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The rise of ‘eco-anxiety’: Climate change affects our mental health, too

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) recently declared climate change a health emergency, reflecting similar positions taken by a growing list of peak medical bodies around the world. The AMA’s statement highlights the significant impacts climate change is having on physical health, including an increase in climate-related deaths. The World Health Organisation regards climate change as

The One Thing That May Actually Change Anti-Vaxxers' Minds

While anti-vaxxers are a relatively small portion of the population, they are growing. Since 2001, the number of unvaccinated kids has quadrupled, which puts not only those children at risk but also anyone around them who is too young or too immunocompromised to receive vaccines themselves. The anti-vax movement is also growing more vocal both

Traumas change perception in the long term

People with maltreatment experiences in their childhood have a changed perception of social stimuli later as adults. This is what scientists from the Division of Medical Psychology at the University of Bonn have discovered. Traumatized people found touch stimuli less comforting than people without trauma. They also maintained a greater social distance toward strangers. In

How nurses bring clarity to the nature of social change

History provides an enhanced understanding of the factors that inform social policy. In the wider arena of public health and its influence on social change, the political and healing import of nursing cannot be ignored. In an editorial published in The American Journal of Public Health titled “The Great Flu and After: Why the Nurses?”

How laughing more could change your life

In the winter of 2015, I felt totally overwhelmed. In the space of exactly one week, my son suffered a concussion on a school trip, a young and close family member suddenly passed away and, after years of working in science, I was told my job was going to be made redundant. On top of

3-D images reveal how infants’ heads change shape during birth

Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), scientists have captured 3-D images that show how infants’ brains and skulls change shape as they move through the birth canal just before delivery. Olivier Ami of Auvergne University in Clermont Ferrand, France, and colleagues present these findings in the open access journal PLOS ONE on May 15, 2019. Doctors

Arsenic in drinking water may change heart structure

Drinking water that is contaminated with arsenic may lead to thickening of the heart’s main pumping chamber in young adults, a structural change that increases the risk for future heart problems, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, an American Heart Association journal. “People drinking water from private wells, which are not regulated, need

'New wave of change' coming to healthcare

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Climate Change: Heat-induced heart attack risk on the rise

Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is the number one cause of death worldwide. A study published in the European Heart Journal by scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München and colleagues from a range of other Bavarian institutions shows that the risk of suffering a heat-induced heart attack has increased significantly in recent years. During the same

Heart attack: New finding may change the face of treatment

Antibodies, or immunoglobulins (Ig), are a type of protein produced by plasma cells (a kind of blood cell). The immune system often co-opts these to fight potentially harmful foreign bodies. Now, researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden, have discovered that certain antibodies — once associated with rheumatic diseases — are also present in

Peers demand change to ‘nonsensical’ egg-freezing laws

Peers demand change to ‘nonsensical’ egg-freezing laws Peers demand change to ‘nonsensical’ law that forces most women who want to freeze their eggs to use them within a decade Minister must agree to change a ‘nonsensical’ law that forces most women who want to freeze their eggs to use them within a decade, peers will

Climate change will increase deaths by suicide

Extreme heat has gripped the northern hemisphere in recent months, and the year 2018 is on track to be among the hottest ever recorded. Higher global temperatures are expected to have detrimental effects on our natural environments and our physical health, but what will they do to our mental health? New research from an international

Pediatricians Make Change to Child Car Seat Guidelines

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 — Kids should ride in rear-facing car safety seats until they reach the highest height and weight their seat can hold, a leading pediatricians’ group now says. The previous advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics was to stop using a rear-facing seat when a child was 2 years old. “Fortunately,

Drop the Word ‘Cancer,’ and Patient Choices Change

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 — Patients may say no to unnecessary surgery for low-risk thyroid cancer if doctors simply avoid using the word “cancer” when discussing treatment options, a new study suggests. Nearly twice as many people wanted their entire thyroid removed when doctors used the wording “papillary thyroid cancer,” as opposed to a “papillary

Climate Change Means More Deadly Heat Waves: Study

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 — As the northern hemisphere is struck by one deadly heat wave after another this summer, new research suggests things are only going to get worse. Climate change is triggering record high temperatures. And extreme heat has been blamed for hundreds of deaths, while dangerous wildfires have raced through neighborhoods in