Top medicine articles for April 2014

A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:

School children who are bullied are twice as likely to think about killing themselves, and to make suicide attempts

A widely reported 43% decrease in obesity among U.S. preschoolers was "too good to be true" - increase is likely

Higher BPA Levels Associated with Prostate Cancer, due to centrosome amplification. BPA, found in many plastics and food and beverage containers, is detectable in the urine of over 90% of Americans

Formula for Decoding Health News: Final opinion on headline = (initial gut feeling) * (study support for headline)

Riccardo Muti: Music teaches us how to live in consonanza (consonance) in a world filled with dissonanza (dissonance)

Almost 40% of the world's population is at risk of Plasmodium vivax infection

Increase in daily ambulatory activity decreases cardiovascular events in people with impaired glucose tolerance

The many faces of diabetes: a disease with increasing heterogeneity. Type 1 and 2 diabetes are extremes on a range of DM disorders that result from a collision between genes and environment. Many patients have genetic predispositions to both forms of diabetes, resulting in hybrid forms of diabetes (eg, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults). Obesity is a strong modifier of diabetes risk.

ProSavin, a lentiviral vector-based gene therapy for Parkinson's disease, was safe and effective in a trial

70% of the population in US and Europe is deficient in vitamin D. Middle-aged and older adults who took vitamin D3 had 11% reduction in mortality from all causes. 13% of all deaths in the US, and 9% in Europe, could be attributed to low vitamin D levels. Instead of taking pills, people could improve their vitamin D levels with 30 minutes of sunlight twice a week

The articles were selected from Twitter and my RSS subscriptions. Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to clinicalcases AT and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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