Cannabis-Related ED Visits Rise in States With Legalized Use

Cannabis-Related ED Visits Rise in States With Legalized Use.

A second poster presented at the AAAP meeting examined “impact on the healthcare system” and showed that 10,532,658 ED visits due to any type of substance abuse occurred between 2007 and 2011 in the United States.

During that period, cannabis-related ED visits increased 67.8%, and alcohol-related visits increased by 49%. Also increasing were visits related to opioids (by 42%), hallucinogens (40.4%), sedatives (40%), and amphetamines (20.6%).

Interestingly, the percentage of visits related to cocaine use decreased by 67.9%.

 

“This poster is definitely starting to bring out some of the real concerns that I have as a healthcare provider ― that you are exposing more people to higher potency and riskier forms of the substance. This is not the shake weed that somebody smoked in the ’70s. This is four times more potent. It’s a much riskier proposition than a lot of people think.”  Dr Ryan Caldeiro

Diabetic Foot Ulcer – Medscape

Diabetic Foot Ulcer.

Diabetic foot ulcers occur as a result of various factors, such as mechanical changes in conformation of the bony architecture of the foot, peripheral neuropathy, and atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease, all of which occur with higher frequency and intensity in the diabetic population. Diabetic foot lesions are responsible for more hospitalizations than any other complication of diabetes. Among patients with diabetes, 15% develop a foot ulcer, and 12%-24% of individuals with a foot ulcer require amputation. Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations in the United States.

FDA Should Ban Retail Sale of Bulk Caffeine – Center for Science in the Public Interest

FDA Should Ban Retail Sale of Bulk Caffeine, Says CSPI ~ Newsroom ~ News from CSPI ~ Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Just a teaspoon of powdered caffeine is equivalent to about 25 cups of coffee.

Sacrificing people for profits.  I think I’ll mix some caffeine powder in my energy drink.

Many U.S. Workers Sacrificing Sleep for Work

Many U.S. workers are sacrificing sleep for work hours, long commutes – American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The evidence that time spent working was the most prominent sleep thief was overwhelming,” said lead author Dr. Mathias Basner, assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Nap anyone?