Why flu season could make it harder for doctors to diagnose vaping-related illness

A 20-year-old man shows up in a U.S. emergency room with flu-like symptoms.  He's hospitalized for four days before leaving, against medical advice, only to return to the ER with chest pain, fever and shortness of breath. By this point he's lost almost 20 pounds. Doctors are stumped. They test him for strep throat, hepatitis, HIV,…

Tongue fat might be key in obstructive sleep apnea

Losing tongue fat might help improve obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), suggests a small study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Researchers enrolled 67 obese patients with OSA who were undergoing a structured weight loss program or bariatric surgery. At 6 months, patients who lost a greater percentage of weight overall also…

Weight loss surgery reduces the risk of skin cancer

Weight loss surgery (otherwise known as bariatric surgery) is associated with a distinct reduction in skin-cancer risk, a study published in JAMA Dermatology shows. This finding can be described as a key piece of evidence that substantiates the connection between weight loss and malignant skin cancer. That obesity is a risk factor for several types…

Best drinks for weight loss

If you are counting calories, it is important to watch what is in your glass as well as what is on your plate. Choosing the right beverage and keeping an eye on how much you pour can help curb your appetite and cut calories. Water: Replacing sweetened soft drinks with water will cut hundreds of…

Scurvy can be mistaken for rheumatologic disorders

Dietary vitamin C deficiency was identified in 10 patients previously suspected to have juvenile idiopathic arthritis, vasculitis, or chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis. Scurvy is seldom suspected in children presenting with arthritis or extremity problems. A case series describes 10 children in Seattle (ages 3–20 years, 9 males) over 4 years who were found to have scurvy…