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.

  • Intensive glucose control (81-108 mg/dL) increased mortality among adults in the ICU. New target:180 mg/dL or less. NEJM:

  • Aggressive blood sugar treatment an ICU danger: lowering glucose below 108 mg/d/L increases death risk by 10%

  • Three out of every four Americans are deficient in vitamin D.

  • Non-spine bone fractures were 20% less likely among seniors taking more than 400 U of vitamin D per day. New target dose of vitamin D between 1,000 and 2,000 units per day?

  • CR: To get the vitamin D you need, we recommend as little as 10 minutes outdoors three or four times a week.

  • 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's, and each patient costs Medicare 3 times more than patients without the disease. Direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias amount to more than $148 billion annually. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of mortality in the United States

  • Contaminated colonoscopy gear at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System may have exposed veterans to hepatitis, HIV

  • Men who ate fatty fish weekly had a 63% lower risk for developing aggressive prostate CA than those who "never" ate fish

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