Cancer deaths rise to 9.6 million as populations grow and age. Cancer will claim the lives of 9.6 million people in 2018, accounting for one in 8 of all deaths among men and one in 11 among women, the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency said. Reuters Health, 09/12/2018. (Also see Cancer)
Britain reports two separate cases of rare monkeypox infection. Two people in Britain have been diagnosed with a rare viral monkeypox infection in separate cases thought to be linked to travel to West Africa, health authorities said. Reuters Health, 09/11/2018.
Sleep may impact college grades more than drinking or drugs. A new study suggests lack of sleep is at least as bad for academic success as binge drinking or doing drugs. Reuters Health, 09/11/2018. (Also see Sleep Disorders and Illness)
Kidney Stones Are More Beautiful Than You Might Think. Kidney stones are surprisingly dynamic, forming much like microscopic coral reefs, according to new research that could provide insights into how to better diagnose and treat the condition. New York Times, 09/19/2018. (Also see Kidney Involvement)
High–Dose Folic Acid Does Not Prevent High Blood Pressure of Pregnancy. Some studies suggest that taking high doses of folic acid can prevent pre–eclampsia, but a randomized trial found it did not. New York Times, 09/18/2018.
The Placebo Effect Is Real, and Scientists May Be Able To Predict Who Responds. Placebo treatments, can prompt real reductions in symptoms for patients, but scientists have long struggled to understand exactly how the placebo effect works, and for whom. Times Healthland, 09/12/2018.
The Best Time to Get the Flu Shot Is Earlier Than You Think. It's technically still summer, but all adults and children older than six months should get a flu vaccine by the end of October 2018. Times Healthland, 09/04/2018.
Children lose out on liver transplants, study finds. A system used to determine who is most in need of a transplant significantly underestimates the risk of death for younger children with liver disease, according to a new study. NBC Health News, 09/17/2018. (Also see Liver Involvement)
'Don't go cold turkey' to quit smoking. Smokers looking to quit as part of the annual Stoptober (October) campaign are being warned not to go "cold turkey". BBC Health News, 09/20/2018.
Champion bagpiper's fingers turned BLACK and had to be amputated after he contracted gangrene which nearly killed him. A champion bagpipe player had to have all his fingers and toes amputated after he developed gangrene which nearly killed him. Mail Online, 09/21/2018. (Also see Gangrene and Amputation)
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