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.

  • Nasal steroid sprays used for allergic rhinitis may trigger migraine. A connection between allergic rhinitis and migraine has already been established, intranasal steroids might worsen this

  • I doubt this: "Having a glass of wine a day may lower the risk of developing Barrett's esophagus pre-cancer"

  • Alcohol abuse may lead to depression according to a long-term study conducted over 25 years

  • The title says it all: "Two Hamburgers, an Order of Fries, and the Metabolic Syndrome to Go, Please!" Western diet, rich in meat, refined grains, and fried foods, increases the risk of developing metabolic syndrome

  • Hand Washing May Reduce Episodes of Diarrhea by 30%

  • 20 percent of patients presenting to a family physician with a foot problem have an ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis)

  • Long-term use of inhaled corticosteroids associated with an increased risk for pneumonia in COPD. Number needed to harm for ICS to cause pneumonia in COPD = 47, but there was no increase in mortality. Inhaled corticosteroids are recommended when forced expiratory volume is less than 50% of expected in stage III or IV COPD

  • In the clinical trials of COPD patients, It took five minutes for the bronchodilatory effect of Symbicort to work

  • Procalcitonin (PCT) May Predict Serious Bacterial Infection in Febrile Infants

  • Daily Consumption of DIET Soda Linked to Metabolic Syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes. Study participants who drank diet soda daily had a 67% greater risk for type 2 diabetes vs those who did not drink diet soda

  • Acne defined as a 'chronic disease' because it leaves psychologic sequelae and requires professional help for years

  • Saline Nasal Wash May Be Helpful for Acute Rhinitis in Children

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