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#HRT #HormoneReplacementTherapy #alcohol #PulseOx

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

>> No hormones for prevention

>> Common beverage, many deaths

>> A device for all skins

The Med & Mic™ 11.02.22

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Government Panel Recommends Against Hormone Replacement Therapy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says that combined estrogen and progestin has no net benefit for the primary prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal people. The task force also does not support estrogen alone for the prevention of chronic conditions in those who have had a hysterectomy. Several other organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the North American Menopause Society, espouse similar guidelines. Instead, the USPSTF recommends statins in certain people to prevent cardiovascular disease and screening for osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and breast and colon cancer. Using HRT as prevention is different from using it to treat menopausal symptoms. (Source: MedPage Today, K. Monaco, 11.1.22)

Death from Alcohol

For people 20 to 49, one in five deaths is related to excessive alcohol. For people 20 to 64, it’s one in eight. Researchers examined national and state mortality data from 2015 to 2019 for alcohol-related demise, either partly or fully, such as motor vehicle accidents, alcohol poisoning, and liver disease. The data show that the number of those who succumb for reasons fully attributable to alcohol has risen in the past decade. (Source: CNN, M. Holcombe, 11.1.22)

New Types of Pulse Ox

Pulse oximeters, which estimate blood oxygen levels when clipped to the finger, are less accurate in non-white patients. They can read falsely high in people with darker skin. Researchers found that during the pandemic, the inaccurate readings contributed to treatments being delayed or people being sent home from the emergency department. The device makes its measurements with infrared light shined through the skin. Melanin absorbs infrared light. Other devices that use other wavelengths are being tested. (Source: Reuters, N. Lapid, 11.2.22)

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