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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: August 25, 2021

The Benefits of Having a Nap

The Benefits of Having a Nap

A recent CNN article described the benefits of having a nap. When you had poor sleep in the previous night, a noonday nap is a great way to recharge your energies. But many people chronically get less than 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night, so they are always sleep-deprived. They, too ca
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Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome after Covid-19

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome after Covid-19

It is important to realize that multisystem inflammatory syndrome after Covid-19 occurs about 4 weeks following a spike of Covid-19 cases. Notably, children typically present with fever, abdominal pain, neck pain, diarrhea, bloodshot eyes and tiredness. CNN reviewed this syndrome here
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Garlic Extracts have Beneficial Effects on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Garlic Extracts have Beneficial Effects on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Two recent publications demonstrate that garlic extracts have beneficial effects on rheumatoid arthritis. The first publication comes from the medical journal Phytotherapy Research. In fact, the researchers divided 70 women with active rheumatoid arthritis into two groups, the experim
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Why some are Early Birds and some are Night Owls

Why some are Early Birds and some are Night Owls

I am discussing here why some are early birds and some are night owls. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl seems to be genetically determined. CNN reviewed this in this article. The majority of people get tired around 10 PM, they get to bed and sleep for 7 to 8 hours before t
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SARS-CoV-2 is Resistant to Extreme Cold and Extreme Heat

SARS-CoV-2 is Resistant to Extreme Cold and Extreme Heat

It is important to realize that a recent study from Belize and Taiwan showed that SARS-CoV-2 is resistant to extreme cold and extreme heat. Dr. Paul Morgan from the Faculty of Science and Technology in Belize was one author of the publication. Dr. Chih-Wen Shu from the National Sun Ya
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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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