NewsNation: Healthcare News

On NewsNation, talking #Malaria #WeightLoss and #Psychadelics

– There have been 5 cases of malaria contracted from mosquitos in the US for the first time in 20 years. Should we panic? No. BUT, there are concerns that with #ClimateChange we may start to see more of these mosquito borne illnesses as the temperature stays warmer longer in certain areas, making for more hospitable climates for these mosquitoes.
– Weight loss drugs are all over the news right now. Remember, any medication should be taken with the guidance and supervision of a physician. These medications have been game changers for many, and we will likely see more versions of these agents. We don’t know the long term impacts or side effects, so the longer these drugs are around, the more we will learn. But for now, they have been helping many lead healthier lives.
– Psychedelic drugs in the news for the potential to have clinical benefits. Looking forward to seeing how these clinical trials play out, and if it may be possible to find certain agents that can be properly dosed to help with medical conditions like depression.

About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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