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Antibiotics increase the risk of colon cancer

There is a clear link between taking antibiotics and an increased risk of developing colon cancer within the next five to ten years. This has been confirmed by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, after a study of 40,000 cancer cases. The impact of antibiotics on the intestinal microbiome is thought to lie behind the increased […]

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New tool can predict risk of death, hospitalization for patients awaiting cardiac surgery

A new tool can predict the risk of death or hospitalization for patients awaiting cardiac surgery, according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Prolonged cardiac surgery wait times are associated with unplanned hospitalizations and death. “Waitlist management is an ongoing challenge for publicly funded health care systems because available resources are […]

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Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are defined by The World Health Organization (WHO) as chronic conditions, usually of long duration, and caused by a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental, and behavioral factors. These diseases are not infectious and tend to have a more significant impact on lower to middle-income countries due to the influence of environmental and […]

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Postop pneumonia risk up with pediatric neurologic comorbidity

(HealthDay)—Children with neurologic comorbidities undergoing surgery have an elevated risk for pneumonia within 30 days after surgery, according to a study published online Aug. 4 in Pediatrics. Christian Mpody, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues conducted a retrospective study involving children who underwent inpatient surgery between 2012 and 2018 […]

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Risk of psoriasis increased for cancer survivors

(HealthDay)—Cancer survivors, especially survivors of hematologic malignancies, have an increased risk for psoriasis, according to a research letter published online June 30 in the British Journal of Dermatology. Miri Kim, M.D., Ph.D., from The Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, and colleagues conducted a nationwide, population-based cohort study to examine the incidence of psoriasis among […]

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Waist size may better predict AFib risk in men

Body mass index may be more helpful in predicting the risk of a common type of irregular heartbeat in women, while waist size may better predict that risk in men, new research suggests. The link between obesity and atrial fibrillation, or AFib—when the heart beats irregularly and often too fast—is well established. But researchers wanted […]