Category Archives: General Health

Many people have not considered their preferences for end of life care

In a post for the Washington Post “Wonkblog,” Jason Millman wrote that “one of the big takeaways” from a recent Institute of Medicine report calling for “reforms for how end-of-life care is provided,” is that “plenty of people still haven’t thought these issues through,” a fact which “hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years.” Continue reading

Artificial sweeteners tied to glucose intolerance and altered gut microbiota

USA Today reports that according to a study published in the journal Nature, “reaching for artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar may be trading one evil for another.” Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel posit that “differences in gut microbes may explain why some people can handle artificial sweeteners just fine while in an unknown percentage of others the sweeteners lead to diabetes.” Continue reading

FDA unveils campaign to raise awareness among physicians about fake medicines

The AP reports the FDA has cautioned physicians to look out for fake and unapproved medicines that are being peddled by bogus distributors. The agency will launch an educational campaign, “faxing flyers to physicians across the country on how to recognize” fake medicines and offers, including clues such as labels that are not in English or “missing safety information.” Continue reading

Lifestyle changes may help prevent most heart attacks in men

The CBS News website reports that 80 percent (four out of five) of “heart attacks in men are actually preventable when a person makes changes to lifestyle that include maintaining a healthy weight and diet, adopting a regular exercise program, avoiding cigarettes and keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Continue reading