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Watch Out: If you have kidney stones

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If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you might think your biggest worry is having another because those things are soooooooooo painful. Well, sorry to do this to you but there’s another biggie that you should take into account. According to a study of Dutch individuals that was published in the British Journal of Cancer […]

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Understanding my mother

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My mother was without question the most formidable person I have ever known. In fact, according to many, many conversations I had with those who met her – friends of mine, people she interacted with, tradespeople she terrorized, care-givers she likewise totally bossed, all of whom were fascinated by her – she was also the […]

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Whatever happened to . . .

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Garcinia cambogia! Remember way back when, at least 2 years ago, maybe as long as 3, when something called garcinia cambogia became an instant internet sensation for weight loss simply because that medical huckster knows as Dr. Oz plugged this supplement heavily as weight loss treatment. And suddenly, millions of people were sucked into buying […]

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Non-sugar sweeteners: Meh

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A review of 56 published studies in The BMJ (which once used to be known as the British Medical Journal but everything medical is now reduced to abbreviations) has concluded that non-sugar sweeteners are like nearly of us, that is, neither good nor bad. In other words, people who use lots of non-sugar sweeteners don’t seem […]

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Your ears govern your health

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Studies over the last few years have linked hearing loss to a higher risk of cognitive decline – common sense that if you don’t use your brain as much because of a sensory loss, your brain will decline faster – and to a higher risk of falling, premature death, and a few other conditions. And […]

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Stick with it

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Second day of the new year so studies suggest that lots of you are already wavering in your commitment to a healthy new lifestyle. And some of you have even moved beyond wavering – you’ve actually stopped working out or watching what you eat on this second day of the year. So here’s a common […]

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Prevention always trumps treatment

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Since this is being posted at the start of a new year, when many people have likely resolved to make some healthy changes to their lives, I think it may also be a good time to point out that according to many good studies and surveys, many chronic illnesses that are generally thought of as […]

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Happiness as we age

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According to a UK health survey last year, women get steadily happier as they get older, and they reach the peak of happiness in their mid-eighties, when they finally over-take men in terms of how happy they report being. So why do women finally become happier than men at age 85? Well, according to these […]

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Skin cancer from blood pressure drugs

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A disturbing (at least to me) study published last year (but one which I was just reminded of again recently) in the Journal of American Dermatology concluded that people – like me, alas – who use a very popular blood pressure-lowering drug called hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) are significantly more likely than people who don’t use that […]