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.

  • Polymorphisms in ADAM33 gene increase smokers' risk for COPD. ADAM33 gene has been shown in previous studies to be associated with asthma and overreactive airways. Only about a quarter of long-term smokers develop COPD, ADAM33 gene associated with increased risk of COPD

  • Heart disease marker C-reactive protein or CRP, raises cancer risk, too. People with high CRP had a 30% higher risk of cancer, cancer patients with highest CRP were 80% more likely to die early

  • "A cup of green tea per day may help keep gum disease at bay." Studies have suggested that certain nutrients - whole grains, fiber, vit. C, green tea - may protect against gum disease

  • 3 basic emotions (happy, sad, fearful) evoked by Western music affect people everywhere, regardless of culture or habits

  • People whose faces turn red when they drink alcohol (due to ALDH2 deficiency) may be at higher risk of esophageal cancer

  • Balloon kyphoplasty is an effective and safe procedure for acute vertebral fractures as an early treatment option, Lancet

  • Spain could be 25 000 specialists short by 2025 including paediatrics and family and community medicine, BMJ:

  • How to get fit: Try walking 3,000 steps in 30 minutes.

  • Type 2 diabetes risk differs by ethnic group regardless of weight: high in Hawaiians, Latinos, African-Americans, Japanese Americans. Regardless of ethnic group, avoiding obesity and staying physically active can help decrease risk of type 2 diabetes

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