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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

Higher Olive Oil Consumption Lowers the Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Higher Olive Oil Consumption Lowers the Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

A publication in April 2020 showed that higher olive oil consumption lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease. The study consisted of 61,181 women from the Nurses’ Health Study (1990 to 2014). The other part of the study were 31,797 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up
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Gum Disease is a Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Gum Disease is a Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

A study from July 2020 confirmed that gum disease is a risk for Alzheimer’s disease. This study was based on the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES III, 1988-1994). Researchers followed more than 6000 patients for up to 26 years. The degree of chronic ging
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Natural Immune-boosting STING Protein Against Cancer

Natural Immune-boosting STING Protein Against Cancer

Researchers have detected a natural immune-boosting STING protein against cancer. STING stands for STimulator of INterferon Genes. Scientists at Scripps Research have found this molecule that is part of the immune system. It is essential for mounting an immune response against viruses
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T Cells Play a Major Role in Ulcerative Colitis

T Cells Play a Major Role in Ulcerative Colitis

A new study revealed that T cells play a major role in ulcerative colitis. In particular, this is an inflammatory disease where ulcerations occur in the large intestine and rectum. To point out, University of California researchers did unique experiments with thousands of single cells
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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy versus Regular Surgery in Cervical Cancer

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy versus Regular Surgery in Cervical Cancer

Should the surgeon do a laparoscopic hysterectomy versus regular surgery in cervical cancer? Notably, cervical cancer can require a complete removal of the womb. This is particularly so when the cancer is growing inside the rest of the uterus. It is important to realize, for years phy
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Hepatitis C Can Lead to Cirrhosis of the Liver

Hepatitis C Can Lead to Cirrhosis of the Liver

Hepatitis C is a common viral liver infection and hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Recently a review article was published. Heavy alcohol abuse can also lead to chronic inflammation of liver cells. On the long term this leads to extensive scar tissue in the liver, calle
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Weed Can Harm Your Heart

Weed Can Harm Your Heart

It is important to realize that the American Heart Association (AHA) is warning that weed can harm your heart. The Association published a statement on the effects of cannabis on the heart. Specifically, an expert panel reviewed the literature of cannabis and the side effects it has o
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Target 12 Risk Factors Throughout Life to Prevent Dementia Later

Target 12 Risk Factors Throughout Life to Prevent Dementia Later

At the 2020 Alzheimer Disease Conference the recommendation was to target 12 risk factors throughout life to prevent dementia later. 28 world-leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease added 3 new risk factors to the previously established 9 risk factors for dementia: excessive alcohol in
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