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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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Watch Out: Your rug (and your bed) can maim you

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Common sense would tell you that most hip fractures in seniors occur in the winter when people with less mobility and resilience are more likely to fall on slippery – wet or icy – surfaces. But if your common sense tells you that, turns out that your common sense may be wrong, at least according […]

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Watch Out: Pre-cut veggies are not a good choice

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Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Whole Foods and other food merchandisers have just had to recall some vegetable products from packaged vegetable supplier Mann Packing because of fears the veggies may carry listeria, which has the potential to be a very serious infection for some people, such as the very young, seniors, and those with immune-related disorders. […]

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Watch Out: Don’t judge a drug by its TV ads

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Ever wonder why those drug ads on TV go on and on and on and on, boring you to tears by listing every single possible side effect and potential negative consequence of taking that drug (“boring to tears” is a well-known common side effect of drug advertising, by the way)? Easy: Listing every single thing […]

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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 […]