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#Depression #MentalHealth #VitaminD #Cancer #Acne

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> A surge in depression

>> Reducing death risk with a vitamin

>> For acne, a blood pressure drug

The Med & Mic™ 05.17.23

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

Rising Depression

According to a Gallup poll of 5,000 American adults, more than one in four reports depression, up by 10% compared to a decade ago. The sharpest increase has been among women and Black and Hispanic people. More people could be reporting symptoms because of a decline in cultural stigma. (Source: STAT News, S. Owermohle, 5.17.23)

Daily Vitamin D and Lower Cancer Death Risk

Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center say that cancer death risk could be reduced by 12% with daily vitamin D. This was especially beneficial to people 70 and older and people who took the supplements before diagnosis. In the study, the researchers focused on vitamin D3, which is mainly obtained through sun exposure and eating certain meat-related foods. They reviewed 14 studies involving a total of 105,000 participants where vitamin D3 was compared to placebo. Daily doses were associated with a reduced cancer mortality, but intermittent large doses were not. (Source: MedicalNews Today, C. Pelc, 5.17.23)

Blood Pressure Drug Could Help Acne

In a British study, spironolactone could help women with persistent acne. More than 400 women took part in the trial which compared the blood pressure medication to placebo. At 12 and 24 weeks, the spironolactone group had significant improvement in acne. The drug reduces the main hormone that leads to the development of acne. The medicine could be used with topical treatments as an alternative to antibiotics. (Source: BBC News, 5.17.23)

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