Healthcare Knuggets

Jun 21, 2024

Hey there! I’ve got some great news to share with you today. First off, there’s a debate happening about how to address obesity in kids. It seems that two major national organizations are at odds about whether to use obesity drugs or behavioral therapy for children with high BMI. It’s an interesting discussion, with both groups emphasizing the importance of better nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral therapy from a young age.

In other news, there’s talk about the upcoming November election and the importance of the abortion issue for voters. It seems that the relative importance of abortion as a political issue depends on age, partisanship, and state dynamics. And speaking of important issues, addiction experts are sounding the alarm about a potential new crisis: gambling. They’re concerned about the intersection of gambling and substance use disorders and the need for better support for patients who present with concerning gambling behavior.

On a positive note, there’s new research aiming to close the racial gap in neuroscience data, which could have significant implications for future personalized therapies informed by genetic ancestry. And for those interested in cognitive reserve and brain health, there’s a new program from Harvard Medical School that focuses on six cornerstones for effective brain health and cognitive fitness. These include eating a plant-based diet, regular exercise, getting enough sleep, managing stress, nurturing social contacts, and continuing to challenge your brain.

So, lots of interesting and important developments happening in the world of healthcare and wellness. Stay tuned for more updates, and remember to take care of yourself and your health. Have a great day!


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