Today's Top Medical News - December 14,  2017

Flu-related deaths worldwide are increasing according to the latest estimate from the CDC and its global health partners.  Between 291,000 and 646,000 people will died from flu related respiratory illnesses each year. The previous estimate was 250,000 to 500,000. Researchers say poorest nations and older adults are hit the hardest.

Nearly a third of high school seniors report using some kind of vaping device in the last year, according to an annual government survey. The report also finds vaping and marijuana are more popular among 12th-graders than traditional cigarettes or misused prescription pain relievers.

And rainy weather has long been blamed for achy joints but a new Harvard study suggests otherwise.  Researchers reviewed millions of insurance claims and weather reports and found no link between rainfall and doctors' visits for joint and back pain. 


(Danielle Nottingham, CBS News)


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