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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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The Advantage of Chiropractic Care

March 18, 2014
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A study of men and women between suffering acute low-back pain (LBP) found that chiropractic care improved the results they were getting from seeing their medical doctor. Researchers found that “the results of this trial suggest that CMT (chiropractic manipulative therapy) in conjunction with SMC (standard medical care) offers a significant advantage for decreasing...
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Honey for Night-Time Coughs

March 13, 2014
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A study looking at cough suppression for children with upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) found that honey was an effective choice. The parents gave their children honey in the evening just before bed time. Researchers found that “parents rated the honey products higher than the silan date extract (placebo) for symptomatic relief of their...
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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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Berry Good for Women

March 6, 2014
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There are a number of reasons to include berries in your diet. A new study just found another. Researchers monitored the eating habits of 93,600 women 25 to 42 years of age for 4 years, with an additional 18 years of follow-up. They found that “combined intake of 2 anthocyanin-rich foods, blueberries and strawberries,...
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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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Vitamin D for Headaches?

February 27, 2014
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While not conclusive, a new study found an association between lack of vitamin D and non-migraine headaches. With data from over 11,000 adults, researchers concluded that “non-migraine headache was associated with low levels of serum 25(OH)D (vitamin D). Although adjustments were done for possible confounders, this finding may still reflect lifestyle rather than causality,...
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Overdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

February 25, 2014
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While cancer is a very frightening disease, a recent study found that it has been overdiagnosed with the advent of mammograms. Researchers noted “our estimate of overdiagnosed cancers attributable to mammography over the past 30 years involved more than 1 million women.” This is shocking news given the trauma of breast cancer. Given the...
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Soy Fights Lung Cancer in Women

February 20, 2014
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An interesting study that included information on over 70,000 women found a correlation between the amount of soy foods eaten by women and their likelihood of experiencing lung cancer. Researchers concluded “that soy food consumption may reduce lung cancer risk in nonsmoking women, particularly for aggressive tumors…” Read the Abstract
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Advil Not for Athletes

February 18, 2014
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Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) is often used to address minor pain. Sold over-the-counter, it is considered by many to be a “safe” drug. Yet, it is widely known that all drugs have side effects, some of which are not readily known for decades (ibuprofen was patented in 1961. A recent study found that use...
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