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#naloxone #FoodAllergies #sleep #dementia

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

>> Stocking drug resource in schools

>> Grown up food allergies

>> Slow wave brain health

The Med & Mic™ 10.31.23

A medical news blog post

from the author of “Scoop, MD”

Naloxone in Schools

The government is urging schools to stock naloxone nasal spray, an antidote for opioid overdoses. In the past 20 years, more than 5,000 children and teens have died from overdoses with fentanyl. The majority have been among teens ages 15 to 19. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids in the brain and is most effective at the earliest signs of an overdose. The price for a two-dose carton for community groups will be $41. (Source: CNN, A. Musa, 10.20.23)

Adult Food Allergies Up

Adult-onset food allergies have risen nearly 400% from 2007 to 2016 based on insurance claims for anaphylactic reactions. More than 26-million adults in the U.S. have food allergies, and about half were adults when the allergies started. Signs of an allergy include hives, itching, and wheezing. Shellfish, milk, fin fish, and nuts are the most common adult food allergies. (Source: News Channel 5 Nashville, J. Kraus, 10.31.23)

Slow-wave Sleep Deficits and Dementia Risk

People with chronic reductions in slow-wave sleep are at higher risk for dementia within 17 years. Slow-wave sleep is the third stage of sleep when the body removes debris from the brain, including the abnormal proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers evaluated 346 study participants with sleep studies and noted the amount of slow-wave sleep. Each percentage decrease in slow-wave sleep was linked to a 27% increased risk of developing dementia. The researchers point out the study doesn’t show that losing slow-wave sleep causes dementia, but that dementia-related processes in the brain might be contributing to the sleep pattern. (Source: CNN, K. Rogers, 10.20.23)

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