Health Updates 2 May 2011

  • Courts okay federally funded stem cell research: “A US appeals court cleared the way Friday for continued federal funding of research using human embryonic stem cells, a ruling that scientists hailed as a victory for medical progress”. (LA Times)
  • Liposuction study finds lost fat returns: “‘It’s another chapter in the ‘You can’t fool Mother Nature‘ story'”, said Dr. Rudolph Leibel, an obesity researcher at Columbia University”. (NY Times)
  • Prescription drugs not taken by patients: “As many a half of all patients did not follow their doctors’ advice when it came to medications”, and “more than 20% of first-time patient prescriptions were never filled”, according to Dr. Pauline Chen. Why?  It would appear to be accessibility.  “Apparently, the process of taking a prescription, driving to a pharmacy and waiting for it to be filled or faxed in is a huge barrier…we need to do a better job getting patients to take their medications, especially for chronic heart conditions”. (MedOne)
  • Smoking bans starting in China: “China’s latest push to ban smoking in indoor public venues came into effect Sunday, but the vaguely defined expanded rules were not expected to dramatically reduce the country’s heavy tobacco addiction.  Smoking, which is linked to the deaths of at least 1 million people in China every year, is one of the greatest health threats the country faces.  Nearly 30% of adults in China smoke, about 300 million people – a number roughly equal to the entire US population”. (Huffington Post)

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