Preventing dementia: early days

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 […]

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Watch Out: You should forget some routine tests

If you’re one of those many many people – doctors and lay people alike – who believe that the more tests you get, the better your health outcome, a sobering new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine should give you at least a bit of pause. This Canadian study found that although routine ECG testing […]

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Never too late to live healthier

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 […]

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Watch Out: If you have a severe allergy

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 […]

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Watch Out: Bird flu has not flown the coop

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists the so-called bird flu (aka H7N9 flu) as one of the major pandemic threats to humanity worrying that if that form of flu, found primarily in chickens, becomes more easily transmittable to humans, we would be in for a terrible time because currently this form of flu, on the […]

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Perhaps our insomnia is not much to worry over

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 […]

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Be careful about your meds

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 […]

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Coffee is the best “health drink”

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 […]

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Watch Out: Prostate cancer is often over-treated

According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, about 161,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and about 26,700 men will die of prostate cancer. In other words, roughly one man in 7 diagnosed with prostate cancer  will die from that malignancy. Or looked at it from the other end, 6 in […]

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France to make 11 vaccinations mandatory for kids

France has recently announced that starting in 2018, 11 vaccinations will now become mandatory, which will bring to 14 the number of vaccinations every French child must get. The newest additions include pertussis, measles, mumps, and rubella. Which is about as wise an attempt to limit the damage of these infections as any government can […]

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