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.

  • Mental powers start to decline at 27 after peaking at 22, marking the start of old age. Decline in brain speed & reasoning starts at 27 but memory stayed intact until the age of 37

  • Britain has 10th highest alcohol consumption in the world, equivalent of 12 L of pure alcohol consumed by each citizen

  • Workers cutting diamonds for jewel trade in China risk silicosis, die in their 40s

  • Preterm birth can have persistent effect resulting in lower IQs and more developmental problems. Preterm birth can have persistent effect: at age 12, the preterm group had an IQ of 88, 12-14 points lower than controls. Need for school support services: 76% of preterm babies with brain hemorrhage, 44% of preterms w/o brain injury, 16% of controls

  • New test of spinal fluid (low amyloid beta42 and high tau protein) can detect early Alzheimer's with 87% accuracy. New test of spinal fluid (amyloid beta42 and tau protein) able to "rule out" Alzheimer's in 95% of study volunteers.

  • 15-year-old boys who ate fish more than once per week scored higher on intelligence tests three years later

  • Top Surgical Cosmetic Procedures: Breast augmentation, Liposuction, Eyelid surgery, Nose reshaping, Tummy tuck. Top Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures: Botox inj, Laser hair removal, Hyaluronic acid, Chemical peel, Laser skin resurfacing

  • Video: Match Day 2008 at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

  • Reuters: Radio show host Don Imus diagnosed with "Stage II prostate cancer ... it's confined to the prostate"

  • Video: Gravity-induced loss of consciousness during a flight &

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