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.

  • Obesity costs the U.S. health care system up to $147 billion a year: An extra $1,429 per year for each obese person. -- CDC: Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States

  • "Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments." Study participants scoring in bottom quartile on tests of humor, grammar, and logic grossly overestimated their ability

  • Proposed ban on drug commercials: ads take advantage of hypochondriacs, lead pts to pressure doctors for prescriptions. Critics say the ads overstate benefits and understate risks.

  • No surprise: Adults with high leisure-time Internet and computer use were more likely to be overweight or obese

  • What is coup d'ongle sign in pityriasis versicolor? Scratch sign (coup d'ongle, Besnier's) in pityriasis versicolor is loosing of barely perceptible scale with a fingernail

  • Migrant doctors: Over half of primary care doctors are from abroad

Medical news tweets are not research articles - they are 140-character messages - please always go to the original source/links, etc. The inclusion of a Twitter update (tweet) does not represent endorsement or agreement of any kind. Tweets and links do not represent endorsement, approval or support.

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