A summary of important health news from the previous week.
By: Nicholas Bakalar
A large study with over 200,000 participants has found that coffee consumption is linked with a reduced risk of mortality from causes such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and neurological diseases. Although cancer rates are not decreased, the results show that increasing coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk. The maximum benefits were achieved through consumption of three to five cups a day, which resulted in 15% less risk. Of note, participants who smoked failed to experience the same health benefits, which researchers attribute the overwhelming negative effects of smoking. Although the study was not causal, it provides strong evidence that drinking this controversial caffeinated beverage has significant benefits.
Recent research is showing that it may not be a good idea to shift your sleeping patterns on weekends. A greater "mismatch in sleep timing between weekdays and weekends" is linked to "lower HDL (good) cholesterol, higher triglycerides, higher insulin resistance and higher body mass index."
By: John Henning Schumann
In this op-ed, a physicians presents a discussion on whether doctors should abandon the white coat. Although they are an important signal to other physicians, research shows they can be unhealthy and covered in bacteria, especially is not laundered frequently. But, the author asks, what could be the consequences of getting rid of this hallmark of the medical profession?
Two months after Liberia was declared free of the virus that took plight months ago, three deadly and additional cases have been reported. Two high risk patients have tested positive for the virus, and are currently being treated, and with over 4,800 deaths from the disease, the fight against ridding the West African nation from the disease is still ongoing.
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