The top news stories in primary care today.
A study of 27 countries reveals that half of the world’s population will have a mental disorder by age 75. The most common disorders are depression and anxiety with an onset at 15 years old for both boys and girls. Disorders tend to peak around age 20. Researchers say that understanding this timeline is key to providing support for future generations.
Physicians are skeptical of a recent online trend of young women sharing a video of various snack foods and calling it ‘girl dinner.’ Physicians against see a gendered stereotype with diet connotations but others say it’s not too problematic. “Sometimes it's okay not to have those perfect dinners at night, when you're just exhausted from work, childcare, or just in too much of a time crunch,” Natalie Ricondo, RD, a clinical dietitian at North Shore University Hospital in Manhassett, New York said in an article.
In a recent study, drinking kombucha improved the blood glucose levels of type 2 diabetes patients. Most participants also said their other diabetes symptoms improved as well with the worst side effect listed as bloating. "It would be very helpful to be able to tell my patient 'lay off of the sugary sodas, but if you need a fizzy drink -- here's one that may be good for you!'" co-author Chagai Mendelson, MD, of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital said in an interview.