STAT (2/28, Thielking) reports that research published in the Journal of Cancer Policy indicates “tanning beds can ring up a steep bill – a whopping $343 million each year in medical costs in the US alone.” HealthDay (2/28) reports that investigators “estimate there were 263,000 U.S. cases of tanning device-related skin cancers in 2015.” Altogether, “the...medical costs for those cases reached an estimated $343 million.” Additionally, the investigators “said those skin cancers will lead to a total economic loss of $127 billion over the lifetime of those patients.”
CBS News (12/5) reports health officials “say there are a number of signs pointing to a potentially rough flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in the U.S. so far, which is more than double the number this time last year.”
The Wall Street Journal (12/5, Lagnado, Subscription Publication) reports that data from the NYU Langone trial indicate a vegan diet may reduce a risk factor for heart attacks better than the American Heart Association’s recommended meal plan. The trial, whose results were presented at a recent AHA meeting, revealed participants on the vegan diet showed a median decline of 28 percent in their high sensitive C-reactive protein, compared to a seven percent drop for patients on the AHA’s meal plan.
The New York Times (12/4, Bakalar, Subscription Publication) reports that research suggests “nearly 6 percent of cancers are attributable at least in part to obesity and diabetes.” Investigators “found that in 2012, diabetes and a B.M.I. above 25 were independent risk factors for 792,600 new cases of cancer, about 5.6 percent of the 14,067,894 cases reported to a worldwide cancer registry.” The findings were published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.
In today’s world, you no longer need to visit a library to find information, take film to a drugstore to view your photos or go to the video store to select a movie. And now you don’t always have to make a visit to my office for a concerning condition.