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Scientists at Imperial College London gave psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, to 20 patients who had depression that hadn’t been helped by other treatments. Patients first took a 10mg dose of psilocybin, then a 25mg dose the week after. All the patients said they still felt better a week after treatment, and about half of them felt better five weeks later, too. These self-reports were confirmed by before-and-after brain scans. After the treatment, there was less blood flow in the part of the brain that is involved in emotion processing, called the amygdala. Interestingly, scans of the brain while on drugs show a type of “disintegration” where there’s less connectivity between different parts. Researchers have suggested that this disintegration is responsible for why people report losing their sense of self or ego while on drugs. But the scans of the brain afterward found that there’s more connectivity and integration, suggesting that maybe psychedelics work by breaking down the old pattern and kickstarting the brain into a new one. Magic mushrooms might help depression by resetting the brain (The Verge) Psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression: fMRI-measured brain mechanisms (Nature)
Man Partly Wakes From 15-Year Vegetative State—What It Means After a person spends a year in a vegetative state, the condition is considered permanent—there will never be someone “in there” again. That’s why it’s so surprising French researchers were able to boost the consciousness of a patient who had spent 15 years in a vegetative state following a car accident. Brains aren’t supposed to work that way. (National Geographic)
I came across this article today: http://religionnews.com/2017/06/21/how-religious-literacy-can-save-lives/ that was written by Aamir Hussain, a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. In his article, he talks about the need for both patients and doctors to openly communicate their beliefs and goals when it comes to medical procedures. Here are a few pithy points that stood out to me. How religious literacy can save lives By Aamir Hussain Health care providers should be aware of their patient’s cultural practices and be able to suggest options for maintaining medication compliance without transgressing the person’s faith. Failure to acknowledge how faith impacts medical care can lead to challenges and even life-threatening situations. During my surgery rotation, I learned of a team that was preparing to perform a simple gallbladder operation. As the team wheeled the patient into the operating room, the patient mentioned that she was a Jehovah’s Witness and would not consent to blood transfusions. Although the operation was straightforward and would likely not require any blood products, the team decided to delay the surgery to implement Cell Saver, a machine developed with the input of Jehovah’s Witnesses that collects and sterilizes patients’ own blood and delivers it back to them, if needed. For patients, it’s helpful to volunteer the subject during routine doctor visits. Constructive conversations about religion and health are often a two-way street, and both parties should take care to respect the beliefs of the other. The main pitfall of increased religious literacy among health providers is generalization. Not all people keep the same faith practices. Therefore, health care providers must strike a balance between understanding religious diversity and respecting patients’ individual preferences.
JW.ORG Section for Clinicians
Adelin posted a topic in Encouragement for the Worldwide BrotherhoodA new section on our website: Medical-Library (It can be found at the bottom of the Home page at - FIND RESOURCES FOR)
Patient Blood Management for UK
pnutts posted a topic in Secular News in the Mainstream MediaFrom nataonline.com Anaesthesia Supplement on ‘Transfusion, Thrombosis and Management of Bleeding’Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland, announces the publication of a special open-access supplement on Transfusion, Thrombosis and Management of Bleeding, to coincide with the UK launch of Patient Blood Management in the NHS. A collaboration between anaesthetists, haematologists, surgeons and others, this supplement pulls together state-of-the-art research and recommendations into a comprehensive guide. World-renowned specialists have contributed a series of detailed reviews and debates.
Englewood Hospital new Mag out
pnutts posted a topic in Encouragement for the Worldwide BrotherhoodEnglewood Hospital's fall issue ( link says winter ) Choices magazine is out for reading &/or downloading. In one article is a link for a PBS video special about a sister's brain tumor operation last spring. http://www.englewoodhospital.com/ms_bloodless_home.asp They also have a youtube link several videos- one 40 odd minutes long -haven't watched it yet myself.
Here is another article showing benefits of our stand on transfusion-less ( bloodless ) surgery. Englewood again. For such a small center ( relatively speaking ) it sure is in the news a lot when it comes to Bloodless medicine. http://www.northjersey.com/news/211933301_Bloodless_Medicine_safer_and_more_costs_affective_for_all__experts_say__greater_acceptance.html
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