Health Updates 22 June 2011

  • Man robs bank of $1 in order to get health care in jail: “Verone said he asked for $1 to show that his motives were medical, not monetary, according to news reports.  With a growth in his chest, two ruptured disks and no job, Verone hoped a three-year stint in prison would afford him the health care he needed”. (ABC News)
  • Pregnancy: weight-loss surgery may affect fertility: Weight loss surgery may have helped restore fertility in a handful of extremely obese women who were unable to have children because of a hormonal imbalance caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome, according to a report presented at a recent medical conference.”  In reviewing the medical records of extremely obese women who underwent gastric bypass surgery over a nine-year period, “all six of these patients who wanted children had managed to conceive within three years of having gastric bypass surgery”.  All of the women in the study had lost significant amounts of weight.  (Roni Caryn Rabin, NY Times)
  • Eating fruits, vegetables outweighs exposure to pesticides: “A person would need to eat ‘so much (of the produce on the Dirty Dozen) you can’t even imagine’, said Dr. Marion Nestle, author and professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University”. The ‘Dirty Dozen’ are the common fruits and veggies most exposed to pesticides, including apples, celery and spinach. ( HealthKey)
  • Diabetic kidney disease on the rise: Between 1998 and 2008, “the estimated number of persons with diabetic kidney disease in the US at any given point in time increased from about 5.5 million to 6.9 million…The rise was in spite of increasing use of glucose-lowering medications…’Diabetic kidney disease has become more prevalent in the US population over the last two decades and will likely contribute increasingly to healthcare costs and mortality’.” (Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today)
  • Drugs for psoriasis, arthritis may lower diabetes risk: “Drugs that treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, by suppressing the immune system may also reduce the risk of developing diabetes, at least in people who already have one of these conditions, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association”. (

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