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Xanax: Treatment for addiction rises sharply in children

Xanax: Treatment for addiction rises sharply in children

Health
The number of children being treated for addiction to tranquilisers has doubled in a year, to more than 300, according to Public Health England.The drug Xanax, and copies of it, accounted for the sharpest rise - from eight children receiving treatment in 2016-17 to 53 in 2017-18.Ambulance services around the country have also reported a growing problem. In 2017-18, more than 15,500 children had help for substance misuse, 88% for cannabis.The total number receiving treatment was 5% down on the previous year, What is Xanax?Xanax is the brand name for the drug alprazolam, a benzodiazepine prescribed for anxiety or panic attacks. But many of the pills taken by children are copies bought online, with no indication of their strength or...
Health education produces better results for chronic disease treatment, study says

Health education produces better results for chronic disease treatment, study says

Health
Nov. 19 (UPI) -- People with chronic diseases can improve their health conditions with only 45 minutes of consultation with a medical professional, according to a new study. Researchers said in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association they observed results in 47 patients with hypertension, COPD or diabetes. Each patient followed up doctor appointment with 45-minute visits to second-year medical students -- and paid two more to the students after three weeks and three months. For the patients, those sessions decreased their level of emotional distress and increased their ability to self-monitor and navigate the healthcare system, the study found. "Patients reported a greater understanding of their chronic disease and feeling better equipped to manage their health," Alexis Stoner...
IVF fertility treatment success 'causes fall in adoptions'

IVF fertility treatment success 'causes fall in adoptions'

Health
The success of IVF has caused a drop in the number of children being adopted, the boss of the organisation that represents children in care has said.In the last 40 years since the first "test-tube baby" was born, adoptions in England and Wales have fallen by 62%.Meanwhile, IVF success rates for women under 35 have nearly tripled.Anthony Douglas, head of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, told the Daily Telegraph the adoption process is "far too slow".In an interview with the newspaper, Mr Douglas, 69 - who was himself adopted - said: "IVF used to be around 7% successful and now it's around 30%."So as a choice, adoption is competing with lots of other ways of having children."The chief executive of Cafcass...
Google workers walk out over treatment of women

Google workers walk out over treatment of women

Technology
Google employees at offices around the world are staging a walkout over the treatment of women at the company after sexual misconduct claims were made against several senior figures. The protest - dubbed Walkout For Real Change - has been organised a week after The New York Times published a number of allegations surrounding high-profile workers at the technology giant.Andy Rubin, who created the Android mobile operating system, and Richard DeVaul, a director at the Google X research firm working on far-flung projects such as self-driving cars, are among those named in the article.The former is said to have received a $ 90m (£69.7m) severance package when he left Google in 2014, despite the company concluding that sexual misconduct claims against him were credible. ...
No benefit to treatment for low-risk mild hypertension, analysis suggests

No benefit to treatment for low-risk mild hypertension, analysis suggests

Health
Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A study in Britain found no benefits to prescribing drugs for patients with low-risk mild hypertension, contrary to U.S. medical groups' new guidelines. Researchers from the University of Oxford, Cambridge University and the University of Birmingham came to that conclusion after studying the records of 38,286 patients collected over 15 years. The findings were published Monday in Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. It is measured in millimeters of mercury, based on the systolic pressure, or the pressure when ventricular contraction occurs ...