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Chronic constipation linked to cognitive decline; Doctors create their own primary care clinic; Johnson and Johnson sues Biden administration - Morning Medical Update


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Chronic constipation linked to cognitive decline

In a new study of more than 100,000 adults, those who have severe constipation had significantly worse cognition that those who had a daily bowel movement. Constipation is considered chronic when three or more days pass between movements. It may result in in inflammation, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, and depression all which contribute to cognitive decline. These issues are more dire for older individuals.

Doctors create their own primary care clinic

A family medicine physician and a few of her colleagues have formed their own non-profit clinic after their hospital failed them. Their clinic is in rural New Mexico and since opening last August, they’ve treated about 3,000 patients. A large portion of the patients are Native American, and the clinic treats patients regardless of their financial ability.

Johnson and Johnson sues Biden administration

Johnson and Johnson has sued the Biden administration over the Inflation Reduction Act. This is the third pharmaceutical company to do so. The company claims the act violates the First and Fifth Amendments. Xarelto is among the drugs subject to price negotiations. Johnson and Johnson made $2.47 billion off its sales last year.

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