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>> How good were prehistoric surgeons?

The Med & Mic™ 09.08.22

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Lower Stroke Risk Among Adults Who Get Flu Shots

Annual flu shots are associated with a lower risk of stroke, according to a case-control study in Spain. In the study, older adults were 12% likely to have a stroke compared to people who weren’t vaccinated. The association was most marked in the month following vaccination, with a slight decline over five months. The findings come from an analysis of a database from January 2002 through December 2015, where people with strokes were compared to people of similar age and sex. The lead author points out that getting the flu increases the risk of having a stroke, but research is still being collected on whether getting the flu vaccine can help protect against stroke. (Source: MedPage Today, J. George, 9.7.22)

Salon Therapy

Tattoo artists and hairdressers in the U.K. are being encouraged to take a 30-minute training course on how to identify and help suicidal clients. A military veterans charity set up the course. A military veteran tattoo artist who took the training says many of his customers use their appointments like therapy and venting sessions. According to the survey commissioned by the charity, one in three veterans has felt suicidal in their lifetime. (Source: BBC, 9.8.22)

Skeleton reveals prehistoric surgery

A 30,000-year-old skeleton discovered in a cave in Indonesia shows evidence of the oldest known surgical amputation. This predates by 24,000 years another ancient case, a farmer in France who had his left arm cut off.

The newly identified case was a lower left leg amputation of a 12-year-old child. The lead author of the paper says the hunter-gatherer society in which the individual lived had advanced medical understanding. The bones showed signs of healing, no indication of infection, and indications of blood loss mitigation. With the skillful amputation, the child lived another six to nine years. Only recently have amputations become largely survivable, due to antiseptic advancements starting in the late 19th century. (Source: STAT News, A. Joseph, 9.7.22)

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