Breast implant illness: we must counter misinformation around this mysterious condition

Consultant plastic surgeon Nora Nugent from the UK refutes misinformation about breast implant illness and discusses the difficulty in definitively attributing systemic symptoms to silicone breast implants. She describes the numerous symptoms reported by women, and the challenges in diagnosing the condition. She also highlights the lack of evidence linking silicone implants to autoimmune or…

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New cancer cases to soar 77% by 2050: WHO

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency has warned that the number of new cancer cases will rise to over 35 million in 2050, a 77% increase from 2022. Factors such as tobacco, alcohol, obesity, and air pollution contribute to this rise. The most developed countries are expected to see the highest increase in case numbers,…

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Putting the Power of Motherhood in Your Hands

A new research study called PowerMom, led by Tolúwalàṣé (Laṣé) Ajayi, aims to address disparities and inequities in maternity care for pregnant individuals in the United States. The study uses a smartphone app that collects data from expectant mothers, including health-related information, to help identify the patterns and common concerns experienced during healthy pregnancies. The…

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ACO REACH Challenging to Succeed in First Year But Tools Can Help

The ACO REACH program offers a chance for risk-bearing organizations to focus on health equity and improve patient outcomes. The program encourages participants to work with underserved communities and address health equity barriers. However, there are challenges, including managing unfamiliar patient populations and providers, and navigating the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Many organizations struggle with ROI, but…

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Cannabis legalisation to be debated today

A group of Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) doctors are concerned about proposed legislation to legalize cannabis possession for personal use and remove the stigma of a criminal conviction for such offenses. The doctors argue that decriminalization, as recommended by the Citizens’ Assembly, would be a more suitable approach. They have written to government officials ahead…

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