Health

Health officials warn on TikTok ‘Benadryl challenge’

Health officials have issued a new warning against abusing the allergy medicine Benadryl after reports emerged of a so-called “Benadryl challenge” gaining popularity on social media.

Reminiscent of the deadly “Tide Pod Challenge”, the latest dangerous social media trend is encouraging young people to take higher-than-recommended doses of the over-the-counter drug whose generic name is diphenhydramine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in a statement Thursday that this can lead to “serious heart problems, seizures, coma or even death.”

“We are aware of news reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the ‘Benadryl Challenge’ encouraged in videos posted on the social media application TikTok,” the agency added.

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The statement said that the FDA contacted TikTok and “strongly urged them to remove the videos from their platform and to be vigilant to

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The Surprising Ways Climate Change Is Already Affecting Our Health

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“So, I recognize the irony in this analogy,” begins Renee Salas, MD, MPH, an emergency medicine doctor and a fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard University. “But the effect climate change has on health is kind of like an iceberg. There are the connections research and science has shown us — that’s what’s above water. But there’s probably so much more going on underneath the surface.”

Even considering that, the effects we can see are shocking. “In 2014, we did a survey of physicians at the National Medical Association [a U.S. organization representing African American physicians and their patients]. It found that

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Racism, police violence and the toll on Black mental health

The drumbeat of it all has seemed never ending.

Ongoing police violence against Black men and women has inflamed racial tensions. A global pandemic has killed Black people in disproportionately high numbers. And these extraordinary traumas come to a community whose mental and physical health already suffer because of anti-Black sentiment.

The suffocation of George Floyd under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis ignited a summer of national reckoning on race. Sacramento activist Jamilia Land summed up the anguish: “How do you heal a wound that never closes?”

In the Black community, living with those open wounds comes at a heavy mental and physical cost that researchers and mental health experts continue to assess.

La Tanya Takla, a psychologist and family therapist, focused solely on her private practice in Sacramento this summer as a growing number of African Americans sought her help to cope with the stress

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These Virtual Mental Health Resources for Black Women Can Make All the Difference

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

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If you need mental health assistance right now, call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741.

Black lives matter, and so does Black mental health. The Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health reports that African Americans are 10 percent more likely to experience serious psychological distress. At the same time, only 30 percent of African American adults with mental illnesses get help each year, which is below the U.S. average of 43 percent.

Racism and racial trauma continue to affect the mental well-being of Black people, who already face so many obstacles when it comes to receiving mental health treatment. As the National Alliance on Mental Illness stated, “Racism is a public health crisis.”

If you feel like the continued incidents of police brutality, the demoralizing legal proceedings like in Breonna Taylor’s case, and the lack of justice for

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Beverage Makers in Spotlight as Consumers Sip On Health Drinks

Beverages, be it the non-alcoholic like soft drinks, health drinks, juices, water, coffees and teas, or alcoholic like beers, wines and other liquors, form part of our daily lives. With restaurants, bars and cinemas closing down due to the pandemic, on-premise sales, which form the majority of revenues of beverage companies, have taken a hit. Moreover, travel restrictions dealt a huge blow to the Travel Retail business.

Despite the pandemic-led disruptions, beverage companies have managed to maintain strong sales, with an increased focus to shift supplies to off-premise. Further, the companies stand to gain from the ongoing digital transformation (e-premise channels) as consumers adopt online shopping options and contactless delivery due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only this, the companies have moved a step ahead and made a number of notable innovations on the health drink front.

Notably, consumers are becoming more health conscious since the onset of the pandemic

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Ex-BuzzFeed star Kelsey Darragh shared her mental health journey online. Now, she wants to be a resource.

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Kelsey Darragh
  • Kelsey Darragh is a former video producer and development partner at BuzzFeed. She currently is a cast member on the E! show “Dating: No Filter.”

  • Her videos for BuzzFeed have received over 160 million views, averaging over 14 million views per video.

  • Darragh has dealt with mental illness and panic attacks for much of her life, leading her to write an upcoming book, “Don’t F*cking Panic: The Sh*t They Don’t Tell You in Therapy About Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks & Depression.”

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Kelsey Darragh is a comedian, video producer, podcaster, and now: author. She is best known for her numerous videos at BuzzFeed where she rose to the role of development partner. 

While she built up a following and fanbase for her playfulness and on-camera exuberance, Darragh was quietly dealing with major depressive disorder, panic attacks, and chronic pain. After opening

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DC Coronavirus Health Emergency To Be Extended To End Of Year

WASHINGTON, DC — At its Tuesday legislative meeting, the D.C. City Council will be extending Mayor Muriel Bowser’s heath emergency order until the end of the year. Council Chair Phil Mendelson made the announcement during a Monday morning press briefing.

Bowser originally declared the emergency on March 11, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

D.C. Department of Health updated its online coronavirus metrics dashboard Monday to help residents keep track of the District government’s response to the disease.

The new graphic employs a color grid to make it easier for people to understand where the District is in its progress toward a full reopening. D.C. is currently in Phase 2 of its phased reopening, which is represented by the color yellow. The color red shows that a particular metric has not been reached.

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of D.C. Health, confirmed during the press briefing that all boxes in this

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Just got a job offer? Be smart about your new benefit choices like health coverage, 401(k) savings levels

Dear Pete,

I’ve been without work income for four months now, but I just received a job offer. I haven’t started a new job for almost twenty years, as I’d been with the same company that entire time. When it comes to starting a new job, have things changed from a benefits and procedural perspective? I want to make sure I don’t make any mistakes.

Allison, New Haven, Connecticut

Congratulations. And I hope millions of other Americans are soon able to experience what you’re about to experience.

You’re smart to pause and ensure your onboarding process goes smoothly. It’s incredibly easy to let the excitement and relief of the moment distract you from making prudent, calculated benefits decisions. 

It begins with your W-4, the form which lets your employer know how to set-up your paycheck’s tax withholding. This form was redesigned for 2020, and if you haven’t seen it yet,

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Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden’s mental health

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Joe Biden

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks about climate change and the wildfires on the West Coast at the Delaware Museum of Natural History on September 14, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden has scheduled campaign stops in Florida, Pennsylvania and Minnesota later this week. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

From Ronald Reagan in 1984 to Bob Dole in 1996 and even Hillary Clinton in 2016, candidate health has become a common theme across recent U.S. presidential campaigns.

The issue is poised to take on added significance this fall. No matter who wins, the U.S. is set to inaugurate its oldest president by a wide margin.

The Trump campaign and its surrogates have seized on Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s age and have been painting him as mentally unfit for the presidency. Videos of Biden falling asleep during an interview, misspeaking about the dangers of “Joe Biden’s America” and appearing lost during a

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How a high-tech ‘health passport’ could get the world moving again

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In a post-COVID aviation first, Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific has announced a partnership with a local biotech firm, Prenetics, to introduce a digital health passport system which could significantly ease the way towards a safer form of air travel. 

 

The high-tech set-up would allow passengers to use a mobile app to present a negative COVID-19 result at check-in and again on arrival at their destination. Prenetics told the South China Morning Post that the pilot project will take-off on the London to Hong Kong route in October, potentially paving the way for quarantine-free travel between the two financial hubs – and at best providing a model which could be implemented globally.     

 

Hong Kong has been at the forefront of virus prevention and control since COVID-19 made its first murky appearance across the border in China in mid-January. To date, the city of 7.4

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