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This Week’s Health Headlines

16% of fatal heart attack patients hospitalized weeks before but diagnosed as having other issues

So many patients seen for shortness of breath, frequent burping/hiccups, GERD, anxiety/panic attack, etc. could actually be having precursors to their fatal heart attack (which is why we always consider a cardiac cause in our differential)

Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs safe in mid to late pregnancy

Pregnant women coming down with the flu can be obviously very dangerous and previous belief that antiviral drugs were harmful to the fetus was disproven in this latest study.

More kids getting drunk on hand sanitizers

In addition to accidental ingestions more 6-12 year olds are ingesting it intentionally.


“Smart Condom” tracks sexual activity and claims to detect STIs.

It should probably be called a “penometer”

Scientists create artificial mouse “embryos” in the lab

Let me get this correct.  They used two types of stem cells:  embryonic stem cells and extra-embryonic trophoblast stem cells, which would form the placenta.  But they say to make this viable they would need a third type of stem cell to develop into the yolk sac.

Kind of an embryology soup.

Colorectal cancer cases soar in younger individuals, including millennials 

According to this report “someone born in 1990 would have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer at the same age had they been born in 1950”

Superbugs projected to kill 10 million people annually by the year 2050 

The World Health Organization lists 12 types of bacteria that are “priorities” when it comes making new antibiotics.  And not many are coming down the pike for bugs like MRSA and CRE for many reasons including cost and difficulty.

Tanning bed related cancer cost the US $343 million/yr

Melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell cancer risk rises tanning bed use, especially in teens.

Superbugs may enter hospitals through the sinks

This report suggests they colonize in the elbow of drain pipes. Then travel to the sink strainer/drain and then splatter to the sides of the sink during hand washing


The brain can convert glucose into fructose

We suspected the brain made sugar on its own to preserve its own energy source but this study describes how the brain converts glucose into fructose, a form of sugar linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


60% of overdose deaths are opioid related

And 25% are specifically from heroin.


                                                                                                         Medical Spanish made easy

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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