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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 […]

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Watch Out: Bird flu has not flown the coop

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The World Health Organization (WHO) lists the so-called bird flu (aka H7N9 flu) as one of the major pandemic threats to humanity worrying that if that form of flu, found primarily in chickens, becomes more easily transmittable to humans, we would be in for a terrible time because currently this form of flu, on the […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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Watch out: How safe are PPIs?

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PPIs, a category of anti-acid reflux drugs than includes such household names as Nexium, Losec, Prilosec, Dexilant, and several others, are among the most common prescription drugs in the world. In addition, several PPI formulations are available OTC without prescription. Hence, millions and millions of people use them. In theory, for the vast majority of […]