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Watch Out: Prostate cancer is often over-treated

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According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, about 161,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and about 26,700 men will die of prostate cancer. In other words, roughly one man in 7 diagnosed with prostate cancer  will die from that malignancy. Or looked at it from the other end, 6 in […]

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France to make 11 vaccinations mandatory for kids

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France has recently announced that starting in 2018, 11 vaccinations will now become mandatory, which will bring to 14 the number of vaccinations every French child must get. The newest additions include pertussis, measles, mumps, and rubella. Which is about as wise an attempt to limit the damage of these infections as any government can […]

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Watch Out: You may be taking the wrong Vitamin D

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A new small study that’s about vitamin D supplements is spurring a lot of discussion in health circles. In this Australian study, researchers divided a group of 325 south Asian and Caucasian women into 3 groups: one got vitamin D supplements in the form of vitamin D 3, one group got vitamin D 2 supplements, […]

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Watch out: Update on measles

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In a recent post, I discussed the measles outbreak in Europe, and as was entirely predictable, the news just keeps getting worse. WHO has just updated data that showed that there have now been 35 deaths from measles in Europe in the current outbreak (probably more if you consider that it’s likely that in adults […]

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Bring on the cheese

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Although most North American experts try their hardest to warn us off consuming much of any form of saturated fats, which includes of course, yummy cheese (no desert can ever beat un peu de fromage bleu or a choice chip of cheddar), a recent review from Europe, where there is not nearly as tight a […]

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add another to the no-go zone for antibiotics

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According to a recent study in the journal Ophthamology, most cases of conjunctivitis, that very common, very catchy eye problem we all refer to as pinkeye, do not require antibiotic eye drops, which, however, are still the mainstay of treatment for this condition. In fact, antibiotic drops, which according to the information in this study […]

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Eat some chocolate – it’s good for your heart

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A study a few weeks ago out of Denmark concluded that people who eat some chocolate regularly are at lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), that cardiac rhythm abnormality that left untreated leads to a significantly higher risk of stroke from blood clots. And even when treated appropriately, AF causes a lot of problems because […]

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Ticks turning T-bones toxic? God, I hope not

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According to a report in USA Today, doctors in the south and west of the the US are seeing more cases of what they are calling a “sudden” allergy to meat, meaning that this allergic response to meat which includes symptoms such as itching and abdominal cramps and diarrhea has come on in these individuals […]