The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Heart Attack

How Soon Do Smokers Benefit from Quitting?

A careful study shows that smokers benefit from quitting. It may be more than a decade, though, before their risk of heart attacks drops to normal.

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Heart Attack

Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

People who have high blood pressure in the doctor's office may need to confirm that it is sustained throughout the day with home blood pressure measurement.

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Heart Failure

Will Eating Your Vegetables Ward Off Heart Failure?

People whose diets most closely approximate the DASH diet guidelines are better able to ward off heart failure as they age.

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Diabetes

How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Much?

How much time do you spend sitting on average? Chances are it's way too much and it's surprisingly bad for your health. How can you counteract the harm?

Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully
Podcasts

Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting Salt?

Cutting salt from our diets has been dogma for many years. Yet there is not very much evidence to support the extreme efforts some people make.

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Drug Side Effects

Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB Recalls!

The ARB recalls have generated surprisingly little outrage from physicians and pharmacists. But a perspective in the NEJM reveals that some docs are upset!

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Editorial

The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Hospital Patients

The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) was supposed to save lives. But the law of unintended consequences struck. Why are patients dying faster?

drug recall
Drug Side Effects

Unbelievable! Yet Another Drug Recall | Amlodipine Plus Valsartan

The FDA has issued yet another drug recall because of contamination with a probable cancer causing chemical. It involves amlodipine plus valsartan. Enough!

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

Non-sugar sweeteners may not offer the expected health benefits. In fact, some research suggests that such sugar substitutes may increase inflammation.

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Depression

Why You Can Die of a Broken Heart

People experiencing severe grief or depression because of bereavement have elevated levels of inflammation. This could contribute to broken heart syndrome.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully?

A long-running study suggests that people who eat fish and shellfish regularly are less prone to chronic disease as they age.

bottles of crestor lipitor and simvastatin cholesterol-lowering drugs
Heart Attack

Statins Fail to Help Healthy Older People

A study in older Spanish people found that statins fail to prevent heart attacks and strokes in people over 75 unless they have type 2 diabetes.

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Drug Side Effects

Was Aspirin to Blame for Leaky Heart Valve?

A leaky heart valve is a mechanical problem. Nonetheless, it makes sense to let your health care providers if you are taking aspirin or any other OTC drug on a regular basis.

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Arthritis

Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

Drinking a concoction of the liquid pectin Certo and grape juice appears to ease knee, shoulder or hip pain for many people. Will it help you?

Purple Diclofenac pills
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain Relievers

A Danish study reviews the dangers of diclofenac and finds that it can harm the heart and digestive tract. Are topical NSAIDs like Voltaren Gel any safer?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

When Is High LDL Cholesterol a Problem?

A study of low-risk individuals that ran for more than a quarter of a century found that even in these people, high LDL cholesterol can shorten life expectancy.

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Diabetes

Better Diet for Poor Americans Is Not a SNAP

The last fifteen years have seen some increases in diet quality for most Americans, but not for poor people on SNAP assistance. Disparities in diet quality are increasing.

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Heart Failure

High Protein Diet Is Linked to Heart Failure Risk

Finnish men who ate a lot of animal protein had a slightly higher heart failure risk than those who followed low-protein diets.

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cardiac arrest

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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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

Will Exercise Prevent Heart Failure?

People who are physically active in middle age may be able to prevent heart failure as they grow older. Exercise is an important element of a healthy lifestyle.