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A friend recently asked us the question: "I would love to find out what you think about the thought-provoking article regarding a breakthrough against Alzheimer's disease." It's hardly any wonder people are intrigued. The headlines have been tantalizing. Forbes offered... (Read More)
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Every day millions of people swallow pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, etc) or prescription medications such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren) or meloxicam (Mobic). The National Ambulatory Care Survey showed that 95% of... (Read More)
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For decades public health officials have been preaching a low-salt diet. Ask the experts at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and they would probably say that you can't have too low a golf score or salt intake.... (Read More)
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Remember when we were told that butter was bad and margarine was marvelous? Ooops! Turned out that the trans fats in margarine actually increased the risk for heart disease. Diet drinks were supposed to help people lose weight and presumably... (Read More)
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When James Fixx died at the age of 52 on July 20th, 1984, in the middle of his daily run, it was a huge shock to runners, athletes and fitness buffs. When Fixx was 35 he weighed 240 pounds and... (Read More)
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The tragic news yesterday confirmed what we have all been anticipating, ie, that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people on board. This heartbreaking news for the families and for the world at... (Read More)
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If you are not confused and maybe even exasperated over all the flip-flops over food in recent months, we would be amazed. The latest head-spinning headline appeared in the New York Times this week: "Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease... (Read More)
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We are frequently told that randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials are the gold standard for high quality drug research. Heck, we've even said it ourselves on numerous occasions. We believed this mantra until a recent meta-analysis of statin studies forced... (Read More)
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The headlines have taken our breath away: "Statin Side-Effects Questioned" "Statins do NOT have major side effects, claims study" "Statins Have Virtually No Side-Effects, Study Finds" "Side Effects Reported in Those Taking Statins Are Not Actually Attributable to the Drugs"... (Read More)
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When most people think of muscle cramps what comes to mind are leg cramps. That's because a "Charlie horse" can be super painful. The muscles in your legs are long and strong and when those muscles contract, especially in the... (Read More)
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According to the Wall Street Journal (March 3, 2014), Lipitor brought in roughly $13 billion for Pfizer in 2006. That was during the drug's heyday. This cholesterol-lowering statin-type medication made only $2.6 billion in 2013. The precipitous decline can be... (Read More)
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Without admitting that there is a problem with generic drugs, the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just announced that it is initiating a $20 million testing program. The FDA's new Office of Pharmaceutical Quality will scrutinize generic drugs, over-the-counter... (Read More)
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Gardiner Harris has written a powerful front-page story for the New York Times titled "Medicines Made in India Set Off Safety Worries" (Feb. 15, 2014). If anything, the headline downplays the seriousness of the problem. Here is the first sentence... (Read More)
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Here we go again. The mammogram debate has once again heated up because of new research (Canadian National Breast Screening Study) casting doubt on the value of this routine cancer screening technique. In a nutshell, roughly 90,000 women were randomized... (Read More)
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If you watched 60 Minutes the other night you would have seen a fascinating story titled "Sex Matters: Drugs Can Affect Sexes Differently." Lesley Stahl challenged the FDA on its traditional policy of treating men and women the same when... (Read More)
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For decades we've been told that saturated fat and cholesterol are the twin culprits behind heart disease, but a new study suggests that sugar may be at least as dangerous to the heart. The research published in JAMA Internal Medicine... (Read More)
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A week ago we asked the question, "Are You Concerned about Coffee Cup Contamination?" This was in response to a question by a visitor to this website who worried about catching a cold or the flu because the coffee barista... (Read More)
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Are you confused about supplements? Over the last few months we have been told by some researchers and medical thought leaders that vitamin E and fish oil were a waste of money and possibly even dangerous. Three weeks ago, however,... (Read More)
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Q.  Several years ago my doctor prescribed 20 mg of Lipitor. Since then doctors have gradually raised the dose till I am now on 80 mg of generic atorvastatin. Initially I experienced calf cramps that I could eventually stretch out.... (Read More)
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Imagine a drug that eases inflammation, reduces the risk of blood clots, relaxes blood vessels, improves circulation, improves liver function and blood sugar control, relieves stress and enhances mood. A medication that could do all those things might easily cost... (Read More)
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Here we go again with scary flu stories. Open up a newspaper or turn on the evening news, and you are likely see reports of worrisome influenza outbreaks all across the nation. Here are just a few examples of recent... (Read More)
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It's no wonder Americans feel as if they are on a roller coaster. A week ago the headlines quoted an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine: "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements." The doctors... (Read More)
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For a spice that has a history going back over 4,000 years, you would think that there wouldn't be much controversy or confusion. Au contraire. The benefits and risks of cinnamon are making headlines these days like never before. Just... (Read More)
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It will come as a huge shock to both orthopedic surgeons and their patients to learn that a pretend surgical procedure was just as good as "arthroscopic partial meniscectomy" for meniscal tears. The results of the study were published in... (Read More)
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For decades American physicians prescribed beta blockers as a primary treatment for high blood pressure. When we checked a few years ago we discovered that 115 million prescriptions were dispensed for such medications annually. Assuming 30 tablets per prescription (a... (Read More)
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Physicians rarely fight openly about the best ways to practice good medicine. That's because doctors tend to accept the recommendations put forth by their professional organizations. All that changed over the last several weeks. New guidelines (released on December 18... (Read More)
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Most health professionals dismiss home remedies as worthless at best or harmful at worst. That may be because their training makes such simple solutions to life's persistent problems seem unscientific. While it is true that grandmothers' wisdom is rarely tested... (Read More)
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The Food and Drug Administration has just given a green light to the first non-surgical treatment for a hard-to-manage condition called Peyronie's disease. The prescription medication will be sold under the trade name Xiaflex. It is known as CCH (collagenase... (Read More)
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Why are people so interested in their bowels? Most folks don't obsess about their livers, lungs or kidneys. But ask any gastroenterologist and you will learn that people are fascinated with what ends up in the toilet. They report on... (Read More)
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On Paul Simon's Grammy award winning album "Graceland" is an amazing song titled "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes." Take a moment to watch it being performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  Link to early Paul Simon version Link to... (Read More)