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The Heart and Associated Problems

The heart is an organ that is responsible for pumping blood around the body, to all of the tissues. In humans, there is a double circulatory system which means that the blood returns to the heart after passing to the lungs to be oxygenated so that it can be sent to the rest of the body, this is to ensure that there is enough blood pressure to pump blood to all of the tissues and organs. 282 kata lagi

First of Its Kind Study Finds Cannabis May Be a "Miracle" Treatment for Autistic Kids

Source: First of Its Kind Study Finds Cannabis May Be a “Miracle” Treatment for Autistic Kids

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By Claire Bernish

April 25, 2017

Autism could now be added to the lengthy and perpetually-expanding list of afflictions and symptoms treatable with the one product of nature shamefully prohibited by the federal government — the “miracle” palliative, cannabis. 936 kata lagi

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First of Its Kind Study Finds Cannabis May Be a “Miracle” Treatment for Autistic Kids

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Autism could now be added to the lengthy and perpetually-expanding list of afflictions and symptoms treatable with the one product of nature shamefully prohibited by the federal government — the “miracle” palliative, cannabis. One in every 68 children in the United States is now affected by autism, and the number of kids coping with the developmental disorder has been increasing at an explosive rate in recent years. With onset most common during infancy and early childhood, autism can impact social and communication skills and may cause repetitive or compulsive behaviors, among other manifestations. Now, fresh evidence again frowns upon U.S. federal prohibition of cannabis — listed as a Schedule I dangerous substance of no potential medical use, alongside heroin — which could be depriving ailing children the chance for treatment, and hope for a better-adjusted future. In contrast to its staunch U.S. ally, Israel has approached the cannabis plant as the medicinal healer it has more than proven to be — medical marijuana was first approved in Israel decades ago, in 1992, making it one of the first in the world to do so. As USA Today notes, in a recent article titled, Marijuana may be a miracle treatment for children with autism, Israel and just two other countries — Canada and the Netherlands — have government-sponsored medical marijuana programs available to citizens. As USA Today reports:
When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes — mixed with cannabis oil. Noa, who has a severe form of autism, started to bite her own arm. “No sweetie,” Yael gently told her 17-year-old daughter. “Here, have another bite of this.” Noa is part of the first clinical trial in the world to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism, a potential breakthrough that would offer relief for millions of afflicted children — and their anguished parents.
Because of the notorious, if not nefarious, American war on drugs irresponsibly focuses on the cannabis plant as a dangerous substance sans redeeming medical value, research here lags exponentially behind other nations — unnecessary red tape, regulations, laws, and restrictions make procuring clearance for scientific study a somewhat odious hurdle. To wit, the Food and Drug Administration — which, incidentally, oversees the drug warriors of the DEA — has thus far only approved two antipsychotic pharmaceuticals for the treatment of symptoms of autism. Both of those come replete with a host of serious and untenable side effects — making the choice to treat a difficult one, at best. Israeli researchers, unbound by the absurdities of the drug war, began a new study in January at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, comprised of 120 children ranging in age from five to 29 years, who have been diagnosed with mild to severe autism. Study participants are given one of two cannabis oil treatments or a placebo, drops of which can be mixed into a meal — none contain high levels of THC, the ingredient which gives users a ‘high.’ “Adi Aran, the pediatric neurologist leading the study, said nearly all the participants previously took antipsychotics and nearly half responded negatively. Yael desperately pushed Aran and other doctors to prescribe cannabis oil after a news report aired about a mother who illegally obtained it for her autistic son and said it was the only thing that helped him,” USA Today reports. Myriad scientific studies and innumerable anecdotal cases have proven cannabis to treat everything from PTSD to ADHD, various cancers to the painful pressure of glaucoma — but the plant’s miraculous quality has been most apparent in treating severe seizures of childhood epilepsy. Now, it appears, cannabis — specifically, the non-psychoactive compound, cannabidiol or CBD — may offer improved quality of life for children with autism, and the families providing their care. “Many parents were asking for cannabis for their kids,” Aran told USA Today. “First I said, ‘No, there’s no data to support cannabis for autism, so we can’t give it to you.’” Doubt quickly lifted, however, after multiple studies championed cannabis in the treatment of childhood epilepsy and in reducing the severity of symptoms of autism. Aran points out 30 percent of children with autism are also afflicted with epilepsy. In an observational study, the doctor found 70 patients with autism experienced positive results from cannabis — so the clinical trial was launched for in-depth study. Where Israel provides hope for families of children with various ailments with government-sponsored cannabis care, parents in the United States are forced to grapple with a patchwork of laws and regulations. Packing up a house of belongings to flee draconian marijuana laws for life-saving cannabis treatment has become commonplace to the point such families are now deemed, in all seriousness, medical refugees. As long as cannabis prohibition remains in effect — an overwhelming likelihood, given the profiteering possible at every level of the system, from police departments to courts to for-profit prisons, and so on — children and adults will needlessly suffer without the healing powers of a substance that couldn’t get anyone high. One-hundred-ten clinical trials of cannabis are currently underway in Israel — and although there may be many in the U.S., research primarily focuses on the treatment of addiction and related issues. Should cannabis, specifically, CBD oil, prove its mettle in treating the symptoms of autism in children, it would behoove U.S. bureaucrats and drug warriors to pay attention and save lives — rather than standing tough on an anachronistic and harmful national policy.
Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.

Statins' side effects may outweigh any benefits, a leading heart expert warns

Statins’ side effects may outweigh any benefits, a leading heart expert warns
Statins do no reduce death rates in any patients, according to Prof Sherif Sultan…

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Statins' side effects may outweigh any benefits, a leading heart expert warns

  • Statins do no reduce death rates in any patients, according to Prof Sherif Sultan
  • Any studies that support the cholesterol-lowering drugs' use may be biased
  • Statins may accelerate hardening of the arteries, a risk factor for heart attacks 
  • They raise the risk of diabetes, breast cancer, nerve damage and even cataracts  
  • There is absolutely no evidence of benefit in children or adults aged over 62 

Statins' side effects outweigh any of their potential benefits.

The cholesterol-lowering medications do not reduce death rates in any patients, a leading expert has warned.

Professor Sherif Sultan, president, the International Society for Vascular Surgery, said: 'People are taking this drug to prevent a problem and [are] creating a disaster.'

Side effects vary between individuals, with one in 1,000 suffering visual disturbances and increased bleeding; one in 100 experiencing inflammation of the liver and pancreas; and as many as one in 10 developing headache and muscle pain.

Statins are prescribed to around one in four adults in the UK, making them the most common treatment given out by doctors.

Professor Sherif Sultan warns statins' side effects outweigh any of their potential benefits 

WHAT ARE STATINS?

Statins are a group of medicines that lower 'bad' cholesterol in the blood.

High cholesterol can cause hardening and narrowing of the arteries, which may lead to heart disease.

People may be offered a statin if they have previously suffered from heart disease or are at risk of it.

Once prescribed, statins must usually be taken every day for the rest of a patients life to prevent cholesterol levels rising again.

Cholesterol can also be reduced by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and not smoking.

Professor Sultan analysed various studies investigating the cholesterol-lowering drugs.

He concluded the medications' so-called benefits were based on 'statistical deception', The Express reported.

Professor Sultan also warned past studies may be influenced by bias as they were conducted by scientists employed by statin manufacturers.

He even revealed certain past studies demonstrate statins accelerate artery hardening, which is a known risk factor for heart attacks.

The studies also demonstrated a link between statin use and an increased risk of diabetes, cataracts, impotence, breast cancer, nerve damage, depression, muscle pain, and renal and liver failure.

Professor Sultan is urging drug regulators to reassess guidelines on the heart drugs.

At the very least, he is advising the medication should never be prescribed to children or those older than 62 as there is no evidence of their effectiveness among these patients.

Other experts agree with Professor Sultan's findings.

ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST STATINS

The case for:

For those who have suffered a heart attack or stroke, studies have shown statins slash the chances of a second incident.

They are thought to save 7,000 lives each year in the UK.

Many doctors recommend statins as a preventative drug to protect millions who have not yet shown symptoms but have a small chance of suffering a heart attack in the next decade.

They cost the NHS less than £2 a month per patient.

Statins expert Professor Sir Rory Collins claims that just five in 10,000 statin users suffer muscular pain as a result of the treatment.

Backers of statins claim that patients incorrectly blame any back or muscular pain on the drugs, when most supposed side effects have a different cause entirely.

The case against:

Many doctors are uneasy with what they call ‘over-medicalisation’ of the middle- aged – doling out statins just in case they have problems later.

New rules set out in 2014 mean virtually all over 40s – up to 17 million people in total – are eligible for a prescription, irrespective of their symptoms.

The vast majority of those who take statins would never suffer a heart attack or stroke. A 2013 Harvard study calculated that for every 140 low-risk patients who take statins for five years, only one major heart event is prevented.

A paper on statin side effects revealed that between 5 and 20 per cent of people who take the drugs discontinue treatment due to muscle pain.

Some doctors question whether reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol protects against heart disease at all. A study of 68,000 people this year found no link between high levels of 'bad' cholesterol and heart deaths among over-60s.

Sir Richard Thompson, former president, the Royal College of Physicians, said: 'Data needs to be urgently scrutinised.

'We are very worried about it and particularly side-effect data which seems to have been swept under the carpet.'

Yet, others argue millions of patients may be putting their lives at risk if they stop taking their treatment against the advice of their doctor.

Dr June Raine, director of vigilance and risk management, the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency, said: 'The benefits of statins are well established and are considered to outweigh the risk of side effects in the majority of patients.

Statins may even accelerate hardening of the arteries, which is a known heart attack risk

'The efficacy and safety of statins has been studied in a number of large trials which show they can lower the level of cholesterol in the blood and reduce cardiovascular disease and save lives.

'Trials have also shown that medically significant side effects are rare.'

The British Heart Foundation states just one in 10,000 people taking statins will experience a potentially dangerous side effect.

This comes after a group of European doctors claimed the very theory on which statins are based – that lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol cuts heart disease – is ‘fundamentally flawed’.

They added that evidence that statins save lives is 'underwhelming'.

An even quicker way to rule out heart attacks

The majority of New Zealand emergency departments look for heart muscle damage by taking a sample of blood and looking for a particular molecule called a high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT).   647 kata lagi

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Shortness of Air-Differential Dx List

SHORTNESS OF AIR

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS LIST

NOTE: This does not include every cause of shortness of air. These are just common causes that could potential be the source of the SOA. 290 kata lagi

Myocardial Infarction Snapshot

Myocardial Infarction

AKA: MI, Heart attack, Coronary thrombosis, STEMI, NSTEMI, AMI, ACS

SYMPTOMS: Chest pressure, chest tightness, chest pain, shortness of air, nausea, impending doom, anxiety, left arm, left jaw pain, dizziness… 155 kata lagi