Risk of death among users of Proton Pump Inhibitors: a longitudinal observational cohort study of United States veterans. The results suggest excess risk of death among PPI users; risk is also increased among those without gastrointestinal conditions and with prolonged duration of use. BMJ Open, June 2017. (Also see Reflux (Heartburn) Prevention and Treatments)
Patients volunteer for pioneering treatment by Cambridge scientist on verge of curing multiple sclerosis. Scores of people living with multiple sclerosis have put themselves forward for clinical trials as part of a Cambridge scientist’s bid to develop a treatment to cure the disease. Cambridge News, 06/09/2017. (Also see Multiple Sclerosis)
Three mutations could make bird flu a potential pandemic: study. Scientists have identified three mutations that could turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among people. Reuters Health, 06/15/2017.
Untreated sleep apnea may worsen markers of heart health and diabetes. Properly treating a common sleep–related breathing disorder may have benefits for the heart and for blood sugar, a new study suggests. Reuters Health, 06/14/2017. (Also see Sleep Apnea and Media Stories about Diabetes)
Having a Fever During Pregnancy May Raise Child's Risk of Autism. Having a fever during pregnancy – particularly during the second trimester – is linked to an increased risk of autism in children, according to a recent study. Time Healthland, 06/15/2017.
Why Aspirin May Be More Dangerous for Older People. For older people, the risks associated with bleeding were actually higher than the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which the aspirin was supposed to prevent. Time Healthland, 06/14/2017. (Also see NSAIDs)
Social Interaction Is Critical for Mental and Physical Health. Studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer. New York Times, 06/12/2017. (Also see Coping Strategies)
Explaining Chronic Illness: An Alternative to the Spoon Theory. The unpredictability of fatigue and energy levels is one of the main symptoms people with chronic illnesses face so rationing their energy becomes something that most people need to do to get through each day. Scleroderma News, 06/20/2017. (Also see Coping Strategies)
Surprising ways to beat anxiety and become mentally strong – according to science. The way you cope or handle things in life has a direct impact on how much anxiety you experience – tweak the way you’re coping, therefore, and you can lower your anxiety levels. The Independent, 06/22/2017. (Also see Anxiety and Attitude)
How sleep deprivation affects your brain. An Italian study concluded that sleep deprivation can actually cause brain cells to eat parts of the brain’s synapses and participants who hadn’t had enough sleep became more angry and stressed when trying to complete a simple cognitive test. The Independent, 06/27/2017. (Also see Sleep Disorders)
Being obese can make hot flushes and night sweats worse for menopausal women, study finds. In some studies, but not all, weight loss and exercise have both been shown to reduce hot flashes in women who are obese, thus giving women even more reason to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves. Mail Online, 06/27/2017.
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