Inflammatory Myopathy Mortality Highest in First Year

Adults with idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) have a threefold higher risk for death, and that risk is highest during the first year after diagnosis, a study found.

Source: Inflammatory Myopathy Mortality Highest in First Year

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Hemoglobin A1c and Mortality in Older Adults With and Without Diabetes: Results From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (1988–2011)

CONCLUSIONS An HbA1c >8.0% was associated with increased risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality in older adults with diabetes. Our results support the idea that better glycemic control is important for reducing mortality; however, in light of the conflicting evidence base, there is also a need for individualized glycemic targets for older adults with diabetes depending on their demographics, duration of diabetes, and existing comorbidities.

Source: Diabetes Care

Melanoma Incidence, Mortality Still Rising | Medpage Today

An estimated 76,380 new cases of invasive melanoma were diagnosed in 2016, and an additional 68,480 Americans had new diagnoses of in situ melanoma. Melanoma-associated mortality increased by about 1.5% a year during the study period, exceeding the statistical trajectory angle for incidence.

Source: Melanoma Incidence, Mortality Still Rising | Medpage Today

Stratfor looks at the drug cartel’s insurgency against Mexico – Fabius Maximus

Summary: Immigration from Mexico was a hot issue in Campaign 2016. An equally serious danger was ignored — contagion to the US from the insurgency of drug cartels against Mexico.  (Graphic copyright Stratfor 2016)

Source: Stratfor looks at the drug cartel’s insurgency against Mexico | Fabius Maximus website

With increasing legalization of marijuana in the US the cartels are now selling more heroin and methamphetamine.  It’s been a while since I read up on this issue.

Still looking to buy that beachfront bargain in Mexico?