Watch Out: Another mark against vitamin D

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So here’s yet another mark against supposed benefits from extra vitamin D. Observational studies have shown that low vitamin D levels are linked to a higher risk of upper respiratory infections in kids, particularly colds. Ergo, some in the very populated vitamin D crowd have concluded, bring kids’ vitamin D levels up with artificial means […]

Buy placebos: they work

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Stimulant drugs that were originally intended only for kids who have ADHD have developed a reputation among older students that these drugs can help one study, stay awake longer, pay attention better, learn more, and hence they help to get better exam results. So no surprise really that surveys reveal that about 1/3 of university […]

Easy way to better health

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The bulk of things that medical experts advise, especially in their conclusions to published studies, are usually either cumbersome or bathed in a bunch of restrictions. So for once, it was lovely to see a very simple un-bathed recommendation for better health from an update in the fabulous ongoing EPIC-Norfolk Study. This update about older people […]

Update: Measles

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If you’re considering traveling to Europe this summer, next summer, or whenever, listen up. I know it’s not quite on a par with information about the Louvre (boring! One hour max and then these is much more to see in Paris) or the Trevi Fountain (fabulous but oh! So crowded so watch your wallet but […]

Watch Out: You are what you eat

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Noted nutrition author Michael Pollan has summarized his collected wisdom about what to eat with this great summary: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much. By and large, that’s terrific advice. But not always for everyone, so according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that happily received […]

Preventing dementia: early days

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A great deal of the buzz at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference which just wrapped up in London, England, has been about preventing dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia. And that’s a good thing because given how meager the returns have been so far from treating dementia, it’s time […]