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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)
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The FDA has just approved a new device designed to prevent migraine headaches. The headband from Belgium uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, abbreviated TENS, to ward off migraines. The plastic, battery-powered headband contains an electrode situated just above the eyes... (Read More)
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Powerful acid suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs may cause an autoimmune skin condition called subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus. This unpleasant blistering rash may be triggered by medications and sun exposure. Danish researchers reviewed medical records and discovered... (Read More)
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Exposure to sunlight can damage the skin, leading to accelerated skin aging and increasing the risk of skin cancers. Tissue culture research has shown, however, that a common compound produced in the body can help protect skin cells from the... (Read More)
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Eczema in children is common and often becomes more troublesome in the winter. Investigators in Boston conducted a pilot study to see whether vitamin D supplements would benefit children with persistent eczema. The youngsters were randomized to receive 1,000 IU... (Read More)
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Glucosamine remains one of the most popular dietary supplements for arthritis despite a lack of convincing evidence that it helps. Now a study from the University of Arizona has once again demonstrated no significant difference in knee pain or cartilage... (Read More)
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Stress is ubiquitous in modern society and generally acknowledged as a negative factor for mental and physical health. Meditation has been recommended as a way of coping with stress. A recent meta-analysis of 47 randomized controlled trials evaluated how well... (Read More)
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A long-term study from Sweden suggests that men with early prostate cancer may benefit more from radical prostatectomy than active surveillance, also termed watchful waiting. Roughly 700 men were randomized to undergo surgery or watchful waiting. They were followed up... (Read More)
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Stethoscopes are an iconic symbol for health care providers. Most physicians and nurses wear a stethoscope draped around their neck for quick access. There are currently no clear guidelines to tell health care providers how often a stethoscope should be... (Read More)
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The CDC has assessed antibiotic use in hospitals and uncovered some scary statistics. More than half of hospitalized patients get an antibiotic during their stay, but use of these drugs doesn't always follow recommended guidelines. More than a third of... (Read More)