UW-led research discovers how air pollution harms the heart
Dr. Joel Kaufman, a UW environmental health expert, found that people living amid more outdoor pollution built up calcium in their heart arteries faster than those who lived elsewhere, The Seattle Times reports. The 10-year, $30 million study published in The Lancet examined 6,000 people in six states.
Washington state sues pelvic-mesh manufacturer
In the lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson is accused of misrepresenting the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold to repair pelvic collapse, the Associated Press reports. “For many victims, their health and their quality of life were forever changed as a result of this deception,” state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
Alzheimer’s may stem from infection, researchers suggest
A team of Harvard scientists hypothesize that Alzheimer’s disease arises from the toxic remnants of the brain’s attempt to fight off infection, The New York Times reports. In their article, the researchers posit that the brain’s defenses stop an invader by making a sticky cage out of proteins, called beta amyloid, the plaque that is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s.
A physician argues the shortcomings of current medical practices
In his book, “The Finest Traditions of My Calling,” Denver psychiatrist Dr. Abraham Nussbaum says that both doctors and patients are being shortchanged by today’s practices that emphasize population-based standards of care rather than the individual’s need. Kaiser Health News posed some questions to the 41-year-old author.