“Dude, where’s my regulatory framework? As CBD gains popularity, Washington struggles to keep up” – STATNews
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“The $300 billion CBD industry is giving Washington a major headache. The cannabis extract is used as a home remedy for everything from pain to anxiety, and celebrities are even considering adding the extract to wine. But this lack of a clear line between therapeutic and food additive means that the FDA is unsure whether to regulate the product as a therapeutic or to treat CBD the way it treats vitamins and other nutritional supplements. “’The FDA needs to take a leadership position as quickly as possible to make sure that the wild west of CBD doesn’t harm the public health,’ Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former FDA official.”
“WASHINGTON — Online reviews proclaim CBD a “life changer,” “the best thing ever,” and “truly incredible.” It’s a $390 million industry, expected to grow to at least $1.3 billion by 2022. Montel Williams has his own designer line of CBD products; so do Tommy Chong and Mike Tyson.
Despite the rave reviews, CBD is giving Washington a major headache. The Food and Drug Administration has different rules for regulating medicines and dietary supplements like vitamins — and it isn’t perfectly clear yet which category CBD, or cannabidiol, an extract of cannabis used as a home remedy for everything from anxiety to back pain, falls into. Congress, too, has struggled. Lawmakers passed a bill last year that officially legalized hemp, the plant from which CBD is extracted, but left the FDA will little guidance on how to regulate CBD.”
This Time Magazine article begins, “Global life expectancy averages out to 71.4 years. That means, of course, that some parts of the world see much shorter life spans, while others enjoy far greater longevity.
“Five places, in particular, fall into the latter category. They’re known as Blue Zones —named for the blue circles researchers drew to identify the first one on a map — and they’re home to some of the oldest and healthiest people in the world. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones and The Blue Zones Solution, told TIME why residents of these places live so long—and how you can steal their habits.”
“Crackling and wheezing lungs could be the sounds of a disease progressing, according to new research.”
by Jim Erickson
“A new study describes how the mechanics that produce those noises with every breath are likely a cause of injury and inflammation.
The findings, based on evidence from experiments on microfluidic chips and on animal models, could eventually change treatment of lung diseases, says James Grotberg, professor of biomedical engineering at the College of Engineering and professor of surgery at the Medical School at the University of Michigan. They also represent a paradigm shift for how doctors understand what they hear through a stethoscope.
“Here, Grotberg answers explains his research … ”
How many healthy years of life you have left? | This calculator may tell you how many healthy years of life you do have ahead before you become unhealthy.
“As the old saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. While death is inevitable, the quality of life you experience until death is often within an individual’s control.
“This is what our team at the Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research chose to focus on by developing a rigorous measure of quality of life. How many healthy years of life do you have ahead before you become unhealthy?
“Everyone understands the benefits of living a long healthy life, but this also has implications for industry and society. Medical costs, financial planning and health support services are directly related to the state of health of an individual or community.
“We call this measure of quality of life ‘healthy life expectancy’ and its complement ‘unhealthy life expectancy.’ We define entering an unhealthy state as a severe enough state of disablement that there is no recovery, so you remain unhealthy until death.
“It follows that life expectancy – a measure of the total future years an individual is expected to live – is simply the two added together.”
Want to know your own estimate of healthy years ahead? We developed a free online tool that lets you calculate healthy, unhealthy and total life expectancy. This is work in progress.
“Medical comics help patients better understand procedures, associated risks” – STAT: Morning Rounds
EXCERPT FROM “PATIENT INFORMED CONSENT,” A MEDICAL COMIC BOOK. (A. BRAND, V. STANGL, L. GAO, A. HAMANN, S. MARTINECK @ CHARITÉ 2016)
“A new study suggests that delivering information about medical procedures and risk — which can often overwhelm patients — in the form of a graphic novel can help improve comprehension about standard medical disclosures. Patients who were about to undergo a cardiac catheterization received informed consent information either through the usual forms or through a graphic novel. Those who received the book scored, on average, two points higher on a 13-point test of details about the procedure. Although the two groups exhibited the same level of pre-procedure anxiety, those who received the graphic novel reported feeling well prepared for the procedure more than those who received the standard forms.”
by Gabriella Boston
“‘You look young for your age.’ Aside from being flattering, the sentence also highlights the fact that we can inhabit two ages at once: chronological age and biological age. Chronological age dictates the number of birthday candles we blow out every year, while biological age is a measure of our physiological state compared to other people with the same number of annual growth rings.
“‘It’s not all that helpful to talk about chronological age,’ says Laurie Archbald-Pannone, a physician who specializes in geriatrics at the University of Virginia Health System. ‘It doesn’t tell us how resilient the body is.’ To put it another way: Chronological age has very little to do with our actual physical well-being.
“For example, a 50-year-old smoker can have the lung capacity of an 80-year-old, says Todd Miller, associate professor in exercise and nutrition sciences at George Washington University. ‘In other words, the 50-year-old smoker has the lung age of an 80-year-old,’ Miller says.”
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its 2019 County Health Rankings March 19.
The rankings use state and national data to compare U.S. counties on more than 30 measures across four areas: health behaviors, clinical care, physical environment, and social and environmental factors. Measures include access to care, income, and alcohol or drug use. The list ranks counties in all 50 states based on their performance on these health measures relative to the health of other counties in each state.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in Madison, has shared updated County Health Rankings annually since 2010.
Below is a list of the county with the best health outcomes in each state. Take a deep dive into county health outcomes per state by clicking here.
SOURCE: Becker’s Hospital Review
by Sharon Jayson
“AUSTIN, Texas — Connor Wilton moved here for the music scene. The 24-year-old singer-guitarist “knew zero people in Austin” and felt pretty lonely at first.
While this capital city is one of the nation’s buzziest places and ranks at the top of many ‘best’ lists, Wilton wasn’t feeling it. He lived near the University of Texas at Austin but wasn’t a student; he said walking through ‘the social megaplex that’s UT-Austin’ was intimidating, with its almost 52,000 students all seemingly having fun.
“‘You definitely feel like you’re on the outside, and it’s hard to penetrate that bubble,’ Wilton said.
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“What they found was striking. Almost two-thirds of participants reported experiencing at least one kind of adversity, and 13 percent — about 1 in 8 — said they had experienced four or more. Those who reported experiencing high doses of trauma as children were far more likely to have serious health problems as adults, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. And the higher their ACEs score, the worse their health was likely to be.”