Vitamin D could prevent rheumatoid arthritis – but much higher doses may be required in already–affected sufferers. New research reveals the so-called 'sunshine supplement' strengthens the immune system, which helps to prevent the body from attacking healthy cells and causing autoimmune conditions, such as arthritis. Mail Online, 11/21/2017. (Also see Vitamin D)
Breakthrough shows a discarded diabetes drug could prevent life–threatening complications after heart transplant surgery. A discarded diabetes drug could be the key to beating organ transplant rejection, a landmark study has found. Mail Online, 11/21/2017. (Also see Lung Transplants)
Nursing home residents eligible for palliative care often don’t get it. Many nursing home residents who might benefit from palliative care to make them more comfortable and improve their quality of life don’t receive it, a small U.S. study suggests. Reuters Health, 11/21/2017.
Under pressure in diabetes, Novo Nordisk steps up focus on obesity drugs. The world’s largest maker of diabetes drugs said it would aim to develop medicines that treat obesity – a major cause of diabetes – at least as effectively as surgery. Reuters Health, 11/21/2017. (Also see Treatments for Diabetes)
Cancer survivors often living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cancer patients may often experience PTSD in the months after their tumors are diagnosed, and mental health issues can sometimes linger for years, a Malaysian study suggests. Reuters Health, 11/20/2017. (Also see Cancer)
New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients. A new way of genetically altering a patient’s cells to fight cancer has helped desperately ill people with leukemia when every other treatment had failed, researchers reported. New York Times, 11/20/2017. (Also see Cancer and B Cells and T Cells)
What Is Parkinsonism? Parkinsonism refers to a group of movement abnormalities, but that can also be caused by medications and other disorders with overlapping symptoms. New York Times, 11/17/2017.
Heart Attack Survivors at Risk of Later Dementia. Heart attack survivors have an increased risk for developing dementia, a new study has found. New York Times, 11/15/2017.
7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude. Many studies have found there are benefits of gratitude – both mental and physical – and all it takes to enjoy them is a little bit of introspection. Time Healthland, 11/20/2017.
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