Morning Break: Lead in Water; Robot Pups and Dementia; Who Lives Longer?

Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff

  • Toxic levels of lead were found in 70% of a sample of homes in Chicago over the past 2 years. (Chicago Tribune via CNN).
  • The Theranos debacle, now in book form, with new anecdotes suggesting the company’s culture was even more toxic and corrupt than previously reported. (STAT News)
  • Interaction with robotic dogs may stimulate fond memories in people with dementia. (Reuters)
  • A 32-year-old model lost most of her vision after undergoing a controversial silicone implant procedure to change the color of her eyes. (Fox News)
  • On average, residents of Hawaii live 6 years longer than people who live in Mississippi. Where does your state rank? (ABC 7 Chicago)
  • Moderate alcohol consumption conferred no discernible health benefits, according to a large British study. (Washington Post, The Lancet)
  • Let the debate begin: Does marijuana use promote weight loss? (Boulder Weekly)
  • Meanwhile the World Medical Cannabis Conference is underway in Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • Self-described night owls had worse health including an increased risk of premature death, according to a British study. (ABC News)
  • Health insurers are balking at the price of a device that prevents hair loss in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy. (STAT)
  • Studies of hand dryers in public restrooms suggest the devices may create a windstorm of bacteria. (Bustle)
  • Interest in vaccines to prevent cancer recurrence continues to increase. (CNBC)
  • The cost-effectiveness watchdog group ICER issued a draft evidence report on the emerging class of migraine drugs targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide. The verdict: effective but likely to be too costly.
  • South Korea leads the way in the development of innovative approaches to skin care and rejuvenation. (CNN)

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