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Sugar may be an unexpected contributor to death from heart disease. For decades, Americans were told to reduce the amount of fat in their diets. Food companies compensated for the loss of flavor in low-fat foods by adding sugar. As... (Read More)
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Pregnant women with low levels of vitamin D circulating in their bloodstreams are more likely to have children who develop cavities in their baby teeth. Researchers took blood samples from 207 Canadian women during their pregnancies. When their infants were... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D in the blood stream have been linked to a variety of chronic health problems including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, infection, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stroke and cancer. Now add dementia to that list. A study in... (Read More)
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Don't put your money where your mouth is. Scientists at New York University did microbiological studies to find out what germs live on dollar bills. As it turns out, the list is long. More than 3,000 different types of bacteria... (Read More)
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The safety of a technique used in laparoscopic removal of uterine fibroids has been called into question. Fibroid growths in the uterus can be quite uncomfortable, though they are benign. Gynecologists have frequently used a tool called a morcellator when... (Read More)
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Diagnostic error may be far more common than most people think. A new study estimates that up to 12 million Americans don't get the correct diagnosis when they visit their doctors' offices. The researchers analyzed three previous studies of outpatient... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D in the blood stream have been linked to a variety of chronic health problems including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, infection, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stroke and cancer. Now add dementia to that list. A study in... (Read More)
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People with asthma may also be at greater risk for bone loss, called osteoporosis. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University examined data of more than 7,000 asthmatic individuals in South Korea and found that those with hyper-responsive airways ("twitchy lungs") had... (Read More)
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People at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can change their fate by altering their diet and exercise patterns. The current research included 568 Chinese people who were followed up for more than two decades. At the outset, the... (Read More)
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The Cochrane Collaboration, a network of independent scientists who evaluate medical interventions using strict objective criteria, has raised questions about the effectiveness of the antiviral flu medicines Tamiflu and Relenza. The research published in the BMJ included analysis of data... (Read More)
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A population-based observational study from Singapore suggests that drinking coffee may help lower the risk of liver cirrhosis. More than 63,000 Chinese-speaking subjects were recruited between 1993 and 1998. They were followed for approximately 15 years. The volunteers were queried... (Read More)
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Post-traumatic stress disorder can be devastating and difficult to treat. A new study demonstrates that practicing yoga can help reduce troublesome symptoms. The study included 38 women who had experienced traumatic events ranging from childhood abuse to rape or the... (Read More)
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Patients undergoing painful procedures do better if they are encouraged to relax and visualize a safe place. This finding will not come as a surprise to many readers, but it was demonstrated in a study of patients undergoing ablation for... (Read More)
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A study of more than 2,000 people with osteoarthritis of the knee suggests that women who drink skim or low-fat milk may have a slower progression of the problem. The Osteoarthritis Initiative used a food frequency questionnaire to assess how... (Read More)
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FDA has approved a device the size of a cell phone that could save lives. The Evzio is used to inject a drug called naloxone that uncouples opioid drugs from their receptors. First responders have long used naloxone to prevent... (Read More)
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Diet soft drinks are often seen as a healthy alternative to sugary sodas, but new research suggests that diet drinks increase cardiovascular complications. Researchers at the American College of Cardiology meetings in Washington, DC, presented findings from 60,000 volunteers in... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D are linked to a range of serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis and falls among elderly people. Two new studies analyzed data from prior research involving over one million people.... (Read More)
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A Dutch study of nearly 1,000 colon cancer patients who went through surgery between 2002 and 2008 found that those who had been given a prescription for aspirin after being diagnosed with colon cancer were more likely to survive. The... (Read More)
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A medicine that was used by the ancient Egyptians is finding a new use for heart inflammation. Colchicine is derived from crocuses, and the pharaohs were using it to treat sore, swollen joints. In modern times, it has been used... (Read More)
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Mammograms have been the focus of controversy since 2009, when the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that this routine screening not begin until age 50. A new report looking back over 50 years of data on mammograms and breast... (Read More)
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Young children given probiotics seem to suffer from fewer daycare-related illnesses. Parents of preschoolers know that they seem to pass around a large number of infections, partly because toddlers may have less than fastidious hygiene. Mexican researchers studied 336 youngsters... (Read More)
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Multiple sclerosis sufferers often turn to complementary or alternative therapies (CAM) for relief of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle spasms or balance difficulties. One such herbal approach involves marijuana. The MS grapevine has been promoting the benefits of marijuana for... (Read More)
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People with serious heartburn, also known as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, are often at higher risk for a condition called Barrett's esophagus. The cells lining the lower part of the esophagus become abnormal and physicians worry that they could... (Read More)
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E-cigarettes are becoming extremely popular. Some experts predict that they will surpass combustible cigarette sales within the coming decade. Public health experts have wondered whether this alternative form of nicotine delivery might offer smokers an easier way to quit. A... (Read More)
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A new medicine to treat hepatitis C is creating a lot of controversy because of its price tag. The maker of Sovaldi, Gilead Sciences, is planning to charge as much as $84,000 for a course of treatment. This drug is... (Read More)
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Epidemiologists have just questioned the validity of standard dietary advice to avoid saturated fat for the sake of heart health. Over the last several decades, nutrition experts, dietitians and cardiologists have been warning Americans to cut back on sat fat... (Read More)
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Over the last decade, colon cancer rates have dropped dramatically. This comes with a corresponding increase in colonoscopies, especially among people between 50 and 75 years old. Medicare covers colonoscopies once every 10 years for beneficiaries at average risk. In... (Read More)
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As many as one third of Americans may forego a colonoscopy because they consider it embarrassing or uncomfortable. Home stool tests could provide a different type of detection for colorectal cancer. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine... (Read More)
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The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently (November, 2013) introduced new guidelines for the use of statins to prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. An analysis in The New England Journal of Medicine assessed the... (Read More)
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A look back at the 2009 to 2010 swine flu epidemic has revealed some interesting data regarding the use of the antiviral drug Tamiflu, known generically as oseltamivir. Researchers evaluated data from dozens of studies involving nearly 30,000 patients who... (Read More)