Top medicine articles for October 2014

A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:

Hand-grip strength is an amazingly good predictor of future rates of mortality and morbidity, or sickness -- Hand grip strength should be considered as a vital sign useful for screening middle-aged and older adults -- Measuring hand-grip strength is very simple and cheap. Every primary care doctor should have a dynamometer in their office. At every visit, the doctor could check grip strength for older patients. If someone was in the 45th percentile for their age and the measurements were stable, great. But if that person suddenly dropped to the 25th percentile, then that’s a sign that the doctor should look seriously at what might be going on.

Full fat milk (3%) cut the risk of getting diabetes type 2 by 20%

Urine Test for Diagnosis of HPV Works Well (not yet available in practice)

Weekly Injectable Drug for DM2 Approved -Trulicity (dulaglutide) a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist.

FDA approved for treating fibromyalgia: pregabalin (Lyrica), duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Savella)

Human Body, According to Venture Capitalists - which body systems stand to benefit most from their decisions - WSJ

Sodium conundrum: 9 in 10 U.S. children eat too much salt

With 23andMe, this biologist gave his parents the gift of divorce

People who spend more time preparing and cooking meals are more likely to have healthier diets

Walking is the superfood of fitness, experts say -- “Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human". “Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day," Bowman said. “You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.” -- Exercise: “If you’re going to pick one thing, research says it should be walking”

Acupuncture May Not Help Chronic Knee Pain after all

Epic holds the health records of nearly half of all Americans

Gene affects your taste for bitter flavors. People who aren't as sensitive eat 200 more servings of vegetables/year

Ebola drug ZMapp is produced in the leaves of tobacco plants. 10 years from now, plants might be the dominant vaccine-production system

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