Is ’13 Reasons Why’ Helping Kids Kill Themselves?

MEDPAGE TODAY–Researchers see a link between upswing in suicide info searches and Netflix show. Internet searches linked to suicide spiked following the airing of Netflix’s controversial teen drama “13 Reasons Why,” which tells the story of a high school student who kills herself. Using what they called a “quasi-experimental” approach, researchers compared actual Internet search volumes for 20 queries which included the word “suicide” after the 13-episode television show was released March 31, with an estimate of the number of such searches that would have been expected if the show had not aired (from daily trends from Jan. 15-March 30, 2017). Searches increased for terms associated with suicidal ideation, including “teen suicide,” “how to commit suicide,” and “suicidal thoughts,” as well as for seeking help terms including “suicide hotline,” and “suicide hotline number,” reported John W. Ayers, PhD, of San Diego State University, and colleagues July 31 in a JAMA Internal Medicine research letter. In particular, the analysis showed a 19% cumulative increase in queries for the suicide terms included (95% CI 14%-24%) during the 19 days following series’ online release, “reflecting 900,000 to 1.5 million more searches than expected,” the researchers wrote. “Our analyses suggest ’13 Reasons Why,’ in its present form, has both increased suicide awareness while unintentionally increasing suicidal ideation,” they concluded. The show has been praised as an honest depiction of issues commonly faced by teenagers, including bullying and sexual assault. But it has also been strongly criticized by some mental health practitioners who say it romanticizes teen suicide. Netflix has announced that it will air a second season of the show. “The debate about the potential impacts of ’13...

Increase in sexually transmitted infections amongst Singaporean teenagers, study finds

SINGAPORE — A Singaporean study of 688 sexually active teens has found that there is an increasing pattern of adolescents getting diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Study results According to the Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control (DSC) Clinic, results from the study found that 421 teenage boys and girls – aged between 10 to 19 – contracted an STI in 2015, an 8% increase from 2014 where there were just 391 cases reported. Experts commented saying young people are not clueless about protection but they merely opt to engage in sexual activities without using condoms. It was found within this study group there were teens that engaged in these activities before the age of 16 and there were some teenagers who had a few sexual partners prior to reaching adulthood. In 2007, there were 820 cases recorded of such nature and had been steadily reducing until 2015. This study found that generally, over 90% of all adolescent STI cases were made up of those aged 15 to 19. Condom use to prevent STIs Out of the STIs in this study, chlamydia is the most common infection with gonorrhoea being a distant second. Third most common is genital warts. Dr Tan Wei Sheng, deputy head of DSC Clinic relayed his concerns with the lack of condom use amongst the teenagers despite being aware of its beneficial barrier effects against STIs. He said, “Youth today are quite savvy (about sex and contraception), more so than before; but it is not translating into action.” Based on a DSC study published in 2013, 90% of girls and 25% of boys claimed to...

Overcoming colour blindness with glasses and gene therapy

MIMS–Almost everyone knows someone who is colour blind, or more accurately, colour deficient. In fact, colour blindness affects one in 12 men (8%) and one in 200 women, while one in every six women is a carrier of the gene that causes it. Colour blindness is also more prevalent in males than in females as the most common form of defected colour vision is coded by a gene on the X chromosome. As such, fathers are unable to pass it down to their sons but are able to pass it to their daughters. The three types of colour blindness – protanomaly, deuteranomaly and tritanomaly – have eight specific variations and four degrees of severity – slightly, moderate, strong, and absolute. Generally, people with protanomaly and deuteranomaly colour blindness find it hard to tell the difference between blues and purples or pinks and grays. Greens, yellows, oranges, reds and browns are all a range of similar colours especially in low light. Tritanomaly is much rarer and those who suffer from it have problems with the blue-yellow spectrum, seeing yellows as pale pink and greens as purples. In other words, people with colour blindness can only see about 5% to 10% of the normal colour vision. Studies have also shown that people with colour blindness may react up to 30% slower to colour coded information, which affects their ability to drive or ride a motorcycle.    How the eyes perceive colour Approximately six million retinal cone cells make up the retina and each cell is ‘colour specific’, which responds to light of specific wavelengths and frequencies. Three different types of cone...

Why consulting ‘Dr Google’ is not a good idea

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 (Bernama) — If you are feeling a little under the weather or come down with a sniffle or find yourself aching all over, what do you do? Grab your smartphone and consult Dr Google? The search engine is, no doubt, a good tool to scour the Internet to find recipes, diet tips, weather report or just about any information on any subject. But to entirely depend on it for information and advice for health issues is going too far as Google does not necessarily have all the correct answers. It may get you the recipe you want or an accurate weather report, but the exact diagnosis and prescription for your health ailment? Not likely and, beware, adhering to the online doctor’s medical advice may land you in further trouble. GOOGLE TAKES ON DOCTOR’S ROLE Commenting on this, Malaysian Doctors Club President Dr Muhammad Hakim Nordin said some people have the tendency to think they need not consult a doctor as they could “google their symptoms” and rely on the information that pops up on their screen. He said by typing keywords like fever or joint pain, a google search would reveal a wide range of possible ailments, including serious ones, and their symptoms. “Reading all that information will make the patient even more anxious, more so if the list of ailmentsinclude cancer or other serious diseases. “It’s important to know that any Internet search can only yield information on common diseases, which may not be applicable to the patient concerned,” he told Bernama. Dr Muhammad Hakim said the so-called informed patient would have doubts if the advice given by his regular doctor contradicted the information he had retrieved from the Internet. He said...

Five Things To Know Before Purchasing Your Next Eyeglasses

So you were advised that you already need to wear prescription glasses. Whether it’s your first time or would need to replace your current one, there are a few things you need to know before making a purchase. Remember, dressing well is a form of good manners and dressing someone’s face is just like dressing their body–everyone has certain styles that are more flattering on them than others. The best frames will contrast with the natural face shape to provide definition, soften hard lines, and draw attention away from overly prominent features. And yes, this also applies when choosing...

Improved Survival Seen For Premature Infants

–Better maternal care practices credited with better outcomes While overall survival rates for premature infants remained relatively stable, survival rates to discharge and survival rates without major morbidities have exhibited slight increases over time, according to a large prospective, longitudinal study of data from extremely premature infants over the last 20 years. Barbara J. Stoll, MD, of Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues found that overall survival to discharge for infants at 23 and 24 weeks gestation increased slightly from 2009 to 2012 (27% to 33%, P<0.001 and 63% to 65%, P<0.001, respectively), with smaller increases reported for infants born at 25 and 27 weeks gestation. In addition, the portion of infants surviving without any major morbidity increased from 43% in 1993 to almost 60% (59%) in 2012 (P<0.001), they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. There was no change in survival rates for infants born at 22, 26, or 28 weeks, though researchers noted slight year-to-year increases for infants born from 25 to 28 weeks gestation (approximately 2% per year). Not surprisingly, trends in overall survival and survival without major morbidity varied by gestational age. Stoll told MedPage Today she was not exactly surprised by the findings, but was pleased to see these steady increases in survival rates. “We’re cautiously optimistic that outcomes are improving, that a number of morbidities have decreased,” she said. “Although this study doesn’t report long-term outcomes, we hope that the improvements in survival without hospital complications will result in an improvement in long-term outcomes.” Along with improved survival rates, the authors observed improvements in maternal care practices. The most significant...

Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

The human eye is composed of two million working parts and is an important part of our health. But how do you keep them that way? There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you #SeeLifeClearly. Below is an infographic that will allow you to protect your eyes and make sure you are seeing your best....

Reading From Your Smartphone/Tablet Before Bedtime Can Adversely Impact Sleep

BOSTON, MA – Use of a light-emitting electronic device (LE-eBook) in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact overall health, alertness, and the circadian clock which synchronizes the daily rhythm of sleep to external environmental time cues, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) who compared the biological effects of reading an LE-eBook compared to a printed book.  These findings of the study are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on December 22, 2014. “We found the body’s natural circadian rhythms were interrupted by the short-wavelength enriched light, otherwise known as blue light, from these electronic devices,” said Anne-Marie Chang, PhD, corresponding author, and associate neuroscientist in BWH’s Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders. “Participants reading an LE-eBook took longer to fall asleep and had reduced evening sleepiness, reduced melatonin secretion, later timing of their circadian clock and reduced next-morning alertness than when reading a printed book.” Previous research has shown that blue light suppresses melatonin, impacts the circadian clock and increase alertness, but little was known about the effects of this popular technology on sleep.   The use of light emitting devices immediately before bedtime is a concern because of the extremely powerful effect that light has on the body’s natural sleep/wake pattern, and may thereby play a role in perpetuating sleep deficiency. During the two-week inpatient study, twelve participants read LE-e-Books on an iPad for four hours before bedtime each night for five consecutive nights. This was repeated with printed books.  The order was randomized with some reading the iPad first and others reading the printed book first.  Participants reading on...

A guide to travel nursing jobs

Are you a nurse? Have you considered where you would like to specialize? You may have thought about working as an ICU nurse, Recovery Room nurse, Emergency Room nurse, Operating Room nurse, Pedia nurse or may have thought about a more specialized job like Oncology nurse, etc. Or you may have had the interest to work overseas as a nurse to compare current practice set up from your home country to the other. But one of the most underrated field of nursing is working as a Travel nurse. Travel nursing is a unique and exciting career that allows you to explore the country while doing the job that you love.  Why? Because you get to work in some of the best medical facilities in the country and build your portfolio while making professional connections and forming lifelong friendships too. To help you decide if this is the career path you want to take, here is our ultimate guide to getting a travel nursing job. Confucius once said, “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Do you agree with this? Got something to add? Let us know by commenting...

Ideal meal after an intense workout

Is there really such a thing like recommended diet after an intense workout? If yes, is it specific? Should you look at the caloric requirement? How about your BMI? Well, these are just some of the questions one might ask when you know they are really serious about it. Heres’s the thing, the ideal meal should contain this food group distribution to keep your body toned and healthy. Most of all, here are some tips you may want to consider: 1. Eat your largest meal of the day after exercise. 2. Eat more vegetables than fruits with this meal. 3. Choose mostly whole foods with minimal processing. 4. Choose local or organic foods whenever possible. 5. Use smaller or larger plates based on your own body size.   If you are curious with the types of food you should eat, you can refer to out 20 post work-out...

Who has cavities? Nearly all Americans, study finds

ATLANTA, GEORGIA–New study from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that mostly all American adults have tooth decay, and more than a quarter have cavities that have not been treated. “Approximately 91 percent of U.S. adults aged 20-64 had dental caries in permanent teeth in 2011-2012,” the report, published by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, finds. Having been known around the world for having strong, white teeth, dentists see something different inside a patient’s mouth and according to survey, by the time an American hit 65, 96 percent will have tooth decay. Dr. Bruce Dye of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, who led the study shared that, “It is not what people are doing wrong. It is maybe what we can do better.” A lot has to do with access to dentists. With the absence of health insurance coverage for dental care, or living in areas where dentists are not common, an individual is more likely to have tooth decay, and far more likely to go without fillings. Dye and colleagues write, “The prevalence of untreated dental caries was nearly twice as high for non-Hispanic black adults (42 percent) compared with non-Hispanic white (22 percent) and Asian (17 percent) adults.” They used a national survey of tens of thousands of Americans, called the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, for their report. About 19 percent of people 65 and over have no teeth at all. This rises to 26 percent of people 75 and older. This report looked at adults. A previous survey found 42 percent of...

20 Post-Workout Foods

Conscious about your body and wanting to make sure each exercise take effect? Toning your body is not just about proper exercise. Most of it have something to do with what you eat too. Here are 20 post-work out foods you may want to consider in your diet. Have something to add? Let us know by commenting below....

April 2015 US Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has just released the April 2015 Visa Bulletin. This is the seventh Visa Bulletin of the 2015 US Fiscal Year, which began October 1, 2014. There is once again very positive news for many immigrant visa categories. The biggest news is the continued progression of the Philippines EB-3, the Worldwide-All Other (ROW) EB-3 date and the Mexican EB-3 date. These are all now at October 2014, which is the closest to current they have been in many years. This is yet another large progression in dates.India EB-2 climbed forward steadily as well. It has moved to September 2007, representing a 2 and a half year increase in the last three months. Chinese numbers righted themselves. For two years the Chinese EB-3 has been more favorable than Chinese EB-2. With this Visa Bulletin, Chinese EB-2 is now the better date.   Employment-Based All Other CHINA – Mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES  1st  C C C C C  2nd  C  01APR11  01SEP07  C  C  3rd  01OCT14  01JAN11  08JAN04  01OCT14...

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