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Lots of you don’t have what you think you have

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There’s some really good news for lots of parents and even better, for lots of kids, too more from a recent study published online in the journal Pediatrics. The study concerned an allergy to penicillin, a drug which despite – maybe because of – the widespread availability of newer, more potent antibiotics is an antibiotic […]

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Watch Out: Caution about using Aspirin regularly

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Millions of people are taking daily doses of Aspirin to try to reduce the risk of heart attacks and (maybe) strokes and (maybe even) some types of cancer. So do the known benefits of regular Aspirin use significantly out-weigh the risks? As always, the answer is “It depends”. The cardiovascular benefits of using Aspirin are […]

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Not quite yet

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You should never just read just a headline and a few paragraphs in a medical story and rush out and change what you do based on what you think your learned in that story. This was the actual headline for a recent story in Newsweek: ALZHEIMER’S: HOW EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL PREVENTS BRAIN PLAQUES AND PRESERVES […]

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Exercise to preserve cognitive functions? Maybe

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According to a recent report from the (US) National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, there is really no good proof that we know of anything you can do to lower your risk of cognitive decline with age. That’s the depressingly bad news. The more optimistic slant is that there are good hints that exercise, controlling […]

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Watch Out: Too much of a (maybe) good thing

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From likely the same people who hyped hormone “therapy” for menopausal women (for chronic disease prevention) and vitamin E (for heart disease protection) and selenium (for prostate cancer protection), none of which work and some of which cause significant harm for some people, we are being bombarded with hype for vitamin D (a supposed cure-all for […]

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Watch Out: We all have some dirty money

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In a study from recently the University of Hong Kong which was recently published in Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers scraped banknotes to determine what kind of bacteria grow on them (and yes, you have to at least say that you’re a researcher to get funding to do that kind of stuff). And to the surprise of […]

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Watch Out: “Natural” Is not always what it seems

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If, like millions of others, you too believe that “natural” always means healthier, a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports might give you a bit of pause. In this study, researchers analyzed 16 brands of sea salt, which is promoted by some health food zealots as being more “natural” than regular salt, purchased […]