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Lecture 8

Lecture 8

Health Studies
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Anna Walsh

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HLTB01 Lecture 8July 5/10
Stress – causes people to become depressed
Article – McGill – Laura Goody (2nd year of med) – was inspired at a young age – visited
causemodrome – wanted to become an astronaut – when in high school her grandma had
cancer – watching the stress of her grandma going through the illness she decided to study
medicine – still plans to pursue a profession in aerospace medicine – took a stressful event
in her life as an inspiration
Medication affect the elderly differently than they affect us when we are younger
Current events:
A common mix of drugs may prove to be fatal to the elderly
Study: patients prescribed an antibiotic to those who also suffer from cardiovascular disease
tmp-smx (antibiotic) – usually prescribed to the elderly who suffer from urinary tract
both this antibiotic and CV drugs increase potassium levels – the combined effect is toxic
- hyper-palemia (high levels of potassium) can lead to abnormal heart rhythm cardiac
arrest and then death in the elderly
wasnt known before – this can be easily avoided if doctors know about this risk – can
prescribe a different antibiotic
We should have e-health so there are no paper trails of what medications/allergies a person
has esp if they have language barriers
Deal with stress to find links to our past – to who we were – to what our roles were
Every door is the right door – 10 year strategy – oct 2008 – people dealing with mental
illnesses and addictions
Integrating these issues into a strategy to help these mental illnesses and mild to
moderate issues
sets out a framework to improve the health and well-being of Ontarians
lack of understanding with the mind and body reaction
rather than helping someone we condemn them
Forget about the mind and body connection – the physical body affects the mental state
85% about getting to the age of 100 is based on our genetic endowment
Doctors can possibly find out the age when women go into menopause – AMH (hormone
produced in ovaries) – researchers in Iran
Everyboyds reaction to stress is different
People who suffer from too much stress can suffer from depression then have physical
Try to talk to someone about it – but don’t become a chronic complainer
Can escape from stress – watch a movie, long walk, read a book
40% of people are less likely to laugh and are more apt to have heart disease
Type a peraonaltiy – people who become aggravated and are hostile
Grief can lead to depression
Prof’s patient – at risk of mental problems and physical problems – kept ruminating about
her problem – became depressed because of her husband’s death after 52 years of marriage
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