Top medicine articles for March 2014

A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:

1 in 10 U.S. Children Now Has ADHD, CDC Says

Lifestyle interventions effectively decrease the incidence of type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients

Time for another go at understanding vitamin D metabolism

Do healthier foods cost more than less healthy options? Healthy eating costs an extra $1.50 per day - BMJ

1% of women in a U.S. study who have become pregnant claim to have done so as virgins - BMJ/Reuters

You’re never too old to exercise: 98-year-old shows why - Also, exercise is “the best medicine no one wants to do".

JAMA Pediatrics | Environmental Factors in Tiny Tim's Near-Fatal Illness

Life, Interrupted: By a Dog - NYTimes

A Doctor’s Intimate View of Hemophilia - NYTimes

BMJ: "Evidence based medicine is now the problem, fueling overdiagnosis and overtreatment". Research pond is polluted, with fraud, sham diagnosis, short term data, poor regulation, surrogate ends, questionnaires that can’t be validated, and statistically significant but clinically irrelevant outcomes

Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) — an inhibitor of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 — is approved for type 2 diabetes

What Makes Older People Happy - not surprisingly, experiences that make people happy change over time - NYT For young people trying to figure out who they want to become, extraordinary experiences help establish personal identities. As people become more settled, ordinary experiences become central to a sense of self and therefore more valued. “It’s just what you would expect, this emphasis on savoring what you already have when your time starts to become limited”. Happiness derived from extraordinary experiences remained fairly constant, but pleasure from ordinary experiences increased as people got older. Another experiment demonstrated that an individual’s perception of the future — whether it was open-ended or limited — was a critical factor in explaining the results.

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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