FDA urges curbs on use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks

General Health
NBC Nightly News reported in its broadcast on the dangers of indiscriminate use of aspirin, saying, “Tonight the FDA is warning that a daily dose is not for everyone, and taking aspirin needlessly may actually put them at significant risk.” The reported pointed out the agency is now “reminding consumers there are risks associated with taking aspirin.” (more…)
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Nail salon dryers emit varying levels of radiation

General Health
The New York Times “Well” blog reports that a research letter published in JAMA Dermatology suggests that “nail salon dryers, which use ultraviolet light to speed the drying and hardening of nail polishes and gels, emit varying levels of radiation that can lead to risky skin damage in as few as eight visits to the manicurist.” (more…)
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About one-third of US adults simultaneously use dietary supplements, prescription medications

General Health
Reuters reports that research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that about one-third of US adults simultaneously use dietary supplements and prescription medications, a practice that could, in some cases, be dangerous. For the study, investigators looked at data from the 2005 – 2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. (more…)
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Study: Kids, teens are exposed to less violence

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USA Today reports that research published in JAMA Pediatrics indicates that “of 50 measures of direct and indirect violence experienced by children and teens ... rates for 27 measures significantly declined between 2003 and 2011 while rates for the others either declined slightly or went unchanged.” (more…)
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A Memorial Day Remembrance to My Dad and My Hero: Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.

General Health
This weekend, many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and volleyball, I hope each of us will take time to reflect on what Memorial Day is really about – remembering the American soldiers who have lost their lives in battle to protect the freedoms so many of us take for granted. (more…)
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Diabetes dramatically increasing in kids

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A study in JAMA indicates that diabetes is increasing among children. USA Today reported, “between 2000 and 2009,” according to the study, “type 1 diabetes ... climbed 21% from 2000 to 2009, to 1.93 per 1,000 children.” Meanwhile, the “prevalence of type 2 diabetes ... jumped more than 30% in the same period, to a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 kids.” (more…)
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1 in 5 students at an Ivy League college abuse stimulant drugs

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USA Today reported that according to research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting, a recent poll indicates almost 20% of Ivy League university students have abused attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) medication to improve their performance in school. However, lead researcher Andrew Adesman has expressed confidence that universities nationwide are experiencing the same problem. (more…)
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Savings from routine childhood vaccines add up to almost $1.7 trillion

General Health
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that the dollar figure of almost $1.7 trillion “represents the net savings of 20 years’ worth of vaccines administered to American children born between 1994 and 2013 over their entire lifetimes, according to a report” in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more…)
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