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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: April 8, 2021

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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Why Do Mosquitoes Like Human Blood?

Why Do Mosquitoes Like Human Blood?

During the warmer season mosquitoes like to attack us, but why do mosquitoes like human blood? There are approximately 3500 species of mosquitoes in the world, but only a few species are biting humans. One of the more important mosquito varieties that are of concern is the Aedes aegyp
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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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