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Sound Body #1652: Harvard Health Beat, 12/23/16

Dec 19, 2016

Harvard Medical School provides a wealth of information on a wide variety of health topics in their Harvard Health Beat column.

A radical new procedure aims to save gunshot and other trauma victims by freezing them. Includes the ethical concerns of conducting human trials on trauma victims who are unable to give consent.

A look at 4 different rare conditions, including progressive supranuclear palsy, aquegenic urticaria and body identity disorder

Items from BBC Future's Medical Myths section including articles such as: "Is crossing your legs bad for you?", "should you let someone with a concussion fall asleep?", "do colors really warp our behavior?.

From the Journal of the American Medical Association a look at why 110 Nobel Prize winners criticized Greenpeace for their campaign against genetically modified food.  A second piece gives an explanation of genetically modified foods.

Medical diagnostic cases to solve from the New York Times. Topics include chest pain, difficulty breathing, and unexplained weight gain.

How did health insurance become so costly and controversial? A look at the history of medical payment from the 1900's to today. Arguments for and against the continuation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

An overview of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and new methods of finding relief for CRPS.

Patients in comas may be over-diagnosed as vegetative and not receive the rehabilitation needed to regain consciousness. An account of one patient who recovered after being "locked in" and paralyzed.

What Doctors Don't Tell You is a magazine that is supported by leading pioneers in nutritional, environmental and alternative medicine. The byline is "Helping you make better health choices". From this magazine we read about why one person gave up their vegan diet, and also a multitude of small columns from current alternative health journals.

There is a surprising variety of suggestions for how to rid yourself of ear wax, as well as the advice just to leave it alone. Also, information on hearing loss and tinnitus.

Diet and exercise alone rarely help people lose weight and keep it off. Are operations the answer?.

Many articles exploring introversion. Jobs that are well suited to introverts.  Differentiating between introversion, shyness, and social anxiety.

Pain free dentistry could be a reality fairly soon. Cavity-fighting liquids that cure the bacterial infection of cavities. Sealants that prevent cavities. The debate over the necessity of flossing.

In August a federal appeals court banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases if no state laws were broken. A variety of opinions from a number of sources on medical marijuana usage and legality. Medicare prescriptions drop in states where medical marijuana is legalized.

The race is on to find a vaccine to stop the Zika virus. A New Yorker article about 3 different types of vaccines currently being tested. Also, how efforts to find an HIV vaccine have helped to make the process of finding a Zika vaccine faster.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness approximately 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in a given year. Personal stories of living with mental illness. Also, what men can gain from therapy.

Colin Grant writes about the long history of epilepsy and the impact on his own brother in the British newspaper The Guardian. Also, research into the phenomenon of Deja Vu.

After decades of work, determined researchers are close to marketing a treatment that turbocharges the immune system to fight cancer.

The FDA has revamped nutrition labels on packaged food for the first time in more than 20 years. Numerous articles explore what is currently considered a healthy way to eat.

From Scientific American Mind, ideas on how to prevent Alzheimer's through diet, exercise, social engagement and cognitive reserve.

The conclusion to a series of personal essay written by a medical journalist chronicling his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment over a 5 year period. The choice to use active surveillance instead of treatment for prostate cancer. Also a New York Times article about older men being overtested for prostate cancer.

A medical journalist chronicles his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment over a 5 year period. The choice to use active surveillance instead of treatment for prostate cancer.

Technological advances in health and wellness. Looking ahead to edible technologies that work better than antibiotics, to second skins for treating eczema, and brain chips to guide paralyzed limbs

Is sunscreen necessary? If it is, what is the right way to use it?

From Harper's Magazine - the "Compassionate Use" protocol for giving experimental drugs to patients when no other option exists. A social media campaign "Save Josh" forced one company to provide an unapproved drug for compassionate use. Was this ethically sound?

From Harper's Magazine - the "Compassionate Use" protocol for giving experimental drugs to patients when no other option exists.

Articles from various sources looking at the rising number of patients with active Hepatitis-C, and issues surrounding the cost of new and effective Hepatitis-C medications.

Privacy advocate Deborah Peel urges consumers to learn how to protect their electronic medical information from the legal marketplace that buys and sells this private information. From the April 2016 More magazine.

Articles from various sources explore the increase in Lyme Disease, and how the tick habitat is spreading. Information on the correct way to remove a tick. Also personal stories of living with Lyme disease, and the difficulty of diagnosis.