Top stories in health and medicine, May 20, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Overactive Bladder May Set Seniors Up for a Fall. A diagnosis of overactive bladder (OAB) significantly increased the risk of falls among a Medicare population.
  2. IBS: Peppermint Oil May Be a Treatment Option. A slow-release peppermint oil (IBgard) appeared to significantly reduce severe abdominal symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  3. Smoking After Stenting Ups Chest Pain. People who quit smoking after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have less chest pain and better quality of life than those who keep smoking, according to a new U.S. study.
  4. Thin Patients With C. diff Face Higher Death Risk. Underweight patients infected with Clostridium difficile appeared to have highest risk of short-term mortality versus overweight or obese patients.

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