Migraines and depression

By Tamara Nuno

There is more and more people who are getting migranes and it is can lead to you developing depression. To learn that 40% of middle aged women have a high chance of developing depression if they constantly get a migrane is alarming.

I think that stress leads to a lot of people developing migranes and I think that we have to try not to stress and just not allow our bodies to get unrestful. I suffered from a  lot of headaches when I was younger but luckily I have not really had any migranes thus far. I only had one and that was a painful one.


The struggle continues for the rescued Chilean miners


"A relative of Mario Gomez, one of the 33 miners trapped in a deep underground copper and gold mine, holds up a letter written by Gomez outside the mine at Copiapo, 725 km (450 miles) north of Santiago Aug. 23, 2010. The 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground sent a message to the surface tied to a drill on Sunday, saying they were all alive, in their first contact since a cave-in 17 days ago." Reuters/Ivan Alvarado


Without a doubt, much has been written about the 33 strong, brave miners, their predicament, and of course, their health.

One by one, the miners, who have been trapped in a gold and copper mine, began to be lifted out of the darkness they have called home since the beginning of August, this Tuesday night.

Considering how they’ve spent their time in immense darkness, their ascent to out of the earth can very much pose a risk to miners if they are re-introduced to sunlight abruptly. Or they could encounter dizziness, panic or minor cardiac issues while being inside the rescue capsule as it spins to the surface.

Dr. Antonios Zikos, the medical director of neuro-intensive care at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh who has treated mining disaster survivors, says that these miners who have been trapped have experienced a variety of unhealthy conditions below ground, such as:

•The additional force of gravity may have affected their circulatory system and immune function.

•Being confined in a small space, without the opportunity to exercise normally, could also cause blood clots and muscle loss.

•Exposure to underground gases, such as carbon monoxide, could also cause cognitive problems, such as memory loss or problems performing basic tasks.

The plan is to rush 33 trapped miners to a hospital in Copiapo, the nearest town, as they ascend from the earth from the capsule. *Read: Chilean hospital prepares for the arrival of 33 trapped miners*

Also noted is the mental health of the miners ,which have been a major concern for Chilean authorities — since once they are extracted, they will have to deal with a certain level of celebrity status.

Dr. Michael Duncan, the deputy chief medical officer at Johnson Space Center, put the grave situation in perspective with this very true statement, “The work is just beginning when the miners get out of the mine.”

Uncovered: STD Experiments in Guatemala

It’s no secret that relations between the U.S. and Latin American have been historically problematic. From the UFCO’s exertion of power of almost half of Guatemala’s land to today’s struggle for immigration reform, let’s just say that things haven’t necessarily been peachy. To even further prove testament to this rocky relationship, the United States issued an apology Friday for government-sponsored experiments that deliberately infected hundreds of people in Guatemala with gonorrhea or syphilis in the 1940s.

U.S. Public Health Service researchers and others experimented on institutionalized mental patients, giving them gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge. About one-third of the patients who became infected never received adequate treatment, MSNBC reported.

“The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical,” according to a joint statement from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices.”

Records of the experiments, which were hidden, were discovered by a professor at Wellesley College named Reverby. The research involved the antibiotic penicillin but never provided useful information.

So where was the Guatemalan government when this was taking place?

“Deception was also used in Guatemala,” Professor Reverby said. Dr. Thomas Parran, the former surgeon general who oversaw the start of Tuskegee, acknowledged that the Guatemala work could not be done domestically, and details were hidden from Guatemalan officials.

Considering that these experiments were being done around the time the U.S. was prosecuting Nazi doctors for crimes against humanity, the fact that U.S. government was supporting research that placed human subjects at enormous risk further proves what a an “interesting” relationship we’ve had with Latin America.

Troubles in youth can affect health in adulthood

It seems that the old adage of having social class in high school does carry some validity.  In an interesting article I found last week, it touched upon the idea that social status in youth can have indirect affects on one’s future health.  A particulary interesting aspect that i found was the correlation to mental health.

“The researchers studied data from 14,000 children who participated in the Stockholm Birth Cohort Study, which tracked the long-term health of Swedes born between 1953 and 2003. Specifically, Almquist and her team examined levels of popularity, power and status reported by study participants who were in sixth grade in 1966.

Using that information as a personality baseline, the team then examined the students’ health records during a 30-year-period from 1973 and 2003, focusing on hospital discharge records.”

I find it odd that similar studies have not been undertaken in the past.  It seems rather important, in my opinion, because health issues could be addressed in childhood and then be prevented from surfacing in adulthood.

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