The cellphones known as 5G, or fifth generation, represent the vanguard of a wireless era rich in interconnected cars, factories and cities. Whichever nation dominates the new technology will gain a competitive edge for much of this century, according to many analysts. But a television network a few blocks from the White House has been stirring concerns about a hidden flaw. “Just a small one,” a TV reporter told her viewers recently. “It might kill you.” The Russian network RT America aired the segment, titled “A Dangerous ‘Experiment on Humanity,’” in covering what its guest experts call 5G’s dire health threats. US intelligence agencies identified the network as a principal meddler in the 2016 presidential election. Now, it is linking 5G signals to brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumors and Alzheimer’s disease — claims that lack scientific support. Yet even as RT America, the cat’s-paw of Russia’s … [Read more...] about News Russian network links 5G to health risks
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(Reuters Health) - Suicide is the only cause of death that is higher among doctors than the general population, according to two Canadian physicians who coauthored an information sheet about physician suicide.In particular, male doctors are 40 percent more likely than members of the general public to die by suicide, and the risk to female doctors is more than doubled, they wrote in CMAJ."In residency training, my interest in this was personal and became professional after I talked to others and realized I wasn't the only one dealing with (depression)," Dr. Sarah Tulk of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario told Reuters Health by phone. "It was such a relief to find out that I wasn't the only one struggling."Tulk and co-author Dr. Joy Albuquerque of the Ontario Medical Association's Physician Health Program wrote the information sheet to highlight five facts about physician suicide.First, they note, suicide is an occupational hazard for doctors. Depression, suicide and suicidal … [Read more...] about Experts share facts about physician suicide
When Cely, a 52-year old laundry-washer, started coughing a lot, she thought it was just a passing sickness. Maybe it was caused by stress or the environment, she thought. It took months before she finally consulted a doctor, who prescribed her a week-long round of antibiotics. She felt some improvement and decided that she no longer needed any follow-ups. More challenges in health and wellness: You haven’t had measles your whole life. Should you be worried? The worst thing the new and stronger influenza strain can do to you How my nervous breakdown put an end to a cycle of abuse The myth of the tortured artist But the cough persisted. Eventually, she went to another doctor, who ordered an X-ray. The doctor told her that she has weak lungs, and prescribed her with medications. But she only took them for only a few days because it made her urine turn red. It would take more months before she would see yet another doctor—and this time, it was in the emergency room. For the … [Read more...] about How do we put an end to TB?
By Hasan Sheikh Opinion Raghu Venugopal Mon., April 29, 2019 Imagine the next time you’re in the emergency department. You’re anxiously waiting to see the doctor. You’re trying to think about what you are going to quickly say over the cacophony of monitors, muffled voices, and moans of pain. You watch the blur of health professionals in scrubs run back and forth as more and more patients seem to be piling up in the hallway. You ask the staff when you’ll be seen, only to be told they’re not sure — six ambulances have just arrived. You might understandably think, in that intimidating moment, that this emergency department needs more doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and patient care assistants to somehow see more patients in its chaotic rooms and stretcher-strewn hallways. You would be wrong. What emergency departments really need are the multidisciplinary health professionals working in a comparatively calm … [Read more...] about Warning from an ER doctor: Ford’s public health cuts will mean more hallway medicine
By Peter Edwards Staff Reporter Sun., April 28, 2019 Vials and patches of fentanyl were reported missing from Canadian hospitals at a rate of about twice a week over a 15-month period ending on Jan. 1, 2018, according to federal records obtained by the Star. In total, the records reveal 138 incidents of lost fentanyl, including cases involving the even stronger derivatives remifentanil and sufentanil in patch and liquid forms. It’s not clear how many of the highly dangerous opioids reported missing from hospital shelves were stolen or thrown out, as the causes for the disappearance are not be captured in the figures. In many hospital drug theft cases, the missing drugs are stolen for personal use by staff, according to experts. Seventy-six of the 138 incidents occurred in Ontario, while Alberta had the second-highest reported rate of missing fentanyl with 21 incidents, followed by Quebec with 20 and British Columbia with 11, according to the data, obtained … [Read more...] about Canadian hospitals reported 138 cases of lost fentanyl in one 15-month period, federal records show