Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper The Army Thought He Was Faking His Health Issues. Turns Out He Had Chronic Lead Poisoning. Advertisement Supported by At War ByPatricia Kime April 3, 2019 At age 30, Stephen Hopkins was back in the Army for a second time. After serving as an enlisted soldier from 1991 to 1995, he returned as an officer in 2000. He was a man who routinely maxed fitness tests and endured physical hardship while deployed to rural locales in Afghanistan. Selected for Special Forces training, Hopkins tackled the demanding courses with gusto, later returning to combat for a total of seven deployments. He had a job he loved and excelled at, and his star was ascending. But in 2005, Hopkins began experiencing wild swings in blood pressure. And he had other symptoms: crippling nausea, constant dizziness, a skyrocketing heart rate. He was given … [Read more...] about The Army Thought He Was Faking His Health Issues. Turns Out He Had Chronic Lead Poisoning.
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About Bara Vaida Bara Vaida (@barav) is AHCJ's core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in outlets that include the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post. View all posts by Bara Vaida → The rising temperature of the earth – climate change – is already causing serious challenges to people’s health, from worsening heart disease and asthma to increasing risks of emerging infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance, two public health experts told AHCJ members. However, many journalists have yet to make the connection between the warming climate and public health. “People see this as an issue of the future, and we need to change this perception,” said Ari Bernstein, M.D., a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and co-chair of … [Read more...] about Imperative for covering climate change as health issue
About Liz Seegert Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News, the Connecticut Health I-Team and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast. View all posts by Liz Seegert → Donald Berwick Don Berwick is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama. Berwick’s long résumé includes leadership positions at the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Institute of Medicine’s Governing Council, the IOM’s Global Health Board, and on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. He is president emeritus of the … [Read more...] about Former CMS leader discusses vulnerable populations, drug pricing and a health journalist he admires
(CNN)Conservative rhetoric about migrants -- like the group making their way through Mexico, the one President Donald Trump called an "invasion" -- might lead some to believe that migrants are a threat to American health, a strain on the health care system and damaging to the economy. But a new series of papers presented at a UN Intergovernmental Conference this week and published Wednesday in the journal Lancet says that, based on evidence, that's not true. Most migrants have a mortality advantage, or greater life expectancy, than people in their host countries, according to the new research. This was true for the majority of diseases. However, separating migrants from their families can be bad for children's health, as can keeping them in detention or continuously threatening them with deportation, the research showed. More than 1 billion people were "on the move" around the world this year, and a quarter of them were crossing international borders, according to researchers who … [Read more...] about Human migration is a pressing public health issue
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Over the course of Dr. Robert David Tufft's career, he estimates he's treated at least 1,000 firefighters who've suffered from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning."The greatest risk is for those who have been trapped at a home and exposed in a closed space. Those patients frequently have severe carbon monoxide levels." While he says there is carbon monoxide in our atmosphere right now because of the Camp Fire, a hyperbaric chamber like the ones at his facility in Walnut Creek, Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Care aren't necessary for most.RELATED: California Wildfires: Check current Bay Area air quality levels"People with increased cardiac problems and neurological conditions, like severe headache and severe fatigue and those who feel very sleepy." Says Dr. Tufft.To answer some questions on what most of us not directly affected by the fire's smoke should do, we visited Dr. Ian Tong who was at his home in Walnut Creek. Even he didn't want to go outside … [Read more...] about Doctors answer your most pressing air quality questions