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This week’s Health Headlines

Ebola Virus found to hide out in the lungs

Post infection, the lungs now adds to a list of places Ebola can hide including the eyes, semen, amniotic fluid, placenta, breast milk and the central nervous system.

Heartburn drugs again found to increase risk of C. diff.

These included both the PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, and Nexium) as well as the H2 Blockers (Pepcid, Zantac).  Users demonstrated increased risk of abdominal infections caused by C. difficile and Campylobacter bacteria

Vision checks may need to be required when kids return to school after concussion

In this study, of the children who suffered concussion and had lingering symptoms 10 days after, 46% demonstrated visual issues such as blurry vision, meaning they weren’t ready to return to school and should be reevaluated.

The Mediterranean diet appears to preserve brain health

In this study it appeared that those keeping a Mediterranean diet appeared to suffer less brain volume loss than those who did not.


Living close to a major roadway increases dementia risk

Living within 50 feet of a major roadway was linked to a 7% increase risk of dementia.  This decreased the father away one lived, let’s say, from the 215.


Low Vitamin D levels linked to headaches

This study however only involved men from Finland who have less exposure to sunlight.  Those who had the lowest levels of Vitamin D appeared to suffer from headaches the most frequently.


Ear wax is protective and shouldn’t be excessively removed

We’ve told patient’s for years not to obsess about their ear wax in that it keeps the canal moist and provides a protective barrier but experts released guidelines outlining what not to do with one’s ear wax (i.e. use Q-tips)


Chronic marijuana use linked to a hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)

This is interesting in that many self treat their mild nausea and abdominal pain with marijuana. However if they are developing CHS, they will make it worse.

Alcohol abuse again linked to heart disease

In addition to atrial fibrillation this study found drinking in excess is also linked to heart attack and heart failure.

Mesentery now joins list of human “organs”

The mesentery does more than hold our intestines in place. This promotion/reclassification to “organ” means we now have to study and be tested on it in anatomy and physiology class.

Iron deficiency linked to hearing loss

There are many different causes of hearing loss depending if one has conductive vs sensorineuroal vs. combined. But this study interestingly found iron deficiency to double one’s risk, possibly by damaging the hair cells of the inner ear.


Children of obese parents may be at risk of developmental delays

Theses included cognitive milestones such as problem solving skills as well as physical (feeding, dressing one self, balance, etc).

The broader the New Year’s Resolution, the easier to fail.

Patient’s will say “I’m going to lose weight”, or “I’m going to get healthy!” These are nice but too broad.  Make each goal a small finite one, so its easier to tackle. Rather than pledging “I’m going to study more”, how about “I’m going to read my flashcards while on my treadmill”, etc.


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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician



Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor Touro University Nevada

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