As if the past year of ongoing challenges wasn’t enough, many of us have had to deal with the additional onslaught of even more trauma imposed by the recent winter storms. It really has been such a rough time for so many and we are concerned that these events can wreak havoc with our health, including our brain health, if left unchecked.
A new article in The JAMA Forum1 highlights increased concerns and should inspire more conversation about social determinants of health, described by the CDC as “conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.”
Autoimmunity occurs when immune system activity, primarily inflammation, is directed at healthy cells, tissues, or other inappropriate targets in the body.
It’s hard to believe we’ve endured almost a year of one of the most challenging times in our world’s collective history. Among many of the prevailing concerns has been the issue of school closures and limited in-person instruction and the impact on our children’s mental health.
If there is one thing to which we all can relate, it is the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and the myriad of disease containment measures such as school closures, social distancing, and home quarantine – although certainly this is not the kind of relatable event we would want to connect us.
For patients and their families who must deal with the very challenging issues inherent to attention deficient and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), there comes some welcome news in the way of innovative therapeutic options.
By Ilene Naomi Rusk, PhD, November 2020
Providing a sense of security along with a safe environment and acknowledging a child’s feelings are very basic but key factors in supporting their mental wellbeing at home. All children need to know that they are safe and able to openly express their sentiments.
And what do we need to do to help the most patients?
I believe the role of high or abnormal lipid ratios in the body and the brain is tied to INFLAMMATION and, as with any disease, we know that inflammation fuels the fire.
We know that it’s important to be aware of our cholesterol levels – but now studies are providing even more information about the mechanisms that link cardiovascular disease (CVD) AND neurodegenerative disorders.
How many times have you thought about how stressed you feel these days? Without a doubt, our lives on so many fronts are, and already were, often extremely stressful. And unfortunately, the ongoing COVID 19 events have only exacerbated the impacts with so many people around the world worried about their livelihoods and futures as well as their health.
UPDATE…October 12, 2020
As we’ve previously noted, air pollution is an ongoing health hazard for all of us, especially individuals living in densely populated urban areas where industrial emissions are typically concentrated.