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Surgeon General's News by Dr Addington

26 Mar

Surgeon General's News by Dr Addington

Author: Mick Pitzer


Strokes are the third leading cause of death. 140,00 die and 655,00 survive with often debilitating effects. 60% if strokes are ischemic due to a blocked artery, hemorrhagic are due to bleeding which may be due to high blood pressure, blood thinners or aneurysms.

Life style increases risk of a stroke; overweight, physically inactive, heavy or binge drinking, and drugs such as cocaine or meth, and smoking. Other risks are high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, cardio-vascular disease, and family history. Risk is higher if over 55, men, or women taking hormones.

Outcomes are better if the stroke is treated early. Signs of a stroke are facial drooping, numbness or weakness on one side of the body, confusion, slurred speech, sudden vision problems, difficulty walking, and severe headache.

Remember FAST for strokes.

Face—check a smile for facial droop

Arms—raise arms and look for drift or unable to raise an arm

Speech—have the person say a simple phrase

Time—call 911


A new outbreak of measles has occurred in New York bringing the total to seven nationwide outbreaks in 2019.  Outbreaks have occurred in 15 states with over 314 cases this year. There were 372 cases in 2018.  Parents have been hesitant to vaccinate children with the measle, mumps, rubella {MMR} vaccine because of worries that the vaccination causes autism. Studies over the years have disputed this assumption. These cases of measles are due to unvaccinated persons. No proof has been proven that the MMR vaccine increases the risk of autism.

A new study by Danish researchers found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, even when focused on children at greater risk for developing autism. The study involved more than 650,000 Danish children and found no difference in risk. Children born between 1999 and 2010, were followed from 1 year of age until August 2013.  

They found no increased autism risk among children who received the MMR vaccine.



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