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.

  • Statins cut stroke risk by 21% for each one mmol/L decrease in the level of LDL (not mg/dL)

  • CNN video: How much, exactly, does a person have to drink to be considered an alcoholic?

  • 22% of snoring children had mood disorder severe enough to warrant evaluation, compared to 11% of controls. Snoring: a sign of trouble in preschoolers - linked to depression, anxiety, attention and language problems

  • Alcohol type linked to Barrett's esophagus: Wine seems to be protective. Patients with Barrett's esophagus have a 30- to 125-fold increased risk of developing esophageal cancer

  • Children born to women who took the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant had lower IQ by 6-9 points

  • Study: Men who eat lots of processed meat and full-fat dairy may have poorer quality sperm

  • 30% of patients with severe dementia are tube fed, no evidence that this prolongs survival or improves quality of life

  • Abstract: Inside the health blogosphere: quality, governance and the new innovation leaders -"new innovation" is redundant.

  • Cochrane Library: "Stimulation of Pericardium 6 (P6) point on the wrist reduces postoperative nausea and vomiting"

  • A must read for all health twitters: "Twitter: an introduction to microblogging for health librarians" (PDF)

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