Report: Alzheimer's far more likely than breast cancer in women over 60. Women over 60 have a 1 in 6 chance of getting Alzheimer's disease and and are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's compared with breast cancer. CNN, 03/19/2014.
Half of women have needless operations for early breast cancer. The study found that in 49% of such cases, the mastectomy was either unnecessary or was being carried out because a previous operation had failed. The Telegraph, 03/21/2014. (Also see Cancer and Scleroderma)
Scarlet fever reports more than double average. More than 3,500 cases of scarlet fever - the vast majority in children - have been reported since September in a ''significant'' rise, health officials have said. The Telegraph, 03/21/2014.
Keep low-calorie foods close to choose them more often. In a new study suggesting laziness could be tapped as a tool for healthier eating, people reached for low-calorie apple slices more often than buttery popcorn when the apples were within easier reach. Reuters Health, 03/20/2014.
FDA approves Celgene drug for psoriatic arthritis. The drug, known chemically as apremilast, will be sold under the brand name Otezla. Reuters, 03/21/2014. (Also see Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis)
Sweet smell of success: human nose discerns giant array of odors. What does your nose know? A lot more than you might expect. Reuters, 03/20/2014.
How a daily statin tablet could slow march of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Statins have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects on the nervous system and previous research using simvastatin in people with early-stage MS found reductions in brain lesions, suggesting the statin was affecting the disease process. Mail Online, 03/19/2014. (Also see Multiple Sclerosis and Statins)
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