Today’s Top Medical News — April 22, 2016


New research looks at the long-term health of childhood cancer survivors and why older adults are most at risk of dying from the flu.

The body’s own immune response, rather than the virus itself, may be the primary cause of flu deaths in older people.  That’s according to new research from Yale. The finding could lead to new strategies to combat the illness. 90 percent of deadly flu cases worldwide are in seniors.

A new study of childhood cancer survivors finds their overall health is similar to that of middle-aged adults. Researchers at Harvard looked at survivors who are now 18 to 29 years old. They found only 20 percent reported no chronic conditions. Childhood cancer survivors often have a higher risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic health problems related to their previous surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

And new research suggests an inspirational manager may actually wind up harming their employees’ health over time. A study in the journal “Work and Stress” found bosses who inspired their staff to perform above and beyond the call of duty increased the risk of them coming to work when sick, delaying recovery and possibly spreading illness.

(Omar Villafranca, CBS News)

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