By: Tamar Lewin
A summary of important health news from the past week
Planned Parenthood Won’t Accept Money for Fetal Tissue
By: Tamar Lewin
In a controversial move, Planned Parenthood announced that it will no longer received reimbursements for providing fetal tissue to researchers. This comes in the wake of months of controversy after an edited video was released purporting to show Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue. A 1993 law made selling fetal tissue illegal but allows for researchers to reimburse for the costs of getting, storing, and preparing fetal tissue for research.
Dietary Supplements Lead to 20,000 E.R. Visits Yearly, Study Finds
The FDA and CDC partnered together to track the number of E.R. visits related to dietary supplements from the past decade. The majority of the visits were young people; a large portion of the cases were due to supplements promising increased energy or weight loss. Dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA and often contain harmful chemicals or doses that exceed what is disclosed on labels. Additionally, the study determined many E.R. visits within elderly populations was caused by choking.
Addiyi, the marketed female Viagra, became available to the market on October 17. The FDA approved Addiyi for premenopausal women with warnings about side effects. Therefore, there are health concerns associated with Addiyi, but the bigger controversy lies within the social implications of such a drug. Through various stories, women describe the knowledge gap between a female’s and male’s sexual desire. For one woman, physicians attributed her lack of sexual drive to anti-anxiety and not having “another glass of wine”. As the drug is now available, time will tell how this taboo subject will evolve.
The (Few) Upsides to Childhood Illness
As strep, flu, and various disease seasons are upon us, it is obvious that children are the most susceptible to catching and spreading disease among their classmates and counterparts. However, exposure to diseases and bacteria such as the common cold or other viruses are important, making it less likely for them to develop any autoimmune disease or allergies. While protecting your child through vaccines and medicine is essentially, sickness may not be as bad as we think.
Pediatricians to tweak 'outdated' screen time recommendations for kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics is reconsidering screen time recommendations for toddlers and children. The previous recommendations were established in 1999 and advised against screen time for toddlers 2 years or younger. These proposed times are becoming less realistic in the modern digital age. New guidelines will be released in fall of 2016.
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