Depression

Public advisory - Unauthorized drug products sold illegally on Quadragen and Advanced Research websites may pose serious health risks

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Friday, July 19, 2024

Product: Unauthorized drugs sold on Quadragen and Advanced Research websites associated with the company Quad Inc.

Key Points: 
  • Product: Unauthorized drugs sold on Quadragen and Advanced Research websites associated with the company Quad Inc.
    Issue: Health products – Unauthorized product; Product safety
    What to do: Do not use these products.
  • In addition to the injectable peptide drugs that Health Canada previously warned about, the following drug products were also being illegally sold on the Advanced Research and Quadragen websites and may pose serious health risks:
    Bromantane and omberacetam oral drops promoted as "nootropics" on the company's websites.
  • Original Advisory – June 26, 2024: Unauthorized injectable drug products sold illegally on Quadragen and Advanced Research websites may pose serious health risks
    Health Canada is warning consumers not to buy unauthorized injectable drugs from Quadragen and Advanced Research websites ( www.quadragen.io/ , and www.advancedresearch.bio/) because they may pose serious health risks.
  • Health Canada seized injectable peptides, along with unauthorized bodybuilding drugs , from Quad Inc. At Health Canada's request, the company has stopped advertising and selling unauthorized health products, including taking down its Quadragen and Advanced Research websites.

Prenatal Exposure to PBDEs Linked to Adolescent Behavioral Concerns

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Friday, July 19, 2024

CINCINNATI, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A long-running Cincinnati Children's study that tracks exposures to environmental toxicants reports that 12-year-old children exposed prior to birth to elevated levels of a common type of flame retardant shows continuing associations with increased behavioral problems.

Key Points: 
  • The new findings focus on gestational exposures to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), flame-retardant chemicals that can be found in building materials, upholstered furniture and electronic equipment.
  • The PBDE analysis was led by Kimberly Yolton, PhD , Division of General and Community Pediatrics, and Kim Cecil, PhD , Imaging Research Center.
  • Each 10-fold increase in BDE-28 concentration led to a +1/2 standard deviation on a standard behavioral survey.
  • Exposure to PBDEs in the environment will slowly decrease as products containing these flame retardants are recycled or destroyed.

Meditation can be harmful – and can even make mental health problems worse

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Friday, July 19, 2024

Since mindfulness it’s something you can practice at home for free, it often sounds like the perfect tonic for stress and mental health issues.

Key Points: 
  • Since mindfulness it’s something you can practice at home for free, it often sounds like the perfect tonic for stress and mental health issues.
  • It also details cognitive anomalies associated with episodes of psychosis, dissociation and depersonalisation (when people feel the world is “unreal”).
  • In the past eight years there has been a surge of scientific research in this area.
  • The study tested more than 8,000 children (aged 11-14) across 84 schools in the UK from 2016 to 2018.
  • Its results showed that mindfulness failed to improve the mental wellbeing of children compared to a control group, and may even have had detrimental effects on those who were at risk of mental health problems.

Ethical implications

How racialized women can tackle backlash when advocating for change

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

In the United States, congresswomen like Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have faced severe backlash for their outspoken stances on racial justice, police reform and foreign policy.

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  • In the United States, congresswomen like Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have faced severe backlash for their outspoken stances on racial justice, police reform and foreign policy.
  • Similarly, in Canada, Ontario MLA Sarah Jama also faced backlash for her stance in support of Palestine.
  • These examples are not isolated, and they highlight the persistent challenges faced by racialized women when they speak out.

Advocacy: A double-edged sword

  • On one side, it challenges capitalist-colonial relations foundational to many institutions, and promotes equitable access to employment, education and health care.
  • Many advocating for change must often do so within systems and institutions prioritizing profit or power over equality.
  • This backlash creates a ripple effect, deterring others from speaking out and perpetuating a cycle of silence, gaslighting and compliance.
  • Labels like these are often used to undermine racialized people by perpetuating harmful biases and reinforcing societal power imbalances.

The double bind: gender and race

  • This refers to the interlocking systems of oppression structured around race, class, gender, sexuality and nationality; these categories do not operate independently but are interconnected and reinforce one another.
  • They are often subjected to discrimination because of their race as well as their gender.
  • The compounded effects of racial and gender biases intensify these challenges, forcing them to navigate a more difficult landscape.

Personal and professional costs

  • Employers may view activism as a liability, leading to professional stagnation or regression.
  • For instance, Professor Anita Hill faced professional and personal attacks after her testimony against Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
  • Reduced income and limited career advancement opportunities have long-term financial implications, making it difficult to sustain advocacy work.

Strategies for support

Kish Bancorp, Inc. Reports Net Income of $3.2 Million in the Second Quarter of 2024 and $6.2 Million in the First Six Months of 2024

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Second quarter net interest income, before provision, increased $1.2 million, or 11.1%, compared to the second quarter a year ago.

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  • Second quarter net interest income, before provision, increased $1.2 million, or 11.1%, compared to the second quarter a year ago.
  • Brokered deposits increased $40.1 million during the second quarter compared to the preceding quarter to $118.0 million at June 30, 2024.
  • Second quarter noninterest income increased 3.3% to $2.6 million, compared to $2.5 million in the second quarter a year ago.
  • Net loan charge-offs totaled $5 thousand in the second quarter of 2024, compared to net loan charge-offs of $2 thousand in the second quarter a year ago.

The HIV epidemic 40 years on: 5 essential reads on breakthroughs, blind spots and new challenges

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

In 1983, HIV – the virus responsible for AIDS – was isolated by virologists from the Institut Pasteur.

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  • In 1983, HIV – the virus responsible for AIDS – was isolated by virologists from the Institut Pasteur.
  • Since then 85.6 million people have become infected with HIV and 40.4 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses.
  • In the early years the disease was known as the “gay plague” because it only seemed to affect homosexual men.
  • It will bring together people living with HIV, scientists, policymakers, healthcare professionals and communities to share knowledge learnt from the HIV response over the past 40 years.

Viable option

  • These drugs reduce the risk of contracting HIV through sexual contact, and can be taken either as an injection or as a daily pill.
  • For young women who can’t keep pills without facing stigma or violence, an injection just twice a year is the option that could keep them free of HIV.

Taunts and abuse

  • But in practice many African cultures view same-sex relationships and sexual intercourse as taboo and unAfrican.
  • A study of men who have sex with men in the Zulu community revealed stigma rooted in cultural beliefs was rife.
  • Participants reported ridicule and abuse, often triggering depression, suicide and drug abuse.

The ‘grey’ epidemic

  • A growing group of middle-aged and older adults with HIV, or at high risk, are being left behind.
  • This is a decade-long project in the rural north-eastern part of South Africa gaining a deeper understanding of the “greying” HIV epidemic, those people over 40 years old.

When sex is against the law

  • Across 13 countries in east and southern Africa, laws and policies criminalised same-sex sexual relations.
  • Research in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia found criminal laws and negative cultural and religious beliefs produced deeply rooted intolerance around sexual or gender diversity.

Getting treatment to migrant women

Silver Tiger Metals Inc. to Present at the Battery & Precious Metals Virtual Investor Conference July 24th

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, July 18, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silver Tiger Metals Inc. (OTCQX: SLVTF | TSXV: SLVR), based in Halifax, NS, focused on the El Tigre Mining District in Mexico, today announced that Glenn Jessome, President & CEO, will present live at the Battery & Precious Metals Virtual Investor Conference hosted by VirtualInvestorConferences.com on July 24th.

Key Points: 
  • HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, July 18, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silver Tiger Metals Inc. (OTCQX: SLVTF | TSXV: SLVR), based in Halifax, NS, focused on the El Tigre Mining District in Mexico, today announced that Glenn Jessome, President & CEO, will present live at the Battery & Precious Metals Virtual Investor Conference hosted by VirtualInvestorConferences.com on July 24th.
  • It is recommended that online investors pre-register and run the online system check to expedite participation and receive event updates.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. is a Canadian company whose management has more than 25 years’ experience discovering, financing and building large hydrothermal silver projects in Mexico.
  • Silver Tiger’s 100% owned 28,414 hectare historic El Tigre Mining District is located in Sonora, Mexico.

REMspace Raises $1M in Seed Round to Ignite the Lucid Dream Revolution

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

REMspace , a neurotechnology company specializing in lucid dreaming studies, today announced it has closed a $1M seed round, raised from lucid dreaming practitioners and enthusiasts located across Europe.

Key Points: 
  • REMspace , a neurotechnology company specializing in lucid dreaming studies, today announced it has closed a $1M seed round, raised from lucid dreaming practitioners and enthusiasts located across Europe.
  • Lucid dreams are vivid dreams in which people fully understand that they are dreaming and can exercise control over their dream and, under the right conditions, their waking environment .
  • REMspace will also unveil new technology and services to further enhance customers’ lucid dreaming practices.
  • Lucid dreaming is a door to our subconscious mind and can help unlock our hidden resources, such as creativity and ingenuity.

144 South Africans with mental disability died in the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Lessons from the inquest judgment

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

A South African high court ruling marks an important milestone in holding public officials to account for their decisions.

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  • A South African high court ruling marks an important milestone in holding public officials to account for their decisions.
  • In October 2015 Mahlangu announced the health department was terminating its contract with Life Esidimeni in line with the Mental Health Care Act, “which encourages mental health care practitioners to treat mental health care users in the least restrictive environment”, and to save costs.
  • It also highlights the devastating consequences of not looking after the country’s most vulnerable citizens, and putting perceived cost before outcomes.

Most helpless

  • They lived with chronic neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and dementia, often more than one of these conditions.
  • One person with chronic schizophrenia had reportedly lived at an Esidimeni hospital for 40 years.

How the tragedy unfolded

  • The contract had ensured the provision of medium- to long-stay hospital care for people with severe mental disabilities.
  • Ending the contract meant about 1,700 mental health patients had to be relocated out of the Life Esidimeni hospitals to alternative care.
  • Some mental healthcare users with different diagnoses and medical needs were transported to the various NGOs in open pickup trucks.
  • By the time the inquest presided over by Teffo began its work in July 2021 the death toll had risen to 144.

Last in line

  • We received 63 mental healthcare users, who were placed in five different non-governmental organisations.
  • At Life Esidimeni, users were allocated R320 or just under $18 per day.
  • Already short staffed, routine clinical services gave way to the immediate needs of highly distressed, fragile people coming from Life Esidimeni.

Will it make a difference?

Canada’s new care worker immigration programs need faster processing times to keep families together

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

This follows previous programs like the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot projects (2019-24), the Caregiver Program (2014-19) and the Live-in Caregiver Program (1992-2014).

Key Points: 
  • This follows previous programs like the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot projects (2019-24), the Caregiver Program (2014-19) and the Live-in Caregiver Program (1992-2014).
  • The new initiative promises immediate permanent residency upon arrival, addressing calls from care workers to reduce instability from temporary work permits.

Lofty goal

  • This is a lofty goal, considering only 5,700 care workers and their family members have been admitted in total since 2019, despite an overwhelming number of applications sitting with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the initial aim to approve 5,500 permanent residence applications per year during the 2019-24 pilot programs.
  • Data that we obtained from IRCC indicates that as of March 2023, more than 30,000 permanent residence applications from care workers in Canada and their dependents abroad were awaiting processing.
  • This number only reflects those from the most recent pilot programs and does not account for applications in inventory from earlier programs.

Families separated

  • We also found IRCC is failing to meet its targets for processing these permanent residence applications, which delays family reunification.
  • Meanwhile, applications remaining in inventory from the 1992-2014 Live-in Caregiver Program are taking an average processing time of 70 months.
  • It hurts.” Slow permanent residence processing times across migrant care worker programs have unjustly normalized family separation for these families over the last few decades, with profound implications for their mental health.
  • Depression, loneliness, anxiety and strained family relationships are common experiences for migrant care workers while they are separated from their children.
  • And so now my daughter, every time she calls me or messages me, I don’t care what I do.

Lengthy waits