Welcome to the May newsletter. This newsletter aims to provide information and analysis of timely topics from recent articles published in the medical literature. I hope you find this information useful and helpful in your health journey. If you have comments or questions, please let us know!
Hopefully, most of you were able to enjoy our recent nice weather and get outside. Entering summer should involve more time outside in the backyard, on the water, in the woods, or on the playing field. This leads us to think about sunscreen (or at least it should). I usually buy whatever sunscreen is available and don't give anything except SPF rating a thought. However, the first article highlights a report from the Environmental Working Group which made me rethink this. They found that up to 75% of the sunscreens on the market may be inadequate! Head below for links to the full report.
For many of us, pets are an important part of our lives and a part of our families. Are our pets helping protect us from dementia? Should we work harder to help people keep pets as they age? Check out the second article for more information.
The kidney is the smartest organ in our body (ask any nephrologist) but is often neglected in our health efforts. We think about our heart and lungs all the time, but our renal health isn't a priority. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects 1 in 7 people so we should likely give this more thought. The third article has information on a good way to protect our kidneys and prevent CKD.
I hope you enjoy these articles!
When I discussed the mRNA vaccines with many of you, I often mentioned that I was most excited about what the future could hold for this technology, especially in the field of oncology. I found this article which outlines some of the future developments for mRNA technology moving forward in oncology. Hopefully, this technology will lead to breakthrough treatments for cancer as well as infectious diseases.