Watch Out: Over-prescribing opioids

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According to a study in JAMA Surgery, ┬áresearchers 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 […]

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 […]

Watch Out: Another mark against vitamin D

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So here’s yet another mark against supposed benefits from extra vitamin D. Observational studies have shown that low vitamin D levels are linked to a higher risk of upper respiratory infections in kids, particularly colds. Ergo, some in the very populated vitamin D crowd have concluded, bring kids’ vitamin D levels up with artificial means […]

Watch Out: If you have a severe allergy

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According to a disturbing report in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (a journal that urgently needs a tighter name change), a significant number of kids (roughly 50 %) who suffered a severe allergic reaction did not receive epinephrine (aka adrenaline) treatment before arriving in hospital. That’s in large part due to the fact that […]

Be careful about your meds

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According to a new report from the U.S. National Poison Data System which was discussed in Science Daily, adult Americans are making more and more dosing errors when it comes to their use of medication. No surprise, really, when you consider that compared to just a few years ago, so many more people are getting […]