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.

  • Number of children prescribed drugs to treat HTN, high cholesterol, or diabetes increased by 15% from 2004 to 2007 -- 20% of children and adolescents are now overweight or obese.

  • Triple-combination pharmacotherapy more effective than nicotine patch for smokers with medical illnesses

  • Triple therapy (a nicotine patch, a nicotine inhaler and an antidepressant) boosts quit rates in smokers. Smokers in combination therapy had a success rate of 35% - the nicotine patch group achieved only 19%

  • 4 of 5 suicidal men had exhibited problems as 8-year-olds that were evident to their teachers or parents

  • One easy remedy for overweight kids: Just give them water instead of soda

  • FDA wants more data on the use of Symbicort for kids younger than 12 before approval

  • Use of procalcitonin to guide antibiotic therapy in sepsis may enable shortening of antibiotic treatment

  • DNA Test Outperforms Pap Smear for diagnosis of human papillomavirus, or HPV

  • Women who conceive in spring/summer may run a higher risk of having a baby with a birth defect, possibly due to pesticide exposure

  • Does the World Need a Prescription Drug for Jet Lag? After Provigil, there will be Nuvigil

  • Eating broccoli daily may protect against Helicobacter pylori, linked to gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer

  • Headline of the day: "Cancer study bullish on broccoli" - I would phrase it differently but what do I know... :)

  • Alltop Releases New Top Hospital News Site - Still no (aggregate) RSS feed from the site...

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