Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Doctors advised for Alcohol reduce to Kids - Research says

The Advice College Kids Aren't Getting About Drinking

Government researchers say “deplorably” few college students are warned by doctors about the danger from alcohol and drugs or encouraged to reduce drinking or substance use.

Their survey suggests that most doctors ask college students and other young adults about alcohol or drug use at regularly scheduled visits. But doctors don’t go much beyond that initial question less than half of the time. 

The study by National Institutes of Health researchers was published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Some highlights about the findings:


About 2,100 college students and other young adults across the country were asked in 2012 and 2013 if they’d seen a doctor in the previous year and had been asked and counseled about their drinking, smoking and drug use. Participants had taken part in an earlier government health survey while in high school. In the new survey, most attended college but about one-third were not students.


Most of those surveyed had a recent doctor visit where they were asked about smoking, drinking and substance abuse. Fewer than half the college students said they’d been counseled about risks of those habits. Only one-third of college students who told researchers they’d been drunk at least six times in the previous month said doctors had advised them to cut down or stop. That advice was slightly less common for college students who were frequent smokers or drug users. 

Non-students were slightly more likely to get that kind of counseling.

Lead researcher Ralph Hingson of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism said it’s possible participants didn’t tell doctors the truth about their drinking habits. Even so, physicians’ lack of advice may send a message that heavy drinking is OK, Hingson said. 

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Overall, 40 percent of participants told researchers they’d consumed five or more drinks on at least one occasion and 10 percent had been drunk at least six times in the past month.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol is linked with nearly 2,000 deaths each year among college students, and many more assaults and date rapes. 


Dr. Tanveer Mir, chair of the American College of Physicians’ Board of Regents, said doctors may assume college students already know about the risks and consequences. Also, physician training often doesn’t emphasize that those problems are preventable and treatable, and physicians may feel that there isn’t enough time in an office visit to address the issue, Mir said. She was not involved in the study.

The researchers said efforts are needed to remove those barriers because studies have shown that screening and brief counseling can reduce alcohol misuse.

By: Lindsey Tanner
(Photo: Getty Images)
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sri Lankan AIDS researcher - Invited British PM

Once again as a Sri Lankan to be proud with a enthusiastic  effort by young fellow. Rakitha Dilshan Malewana. Now he would have desired to be honored. Yes it is:

Sri Lankan AIDS researcher impresses David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has invited a young Sri Lankan science student, who invented the cure for HIV/AIDS, to a world-class conference.
Sri Lankan AIDS researcher impresses David Cameron
“It would be valuable if we could borrow things from developed nations without losing our identity.”

A young Sri Lankan science student has reportedly been invited by the British Prime Minister David Cameron to attend a conference organised by the world’s top universities.
Rakitha Dilshan Malewana will also make history by becoming the first to represent Sri Lanka at the Conference of the World Association of Young Scientists’ (WAYS).
While Rakitha may not be a familiar name, the 20-year-old has definitely put the tiny Island in the Indian Ocean on the map through his achievement in medical research.
The Colombo student recently won a gold medal at the International Science Project Olympiad (ISPRO) 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia, for presenting a drug that can cure HIV/AIDS.
A young Sri Lankan science student has reportedly been invited by the British Prime Minster David Cameron to attend a conference organised by the world’s top universities.
This marks the first time a gold medal has been won by a South Asian country in ISPRO, triumphing over 180 young scientists from 31 participating countries.
Rakitha said: “I began researching on HIV/AIDS because a solution has not been found for this disease anywhere in the world, as yet.
“Therefore, what I did was an experiment into the first phase of the virus. It was successful. More research has to be carried out in order to confirm this.”
He explained how he utilised nanotechnology to ‘stop protein and holding cells connected to the virus from joining together’, so as to terminate the activity AIDS virus cells at its early stages.
But the young scientist is well aware none of this would have been possible without the incredible support of his college.
A young Sri Lankan science student has reportedly been invited by the British Prime Minster David Cameron to attend a conference organised by the world’s top universities.
Rakitha said: “Although I had to encounter obstacles at first, now university teachers and Dr. Anil Samaranayake of the Medical Research Institute provide me with special assistance.
“Lecturer at the Chemistry Department of Science Faculty of the University of Colombo, Rohini deSilva, helped me immensely. As we faced those challenges successfully, today we are able to launch such a project.”
Prior to his stunning discovery of a cure for HIV/AIDS, Rakitha was awarded at the ISPRO for his research findings on the use green tea extracts treating leukemia in 2014.
This study, believed to be a revolutionary step towards battling leukemia, was also presented at the Young Scientists’ New Research Forum in Los Angeles.
Despite his remarkable achievement, Rakitha has expressed concerns for the lack of opportunities for other students to conduct research in South Asian countries.
He told a local news hub: “Students from developed nations are given scholarships. I really want to create such an atmosphere in Sri Lanka as well.
“It would be so valuable that if we could borrow better things from developed nations into our country without losing our identity.”
At the moment, Rakitha is taking part at the International Environment and Sustainability Olympiad (INESPO) 2015, which is being held at Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The young scientist will certainly be a good role model for many youngsters in South Asia with ambition in medical research, breaking the common traditions of becoming doctors or engineer.
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Shameela Yoosuf Ali

Shameela is an ambitious Journalist, personal-development coach and published author from Sri Lanka. She holds a Masters in Journalism and a Masters in Sociology and is reading for her MPhil. “Peaceful world through peace filled minds,” is what she aspires.

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