A Step-By-Step Guide To Coping With Jet Lag. Everyone knows that jet lag feeling: You’re groggy at dinner, but unable to sleep at night; you can’t muster hunger at socially appropriate times and even your digestive system doesn’t seem to cooperate. The problems don’t stop there — one study found that chronic jet lag could be an occupational hazard: Female flight attendants who reported suffering the most from sleep disturbance and disrupted circadian rhythms — hallmarks of jet lag — also had higher levels of cortisol in saliva samples and struggled with working memory. Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com.
Drugs Cause Most Fatal Allergic Reactions, Study Finds. The most common cause of fatal allergic reactions in the United States are medicines, especially antibiotics and radiocontrast agents used in imaging studies, a new analysis found. Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, researchers found 2,458 cases of fatal anaphylaxis from 1999 through 2010. Almost 60 percent of the deaths, or 1,446, were caused by reactions to drugs, and in cases where the specific drug was known, half were caused by antibiotics. The rate of drug-induced fatal reactions almost doubled over the period. Read more at www.nytimes.com.
Myths About Cancer Care In America. Much has been made of late about the need to justify the cost of cancer treatments in the policy community. Yet, if you ask those who face a cancer diagnosis whether cancer care is valuable, their behavior speaks loudly that the answer is a resounding “yes.” Patients and their families are spending an enormous amount on cancer care, which is a direct indication of its perceived high value, at the same time that the policy community is often claiming the treatments are of low value. The mismatch between patient and bureaucratic valuations is perhaps the starkest in cancer care. Read more at www.forbes.com.