Watch Out: I’m back

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Apologies for this long interval between items but we’ve been attending to some major medical issues in the family, and (I say this with my usual trepidation on all medical matters) thankfully, there seems to be a happy ending in sight. So thanks to all those who’ve waited (impatiently, I’m sure) for the next item […]

How to improve your sleep

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An interesting recent study published in Lancet Psychiatry found that a web-based program of cognitive behavioral could improve sleep in some people. There are several weaknesses in this study – online registration, self-reporting, large drop-out rate – but still, the results are encouraging in that insomnia is very prevalent and there are simply not enough […]

Why Arsenal sometimes beats Man U

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According to a report from the UK, 1 in 12 males is color blind and there’s no reason to believe that that’s also not true about football (soccer to us) players, too. So the next time you see one of your favourite team’s players pass the ball directly to an opposing player, before you curse […]

Watch out: Cold weather can kill you

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In yet another of the huge number or interesting studies presented recently at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, in Barcelona, Spain, researchers from Sweden looked at a huge number of heart attacks in that country’s fabulous central health register and concluded that the colder it gets, the higher the number of […]

Watch out: PSA testing yet again

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A paper published a little while ago in Annals of Internal Medicine about PSA testing for prostate cancer (PC) garnered lots of glowing headlines because the researchers, who had re-analyzed several previous important studies on PSA testing, concluded that “PSA testing reduces the risk of dying from prostate cancer (PC)” by roughly 20 % or […]