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Watch out: Update on measles

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In a recent post, I discussed the measles outbreak in Europe, and as was entirely predictable, the news just keeps getting worse. WHO has just updated data that showed that there have now been 35 deaths from measles in Europe in the current outbreak (probably more if you consider that it’s likely that in adults […]

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Bring on the cheese

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Although most North American experts try their hardest to warn us off consuming much of any form of saturated fats, which includes of course, yummy cheese (no desert can ever beat un peu de fromage bleu or a choice chip of cheddar), a recent review from Europe, where there is not nearly as tight a […]

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add another to the no-go zone for antibiotics

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According to a recent study in the journal Ophthamology, most cases of conjunctivitis, that very common, very catchy eye problem we all refer to as pinkeye, do not require antibiotic eye drops, which, however, are still the mainstay of treatment for this condition. In fact, antibiotic drops, which according to the information in this study […]

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Eat some chocolate – it’s good for your heart

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A study a few weeks ago out of Denmark concluded that people who eat some chocolate regularly are at lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), that cardiac rhythm abnormality that left untreated leads to a significantly higher risk of stroke from blood clots. And even when treated appropriately, AF causes a lot of problems because […]

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Ticks turning T-bones toxic? God, I hope not

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According to a report in USA Today, doctors in the south and west of the the US are seeing more cases of what they are calling a “sudden” allergy to meat, meaning that this allergic response to meat which includes symptoms such as itching and abdominal cramps and diarrhea has come on in these individuals […]

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Watch out: How safe are PPIs?

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PPIs, a category of anti-acid reflux drugs than includes such household names as Nexium, Losec, Prilosec, Dexilant, and several others, are among the most common prescription drugs in the world. In addition, several PPI formulations are available OTC without prescription. Hence, millions and millions of people use them. In theory, for the vast majority of […]

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So should you get a shingles vaccine?

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The debate about shingles vaccines has just been re-ignited with a study that compared 23,000 people who got shingles with 23,000 who didn’t. And the study concluded that those people who did get shingles were significantly more likely to develop a stroke, heart attack, or another heart problem. This risk was highest for the first […]

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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 […]