Top medicine articles for April 2014

A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:

Noninfluenza Vaccination Rates Among U.S. Adults Remain Low - only 16% for Tdap in 2012

Adult Tonsillectomy Shown to Be Safe: 30-day mortality rate was low, at 0.03%. 1.2% had complications

Parabens in Our Lotions and Shampoos - they are in 15,000 personal care products - and mimic estrogen

Counter-intuitive Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean - NPR reviews the evidence

Cat Bites May Lead to Serious Infections - they inject harmful bacteria deep into joints and tissue

Having 3 items (TV, computer, car) increases risk of obesity and diabetes 3-4 fold in developing nations

Prognosis of Adolescent Mental Disorders (anxiety, depression) - 40-50% continued to have problems as adults. From ages 21–29, 52% of women and 31% of men met diagnostic criteria at least once for anxiety or depression

12% of U.S. spice imports are contaminated with insect/rodent parts, 7% contain salmonella

Drugs Made in India Set Off FDA Safety Worries: antibiotic and chemotherapy tablets had no active ingredients - NYTimes. India’s pharmaceutical industry supplies 40% of over-the-counter and generic prescription drugs consumed in U.S. The World Health Organization estimated that one in five drugs made in India are fakes

The French way of cancer treatment | Reuters

Genotype-guided personalization may improve cost-effectiveness of prasugrel and ticagrelor for ACS

Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana - NYTimes -- If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving, the police officer is likely to ask you to complete three tasks: Follow a pen with your eyes while the officer moves it back and forth; get out of the car and walk nine steps, heel to toe, turn on one foot and go back; and stand on one leg for 30 seconds. Score well on all three of these Olympic events, and there’s a very good chance that you are not drunk. This so-called standard field sobriety test has been shown to catch 88 percent of drivers under the influence of alcohol. But it is nowhere near as good at spotting a stoned driver.

How to read articles about health. Most important rule to remember: don’t automatically believe the headline

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