A summary of important health news from the past week.
Eli Lilly's promising Alzheimer's drug fails in clinical trial
A trial that is testing medicine in order to treat dementia has failed. Participants in the trial receiving treatment have had no significant improvements in comparison to those taking a placebo. The drug had promising results early on, but on Wednesday drugmaker Eli Lilly announced that Phase 3 did not go as planned.
As Soda Taxes Gain Wider Acceptance, Your Bottle May Be Next
Cities across the country are beginning to vote in favor of a soda tax as a new public health initiative. The soda tax has now been approved in 7 cities. Mexico imposed a national tax on soda and 'junk' food in 2013 and found that it was a successful and effective way to curb sales. However, researchers say, "it is too soon to know whether those drops in sales will lead to lower rates of obesity or diabetes."
Prescription drug reactions send more older Americans to the ER
According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 and 2014, one out of 250 Americans visited the emergency room (ER) because of a drug reaction. Researchers found that Americans ages 65 and older accounted for approximately 35% of the ER visits due to drug reactions. The most common drugs included anticoagulants, antibiotics, diabetes medications, and opioids.
Should there really be a cut-off age for mammograms?
A recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine determined that there should be no pre-determined age cut-off for breast cancer screenings. Many physicians and medical associations provide suggestions of regular breast cancer screenings for women in a certain age range (e.g., 50-70). Cut-offs are suggested by some because of increased severity of risks of false positives, however, other professional note that risk of breast cancer increase with age. The most recent study reported here suggests that the cut off age should be determined on an individual basis.
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