shorter, said one of the report’s authors, Cynthia Ogden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings come from a 2015-16 health survey that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 U.S. adults took part.

FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD products illegal The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. CBD oils have become increasingly popular in lotions, tinctures and foods, but their legal status has been murky and the Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to some companies making health claims for CBD. In a statement following Thursday’s bill signing in Washington, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb restated his agency’s stance that CBD is a drug ingredient and therefore illegal to add to food or health products without approval from his agency. “Selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims is not only a violation of the law, but also can put patients at risk, as these products have not been proven to be safe or effective,” Gottlieb wrote. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp, a version of the cannabis plant that is low in THC, the part of cannabis that gives pot its high.

Flint inspires national nutrition prescription program in US Farm Bill A Flint nutrition prescription program, where fruits and vegetables are prescribed to young patients by their pediatrician, will expand nationally as a result of the recently signed U.S. Farm Bill by President Trump. Managed by the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, or PPHI, the program launched at the Hurley Children’s Clinic, a pediatric medical facility, located in the same building as the city’s farmers market. “Healthy  is the best medicine,” said Mona Hanna-Attisha, associate professor of pediatrics in the College of Human Medicine and PPHI director. “We started this program more than three years ago to make sure that Flint kids had access to nutritious foods they need to grow up healthy. We are so excited that Flint will be sharing this program with the nation.” How does it work? Parents of children receive a $15 prescription that may be filled for fresh fruits and vegetables at the Flint Farmers’ Market or through the Flint Fresh Mobile Market with delivery to a home or business within the city. To replicate the success of Flint’s program on a national scale, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow included the program in the 2018 Farm Bill, which she co-authored as ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Why you shouldn’t force the kids to hug Granny at Christmas Granny, who lives interstate and whom the kids haven’t seen since last year, is visiting for Christmas. She loves the kids and is eager to scoop them up and smother them with kisses. The young children, who only have a vague memory of who she is, are wary and would rather keep an eye on this strange woman for the next few hours before committing to any physical contact. Faced with this situation, many parents would instinctively tell their kids to remember their manners and allow themselves to be smothered by Granny (or Grandad). It’s the polite thing to do, right? It is Christmas after all. But in an era when we want children to be empowered, to be in charge of their bodies, and to be able to say no to unwanted attention, why do we allow our kids to be hugged and kissed against their will at family gatherings? Forced affection can undermine a child’s inherent sense of stranger danger and self-trust. Building and maintaining trust and respect are key to a successful relationship with children. The respectful approach to parenting (also known as “educaring”) focuses on building cooperative relationships and treating each child as a unique human being.


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10 top questions you had for Dr. Google in 2018 People were curious about the keto diet, ALS and endometriosis in 2018. Those are just a few of the health-related topics that had Internet surfers in the United States turning to Dr. Google with questions this year, according to a top 10 list from the search engine giant. The data, based on search terms, was collected from January to mid-December. Last year, some of the top health-related questions searched on Google included what causes hiccups, how to stop snoring, how long flu lasts and what is lupus. Some of the top health-related questions on Google in 2016 were related to Zika, traumatic brain injuries and cupping. Here’s a look at the top trending health-related questions for this year — along with their answers.

People who drink moderate amounts of coffee each day have a lower risk of death from disease Many people drink coffee for an energy boost, but do you know that it can also prolong your life? A study published in the journal Circulation revealed that moderate amounts — or less than five cups — of coffee each day can lower your risk of death from many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and nervous system disorders. It can also lower death risk due to suicide. The study’s researchers explained this effect could be attributed to coffee’s naturally occurring chemical compounds. These bioactive compounds reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation, which might be responsible for the association between coffee and mortality. (Related: Coffee drinkers have a lower mortality rate and lower risk of various cancers.) The researchers reached this conclusion after analyzing the coffee consumption every four years of participants from three large studies: 74,890 women in the Nurses’ Health Study; 93,054 women in the Nurses’ Health Study 2; and 40,557 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. They did this by using validated food questionnaires. During the follow-up period of up to 30 years, 19,524 women and 12,432 men died from different causes.

Opioids offer little benefit in long-term chronic pain treatment, study says New research suggests that prescription opioids may offer little more benefit than placebos for patients who are being treated for long-term, non-cancer-related pain. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and first reported by CNN, indicate that the benefits of opioid medication in treating chronic pain decrease over time, while the risk of certain side effects, such as vomiting and constipation, actually increase. The analysis included 96 randomized clinical trials involving 26,000 patients living with chronic pain that is not related to cancer. Dr. Jianguo Cheng, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, told CNN that the results of the study reinforce efforts among physicians to prescribe fewer opioids. Searching for opioid alternatives is becoming common practice in treating chronic pain, Cheng noted. “We’re going to try the least risky drug first, so therefore opioids (are) not a first line treatment in most cases,” he said. “It’s not a second line of treatment, and maybe not a third line of treatment.”

Medications may not heal long-term knee pain, study Drugs long thought to soothe long-term knee pain may not actually work, a study says. The research, published Friday in JAMA, come from 47 trials over the course of a year. The work found that only two drugs had any level of significant effectiveness, even though those drugs were only mildly successful. “This is the first meta-analysis in osteoarthritis (OA) that takes into account only long-term (defined as at least 12-month duration) clinical trials,” Lucio Rovati, a researcher at Department of Medicine and Surgery and study author, told UPI in an email interview. “Analysis of long-term data is particularly important because OA (knee OA in our case, i.e. the most common form and joint localization of OA) is a chronic and progressive disease, but most medications are studied mainly for their short-term effects, i.e. mostly up to 3-6 months only. This creates troubles when physicians have to perform chronic management of their patients,” he said.

NORAD Still Tracking Santa on Christmas Eve Despite US Gov’t Shutdown Every year on Christmas Eve, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Base in Colorado becomes the centre of tracking Santa Claus’s Christmas trip. “In the event of a government shutdown, NORAD will continue with its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks Santa on Dec. 24”, NORAD wrote on Twitter. The statement comes after the US federal government partially shut down after members of Congress failed to resolve differences over $5 billion in spending for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Student with ‘nothing to give’ presents teacher with cereal marshmallows for Christmas gift One elementary school teacher in Washington state is feeling especially thankful for one unexpected gift from a thoughtful student, as the youngster with “nothing to give” creatively presented her class instructor with the marshmallows from her subsidized school breakfast of Lucky Charms. On Dec. 19, Rachel Uretsky-Pratt shared the touching story to Facebook in a post that has since gone seriously viral with over 291,000 likes, 18,000 comments and nearly 100,000 shares. Detailing that many students and teachers at her school exchange small gifts in the spirit of the holiday on the last day of school before winter break, Uretsky-Pratt revealed that she was totally caught off guard by the hand-assembled packaged of the iconic cereal’s marshmallows in particular, which she describes as “the best part of [the] breakfast.” “Today I received some chocolates, sweet handmade notes, some jewelry, but these Lucky Charm marshmallows stood out to me the most,” the 24-year-old teacher in Kennewick wrote on social media, USA Today reports.





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