The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Arthritis

Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have Heart Benefits

First we were told fish oil was good for the heart. Then we were told no, it doesn't work. Now, omega 3 fats work after all. What about for arthritis?

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Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

Fish Oil for the Heart? Is It Good After All?

Fish oil for the heart has been on a roller coaster. It has been good for the heart, ineffective for the heart and now, once again, very good for the heart!

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cardiac arrest

Are Diets and Supplements Useless for Your Heart?

An analysis of more than 200 trials concluded that diets and supplements won't protect you from heart attacks. But this conclusion might not apply to you.

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Is Juice as Bad for Your Health as Soda?

Fruit juice seems like a healthful choice, but it is high in fructose. People who drink a lot of juice are at risk of premature death.

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cardiac arrest

Eat Breakfast – Live Longer! Skip Breakfast – Die Faster

Does it matter whether you eat breakfast or run out the door on an empty stomach? A new study suggests that breakfast eaters have less heart disease. Why?

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Cancer

Can Fish Oil Really Help Your Heart?

Fish oil supplements prevent fatal heart attacks. The benefits are clearest among people who don't eat much fish. How much do you eat?

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Arthritis

Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

Studies suggest that adequate vitamin D levels might boost your mood by warding off seasonal affective disorder. The vitamin has other benefits as well.

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Will Vitamin Supplements Prevent Heart Problems?

An analysis of more than 150 studies found that most supplements don't prevent heart problems. The exception? Folic acid alone or in B-complex vitamin pills.

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Is Wine Bad or Good for People with Diabetes?

An Israeli study suggests that a daily glass of wine might shrink plaque in the arteries of people with diabetes, answering the question is wine bad or good.

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cardiac arrest

Are NSAIDs Linked to the Ultimate Side Effect, Cardiac Arrest?

A Danish study shows that people taking an NSAID such as diclofenac or ibuprofen are at a greater risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.