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Suicide Highest Among Construction Workers, Miners

Suicide rates increased dramatically among the U.S. working population between 2000 and 2016, with male construction workers and miners having the highest suicide rates by occupation in recent years, According to a new federal analysis of labor data. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), identifying suicide trends in labor data could help authorities better understand suicide among different occupational groups and inform suicide prevention efforts. The study looked at 22,000 U.S. workers ages 16 to 64 years who died by suicide in 17 states. The data showed that construction workers and miners had the highest ... Read More

Memorial Day run honors veterans who died from suicide

This Memorial Day, the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military, a group of 17 active and retired service members who call themselves the Shepherd’s Men will complete a 108-mile run to raise awareness for and reduce the high rate of veteran suicides in the U.S. The eight-day run that began at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and culminates in Atlanta, Georgia, weaved through eight cities in as part of an awareness and fundraising effort for the SHARE Military Initiative, a program that treats veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) ... Read More

90 percent of gastric bypass patients experience side effects of surgery

Nine out of 10 people who underwent gastric bypass surgery suffered side effects following the procedure, and about a third were hospitalized, according to a new report published in JAMA Surgery. Gastric bypass is one of the most common weight loss surgeries. The procedure involves surgically reducing the size of the stomach and reconstructing the gastrointestinal tract so that food will bypass part of the intestines as it is being digested. About 87 percent of patients who have undergone gastric bypass say their wellbeing has improved since before the surgery. However, 89 percent reported experiencing at least one symptom an ... Read More

Advocacy groups want stronger Chantix side effects warnings

Public watchdog groups are petitioning the federal government to put stronger warnings on the labels of the anti-smoking drug Chantix. The plea comes one week before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled to hear arguments from the drug’s maker that the black box warning for psychiatric problems should be removed. Chantix, made by Pfizer, contains the drug chemically known as varenicline. It works by binding to the places in the brain that are activated by nicotine when people smoke and prevents the “feel-good” brain chemicals that make people feel so addicted. The drug was approved by the FDA in ... Read More

FDA panel to review psychiatric side effects with antismoking drug Chantix

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting in October to review psychiatric and behavioral side effects with Pfizer’s antismoking drug Chantix and how to better manage them. The FDA said it will convene a panel of psychiatric drug experts to conduct the review. The agency will also require Pfizer to conduct additional studies on the drug. Chantix, which contains the active ingredient varenicline tartrate, was approved by the FDA in 2006 to help cigarette smokers kick the habit. It works by blocking the effects of nicotine from smoking on the brain. At the time, it was ... Read More

Advances in medicine help with diagnosing, treating head injuries

Concussions are hardly a new diagnosis for football players. But how the conditions are diagnosed and treated have changed dramatically through the years, especially since researchers have found that sports-related head injuries can cause serious, long-term problems. Years ago, medical professionals only labeled a head injury a “concussion” if the athlete lost consciousness. However, researchers now say that only about one in 10 concussions result in loss of consciousness, and that head blows that don’t knock athletes out can be just as dangerous as the ones that do. Testing technology for head injuries has also been revised in recent years, ... Read More

Body of NFL linebacker Belcher exhumed to test brain for CTE

The body of deceased Kansas City Chief linebacker Jordan Belcher was exhumed last week in order to perform tests on his brain. Belcher’s family requested that researchers conduct the tests in hopes of finding answers as to why the professional NFL player last year shot his longtime girlfriend to death before turning the gun on himself. Belcher’s family wants to know if Belcher was a victim of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disease found in some contact-sport athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma. CTE can only be diagnosed after death, by analyzing brain tissue ... Read More

New rules are needed to protect athletes if football is to survive

Increasing reports of serious, long-term health problems from repeated blows to the head are causing more parents to keep their children out of high-impact sports like football, and leaving many to wonder if the sport is headed for extinction if new rules are not adopted to protect athletes. In the past few years, dementia-like symptoms in professional football players have made scientists wonder if brains damaged during hard hits to the head on the playing field may have contributed to their degenerative brain diseases later in life. As of 2012, 33 former National Football League (NFL) players have been diagnosed ... Read More

Researcher finds ‘profound abnormalities’ in brains of retired NFL players

A researcher studying the long-term risks of combative sports on the brains of retired professional football players said he observed “some of the most profound abnormalities in brain activity that I have ever seen.” Lead author Adam Hampshire, a neuroscientist at Imperial College London, said he saw unusual activity in the frontal lobe of retired National Football League (NFL) players as they performed cognitive tests. “(The) level of brain abnormality correlates strongly with the measure of head impacts of great enough severity to warrant being taken out of play,” he said. “It is highly likely that damage caused by blows ... Read More

Researcher uses fruit flies to find better ways to diagnose, treat traumatic brain injuries

Ever swat at a fruit fly and watch him stagger a bit before righting himself and flying off again seemingly unscathed? That response raised a curiosity in Barry Ganetzky, a geneticist at University of Wisconsin-Madison medical school who has studied the insects for more than 30 years. After the suicide of retired San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau due to a brain disease caused by repeated concussions, Ganetzky began to wonder if the fruit fly could hold the answer to treating complex human neurological problems such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Fruit flies have been used in research for decades ... Read More