The Med & Mic™ 01.13.22
Medical and Health News Updates
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Myocardial Inflammation After COVID
Two months after COVID diagnosis, eight out of 47 people had visible heart inflammation on PET and MRI scans, and also higher levels of inflammation markers in their blood. Two months later on follow-up imaging, the inflammation went away and cardiac function got better. Just two people had signs of inflammation, and only on their PET scans. The prospective cohort study included 47 adults, 50% male, 50% female, at a single center between November 2020 and June 2021. Survivor and selection bias could be a limitation of these findings. “Longer-term follow-up studies are required to understand the need for ongoing cardiac surveillance…safe return to exercise and sports…and long-term cardiovascular risk,” say the authors of the study, led by Dr. Kate Hanneman, in an article in MedPage Today.
Cancer Deaths Drop
The American Cancer Society says in its annual report that cancer deaths have been declining for two decades due to progress in detecting lung cancer early and having more treatment options.The death rate for lung cancer dropped 5% per year from 2015 to 2019, whereas deaths from all cancers went down 2%. “There’s room for optimism across all types of cancer,” says Dr. Deb Schrag in a report from CNN.
Celebrities’ Food Habits
Celebrities display unhealthy foods on their Instagram accounts, mostly as non-endorsed posts. Researchers examined the accounts of 181 highly followed accounts of athletes, actors, musicians, and television personalities. Nine out of ten food posts scored below youth advertising limits on the British Nutrient Profile Index. Healthier food photos received fewer likes. The study’s authors say the observed association between unhealthy food pictures and increased follower engagement suggests a potential incentive to post about unhealthy food. More in MedPage Today.
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