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Watch Out: Pre-cut veggies are not a good choice

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Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Whole Foods and other food merchandisers have just had to recall some vegetable products from packaged vegetable supplier Mann Packing because of fears the veggies may carry listeria, which has the potential to be a very serious infection for some people, such as the very young, seniors, and those with immune-related disorders. […]

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Watch Out: Don’t judge a drug by its TV ads

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Ever wonder why those drug ads on TV go on and on and on and on, boring you to tears by listing every single possible side effect and potential negative consequence of taking that drug (“boring to tears” is a well-known common side effect of drug advertising, by the way)? Easy: Listing every single thing […]

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Worst idea of the year: Low-fat avocados

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Full disclosure: I love love love avocados, yes, even as that millenial joke of avocado toast, but way more as an easy-to-use fruit that you can eat on its own or with another fruit like tomatoes and a bit of really good olive oil vinaigrette dressing poured on top; simply yummy – so a story […]

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How to improve your sleep

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An interesting recent study published in Lancet Psychiatry found that a web-based program of cognitive behavioral could improve sleep in some people. There are several weaknesses in this study – online registration, self-reporting, large drop-out rate – but still, the results are encouraging in that insomnia is very prevalent and there are simply not enough […]

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Why Arsenal sometimes beats Man U

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According to a report from the UK, 1 in 12 males is color blind and there’s no reason to believe that that’s also not true about football (soccer to us) players, too. So the next time you see one of your favourite team’s players pass the ball directly to an opposing player, before you curse […]

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Watch out: Cold weather can kill you

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In yet another of the huge number or interesting studies presented recently at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, in Barcelona, Spain, researchers from Sweden looked at a huge number of heart attacks in that country’s fabulous central health register and concluded that the colder it gets, the higher the number of […]

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Watch out: PSA testing yet again

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A paper published a little while ago in Annals of Internal Medicine about PSA testing for prostate cancer (PC) garnered lots of glowing headlines because the researchers, who had re-analyzed several previous important studies on PSA testing, concluded that “PSA testing reduces the risk of dying from prostate cancer (PC)” by roughly 20 % or […]

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So whom do you believe?

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In a recent major international medical conference, health authorities and researchers from the UK warned that the world is facing “an antibiotic apocalypse” because of the rapid spread of antibiotic resistance and the dearth of new drugs to take the place of the ones that no longer work. (Actually, the warning was about antimicrobial resistance […]