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.

  • Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are used in more than 80% of the world's population

  • More than 70% of the U.S. population using complementary medicine at least once, annual spending as much as $34 billion

  • Comparison of doctors and nurses performing upper and lower GI endoscopy: no difference in clinical outcomes

  • Comparison of doctors and nurses performing upper and lower GI endoscopy: patients were more satisfied with nurses. Nurses were more thorough in examining stomach/esophagus.

  • F.D.A. Finds ‘Natural’ Diet Pills Laced With Drugs

  • Topical alkane vapocoolant spray is effective in reducing pain with peripheral IV cannulation

  • People with "anxious" version of serotonin transporter gene 5-HTTLPR invested 28% less money in risky investments

  • People with the high risk-taking version of the dopamine gene DRD4 invested about 25 percent more in risky investments

  • Taking aspirin daily may cut one's chances of developing the polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer

  • Colon and rectal cancer kills about 630,000 people a year worldwide

  • People who took aspirin were 28% less likely to develop advanced colon adenomas and 17% less likely to develop any adenoma

  • "Take-home message: if adenoma is found during a colonoscopy, discuss with your doctor taking aspirin daily"

  • Lymphoma patients who continue regular infusions of Rituxan after chemotherapy may live longer than patients who stop

  • Botox relieves BPH symptoms, patients were given injections of Botox in the 2 lobes of prostate under ultrasound guidance

  • "Thirty minutes a day of exercise? Better think 50"
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