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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 […]

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Watch Out: Caution about using Aspirin regularly

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Millions of people are taking daily doses of Aspirin to try to reduce the risk of heart attacks and (maybe) strokes and (maybe even) some types of cancer. So do the known benefits of regular Aspirin use significantly out-weigh the risks? As always, the answer is “It depends”. The cardiovascular benefits of using Aspirin are […]

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Watch Out: Too much of a (maybe) good thing

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From likely the same people who hyped hormone “therapy” for menopausal women (for chronic disease prevention) and vitamin E (for heart disease protection) and selenium (for prostate cancer protection), none of which work and some of which cause significant harm for some people, we are being bombarded with hype for vitamin D (a supposed cure-all for […]

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Watch Out: We all have some dirty money

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In a study from recently the University of Hong Kong which was recently published in Frontiers in Microbiology, researchers scraped banknotes to determine what kind of bacteria grow on them (and yes, you have to at least say that you’re a researcher to get funding to do that kind of stuff). And to the surprise of […]

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Watch Out: “Natural” Is not always what it seems

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If, like millions of others, you too believe that “natural” always means healthier, a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports might give you a bit of pause. In this study, researchers analyzed 16 brands of sea salt, which is promoted by some health food zealots as being more “natural” than regular salt, purchased […]