August 27, 2012

Too Fat for Medical Care?

1 Doctor Refuses to Treat Obese Patients

Helen Carter, a Massachusetts doctor, refuses to treat patients who weigh more than 200 pounds. Carter says she began screening out overweight patients this past spring after several on her staff were injured - but she says there are alternatives. “There’s an obesity center over at UMass that’s much better staffed and has more resources than I do,” says Carter who adds that she does spend time educating patients about obesity. The American Medical Association says Carter’s decision to not treat obese patients is not only legal, it’s also ethical. Patients and doctors can “exercise freedom in choosing with whom to enter into a patient/physician relationship.” Carter grandfathers in “established patients” and adds that at least two patients are very motivated and have lost weight.

More at FoxNewsInsider.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Obese Kids Have Same Signs of CV DiseAse As Adults

Tags: American Medical Association, Obesity, Refusing to Treat Obese Patients, Obesity and Medical Care, Dr. Helen Carter, University of Massachusetts

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Not So Harmless

2 Pot Use Before 18 Causes Lasting Harm

Persistent and dependent usage of marijuana before the age of 18 can cause lasting harm to the user's memory, attention and intelligence, finds an international research team. The study, involving more than 1,000 New Zealanders, found that those who started using pot as an adolescent and continued for years afterward had an average decline in IQ of eight points when IQ tests were compared between ages 13 and 38. They also scored significantly worse in most tests for memory, reasoning, processing speed and visual processing. Researchers also found that quitting pot didn't appear to reverse the damage. Study subjects who didn't use pot until adulthood didn't have similar mental decline. The research appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Marijuana Use Is Highest in Australia

Tags: Pot Use, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dangers Marijuana Use Before 18, Marijuana Causes Memory Problems, Marijuana Affects Intelligence, Pot Affects Attention, Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study

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