(May 31, 2011 - Insidermedicine)
From Geneva - Smoking could kill up to 8 million people a year in 2030, according to a new report released by the WHO. Researchers found that smoking will kill 6 million people in 2011, 600,000 of whom will be non-smokers. Since the health effects of smoking take years to develop, the researchers argue that the tobacco-related disease epidemic is just beginning, with the death toll possibly reaching 8 million annually in 2030.
From Atlanta - Being immunized against the flu during pregnancy may lower risk of premature birth, according to a report published in PLoS Medicine. Studying over 4100 mother-baby pairs, researchers found that babies of mothers who received a flu vaccination during pregnancy were less likely to be premature.
And finally, from Baltimore - Nighttime organ transplantations do not negatively impact one year survival, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers studied over 27,000 patients undergoing organ transplantation, finding that those who underwent their procedure at nighttime did not have significantly different one year survival rates.