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This section of nethealthbook is a collection of medical news items. It brings you very timely research that will help you understand medical problems better. Links to appropriate pages integrate the articles into the text of nethealthbook.com. One example: a news article finds that higher fiber content in the diet of males reduces prostate cancer risk. This is now part of the prostate cancer chapter under prostate cancer prevention. On the other hand an Australian study found that diabetes is a risk factor for the development of pancreatic cancer. Close blood sugar control in diabetics reduces this risk. That fact is also mentioned on the page of nethealthbook titled causes of cancer of the pancreas.

Mediterranean diet

Another study about Midwestern firefighters came to the conclusion that a Mediterranean diet benefits US workers. The diet consisted of lots of fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil and whole grain. These firefighters had a 35% lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which translated into much less heart attacks over the years than a control group on a regular diet. The average consumer often overlooks this type of data from the medical literature, but it is very relevant to the average consumer.

Many short medical news items

Among the medical news items is a collection of short reviews of original research findings on many topics. Recently I reviewed a new malaria vaccine. Another item was an article about the benefit of having a nap. A completely different topic was the fact that circumcision may have long-term emotional consequences on adult socio-affective processing. Another story is how the Covid19 vaccine works. Finally, I wrote an article about how millions of Americans are exposed to toxins in drinking water.

Over the years information from these practical medical news items accumulate and become part of the database of nethealthbook.com.

Last modified: June 16, 2021

Immunity against Covid-19 Coronavirus Persists Longer than Expected

Immunity against Covid-19 Coronavirus Persists Longer than Expected

A new study in “Nature” determined that immunity against Covid-19 coronavirus persists longer than expected. It also showed that the antibodies eliminate the South African variants of the virus as well. Researchers did extensive blood tests in 87 individuals at two time points. The fi
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Circumcision May have Long-term Emotional Consequences

Circumcision May have Long-term Emotional Consequences

A new study from Nov. 26, 2020 showed that circumcision may have long-term emotional consequences on adult socio-affective processing. The study involved 619 American adult men, 408 circumcised and 211 still in their natural state. All of the males underwent extensive psychological qu
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Garlic was Effective against Rheumatoid Arthritis

Garlic was Effective against Rheumatoid Arthritis

A randomized study on 70 women patients found that garlic was effective against rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers accepted 62 of the women into the study. Half of the patients received 1000 mg of a garlic extract (the equivalent of 2.5 grams of fresh garlic). To clarify, the study
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There is no Thimerosal in the New Covid-19 Vaccine

There is no Thimerosal in the New Covid-19 Vaccine

It is important to realize that contrary to anti-vaxxers’ statements there is no thimerosal in the new Covid-19 vaccine. In the past the multiple user vials of flu vaccines did have thimerosal in it as a preservative. Thimerosal is a mercury containing preservative and the legitimate
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How Nutrients Strengthen the Immune System against Viruses

How Nutrients Strengthen the Immune System against Viruses

The Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry published a review explaining how nutrients strengthen the immune system against viruses. The researchers reviewed 51 articles, many of them randomized clinical trials and meta analyses. Notably, the following results identified what the imm
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Gut Bacteria Interact with Vitamin D Blood Levels

Gut Bacteria Interact with Vitamin D Blood Levels

It is important to realize that a University of California San Diego study group found how gut bacteria interact with vitamin D blood levels. Usually clinicians rely on 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) levels to assess whether patients are vitamin D deficient. However, this study found
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New Cancer Screening Test

New Cancer Screening Test

A new cancer screening test will be tested in the UK starting in mid 2021. The test has been developed in California by the Grail company. The planned clinical cancer screening test has the name Galleri blood test. Presently, this test is not generally available yet. The clinical tria
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How the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Works

How the Covid-19 Vaccine Works

Pfizer recently announced their vaccine is 90% effective, so I thought I explain how the Covid-19 vaccine works. There is a wide variety of RNA viruses The West Nile virus belongs there, so does the hepatitis A and C virus. Poliovirus, the Corona viruses (SARS, Covid-19 coronavirus),
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