Never too late to live healthier

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An interesting new study in the NEJM is a happy reminder that it’s really never too late to start a healthier regime. In this study that combined data on over 75000 health professionals in the huge Nurses Health Study and the also large Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the researchers conclusion is pretty straight-forward and encouraging: Improved […]

Watch Out: If you have a severe allergy

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According to a disturbing report in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (a journal that urgently needs a tighter name change), a significant number of kids (roughly 50 %) who suffered a severe allergic reaction did not receive epinephrine (aka adrenaline) treatment before arriving in hospital. That’s in large part due to the fact that […]

Perhaps our insomnia is not much to worry over

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If you suffer from any form of insomnia – unable to fall asleep easily, frequent nocturnal wakening, too-early rising – a fascinating study done on a tribal group of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania will come as very welcome information, I think, because this study tells you that, hey, despite the ubiquitous efforts to convince you that you […]

Be careful about your meds

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According to a new report from the U.S. National Poison Data System which was discussed in Science Daily, adult Americans are making more and more dosing errors when it comes to their use of medication. No surprise, really, when you consider that compared to just a few years ago, so many more people are getting […]

Coffee is the best “health drink”

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Two new studies published in Annals of Internal Medicine strongly underscore something I’ve been pushing for years: If you really believe in consuming a “health drink”, something millions of people seem to believe is a habit they must follow, then nothing beats coffee, certainly not water, which is a beverage that generally contains little or […]