Ebola Virus found to hide out in the lungs
Heartburn drugs again found to increase risk of C. diff.
Vision checks may need to be required when kids return to school after concussion
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”
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).