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#suicide #emergency #loneliness #LiverDisease

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

>> A jump in emergency visits for young people

>> Surgeon General takes on societal issues

>> Diet for a type of liver disease

The Med & Mic™ 05.03.23

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

Suicide-related Emergency Visits on the Rise

From 2011 to 2020, there has been an increase from 8% to 13% in emergency department visits related to suicide for children and young adults in the U.S. Peer pressure, bullying, and social media could be contributing. Some of the increase in visits could be related to national screening initiatives over the past five years, more people with health insurance, and an increased willingness to seek care. (Source: STAT News, A. Castillo, 5.2.23)

Addressing Loneliness on Surgeon General’s Agenda

In the government’s broader effort to address mental health, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has laid out a framework to advance social connection. The advisory says that about half of the adults in the U.S. report experiencing loneliness. Isolation can contribute to inflammation, sleep disturbance, pain, anxiety, and a shorter life span. The Surgeon General’s plan has six components: 1) strengthening community infrastructure, 2) public policies that support social connection, 3) educating health care providers about the benefits of social connection, 4) reforming digital environments, 5) increasing research about loneliness, 6) cultural cultivation of kindness, respect, service, and goodwill toward others. (Source: CNN, K. Dillinger, 5.2.23)

Japanese Diet May Slow Fatty Liver

A Japanese-style diet may slow the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The diet consists of twelve components: 1) rice, 2) miso soup, 3) pickles, 4) soy products, 5) green and yellow vegetables, 6) fruits, 7) seafood, 8) mushrooms, 9) seaweed, 10) green tea, 11) coffee, and 12) beef and pork. Researchers tracked the diet and disease progression of 136 people with NAFLD and scored their adherence to the diet. High scores correlated with a slowing of the fibrosis that comes with NAFLD. The most significant difference was observed in people who ate more soy, seafood, and seaweed. (Source: Medical News Today, R. Berman, 5.3.23)

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