Medical notes this week…
There are about 16 million cancer survivors in the United States, and in some ways many of them are never quite the same. For example, a new study finds that even years later, people who beat cancer get tired more quickly than other people. The study in the journal Cancer found that after five minutes on a treadmill, people with a cancer history were nearly twice as likely to rate their fatigue as high. Walking a 400-meter track those with a cancer history finish an average of 14 seconds slower than similar people without a cancer history.
About half of all women will experience a urinary tract infection at some point and most will be successfully treated with antibiotics. However, doctors say antibiotic resistance is making UTI’s harder to treat. But it may not take antibiotics after all. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that treatment with a modified sugar molecule can treat urinary tract infections by keeping bacteria from adhering to the body.
And finally… if you’re facing a high pressure situation and need to lower your stress levels a new study suggests you take a sniff of your sweetie’s used t-shirt. The study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology finds that when women were put in stressful situations, their levels of the stress hormone cortisol were lower when they smelled their significant other’s used t-shirt. they also reported that they felt less stressed. stress levels went up when they smelled someone else’s t-shirt.