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#Fentanyl #Naloxone #GestationalDiabetes #ChildhoodObesity #Presbyopia

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

>> On campus: free drug related supplies

>> A prenatal risk factor for childhood obesity

>> Eye drops instead of reading glasses

The Med & Mic™ 10.19.23

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

Free on Campus: Drug Test Strips and Reversal Agents

College campuses are handing out and demonstrating fentanyl test strips and naloxone. To use the test strips, a bit of the pill would be crushed and dissolved in water, and the strip would be dipped in. Lines appear, similar to a pregnancy test, to show whether fentanyl is present. Fentanyl was involved in the majority of teen overdoses in 2021. One in four deaths involved counterfeit pills contaminated with fentanyl. (Source: NPR, E. Nadworny and L. Schlemmer, 10.18.23)

Link: Gestational Diabetes, Brain Changes, and Childhood Obesity

In children whose mothers report having had gestational diabetes, brain changes can be seen on MRI at age 9 and 10. The children were also more likely to have more adipose and higher BMIs. Children who were exposed had less gray matter in their brains. The researcher notes some environmental influences may also play a role in the findings. (Source: MedPage Today, K. Monaco, 10.18.23)

Eye Drops for Near Vision

The FDA has approved twice-a-day pilocarpine eye drops for adults with presbyopia, or age-related blurry near vision. In a study of more than 600 patients, the drops improved near vision by three lines without compromising distance vision by more than one line. This adds to the options for addressing the problem. (Source: MedPage Today, C. Bankhead, 10.18.23)

Remember: this post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis, or the advice of your own physician. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.

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