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:

Minimally invasive radical prostatectomy (MIRP) associated with shorter length of stay, fewer surgical complications but MIRP was also associated with more genitourinary complications, incontinence, and erectile dysfunction compared to open surgery

Increased rate of complications among postnighttime surgical procedures if sleep opportunities were less than 6 hours

Pneumonia, fever and eating problems are associated with high 6-month mortality rates in advanced dementia

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, "weakens" infants' immune responses to vaccines

The rate of undesirable events was higher at the beginning of the academic year (relative rate reduction 28%)

Despite a CD4 increase, interleukin-2 plus antiretroviral therapy yielded no clinical benefit in HIV patients

Among nursing home residents with ESRD, initiation of dialysis is associated with sustained functional status decline

Surgical Tourism: Some US Patients Travel Abroad for Less Costly Surgery - Nobody knows how many.

In the U.S., hip fracture rates and subsequent mortality among persons 65 years and older are declining

Beaumont Hospitals in suburban Detroit will reduce the salaries of some of staff physicians by 5-10%

In 1970s, higher-income Americans had higher cholesterol, now poorer Americans have higher levels. Why? Statins.

"Mindfulness meditation and getting “in the zone” can help doctors to avoid burnout" - NYT

The 50 most prescribed medicines in the U.S. for 2008

Cabin air is drawn directly from the aircraft's engines - passenger swab samples contained tricresyl from jet oil

Medical news tweets are not research articles - they are 140-character messages - please always go to the original source, links, etc. Tweets and links do not represent endorsement, approval or support. Image source:, public domain.

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