Health Updates 12 August 2011

  • Thin electronic patches developed to monitor heart, brain activity: “Researchers have designed a wireless electronic monitoring device so thin it can be applied to the skin like a temporary tattoo.  It could one day be used to monitor heart, brain and muscle activity of patients without their even noticing.  The research, released Thursday in the journal Science, could rid hospitals of the unwieldy, outdated monitoring systems, which often involve needles, webs of wires and conductive gels.” (LA Times)
  • Government officials knew about the bacteria in turkey: “Federal officials said they turned up a dangerous form of salmonella at a Cargill Inc. turkey plant last year, and then four times this year at stores selling the Cargill turkey, but didn’t move for a recall until an outbreak killed one person and sickened 77 others.” (Wall Street Journal)
  • Cigarettes hurt women’s hearts more than men’s: “Women who smoke have a greater risk of developing coronary artery disease than men who smoke, a large systematic review and meta-analysis showed.  Compared with nonsmokers, women smokers have a 25% greater relative risk of coronary heart disease than do men who smoke…women who smoke have double the risk of lung cancer compared with their male counterparts…”.  The study doctors also observed that while there has been a reduction in the number of male smokers, “the rise or even stabilization of smoking in women will unfortunately result in substantial, preventable coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality.” (Chris Kaiser, MedPage Today)
  • ‘Hot Chemo Bath’ continues to raise controversy: “More recently, as competition for patients and treatments intensifies, an increasing number of the nation’s leading medical centers have been offering the costly – and controversial – therapy to patients with the more common colorectal or ovarian cancers.  And some hospitals are even publicizing the treatment as a hot ‘chemo bath’.  To critics, the therapy is merely the latest example of one that catches on with little evidence that it really works.  ‘We’re practicing this technique that has almost no basis in science,’ said Dr. David P.Ryan, clinical director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.” (NY Times)

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