Morning Break: Fukushima Cancer; Oprah and WW; 'Humaetna' Born
Japan has acknowledged that a worker at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power installation has developed leukemia.
A landmark study finds that talk therapy -- in conjunction with lower doses of medication -- can help schizophrenia patients. (The New York Times)
Here's a brief guide to Big Pharma, courtesy of The Week.
Difficulty gaining access to pentobarbital and other drugs used for lethal injections forced Ohio to postpone executions of condemned prisoners until 2017.
Health insurance giants Aetna and Humana are set to become a single super giant after their shareholders approved a merger.
David Gorski at the Science Based Medicine blog takes a really, really close look at that study of Choosing Wisely's effectiveness.
BMJ blogger Richard Lehman wonders why anyone would use the acronym NEUROSIS for a trial of inhaled steroids for premature infants.
Oprah Winfrey put her money where her mouth is, buying a big block of stock in Weight Watchers and taking a seat on the WW board. (Dealbook New York Times)
"Diseases I Have According To WebMD." Let us know if you need a second opinion. (McSweeney's)
The American Heart Association acknowledged that the vice-chair of the committee that drafted the 2013 guidelines for the management of cholesterol failed to disclose $110,000 in research grants from Lilly for studies of an experimental cholesterol treatment. The AHA said the omission was inadvertent, but wrong. Oops. (Pharmalot/STAT)
A group of more info explorers found a lot more than they bargained for: leishmaniasis. (Maryn McKenna at Nat Geo)
Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom is reportedly doing better after his brush with death, apparently brought on by a combination of cocaine and herbal sexual enhancement drugs.
Also improving is the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola but returned to the hospital last week with late complication, according to Reuters.
The ICD-10 roll out hasn't been smooth across the board. Here's a guide to the OMG codes to guide doctors in the pain they're feeling in implementation. "OMG 000.19 Nervous breakdown due to ICD-10, fetal position." (Gomer Blog)
And here's a handy, illustrated guide to the ICD-10 called "Struck by Orca."
Work on a MERS vaccine is beginning, according to the WHO.
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