Complex, heterogenous, and often debilitating, depression is a multifaceted condition that affects millions of people worldwide. According to current statistics, one in five Americans will experience major depressive disorder (MDD) in their lifetime, and many will not find relief from current therapeutic approaches. While there is an ever-growing list of potential causes of MDD, recent research suggests that inflammation in the body may be a contributing factor to the development and severity of depression. And the latest clinical trial data suggest that targeting and treating inflammation as the root cause may help clinicians provide more precise, personalized care to patients struggling with depression and help them achieve lasting mental and physical wellness.
Women’s Health In Today’s Practice: 5 Cutting-Edge Takeaways From The Women’s Hormones Masterclass
“The best faculty, best providers, best patient outcomes. All based on science, experience, and care. “— Erika Schwartz, MD
As Erika Schwartz, MD, a global pioneer in disease prevention and hormone therapeutics, summarized in the quote above, the Everything About Hormone Health For Women masterclass was an incredible success. The February event gathered a group of forward-thinking health professionals who came to meet, learn from, and engage with acclaimed advanced endocrinology practitioners and educators.
Alongside a fun weekend in Boca Raton, FL, participants enjoyed three days of ground-breaking educational sessions led by top women’s health experts with invaluable expertise. Faculty members shared relevant and practical clinical insights for the modern practitioner committed to patient-centered care, making the experience empowering and informative.
The Climate-Health Connection: From Bacterial Infections to Geriatric Depression, The Diverse Health Impacts of Environmental Hazards
On February 3rd, close to 50 cars of a Norfolk Southern train were derailed near East Palestine, Ohio, causing long-lasting fires and releasing numerous hazardous chemicals in the area. Among them were vinyl chloride and benzene, both known carcinogens, as well as the highly flammable isobutylene, paint thinner additive ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, and the possible carcinogen ethylhexyl acrylate.
Since the derailment, subsequent public evacuation, and a “controlled” release of the chemicals followed by a lifting of the evacuation order, the town has seen an uptick in reports of concerning symptoms and animal illnesses. As a significant body of evidence proves, both short and long-term exposure to noxious chemicals can have significant health consequences. With symptoms ranging from headaches and nausea to dizziness and loss of consciousness, the list of patient cases associated with the derailment continues to grow – despite the purported dissipation of toxic fumes. And the long-term population health risk assessment remains to be determined.
This is just one recent example of toxin-related illness with far-reaching and wide-ranging implications. Albeit more acute in impact than most recently studied environmental health risks, the East Palestine train derailment contributes to the investigative work that reveals the hidden costs of the air we breathe and the elements we are inevitably exposed to. Recent research findings unveil even more health risks tied to climate change and pollution that pose an immeasurable threat, largely due to the scale of their reach and their inescapable nature.