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Is white or whole wheat bread ‘healthier?’ Depends on the person

June 21, 2017

Despite many studies looking at which bread is the healthiest, it is still not clear what effect bread and differences among bread types have on clinically relevant parameters and on the microbiome. In the journal Cell Metabolism on June 6, Weizmann Institute researchers report the results of a comprehensive, randomized …

Even moderate drinking linked to a decline in brain health, finds study

Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is associated with increased risk of adverse brain outcomes and steeper decline in cognitive (mental) skills, finds a study published by The BMJ today.
These results support the recent reduction in alcohol guidance in the UK and raise questions about the current limits recommended in …

2 Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in Newborns Linked to Water Births

Two babies in Arizona who were delivered via “water birth” recently developed Legionnaires’ disease, a type of bacterial lung infection, just days after they were born, according to a new report.
Both infants recovered after being hospitalized, and the cases were unrelated, the report said. But the health experts who investigated …

New class of type 2 diabetes drug associated with rare, life-threatening outcome

June 14, 2017

A new class of drugs, known as SGLT2 inhibitors, is increasingly being prescribed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, but may increase the risk of rare but serious complication known as diabetic ketoacidosis. In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, investigators from Brigham and …

Just 10 cigarettes during pregnancy can harm kids

Babies born to women who smoked as few as 10 cigarettes are more apt to have thinking and learning problems later, a new study suggests.
Studies have long shown that babies born to smokers are likely to be premature, small and have behavior problems early on. The new research found that …

Home blood pressure monitors inaccurate 70 percent of the time, study finds

Seventy per cent of readings from home blood pressure monitors are unacceptably inaccurate, which could cause serious implications for people who rely on them to make informed health decisions, new UAlberta research reveals.
“High blood pressure is the number one cause of death and disability in the world,” said medical researcher …

Hope for first drug against lymphedema, a cancer complication

June 07, 2017

Many cancer patients, especially those who’ve undergone breast cancer treatment, experience painful, swollen limbs, a condition called lymphedema.
Now researchers say they’ve found an underlying mechanism that could eventually lead to the first drug therapy for the debilitating condition.
The findings come from research in mice and human cells. However, there’s already …

Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed, study finds

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children.
Darlene Kertes and colleagues tested the commonly held belief that pet dogs provide social support for …

Valium recalled after drug maker Roche discovers evidence of tampering

May 30, 2017

Patients across Australia are being warned to stop taking Valium after the drug’s maker discovered evidence of tampering.
Valium’s manufacturer, Roche, this week issued a recall note for all batches of Valium five-milligram tablets that had been supplied in blister packs of 50 tablets. Other batches are not affected.
The company says …

‘Medical bulimia’: Doctors concerned about stomach-draining device for obesity

A weight-loss device described as “medical bulimia” that drains undigested food from the stomach at the press of a button is among an explosion of new treatments for obesity available in Australia.
As concern continues to grow about obesity, some doctors are alarmed that some treatments in the lucrative market aren’t being adequately researched …

The Difference Between Doctors and Lawyers

Since I started my series about Medicine and the Law, I’ve been thinking a lot about a debate I used to have with my friends when I was younger. Some of my friends wanted to be lawyers, others wanted to be doctors. At that time, doctors were paid more than …

Oral contraceptives reduce general well-being in healthy women

One of the most common combined oral contraceptive pills has a negative impact on women’s quality of life but does not increase depressive symptoms. This is shown by a major randomised, placebo-controlled study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in collaboration with the Stockholm School of Economics. The …

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