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Co-Use of Tobacco and Marijuana Tied to Significantly Increased Odds For Depression, Anxiety

   Findings published in the journal PLOS One state that using both tobacco and marijuana is tied to higher odds for depression and anxiety. Researchers found that those who smoked both experienced depression and anxiety at nearly twice the rate of non-users. 

Antihypertensive Use Tied to Reduced Risk for Dementia, Meta-Analysis Suggests

   JAMA Network Open reports that taking antihypertensive medications is associated with a reduced risk for dementia compared to untreated hypertension. 34,519 older adult patients were studied to reach this conclusion.

Television Viewing and Physical Activity Associated with Developing Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

   In the Journal of Clinical Medicine a study of 2726 patients, researchers found an association between physical activity, television viewing, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Increased levels of exercise, especially vigorous aerobic exercise, combined with lower levels of television viewing were associated with a 65% reduction in the risk of NAFLD

Fentanyl Combined with Stimulants Leading to Fourth Wave of US Overdose Epidemic

   The journal Addiction reported that fentanyl combined with illicit stimulants was responsible for another surge (the fourth wave) in overdose deaths. “Polysubstance” abuse with fentanyl, and most often cocaine and methamphetamine, have increased deaths “fiftyfold from 2010 to 2021.” 

CDC Expects High Numbers of COVID-19, RSV, And Flu Hospitalizations Again This Year

   Compared to prepandemic levels, the total number of hospitalizations from COVID-19, RSV, and flu is predicted to be similar to last year but higher than pre-pandemic. Vaccines are available for all three and should be taken.

FDA To Seek Public Opinion Before Banning Phenylephrine

   Phenylephrine, widely used in cough and cold medicines has been declared ineffective. The FDA is deliberating about whether to remove it from the market, but before doing so is seeking popular public opinion.

Physicians Say COVID-19 Symptoms have Changed Over Time, Making it Difficult to Distinguish from Allergies or other Respiratory infections.   

   Dry cough and loss of sense of smell or taste have become less common and URI symptoms plus headache, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, chill, and post nasal drip are predominant. 

Added Sugar, Total Sugar, Fructose From Some Sources All Tied to Higher Risk for CHD

   The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition studied 29,000 men and 77,000 women and found that added to their diets, sugar, total sugar, and fructose from some sources were all linked to a higher risk for coronary heart disease. 

Most People With GERD Do Not Have Higher Risk For Developing Cancer of the Esophagus

   Contrary to common thought and practice, chronic acid reflux does not increase one’s risk of developing esophageal cancer. A British Medical Journal study from Sweden came to this conclusion. No explanation why was given.

People in 10 States Have Been Infected by COVID-19 Variant BA.2.86

   The BA.2.86 variant of COVID-19 has been found in samples from Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

SENIORS Who Develop Dementia Lose Wealth Eight Years Before a Definite Diagnosis is Made

   In JAMA Neurology a study revealed that “in the years leading up to a dementia diagnosis, average net worth fell by more than half (50%).” During the 8 years before a definitive diagnosis of dementia is made, seniors who later are diagnosed with dementia, lose a large percentage of their wealth. 

Adhering to a healthy Diet After Cancer Diagnosis Could Promote and Protect Well-being and Longevity

   Published in Nurtients, following a healthy diet after being diagnosed with cancer could promote and protect well-being and longevity. We are what we eat.

Individuals With At Least One Head Injury Saw An Increased Risk for Developing Cognitive Issues Over a 30-year Period Compared to Those Who Did Not

   At the American Neurological Association’s annual meeting it was reported that 2110 people who reported one head injury, were at significantly higher risk for dementia after a period of 30 years. Those without head injuries did not experience as significant a cognitive decline.

Early Morning Moderate to Vigorous Exercise May Help With Weight Loss

   Analysis of two years of data from the CDC concluded that people who did moderate to vigorous exercise in the morning (7am-9am) had lower BMI’s than people who exercised at midday or in the evening. This information appeared in the journal Obesity.

References: AAFP Family Medicine Today Co-use of tobacco and marijuana tied to higher odds for depression and anxiety, survey data indicate. 2023 Sept 14.

     Compared with untreated hypertension, antihypertensive use tied to reduced risk for

     dementia 2023 Sept 15

     Study provides overview of association between physical activity, television viewing with the

     prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease 2023 Sept 14.

     Fentanyl combined with stimulants leading to 4th wave of US overdose epidemic 2023 Sept


     CDC expects high numbers of COVID-19, RSV, and flu hospitalizations again this year 2023

     Sept 15.

     FDA to seek public opinion before banning Phenylephrine 2023 Sept 15.

     Added sugar, total sugar, and fructose from some sources all tied to higher risk for CHD

     2023 Sept 18

     Most people with GERD do not have higher risk for developing cancer of the esophagus

     2023 Sept 18. 

     People in 10 states have been infected by the BA.2.86 Variant 2023 Sept 19.

     Seniors Who develop dementia begin to lose wealth in the 8 years before a definitive

     diagnosis is made. 2023 Sept 19.

     Adhering to Healthy diet after cancer diagnosis could promote and protect well-being and

     longevity 2023 Sept. 19.

     Early morning moderate to vigorous exercise may help weight loss 2023 Sept. 20.

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