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Morning Medical Update: Menopause symptoms cost billions; Man accused of treating thousands without a medical license; Cranberry juice does help prevent UTIs


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Menopause symptoms cost billions

Symptoms from menopause can lead to billions of dollars in medical expenses plus lost productivity in the workplace. In a 2021 survey of 5,000 menopausal women, 13% experienced difficulties at work because of their symptoms. Researchers then used data from the 2020 census and found the missed days of work equaled a $1.8 billion loss in productivity and $25 billion in medical costs.

Man accused of treating thousands without a medical license

A California man has been charged with five felony counts of practicing medicine without a license. Stephan Gevorkian, 44, worked at Pathways Medical in North Hollywood for years. According to a news release, Gevorkian was caught by an undercover investigator when he “failed to accurately address abnormal levels of hormones that would indicate a serious medical condition.”

Cranberry juice does help prevent UTIs

A new study seems to confirm the long-standing advice that women should drink cranberry juice if suffering from a urinary tract infection. A review of 50 randomized trials found that cranberry juice or supplements reduced the risk of recurring symptoms by more than 25% in women. In children, that number was over 50%.

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