Bad news for chocolate lovers: it may not help your vision. In disappointing news for chocolate lovers, researchers have found that contrary to an earlier report, eating dark chocolate will not improve your vision. Reuters Health, 09/26/2019. (Also see Media Stories and Research)
Childhood smoking exposure tied to irregular heartbeat in adulthood. Children who grow up breathing their parents’ secondhand smoke are more likely to develop a heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation than the kids of nonsmokers, a recent study suggests. Reuters Health, 09/26/2019. (Also see Complications with Heart Involvement)
Doctors often reluctant to attend patients' funerals. Although hospitals and medical practitioners may follow a few bereavement practices after a patient dies, funeral attendance is uncommon, according to a review of research on the subject. Reuters Health, 09/26/2019. (Also see Physician and Patient Relationships)
UK sees disease outbreak risk as child vaccination rates drop. Rates of protection for children in England from many serious but vaccine-preventable diseases dropped in the past year in what UK health officials said was a “concerning trend” that increases the risk of outbreaks. Reuters Health, 09/26/2019.
Arthritis group offers first guidelines for patients who use cannabidiol (CBD) for joint pain. The Arthritis Foundation released guidelines for people who want to try CBD — the first such guidance on using the cannabis-derived ingredient from any major patient advocacy group. NBC Health News, 09/24/2019. (Also see Endocannabinoid System)
Diet report card: Americans still need to cut sugar, add healthy fat. Americans’ diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there’s still too much sugar, white bread and artery-clogging fat, a study suggests. NBC Health News, 09/24/2019.
When Depression Is Like a Cancer. Just as cancer may go into remission but still kill in the end, depression is a chronic disease that may ultimately prove fatal even with state-of-the-art care and resources. New York Times, 09/26/2019. (Also see Cancer and Depression)
How an Ice Bath May Undermine Your Weight Workout. Soaking in icy water after lifting weights can change how muscle tissues reply to the exercise and end in much less muscle progress than doing nothing to get well. LightlyNews.com, 09/25/2019.
Keeping feelings bottled up could put women at risk of stroke: Study Women who tend to keep quiet about their feelings may be at risk for a stroke and other cardiovascular risks, according to presentation being made at the annual meeting of The North American Menopause Society. GMA Wellness, 09/26/2019. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)
Hope for melanoma patients as test can now predict whether the deadliest form of skin cancer is likely to spread or return. Scientists have developed a test which can predict whether the deadliest skin cancer is likely to spread or return. Mail Online, 09/26/2019. (Also see Cancer)
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