Health News of the Day

Health News of the Day is a daily summary made from the selected links I post on Twitter. It is in a bullet points format with links to the original sources which include 350 RSS feeds that produce about 2,500 items per day.

  • Middle-aged adults who regularly drink a cup of coffee may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life

  • Previous studies: Coffee drinkers may have a lower risk of Parkinson's disease, certain cancers and diabetes

  • After SCID, gene therapy promising for rheumatoid arthritis

  • Currently, there is no "cure" for rheumatoid arthritis, which affects more than 2 million individuals in the U.S.

  • Measuring a woman's heart rate at rest can help predict her risk of heart attack or dying from heart disease

  • Women with the highest resting heart rate were 26% more likely to suffer a heart attack than those with lowest normal HR

  • Women with resting HR higher than 76 bpm were 26% more likely to have an MI or die from heart disease than those with HR less than 62 bpm

  • Patients are receiving the equivalent of 600 chest X-rays when they get CT scans for heart disease

  • People over 60 years old who have had a fracture due to osteoporosis, face a higher risk of death over the next 10 years

  • Non-hip, non-vertebral fractures made ~50% fractures studied, associated with 29% percent of the premature mortality

  • Home renovation may expose kids to lead

  • Vitamin-D Based Psoriasis Ointment Vectical Gets FDA Approval

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  1. I find your health news columns very informative. Thanks for taking the time to assemble all of this. I also enjoy the twitter posts-- tiny glimpses into the lives of others in health care.

    Pamela Powers
    AJM Managing Editor