Few elderly patients record treatment preferences before surgery. Only one in four U.S. seniors with chronic health problems prepare documents detailing their treatment preferences ahead of undergoing risky surgery, a study suggests. Reuters Health, 12/18/2018.
Serious kidney injury common during cancer chemotherapy. Nearly one in 10 cancer patients treated with chemotherapy or newer targeted drugs may be hospitalized for serious kidney injury, a Canadian study suggests. Reuters Health, 12/17/2018. (Also see Cancer)
Study finds chronic fatigue clues in overactive immune response. Scientists exploring what may trigger chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have found clues in the way some people’ s immune systems respond more actively to a health attack. Reuters Health, 12/17/2018. (Also see Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Health of U.S. women still lags those in other rich countries. American women are still struggling to get good health care compared to women in other advanced nations, a new study finds. NBC Health News, 12/19/2018.
Drinking alcohol puts shy people at risk of suffering 'hangxiety' the next day. People who dread social situations often drink alcohol to ease their anxiety, but they may ultimately feel worse, study finds. Health Today, 12/11/2018.
The Brain Fog of Menopause. Menopause–related cognitive impairment happens to women in the prime of life who suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them, an expert says. New York Times, 12/18/2018.
More Pets, Fewer Allergies. Children who live with cats and dogs when they are infants are less likely to develop allergies later in childhood. New York Times, 12/19/2018.
Rise in reports of polio–like illness being investigated. An increase in reported cases of a rare polio–like illness that mostly affects children is being investigated by Public Health England. BBC Health News, 12/19/2018.
The language of diabetes harms sufferers – it’s time for change. People living with diabetes can be left bewildered by a blame narrative encouraged by the media, and even by the medical profession. Independent, 12/11/2018. (Also see Diabetes)
Why snacking could be disrupting your immune system. We're eating more frequently than ever before – and it could be damaging our health in unexpected ways. Independent, 12/18/2018. (Also see The Human Immune System)
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