Health & Wellness

FDA – Antibacterial Soap Safety Questioned

April 17, 2014
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a proposed rule “that would require manufacturers to provide more substantial data to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. The proposed rule covers only those consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes that are used with water.” According to an FDA spokesperson, “antibacterial soap...
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Tylenol + Alcohol Hurts Kidneys

April 10, 2014
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A study recently released by the American Public Health Association (APHA) found that the combination of alcohol and acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol) could have a negative impact on a person’s kidneys: “Results from the study indicated that neither taking a therapeutic amount of acetaminophen nor consuming a light to moderate amount of...
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Dangerous Hospitals

April 1, 2014
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Almost everyone is aware of the errors that occur in hospitals. Giving a patient the wrong drug, wrong dose, performing the wrong surgical procedure and other events can lead to significant harm and sometimes death. A recent study attempted to estimate just how often these events occurred in U.S. hospitals. Researchers found “a lower...
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Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

March 27, 2014
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With significant differences in manufacturing practices and the fact that they have only been on the market for a short period of time, little is known about the impact of e-cigarettes on health. A report from the American Medical Association had this to say: “Because E-cigarettes have not been thoroughly tested, one cannot conclude...
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Tylenol Causes ADHD?

March 25, 2014
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Studies over the past few years have begun to reveal that acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol) is not as safe as it was once thought. A new study has shown an association between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and the “risk for developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)–like behavioral problems or hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs)...
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Cherries for Gout

March 20, 2014
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Gout affects the lives of over 8 million people in the U.S. alone. But a new study found that “cherry intake over a 2-day period was associated with a 35% lower risk of gout attacks compared with no intake. Cherry extract intake showed a similar inverse association.” If you or someone you know has...
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Antibiotics Not First Choice

March 11, 2014
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Another study has been published discouraging the use of antibiotics for sinusitis. In this one researchers reviewed all of the relevant research over the last 10 years and found “sinusitis is one of the most common diagnoses in primary care, accounting for 20 million visits annually in the United States and 15% to 21%...
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Optimism or Lifestyle?

March 4, 2014
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Recent research is attempting to examine how a positive attitude can positively impact your health. The challenge is to separate raw optimism from the impact of a healthy lifestyle, which is often associated with people who are optimistic. In a study of almost 1,000 men and women, researchers found that “optimism was associated with...
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Drug Company Research Biased?

January 28, 2014
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A study was conducted comparing research paid for by drug and device companies with studies by independent authors. Not surprisingly the “sponsorship of drug and device studies by the manufacturing company leads to more favorable results and conclusions than sponsorship by other sources.” Researchers noted that “our analyses suggest the existence of an industry...
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Sodas Increase Risk of Heart Disease

January 24, 2014
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According to a new study, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages (like sodas) can increase the risk of coronary heart disease in men. Researchers found that those men who consume the most sugar-sweetened drinks “had a 20% higher relative risk of CHD (coronary heart disease)” than those who drank the lease. Interestingly enough, “artificially sweetened beverage intake...
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