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This section of nethealthbook is a collection of 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.

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

Last modified: September 30, 2020

A New Antiviral Drug Combats Herpes and Resistant Herpes

A New Antiviral Drug Combats Herpes and Resistant Herpes

Antiviral drugs against herpes often develop resistance, but a new antiviral drug combats herpes and resistant herpes. A publication from researchers at the Lund University in Sweden on July 24, 2020 provided a different approach. Alex Evilevitch, Associate Professor and senior lectur
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Pollution Increases Mortality in Older People

Pollution Increases Mortality in Older People

It is important to realize that an important study showed that pollution increases mortality in older people. This US study from Boston, MA used 16 years of data, 68.5 million Medicare enrollees (65 years or older) and 570 million observations. Notably, it showed that the reduction of
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Will Herd Immunity Slow the Covid-19 Coronavirus?

Will Herd Immunity Eventually Slow the Covid-19 Coronavirus?

With many people dying from coronavirus infections, the question is, will herd immunity eventually slow the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus? A large study from Spain is giving us a cautious answer. Spain was one of the European countries most affected by the pandemic. Researchers were
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Gram-Negative Bacteria in the Gut Can Cause Cavernous Angiomas

Gram-Negative Bacteria in the Gut Can Cause Cavernous Angiomas

A 2020 clinical study showed that Gram-negative bacteria in the gut can cause cavernous angiomas in brain vessels. Cavernous angiomas are ballooning new capillaries developing from brain blood vessels. These arterial malformations of brain arteries occur in about 0.5% of the populatio
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Hydroxychloroquine Not Effective Against Covid-19 Coronavirus

Hydroxychloroquine Not Effective Against Covid-19 Coronavirus

A new study’s result is malaria drug hydroxychloroquine not effective against Covid-19 coronavirus. Some time ago Donald Trump suggested that the malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine would be effective for Covid-19 coronavirus patients in treating them when hospitalized. This prompted sev
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A Comparison of Powered Toothbrush to Manual Toothbrush

A Comparison of Powered Toothbrush to Manual Toothbrush

A study from Amsterdam analyzed two modes of cleaning teeth resulting in a comparison of powered toothbrush to manual toothbrush. The study was conducted at the Department of Periodontology of the University of Amsterdam. The authors did a PubMed search and identified 83 papers that t
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Physical Distancing is Effective for Covid-19 Coronavirus Prevention

Physical Distancing is Effective for Covid-19 Coronavirus Prevention

New studies showed that physical distancing is effective for Covid-19 coronavirus prevention. Specifically, a study from the Lancet medical journal dated June 1, 2020 analyzed 172 observational studies around the globe. This involved 25,697 patients. The researchers found the followin
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Convalescent Plasma not Effective for Covid-19 Coronavirus

Convalescent Plasma not Effective for Covid-19 Coronavirus

An international study concluded: convalescent plasma not effective for Covid-19 coronavirus. The authors of this May 22, 2020 study searched the medical literature around the world and in China. They were interested in randomized studies regarding the use of recovery plasma in the tr
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