Baking soda eases painful arthritis: The kitchen cupboard staple prevents patients' immune systems attacking their joints. Drinking a baking–soda solution may prevent rheumatoid arthritis patients' immune systems attacking their joints, which leads to painful inflammation, a study found. Mail Online, 04/24/2018. (Also see Food Guide for Autoimmune Disease)
Study finds a weaker handshake is linked to an early death from cancer, lung disease, or a heart attack. They say a handshake can tell you a lot about a person – and a new study has found that saying may be more accurate than we thought. Mail Online, 05/22/2018.
Palliative care training helps doctors steer cancer patients away from major surgery. Doctors who don’t have palliative care training are more likely to recommend aggressive surgery for patients with life–limiting diseases, a study suggests. Reuters Health, 05/22/2018. (Also see Cancer)
Parents' mental health issues may spoil children's friendships. Parenting styles and a parent’s mental health problems, particularly depression, play a role in a child’s ability to keep friends in elementary school, suggests a recent study in Finland. Reuters Health, 05/18/2018.
Reporting outcomes of procedure to unblock arteries may not improve care. Public reporting of outcomes for a common procedure to clear blocked arteries should improve quality, but some doctors say it hasn’t delivered on the goal of enhancing patient care. Reuters Health, 05/17/2018.
The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live. Scientists think the nucleolus inside every cell in your body may play an important role in aging. New York Times, 05/20/2018.
Shorter drug treatment OK for many breast cancer patients. Many women with breast cancer that is treated with Herceptin can get by with six months of the drug, greatly reducing the risk of heart damage it sometimes can cause, a study suggests. NBC News, 05/16/2018. (Also see Cancer)
Malaria genetics: study shows how disease became deadly. The secrets of how malaria became a human–killer have been revealed by a genetic study. BBC News, 05/22/2018.
Missing microbes 'cause' childhood cancer. Our modern germ–free life is the cause of the most common type of cancer in children, according to one of Britain's most eminent scientists. BBC News, 05/21/2018. (Also see Cancer)
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