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#obesity #pediatrics #Alzheimers #COVID #cannabis #chronicpain

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

>> Obesity in kids: the new approach

>> How much the new Alzheimer’s drug will cost

>> The new subvariant taking over

>> What percent of adults use cannabis to manage chronic pain?

The Med & Mic™ 01.09.23

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New guidelines for children with obesity

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for children with obesity. Instead of “watchful waiting,” children should be evaluated and treated early and aggressively. Medications could be started at age 12. Surgery could be pursued at age 13. In the U.S. more than 14.4 million young people are affected by obesity. Without treatment, it can contribute to lifelong health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. (Source: AP, J. Aleccia, 1.9.23)

Alzheimer’s drug receives accelerated approval

The FDA has approved an Alzheimer’s drug that slowed progression of the disease by 27% in clinical trials. The drug is given intravenously every two weeks and costs $25,000 for a year of treatment. It is for people in the early stages of the disease. At least three deaths may be linked to the medication with brain swelling and bleeding. (Source: NBC News, B. Lovelace, Jr., 1.6.23)

Omicron subvariant becomes dominant

The Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 accounts for one in three new infections in the U.S. and is the dominant variant in the Northeast. In November, XBB.1.5 was barely detected. So far, there’s no evidence the new variant makes people sicker than the earlier versions, however it has a mutation that allows the virus to infect cells more easily. The rate of coronavirus identification in wastewater has tripled or quadrupled in many parts of the U.S. in recent weeks. Hospitalizations with COVID have jumped 70%. The daily death toll has been 300 to 400. (Source: NPR, R. Stein, 1.6.23)

Adults report using cannabis for chronic pain

More than one in four adults with chronic pain in the U.S. has used cannabis in the past year to manage symptoms. Researchers surveyed more than 1,600 adults in the 36 states where there are active cannabis programs. Some of the people who reported using cannabis were able to reduce physical therapy and increase meditation. (Source: The Hill, A. O’Connell-Domenech, 1.6.23)

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