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Got a fever? It may be a good thing

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We are a drug-obsessed, symptom-obsessed, relief-obsessed culture, so we’ve been conditioned to believe that every symptom must be obliterated because well, otherwise, how will we get better? Got pain? Take a pain reliever. Can’t sleep? Take a sleeping pill. Got a fever? The ads are very persuasive: You must take a Tylenol or an Aspirin […]

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Don’t sit on this study

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In a study published recently online in the American Journal of Cardiology, researchers concluded that nearly a third of normal-weight U.S. adults are at increased risk of a heart attack or a stroke due to too much sitting around time. Why are some normal-looking people at the same added risk of cardiovascular problems as people who are […]

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Stupid Medical Tricks

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According to a case report in the Irish Medical Journal, a 33-year-old Irish man tried to get over a chronically bad back by injecting himself with shots of his own semen. Surprisingly, the semen shots did not cure his pain. But his self-investigated, self-taught, alternative (natural?) treatment did leave him with a swollen arm and a deep […]

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Watch out

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Great recent article for the new year on the online site, Medscape, from its editor, Eric Topol. He listed 15 of his favourite scientific articles from 2018, studies that, he says. were meant to “challenge the dogma” of established medical theory and practice. And among them were the following. From the journal, Cell, a study […]

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This one may surprise you

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Quick quiz question: Which medical specialists in the US prescribe the most antibiotics? The answer that might surprise you is: Dermatologists. That’s according to a recent study in JAMA Dermatology in which researchers analyzed American data covering roughly 8 years worth of prescriptions. Part of the reason for that huge mountain of antibiotic prescriptions by […]

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Stay fit, stay healthy

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Even more proof – as if we needed any -that fitness is directly linked to better health in a straight line. That is, the more fit you are – at any age – the lower your risk of major chronic illnesses and the greater chance you have of being alive when your grandkids get into […]