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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 […]

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Watch Out: When taking new drugs

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According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine , when the US FDA approves a new drug, it requires the manufacturer of that product to do post-marketing surveillance about safety in the general population mostly because pre-marketing studies often restrict entry to many groups of people who will ultimately get those […]

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Watch Out: Tall men have higher risks of clotting

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According to a study that tracked more than 2.6 million people from Sweden and which was published Sept. 5 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, tall men are significantly more likely to develop potentially dangerous blood clots in their leg veins than their more down-to-earth (more accurately, closer-to-the-earth) brothers. Why is that a problem? Because if a part of […]

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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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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 […]