Category Archives: health

Image

Suicide QPR training 1/26

The newly-formed Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (“MCSP”) invites interested community members to attend a FREE suicide prevention training taught by Riverside Trauma Center. The training is intended to help address this public health crisis by rais-ing awareness of suicidal behavior and teaching tools that can help prevent suicide. This training is open to adults of all ages. Content will be broad and will cover suicide prevention across the lifespan. Saturday, January 26, 2019 10:30 am—12:30 pm Medfield Public Library 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 FREE to the Public For questions, contact Medfield Youth Outreach at medfieldyouthoutreach@medfield.net If you are inclined to financially support the MCSP, please consider making a donation through the Medfield Foundation Network for Good page at https://bit.ly/2SAIjHp and designate that the donation go to the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention. RSVP not required, but kindly appreciated. To RSVP, please visit: https://bit.ly/2Vu1Vz0

Image

MCAP’s “Partners in Prevention” at Library 1/12

Annette Anderson, RPh, a Medfield CVS pharmacist, routinely educates parents, youth, and senior citizens about the safe use of prescription medication and provides vital information to consider as a patient. Using the CVS Health “Prescription for Parents” curriculum, she will share information about the effects of prescription drugs on the body and brain, the science behind addiction, resources available for those who need treatment, and how to feel comfortable having a discussion with your children about safe use. This training is free for all adults and is sponsored by Medfield Cares About Prevention. For more information about this community coalition, please visit MedfieldCares.org RSVP is not required but is appreciated: https://bit.ly/2CNUtau Questions? Contact Medfield Youth Outreach at medfieldyouthoutreach@medfield.net Prescription for Parents: A CVS Presentation A joint partnership of Medfield Cares About Prevention and Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention PARTNERS IN PREVENTION PARENT TRAINING SERIES: JANUARY 2019 Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Medfield Public Library 468 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052

Teen vaping use spikes

From my Route Fifty newsletter – click here to view online.  I recently also heard that there is now monitors that can be installed that sense when vaping is occurring. Vaping can also be used to smoke marijuana. –

 

New Survey Finds Big Increase in U.S. Teen Vaping

 A hand holding an e-cigarette that was found at a 2018 high school graduation ceremony in California.

A hand holding an e-cigarette that was found at a 2018 high school graduation ceremony in California. SHUTTERSTOCK

One in five high school seniors vaped in 2018.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking action against e-cigarette companies out of fear that vaping by teens is skyrocketing. New data from this year’s Monitoring the Future survey suggests it’s true.

Between 2017 and 2018, the nationally representative survey of 13,850 teenagers found that the number of 12th graders who had vaped nicotine in the past 30 days grew by nearly 50%. In 2017, roughly one in 10 seniors had vaped, and in 2018, that number was roughly one in five. The jump from 11% to 21% is the largest increase among 12th graders using any substance in the survey’s 44 years.

The survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has been conducted annually since 1975 by researchers at the University of Michigan (surveys on 8th and 10th grades only began in 1991). This year’s results reflect a trend the National Youth Tobacco Survey highlighted earlier this year, which found that the total number of high-school students who reported vaping in the past 30 days more than doubled.

“The policies in place as of the 2017 [to] 2018 school year were not sufficient to stop the spread of nicotine vaping among adolescents,” the authors of the Monitoring the Future survey wrote in an accompanying commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

There are two two main health concerns with adolescent vaping. First, there’s limited evidence that the chemicals in vape cartridges—particularly the sweetly flavored cartridges—are completely safe. As Quartz previously reported, researchers have found entirely new compounds created when the chemicals in cartridges are vaporize and preliminary work has shown that some of the known compounds found in vapes can irritate immune cells within the lungs. Second, authorities are worried that vaping nicotine could lead to smoking tobacco cigarettes later on. However, it’s not yet clear that this claim is valid—a review published earlier this year suggested that e-cigarettes could actually be helping cigarette use fall among teens.

Nevertheless, these concerns led the FDA to take some action regulatory action against e-cigarettes and other tobacco products earlier this fall. In November, the regulatory agency announced that e-cigarettes could only be sold in stores in areas closed off to minors, although it’s already illegal to sell to people under the age of 18. Additionally, it’s now focusing on banning menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

When Healthcare Advertising Hurts Patients

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here to view newsletter online. + SUBSCRIBE

PETERSON | Law

Osler “Pete” Peterson

617-969-1500 – Newton

November 2018

Attorney Photo

Drug Makers Spend Millions on Advertising Because It Works

Most Americans take anything they see advertised on television or the internet with a grain of salt. Good, but the fact is that advertising works even if we think we are not swayed by the latest jingle or funny slogan. Otherwise, why would companies spend millions on ads to try and convince you to buy their product or service? The same holds true for drug and healthcare marketing, which often uses emotional hooks to gain your trust. But the stakes are much higher when it comes to your health. And that’s why you should read this newsletter for tips on healthcare marketing that goes too far.

Elder Care

When Do Drug and Healthcare Ads Push Ethical Boundaries?

You’d be right if you suspect that drug makers are spending A LOT more on TV advertising. Pharmaceutical companies have more than doubled ad spending in just the past four years, making it the second-fastest growing ad category in the nation. Other healthcare providers – from local hospitals to nationally-known cancer treatment centers – are also upping the advertising ante. But when do healthcare promotions cross ethical boundaries and the ancient pledge to all patients of  “do no harm?” You should know!

BY THE NUMBERS

1 in 20

One in 20 Google searches are health related and the first place consumers turn for answers, 57 percent versus 32 percent who start with a doctor.

VIDEO BOOKMARK

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

Parsing fact from hype starts with good doctor-patient communication. Doctor Mike shares the questions he would ask in this video.

THE DOCKET

POSITIVE BUT PAINFUL ADS

Some patients say healthcare ads that feature happy, healed people and miraculous recoveries spread false hope.

You Should Know is a copyrighted publication of Voice2News, LLC, and is made possible by the attorney shown above. This newsletter is intended for the interest of past and present clients and other friends of this lawyer. It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, click here to unsubscribe from this newsletter, and your request will be honored immediately. You may also submit your request in writing to: Steven L. Miller, Editor, 4907 Woodland Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312. Be sure to include your email address.

e-cigarettes in the news

aaj

From my daily American Association for Justice newsletter –

 

US officials say e-cigarettes cannot be allowed to become a conduit for teenage addiction.

In a Washington Post (10/11, 12.5M) op-ed, HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb write that they are “deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly teenage use of these products has accelerated.” Azar and Gottlieb say it is “crucial that e-cigarettes do not become an on-ramp for children to become addicted to nicotine. But at the same time, we believe e-cigarettes can be an important off-ramp for adults who are addicted to combustible cigarettes.” The duo add that they “know that the steps we have taken thus far are not enough. We are considering limits on the marketing and features of e-cigarettes to reverse their appeal and availability to minors. We are also actively reconsidering our policy under which certain e-cigarettes – particularly the products with flavors that might appeal to children – can remain on the market without submitting a premarket application to the FDA until 2022.”

FDA warns e-cigarette manufacturer over selling liquids containing erectile dysfunction meds.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (10/11, Schaefer, 928K) reports the FDA issued a warning letter on Thursday to e-cigarette maker HelloCig Electronic Technology after the agency found that it was selling the prescription erectile dysfunction drugs tadalafil and/or sildenafil in e-liquid form. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced, “There are no e-liquids that contain prescription drugs that have been proven safe or effective through this route of administration.”

The Washington Examiner (10/11, King, 299K) reports the FDA statement accompanying the warning letter said, “These FDA-approved prescription drugs are not approved for inclusion in e-liquid products sold over the counter and are therefore being sold illegally.”

MedPage Today (10/11, Boyles, 52K) reports Gottlieb added, “There are no e-liquid products approved to contain prescription drugs or any other medications that require a doctor’s supervision.”

See the movie 9/26

Suicide The Ripple Effect

 

Look for both the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) and Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) at shared booths tomorrow at Medfield Day on Frairy Street.

MCSP presents the movie, “SUICIDE the Ripple Effect,” on 9/26 at MHS

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) is a coalition created in September 2017 composed of community members/professionals who desire to promote mental health. We recognize that suicide has touched our town and by coming together, we can form an initiative that raises awareness and has the potential to save lives . Please visit our website at medfieldcsp.org
MCSP is an initiative of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi). For more information, visit medfieldfoundation.org.
 

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this film on September 26th about hope and preventing suicide. A huge thank you to Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke, one of the founders of our coalition, for coordinating this for Medfield! Tickets available here…

About this website

EVENTBRITE.COM
Join the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MedfieldCSP.org) as we host a screening and panel discussion of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect“. “The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then Kevin has b…