A summary of important health news from the past week.
Here’s what you need to know about new e-cig regulations
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing new regulations on e-cigarettes to ban the sell of minors, require warning notices on all products on the presence of nicotine, and requirements to undergo government review. The ban on minors will begin August 8th and warning labels will be required as of May, 2018. The FDA is aimed at regulating flavored cigars next.
HIV-infected organs transplant success
Two kidneys and two livers were donated by people with HIV and successfully transplanted to patients with the disease in the UK. This breakthrough will help reduce the shortage of organs and help treat more people with HIV.
Women Aren’t Taking First Place In Top Medical Journals
A recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is reporting that women are less likely to be published in top medical journals. The authors also found women are less likely to be first author, which is the most prestigious author placement. Although women are more highly represented in 2014 than twenty years earlier, this has leveled off in recent years. This research is based on the names of authors in the top six medical journals over the past twenty years.
Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine recently found that medical errors, such as incorrectly tracking vital statistics, surgical complications, or incorrect prescriptions are the third leading cause of hospital deaths. Their research suggests that more than 250,000 Americans die as a result of medical errors, however this number is difficult to calculate as the death certificates do not capture these errors.
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