Latest by Diane Domina

Incorrect Stroke Diagnoses: ‘Mimics’ and ‘Chameleons’

Stroke treatments can cause substantial harm if the patient is incorrectly diagnosed due to a “mimic” or a “chameleon,” according to researchers.

The World Isn’t Growing Enough Fruits and Veggies

The worldwide agriculture system produces too many grains, fats, and sugars, and not enough fruits, vegetables, and protein to provide a healthy diet for all.

Wood Smoke and Your Lungs: Your Gender Matters

The respiratory effects of wood smoke vary in men and women, according to a study, but these differences aren’t clear when data is combined.

Newer Shingles Vaccine Is More Effective Than the Old One

Shingrix, a shingles vaccine approved by the FDA in 2017, is significantly more effective but carries a higher risk of side effects than Zostavax.

FDA Okays First New Drug to Fight the Flu in Nearly 20 Years

The FDA approved baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza) for acute influenza without complications in people over 12 who’ve had flu symptoms for no more than 48 hours.

ACE Inhibitors and Lung Cancer Risk

If you take ACE inhibitors for blood pressure, you may have an increased risk of lung cancer, according to this study published in the BMJ.

Stress Linked to Memory Loss, Smaller Brain in Middle Age

Adults in their 40s and 50s with high cortisol levels linked to stress perform worse on memory and cognitive function tests and have smaller brain volumes..

Medical Crowdfunding for Unproven Treatments

More than 1,000 online crowdfunding campaigns raised almost $7 million for five unproven and potentially risky medical treatments, according a study in JAMA.

Support for Legalizing Pot Hits an All-Time High

A record number of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll that shows about 66 percent of people — two in three — support legalization.

Blood Test May Catch HPV Cancer Recurrence

Researchers developed an HPV blood test that could be used to monitor head and neck cancer patients for recurrence after treatment.