The female problem: how male bias in medical trials ruined women’s health

Centuries of female exclusion has meant womens diseases are often missed, misdiagnosed or remain a total mystery From the earliest days of medicine, women have been considered inferior versions of men. In On the Generation of Animals, the Greek philosopher Aristotle characterised a female as a mutilated male, and this belief has persisted in western medical culture. For much of documented history, women have been excluded from medical and science knowledge production, so essentially weve ended up with a healthcare system, among other things in society, that has been made by men for men, Dr Kate Young, a public health researcher at Monash University in Australia, tells me. Youngs research has uncovered how doctors fill knowledge gaps with hysteria narratives. …

US effort to remove sexual health from UN agreement may violate law, say senators

Trump administration may have violated Siljander amendment by lobbying to remove protections, four Democrats said in letter The Trump administration may have violated federal law by lobbying more than 70 countries to remove protections for sexual and reproductive health from a UN agreement, according to a letter from four US senators seen by the Guardian. The letter from the senators, all high-ranking Democrats, focuses on an effort from the Trump administration to could not accept a resolution on women, peace and security because it included references to previous resolutions that included this phrase. Removing language about sexual and reproductive health from international agreements has been a longtime goal of ultra-conservative religious organisations. The Trump administration, which relies on a base …

Measles wipe immune system’s memory of other illnesses, studies find

(CNN)Measles can erase the immune system’s memory, leaving us vulnerable to diseases we were previously protected against, new research has found. “Imagine that your immunity against pathogens is like carrying around a book of photographs of criminals, and someone punched a bunch of holes in it,” said Michael Mina, one of the study’s primary authors, in a Harvard Medical School press release. “It would then be much harder to recognize that criminal if you saw them, especially if the holes are punched over important features for recognition, like the eyes or mouth.” Surviving measles patients do eventually regain these lost immunities — but they need to be re-exposed to the illnesses to build up those defenses. It’s as if you …

Alabama’s near-total abortion ban blocked by federal judge

Judge Myron Thompson issues preliminary injunction against ban that would have made abortion a felony in almost all cases A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabamas near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of wave of abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional. US district judge Myron Thompson issued an expected preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases. The ruling came after abortion providers sued to block the law from taking effect on 15 November. Alabamas abortion ban contravenes clear Supreme Case Court precedent, Thompson wrote in an accompanying opinion. It violates the right of an individual to privacy, to make …

Risks of cannabis use for mental health treatment outweigh benefits

New study shows evidence of positive outcomes is scarce while symptoms can be exacerbated The use of cannabis medicines to treat people with depression, anxiety, psychosis or other mental health issues cannot be justified because there is little evidence that they work or are safe, according to a major new study. A review of evidence from trials conducted over nearly 40 years, Photograph: PR Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. The authors looked for evidence of an effect of medicinal cannabinoids in trials conducted in depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychosis. They found 83 studies in 3,000 people. But the evidence of a positive effect was sparse. There was, they …

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government announced the partnership this summer. But the date on the contract, which was published on the gov.uk contracts finder site months after the FOI was filed, shows the open-ended arrangement to funnel nipped-and-tucked health advice from the NHS’ website to Alexa users in audio form was inked back in December 2018. The contract is between the UK government and Amazon Digital Services, Delaware) —In , when the government officially announced the Alexa-NHS partnership, its PR provided a few So it turns out the …

Michael Jordan opens first of two health clinics for underprivileged in Charlotte

The NBA legend unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded to provide care to underprivileged members of the Charlotte community An emotional Michael Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics he and his family funded to provide care to underprivileged members of the community in Charlotte. The six-time NBA champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets was on hand Thursday for the grand opening of the $7m Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic. Tears streamed down Jordans cheeks as he said, This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years. Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) Michael Jordan teared up when …

Zantac in global recall over ‘unacceptable’ levels of potential carcinogen

Heartburn medicine pulled by GlaxoSmithKline while it investigates source of impurity GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the popular heartburn medicine Zantac in all markets, days after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found unacceptable levels of probable cancer-causing impurity in the drug. Zantac, also sold generically as ranitidine, is the latest drug in which cancer-causing impurities have been found. Regulators have been recalling some blood pressure and heart failure medicines since last year. Britains medicines watchdog said GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was recalling four prescription-only Zantac medicines a syrup, an injection and tablets of 150mg and 300mg dosages over an potential carcinogen called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Over-the-counter 75mg dosage Zantac products are produced by a different company and are not affected by the recall, …

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis advice about jogging and self-care is not enough | Suzanne Moore

Physical exercise can help, but we need to understand what it is about the way we live that makes so many of us ill, writes Suzanne Moore Is there a problem in this sad old world that cant be solved by physical jerks? I find myself muttering this, because wherever I go someone is coming up behind me, breathing heavily: a runner. Some of my best friends are joggers pushing themselves up hills, finishing marathons it keeps depression and mood swings at bay and its free. Its a good thing, but I cannot be alone in finding underwhelming the advice about looking after ones mental health as if it is physical health. For example, there is the jo@samaritans.org or 1-800-273-8255. …

Why this top federal scientist is worried about public health under Trump | Carey Gillam

The US government has become dangerously complacent about public health If you want to understand the perilous state of federal scientific research, ask Linda Birnbaum. For 40 years, Birnbaum has worked as a toxicologist for the US government, rising through the ranks to direct both the National Institute of Environmental October retirement from the institute she says she has tried to protect from the ramifications of Donald Trumps election, Birnbaum has words of warning about the dire path ahead she sees for public health. We ought to listen to what she has to say. Birnbaum fears that the US regulatory system has become too politicized, too beholden to corporate money and power, and lacks the urgency and political will needed …

Legal weed faces its first crisis as vaping deaths spark health scare

Cannabis vape sales sink amid questions over illness apparently associated with THC and nicotine products More than 800 Americans have fallen ill and, as of Friday, with reportedly fell 15% the first week of September. But the scare arguably strengthens the argument for a fully legal and regulated market. Its a complicated situation, said Sally Nichols, an executive with California cannabis company San Francisco-based report vaping within the last year. Parents worry vapers will graduate to cigarettes, though nicotine e-liquid or juice is also seen as a way to help adult cigarette smokers quit. (Puff for puff, nicotine vaping is generally considered far less hazardous than cigarette smoking, or at least was before the current scare.) The legal markets for …

Uproar after research claims red meat poses no health risk

One expert says findings by international experts represent egregious abuse of evidence New research that claims red and processed meat is probably not harmful to our health has caused controversy among experts who maintain people should cut down. The World Health Organization has classified red and processed meats as cancer-causing. Public health bodies worldwide urge people to limit their intake of red and processed meat to reduce their cancer risk. The NHS advises that people who eat 90g of meat a day equivalent to three thin slices of roast meat should cut down to 70g. Aside from public health, calls are multiplying for people to cut back on meat consumption because of the climate emergency and the greenhouse gas emissions …

Most young children shouldn’t drink plant-based milk, new health guidelines say

(CNN)Most children under the age of 5 should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink. Plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends — with the exception of fortified soy milk — lack key nutrition for early development, according to guidelines released on Wednesday by leading health organizations. “In the last five to 10 years there has been an explosion of interest in plant-based milk. More and more parents are turning to them for a variety of reasons and there’s a misconception that they are equal somehow to cow or dairy milk, but that’s just not the case,” said Megan Lott, who helped develop the recommendations as the deputy director of …

‘Like a sunburn on your lungs’: how does the climate crisis impact health?

Children, pregnant women and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and heat but the impact is already felt across every specialty of medicine The climate crisis is making people sicker worsening illnesses ranging from seasonal allergies to heart and lung disease. Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and rising heat. But the impact of the climate crisis for patients, doctors and researchers is already being felt across every specialty of medicine, with worse feared to come. article in the New England Journal of Medicine lays out dozens of similar studies to show how the climate crisis affects each practice of medicine. Renee Salas, a co-author of the report, …

‘I had to adjust to life with a different penis’ the pain and positives of an elective circumcision

After a diagnosis of phimosis, I quickly had the operation. The experience was demeaning, comical and extremely painful but Im happy that I did it My doctor was explaining, with some awkwardness, the procedure I was soon to undergo. The skin around your well … when I was at school we would have said bell-end. I was in my mid-20s, and about to have an elective adult circumcision. After experiencing some problems with bleeding and tearing, I had been diagnosed with phimosis, a condition in which the foreskin retracts with difficulty or not at all. It had taken me a while to get to the GP about something that felt somehow shameful but, after diagnosis, everything progressed quite quickly. Before …

US health officials urge people to stop vaping as third death reported

Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise healthy young people US health officials warned people not to vape until they determine the cause of a severe respiratory illness, which has killed at least three people and hospitalized many more. Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise healthy young people, they said on Friday. Possible cases have been identified across 33 states and one US territory. Symptoms of the illness include vomiting, nausea, shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain. All confirmed cases appear to have a kind of non-infectious pneumonia, called lipoid pneumonia, developed when oil is inhaled. In all confirmed cases, patients vaped …