Fish Oil Use During Pregnancy Linked To Lower Asthma Risk In Kids
Denise Grady writing for the New York Times reported that research indicated “women who took fish oil during the last three months of pregnancy significantly” reduced the likelihood “that their children would develop asthma.” The findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Comment: dietary fish oil has multiple benefits and this is another one.
Reported in Unavadis, a large study of Swedish health registry data indicates that lymphoma risk remains elevated among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), despite evolution of treatment. Treatment advances for RA do not appear to have affected lymphoma risk. Records from 12,656 patients with RA from the Swedish Rheumatology Register linked to Swedish Cancer Register were compared with control patients for lymphoma incidence over time.
Comment: Disturbing since I would expect our newer treatments to decrease lymphoma risk.
Depression… it’s already starting in young doctors
Many Medical Students Appear To Struggle With Depression, Research Reveals
Liz Kowalczyk writing in the Boston Globe reported that future physicians appear to “suffer depression, or depressive symptoms, at higher rates than the general population,” a meta-analysis involving “nearly 200 smaller studies from 47 countries” suggests. In fact, about “27 percent” of medical students appear to suffer from “depression in medical school,” the research revealed. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medication Association.
Comment: I have news for these students… medical practice today can be even more depressing.
Immunotherapy Drugs Sometimes Cause Immune Response Against Healthy Organs
Matt Richtel writing for the New York Times reported that “immunotherapy drugs have been hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment.” However, “as their use grows,” physicians are finding that “an unleashed immune system can attack healthy, vital organs: notably the bowel, the liver and the lungs, but also the kidneys, the adrenal and pituitary glands, the pancreas and, in rare cases, the heart.” Physicians “at Yale believe immunotherapy is causing a new type of acute-onset diabetes, with at least 17 cases there so far.”
Comment: All effective therapies have potential side effects so I’m not surprised.