Anti Smoking Conseling Benefits Kids

According to the United States Preventive Task Force, anti smoking counseling to children and teens are effective. When primary care physicians talk to kids about the bad effects of smoking, they listen. Primary care physicians therefore play important role in reducing the risk of smoking on children and teens.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated that new research has found that behavioral counseling by primary care physicians is very effective. According to Dr. David Grossman of the USPSTF,” The good news is that we have solid evidence that primary-care clinicians can help their young patients be tobacco free. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The good news is that behavioral therapy can be anything from personal counseling to phone call. Family or group counseling is also as effective. The physician does not have to spend a lot of material and time resources to provide counseling. A simple phone call will do or a short talk during the patient visit. However using educational materials, such as videos, print materials, newsletters, and others are even more effective.

Since the recent research has found that patient counseling is effective, the good news is that it is now possible for doctors to help kids stay away from smoking tobacco. Doctors can easily provide the right counseling since the materials needed for counseling are low cost and can easily be implemented. The United States Preventive Task Force published a recommendation to doctors on its website. The recommendation is also published at the Pediatrics Journal.




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Posted by admin - October 5, 2013 at 1:18 am

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Medical News: Medical Marijuana Program Fees have been Proposed by Massachusetts

The Department of Public Health or DPH Massachusetts has proposed a fee structure for the self-financed industry of medical marijuana. The said proposal supports the patients’ access without even depending on the resources of taxpayer. In certain medical news Cheryl Bartlett, acting DPH Commissioner, said that the program is going to be self-sustaining with the fees on registered patients and dispensaries for marijuana. The patient registration fee proposal is said to be affordable. Moreover, the dispensaries and patients have to pay a fair share.

The fees to be collected are intended for meeting the operational requirements of the said program like employee recruitment and instructing inspectors to remain on track in the industry. DPH will create an online system for inspecting and enrolling the eligibility of a participant. This announcement made by DPH has been reported in different medical news.

In other news, the fees are known for setting the operating costs which makes the voters agree to the neutral law revenue. The regulations about draft fee stated that the $1, 500 non refundable fee is in charge o the marijuana dispensaries who are registered while another $30, 000 non refundable for 2nd phase.

Some news also stated that the registration fee of $50 will come from the qualified patients. People who are qualified for the license for hardship cultivation are required to pay for the $100 extra fee every year. There will be no fees to be paid by the personal caregivers as stated by the medical news report.


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Posted by admin - October 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

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Heavy Coffee Drinking Helps Men with Prostate Cancer

A recent study has found that heavy coffee drinking can help men with prostate cancer. The study found that drinking more than four cups of coffee a day prevents prostate cancer from worsening or returning. Although the study did not find any correlation between coffee drinking and prevention of prostate cancer, the study is promising for a lot of men with prostate cancer.

Drinking a lot of coffee a day prevents the cancer from recurring or worsening at a rate of 59%. The research was done at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The result of the study was published at Cancer Causes & Control. The study used more than 1000 prostate cancer patients, ages 35 to 74. The study was conducted over an eight-year period. It was found that there was a strong correlation between coffee drinking and the progression of the disease.

However other medical experts emphasized that although it was found that there is connection between coffee drinking and the progression of the disease, it does not mean that coffee drinking can prevent the onset of prostate cancer. According to Dr. Matthew Galsky of Icahn School of Medicine, “It is important to recognize that establishing an association does not confirm causality.”

The researchers did not identify whether the coffee that the patients drank were caffeinated, decaffeinated, brewed or any other type of coffee. They added that further studies are warranted to prove the preventive properties of coffee.  As for drinking tea, the study did not find any relationship between the disease and drinking tea.

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