VA Submits Guidelines for Patients During Heat Waves

(September 8, 2020)—The Department of Defense has sent its rapid feedback memo to each of its health care providers dedicated to expand availability for the most difficult patients during the heat waves.
The push to develop guidance as to who is most at risk for heat waves during the summer months comes after an opioid epidemic interrupted COVID-19 relief activities earlier this year.
For those patients with opioid use disorder, extended hospital stays during the cold and flu season may also pose a risk, which has led personally to fatal opioid overdoses.
The agency also has recommended their use instead of scheduled and experimental usage for the kind of opioid use validated in the administration’s Operation Warp Speed program.
Need for Pain Management means Higher Cost and Difficulty of CareRoughly 11.1% of men and 17.7% of women between the ages of 18 and 64 are either indifferent or somewhat disinterested in using opioids for pain control, according to the most recent RAND Health Scorecard.

Common painkiller linked to increased risk of breast cancer

“Abnormalities in hormone levels can promote cancer,” said coauthor Dr.
Darshana Murthy, chief of breast cancer at Mercy Medical Center in Philadelphia.
The study wasn’t designed to prove whether or how fat mass or body mass index affects the risk of breast cancer.
“This is the first times that there is a dose dependence (on dose) and very clearly established effects in men,” Maynard, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Researchers identify signaling network that mediates meat preference

“In such an approach, the impact of a given behavioral intervention or dietary intervention could be greater than its cost or minimal.
This opens up a huge gap for evaluating the effectiveness of proposed interventions or dietary interventions being cultivated for future clinical trials”, said Bradsky.
The study included 218 individuals who consumed one of the experimental meal scenarios.
The individuals who studied consumed uncooked, early-season meats available from grocery stores, bread produced with prepared varieties and packaged foods previously purchased at pharmaceutical stores, as well as two bottled or packaged formulations of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and calcium (ascorbic acid/calcium carbonate) – products found in supermarkets.
As part of this study, they also scanned for changes in brain activity related to the mesolimbic dopamine system (involved in reward, emotion and motivation) and the nucleus accumbens (involved in movement and attention) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).