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Watch Out: Caution about using Aspirin regularly

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Millions of people are taking daily doses of Aspirin to try to reduce the risk of heart attacks and (maybe) strokes and (maybe even) some types of cancer. So do the known benefits of regular Aspirin use significantly out-weigh the risks? As always, the answer is “It depends”. The cardiovascular benefits of using Aspirin are […]

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Not quite yet

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You should never just read just a headline and a few paragraphs in a medical story and rush out and change what you do based on what you think your learned in that story. This was the actual headline for a recent story in Newsweek: ALZHEIMER’S: HOW EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL PREVENTS BRAIN PLAQUES AND PRESERVES […]

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Exercise to preserve cognitive functions? Maybe

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According to a recent report from the (US) National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, there is really no good proof that we know of anything you can do to lower your risk of cognitive decline with age. That’s the depressingly bad news. The more optimistic slant is that there are good hints that exercise, controlling […]

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Watch Out: Too much of a (maybe) good thing

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From likely the same people who hyped hormone “therapy” for menopausal women (for chronic disease prevention) and vitamin E (for heart disease protection) and selenium (for prostate cancer protection), none of which work and some of which cause significant harm for some people, we are being bombarded with hype for vitamin D (a supposed cure-all for […]