WHO highlights huge scale of tobacco-related lung disease deaths
A World Health Organization news release recently highlighted the damage tobacco causes to lung health: over 40% of all tobacco-related deaths are from lung diseases like cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. WHO is calling on countries and partners to increase action to protect people from exposure to tobacco..... read more
Overall cancer mortality continues to decline: CDC
The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that for all cancer sites combined, cancer death rates continued to decline in men, women, and children in the United States from 1999 to 2016. Overall cancer incidence rates, or rates of new cancers, decreased in men from 2008 to 2015, after increasing from 1999 to 2008, and were stable in women from 1999 to 2015..... read more
Concerns over exaggerated health claims prompt FDA hearing on effects of CBD products
Cannabis-related products have flooded the market, making health claims about pain relief, immune function and anxiety and depression. But the US Food and Drug Administration says there is little known about how effective they are. On Friday, the FDA held its first hearing to assess the safety and efficacy of CBD products.... read more
FDA Warns Stem Cell Company for Unapproved Treatments
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent an untitled letter to R3 Stem Cell, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona, and its chief executive officer, David Greene, M.D. The company, through its affiliated centers or clinics throughout the U.S., offers unapproved stem cell products to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, such as Lyme disease, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, stroke, kidney failure and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)..... read more
Common Skin Bacterium Linked to Food Allergy Risk in Kids
Colonization with the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium was significantly and independently associated with food allergy in young children with eczema enrolled in a pivotal peanut allergy prevention study.... read more
T2D, Cholesterol, and Neuropathy: What's the Link?
Lower levels of serum cholesterol were linked to more peripheral nerve damage in type 2 diabetes, a German study found.
In a cohort of 100 adults with type 2 diabetes, the lipid equivalent lesion load of nerve tissue was positively correlated with the average size of a peripheral nerve lesion... read more