More Treatment is Needed to Prevent Suicide Among Children
A recent study in Pediatrics (October 2016), “Suicide in Elementary School-Aged Children and Early Adolescents,” complements previous findings in studies and anecdotal observations about childhood suicide.
The children who die by suicide probably:
* Are male
* Are black
* Usually die by hanging, strangulation, suffocation (older children are more likely to kill themselves with firearms)
* Die at home
* Foremost suffer relationship problems with family and/or friends (60 percent)
* Less often suffer from boyfriend/girlfriend stress
* Seldom leave a suicide note (7.7 percent)
* More likely experience attention-deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (59 percent) and less often are depressed (33 percent) compared with young adolescent decedents.
Freezing a woman’s eggs and implanting them at a later time became the subject of medicine and scientific inquiry beginning in the 1800s.
The subject raised legal, religious, and moral questions affecting the status of the women impregnated and their children. The issue is a quandary in the twenty-first century, as scientific advancements race toward the ability to produce babies-to-order.
Wrangling over the US government’s role in funding healthcare is into its second century. The Affordable Healthcare Act is in the news for arguably driving premiums so high that healthcare is sliding to the brink of unaffordability.
U.S. Spending on Healthcare Has Not Made it Affordable
The history of federally funded health care shows how the United States got swamped in this morass. Germany’s workers have had some form of compulsory sickness insurance since 1883. Forms of national health insurance have covered other Europeans since 1912. Marxism and socialism were sweeping the continent, and governments initiated health-coverage programs, in part, for income protection, ensuring political stability, and gaining political favoritism among workers.
Vaccines are Essential, but Controversial
The definition for “vaccine” is so simple it masks the gonzo kerfuffle about vaccinations. Being vaccinated ought to be an indisputable exercise in a nation with a highly educated and regulated medical testing apparatus. It is not.
Vaccines are biological preparations that provide active acquired immunity to particular diseases. Vaccines are made from inactive or dead forms of the microbe, its toxins, or surface proteins resembling the micro-organism causing the disease.
MDK’s Deliver Better and Quicker Health Care
Medical personnel and government officials want people taking more personal responsibility for their health care. Digital age technology is making that possible with wearables and self-testing diagnostic kits.
The digital age and growing consumer health-care self-awareness are spurring the plethora of medical diagnostic testing kits (MDKs). The market for MDKs is $30 billion worldwide. Their benefits include the following:
* Results are often available within thirty minutes compared to twenty-four to thirty-six hours from laboratories
* Consumers can go to a doctor if they suspect they are pregnant or have a MDK-diagnosed illness for treatment and early intervention
* Rapid MDKs cost a small percentage of the fees charged by labs
* MDKs provide privacy to consumers who can use them at home
* Doctors using MDKs in their offices substantiate a diagnosis, order more sophisticated testing if necessary, and begin treatments sooner than if they had waited for patients to present with advanced conditions
Vitamins and Health Supplements are Not Necessarily Healthful
In the height of my middle-age years, a good friend implored me to start taking 400mg Vitamin E supplement daily. He argued that Vitamin E cuts the toxins lurking in my body, prevents free radical damage, cataracts, and diabetes related to aging. Its greatest benefit is as a preventive “medicine” against forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s disease.
Years later, I researched the topic, after my wife became captivated by the plethora of articles in women’s magazines and health newsletters touting how taking supplements can make a woman’s skin less wrinkled, her hair more rich and manageable, and lead to other attractive conditions. Her physician recommended a few, like Vitamin C for battling colds and flu, and Vitamin D to improve her absorption of calcium for keeping bones strong and to prevent bone loss. Then I heard a physician’s dismissive response to a question about Americans taking supplements, saying that our diet is so rich in vitamins and nutrients that supplements are unnecessary.
Many Strategies to Reverse Childhood Obesity Have Been Unsuccessful
A couple of pediatricians were asked how they know when a child is obese. Do they measure weight-to-height according to body mass index (BMI) standards? They both shrugged, and one said, “You know it when you see it.”
These doctors treat, and a plethora of studies confirm, the negative health effects from childhood obesity: emotional and psychological stress and depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and liver disease, sleep problems, cancer, early onset of puberty, skin infections, asthma, and early mortality linked to carotid arteries in adulthood. Lifetime medical costs for obese ten-year-olds is about $14 billion; unobservable costs include government disability payments.
Maintaining Standards in Biomedical Animal Testing is Crucial
My Life or the Mouse’s: No Contest
Testing of drug therapies and performance of biomedical experiments on animals are givens in the worlds of scientific and medical research. Public outcry and violent attacks compel the enactment of laws and regulations defining limits and appropriateness in biomedical animal testing and experimentation. Nevertheless, the work continues in corporation and university laboratories across the world because the public highly values relief from pain and suffering and saving human lives more than it values animal welfare. Still, scientists and members of the public who are sensitive to the ethical and humane treatment of animals are uneasy about animal research.
Pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, commercial medical businesses, and military defense agencies, among others, fund animal testing and experiments. If their labs do not set and maintain standards of animal testing, they risk sanctions, plus public outcry, that can damage company reputations. Because this issue affects sales and marketing, handling it requires thoughtful strategizing.