Medical Notes this week…

The blood thinner warfarin is prescribed to as many as 10 percent of people in the western world, and a new study shows they’re getting benefits beyond what’s expected. The study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine shows that warfarin helps protect people from cancer. Researchers say people taking warfarin have a 16 percent reduced risk of cancer overall including a 31 percent reduced risk of prostate cancer and a 20 percent reduced risk of lung cancer.

Vegetables are good for kids and a new study shows fish are especially good for them, too. The study in the journal Scientific Reports finds that kids who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are four points higher, on average, than those who eat fish less often. Researchers say fish should be introduced to children by about age two.

And finally, before too long, odds are your doctor is more likely to be a woman than a man. This fall for the first time, more women were enrolled in US medical schools than men. Overall applicants to medical school have increased by more than 50 percent since 2002 and the number of women entering medical school has risen by nearly 10 percent since 2015.

And that’s Medical Notes this week.

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