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Update: Measles

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If you’re considering traveling to Europe this summer, next summer, or whenever, listen up. I know it’s not quite on a par with information about the Louvre (boring! One hour max and then these is much more to see in Paris) or the Trevi Fountain (fabulous but oh! So crowded so watch your wallet but […]

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Watch Out: You are what you eat

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Noted nutrition author Michael Pollan has summarized his collected wisdom about what to eat with this great summary: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much. By and large, that’s terrific advice. But not always for everyone, so according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that happily received […]

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Preventing dementia: early days

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]