Here is a recap of some stories of interest in the field of health:
June 14: Americans Get Most Radiation from Medical Scans
Associated Press: Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, even more than folks in other rich countries. The U.S. accounts for half of the most advanced procedures that use radiation, and the average American’s dose has grown sixfold over the last couple of decades.
Too much radiation raises the risk of cancer. That risk is growing because people in everyday situations are getting imaging tests far too often.
June 15: Cheap Drug Could Save Tens of Thousands
Associated Press: A cheap drug that can stop bleeding in recently injured accident patients could potentially save the lives of tens of thousands worldwide, a new study says.
…Roberts and colleagues estimated that if TXA were readily available, between 70,000 and 100,000 lives a year could be saved. Though the drug wasn’t tested in children, he said it would almost certainly work in them as well.
June 15: Overtreating Earliest Cancers, But Which Ones?
Associated Press: Today’s cancer screenings can unearth tumors that scientists say never would have threatened the person’s life. The problem is there aren’t surefire ways to tell in advance which tumors won’t be dangerous – .just some clues that doctors use in prescribing treatment.
Work is under way to better predict that, and even the staunchest supporters of screening call overdiagnosis a problem that needs tackling.
June 16: Panel Urges Gov’t to Revise Food Guide Pyramid
Associated Press: This year’s preliminary recommendations, which will be reviewed by the agencies and open to the public for comment, suggest that daily sodium intake should be reduced from 2,300 mg to 1,500 mg per day. Current guidelines recommend the higher amount.
The new recommendation follows that of the prestigious Institute of Medicine, which said earlier this year that people need just 1,500 mg daily for good health, less if they’re over 50. Average consumption is more than 3,400 mg.
June 16: Study of Dominant-Looking Men Yields Surprising Result
LiveScience: There’s something in the faces of brown-eyed white men that makes them come off as more dominant than their blue-eyed peers, a new study suggests. And it isn’t their eye color.
Czech researchers asked a group of 62 people to look at photos of 80 faces — 40 men and 40 women — and rate them for dominance. Then the investigators Photoshopped the faces so the brown eyes were replaced with blue ones and vice versa. A separate group of participants rated the altered images for dominance.
June 16: Celebrity Workout: Daniel Craig
AskMen.com: In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig boasts a body that is worthy of Bond status. If you want to sport a rock-hard physique similar to Craig’s, follow the steps in this article and you’ll be there before you can say “Bond.”
June 18: Marie Callender Recall After Salmonella Outbreak
Associated Press: ConAgra Foods is recalling all Marie Callender’s brand cheesy chicken and rice frozen meals after they have been possibly linked to a salmonella outbreak in 14 states.
The company is recalling all of the meals, which are labeled “Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce,” regardless of production date.
June 18: Campbell Soup Recalls 15M Pounds of SpaghettiOs
Associated Press: Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company’s plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked.
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