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Another study about over-prescribing

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A Canadian study published online July 28 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds that an astonishingly high number of people with cognitive impairment and who are residing in nursing homes receive what the researchers call potentially inappropriate medication (PIM). In this study of over 41000 nursing home residents, the researchers found that 44 […]

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Watch Out: Your Ipad may be ruining your sleep

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We all do it – read computers, laptops, notepads, cellular phones before trying to sleep – even though we know we shouldn’t because many studies have implicated the blue light emitted by such gadgets as interfering with sleep – harder to fall asleep, waking more often, waking early, etc. So you will all probably ignore […]

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Statins: Take or take a break?

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Full disclaimer: I’ve been on 10 mg of Lipitor (atorvastatin) for over 25 years because of high LDL and total cholesterol levels and every single one of my well-meaning doctors, who I really do believe actually like me (I may be wrong but if I am, I don’t want to know) and want to look […]

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Watch Out: Over-prescribing opioids

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According to a study in JAMA Surgery,  researchers reviewed several studies on post-operative pain and concluded that over 2/3 of post-surgery patients admitted to having unused narcotics at home that had been prescribed for their surgery, that they had used on average only about half the narcotic pills they had been prescribed (and since that’s […]

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Watch Out: Yoga can injure

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Disclaimer: I’ve tried to incorporate yoga into my life on several occasions, and each time, I made a very important mistake that put a short end to my yoga attempts. Because I never learn, I did all my yoga sessions next to my wife, who is at least 3, probably 18, times more flexible than […]

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Potatoes: First, the good news

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The proverbial good news/bad news split over a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition about eating potatoes. The great good news is that in this study of over 400 middle-aged and older adults followed for 8 years, the researchers “found no link between white potato consumption and mortality”, which in English means, eating […]

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Watch Out: If you have a celiac in the family

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As an expert on celiac disease (CD) – everyone considers themselves an expert on anything they have and I happen to have CD – two important facts keeps hitting me over and over, especially as my family enlarges. The first is that CD runs in families. So, it’s been stated that if you have CD, […]

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Wine for brain health? Maybe

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The alcohol wars are akin to a game of ping pong – a soon as some experts publish a piece of evidence that moderate regular intake of alcohol, especially wine, may be good for you, you can be sure that within days, perhaps within hours or even minutes, some other experts will aver that no, […]

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Watch out: Sleeping too much may lead to nightmares

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A survey of 850 people published in the New Scientist concludes that as one would expect, worrying too much is linked to a higher rate of nightmares (or as my awake-at-2 AM wife now calls them, Trumpmares). But surprisingly, at least among the people in this survey, sleeping more than 9 hours a night also […]