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Watch out

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Great recent article for the new year on the online site, Medscape, from its editor, Eric Topol. He listed 15 of his favourite scientific articles from 2018, studies that, he says. were meant to “challenge the dogma” of established medical theory and practice. And among them were the following. From the journal, Cell, a study […]

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This one may surprise you

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Quick quiz question: Which medical specialists in the US prescribe the most antibiotics? The answer that might surprise you is: Dermatologists. That’s according to a recent study in JAMA Dermatology in which researchers analyzed American data covering roughly 8 years worth of prescriptions. Part of the reason for that huge mountain of antibiotic prescriptions by […]

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Stay fit, stay healthy

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Even more proof – as if we needed any -that fitness is directly linked to better health in a straight line. That is, the more fit you are – at any age – the lower your risk of major chronic illnesses and the greater chance you have of being alive when your grandkids get into […]

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Why we can’t ever be sure

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The main problem with so many medical studies – nearly all of them, in fact – is that no matter how hard the investigators try to even out differences among study participants- that’s the part where they always say, “We controlled for differences in income, smoking, diet, type of vehicle, favourite sports team, middle initial, […]