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.

  • U.S. tea imports increased 7% in 2008, as people responded to the perceived health benefits of green tea. U.S. imports of traditional tea -- black, white, green and oolong -- grew by 3-5% per year over the past decade

  • Americans' diet - we get 7% of our calories from soft drinks, top food group by caloric intake is “sweets”

  • Scary headline of the day: Red meat raises risk of all kinds of death. 11% of deaths in men and 16% of deaths in women could be prevented if people decreased their red meat consumption.

  • 1 in 5 Americans has high triglycerides, the percentage had doubled over the past 30 years, driven by obesity

  • Another descriptive health news headline: "Red-faced Asian drinkers at esophageal cancer risk" - Reuters can do better... 30% of East Asians - Chinese, Japanese, Koreans - have an enzyme deficiency that causes flushing when they drink alcohol. This is the source: The Alcohol Flushing Response: An Unrecognized Risk Factor for Esophageal Cancer from Alcohol Consumption

  • Robin Williams' heart surgery for aortic valve replacement goes 'extremely well' at Cleveland Clinic

  • ABC video: Tweeting brain surgery - Somehow, it doesn't sound too appealing...

  • Furious Rabies after an Atypical Exposure: 2 patients developed rabies after butchering and consuming a dog or a cat.

  • Two thousand Pakistani women in four years were victims of "honour" killings, according to a study linked in BMJ. One in five homicides in Pakistan may be so called honour killings, main reason was alleged extramarital relationships

  • Advanced Paternal Age Is Associated with Impaired Neurocognitive Outcomes during Infancy and Childhood

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