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.

  • Meniscus tears increase knee osteoarthritis risk by 3-fold for minor tear and 8-fold for severe meniscal tear

  • Live maggot therapy is more painful and does not lead to faster healing of leg ulcers than standard treatment.

  • Larval therapy did not improve rate of healing of leg ulcers or reduce bacterial load compared with hydrogel, BMJ:

  • The seemingly mild head injury that killed actress Natasha Richardson was an epidural hematoma

  • Social support in moderate alcohol consumers leads "avoidance of unhealthy behaviors and enhancement of stress buffering." Moderate to light alcohol use, coupled with high levels of social support, may decrease death of heart disease and stroke

  • Low to moderate but not high doses of alcohol increase release of beta-endorphin mediating the reward effect of alcohol. Light to moderate drinking triggers "feel good" chemicals in the brain but heavier doses don't

  • Paced breathing for 15 minutes a day (using RESPeRATE device) lowers diabetics' blood pressure. Only 20 percent of diabetic patients reach the recommended target blood pressure

  • A study showing that prostate screening does not reduce cancer deaths "is not the final word"

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