“Choose aloe products carefully,” cautions ConsumerLab.com president Tod Cooperman, M.D. after recent tests found only five of 10 aloe pills, gels and drinks selected for review to contain what the company expected based on labels. Most startling was the discovery that two products – an aloe pill and an aloe gel – contained virtually no aloe.
The Pioneer News reports that research suggests that four or more cups of coffee daily may be linked to a lower risk of endometrial cancer.
USA Today reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine “does not lead teen girls to throw sexual caution to the wind and end up with other infections.”
NBC News reports that the FDA has warned that a “high proportion of” dark chocolate products “that had been labeled dairy-free” actually do contain milk.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a study published in the journal BMJ Open suggests that “the health benefits of alcohol consumption are more limited than previously thought.”
TIME reports that “a small study of 11 healthy men published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism” suggests that “the negative health effects of a sleepless night can actually be reversed by a good nap.”
USA Today reports that Google search will be adding “everything from elaborate illustrations to an assessment of how common the condition may be,” to search results for 400 of the most commonly searched medical conditions.
NBC Nightly News reported that a panel from the prestigious Institute of Medicine “declared that” chronic fatigue “syndrome is not only real, but the vast majority of people who suffer from it haven’t even been diagnosed.”
CBS Evening News reported that according to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a government advisory panel, “we don’t have to worry so much after all about cholesterol in our diets.”
TIME reports that a study published in the journal Academic Pediatrics suggests that “middle schoolers who consume sweetened energy drinks are 66% more at risk for hyperactivity than other kids.”
The Washington Post reports that many people who believe they are gluten-sensitive, may actually be FODMAP sensitive.
TIME reports that a literature review published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that “a primary driver for type 2 diabetes is sugar.”
ABC World News reported that research suggests that for individuals in their “50s or 60s, drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day” may increase stroke risk. NBC Nightly News reported that the findings “could make even those who regard themselves as casual drinkers think twice.”
On its front page, the New York Times reports that a study published in the journal Neurology suggests that “NFL retirees who began playing tackle football before they turned 12 were at increased risk of developing memory and thinking problems compared with players who began when they were 12 or older.”
The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that according to the CDC, 80% of American are issued prescription antibiotics every year, and “up to half of the estimated 258 million prescriptions are unnecessary.”
The NBC News website reports that a study published in the journal BMJ Open suggests that adolescents “who bury their faces for hours on end in laptops, tablets, smart phones or TV screens during the days tend to suffer bad nights of sleep.”
NBC Nightly News reported that the National Sleep Foundation has issued “new sleep guidelines.”
The New York Times reports that as more consumers seek out non-genetically modified foods and lawmakers debate mandatory labeling laws, manufacturers are adding non-GMO labels to their packaging “without a verification process,” leading to customer confusion.
TIME reports that research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that individuals “who push their bodies too hard may essentially undo the benefit of exercise.”
The AP reports some studies are questioning the positive health effects of milk, just as milk producers are launching a campaign to tout their product.
The AP reports that a study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that “many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks.”
The Washington Post “To Your Health” blog reported that from 2011 to 2013, an average of “11,000 children under age 18 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving TVs or injuries involving both televisions and furniture,” according a recent report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The CBS News website reports that a study suggests that “people who binge-watch television tend to be among the most depressed and lonely.”
David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) is a family physician, a medical ethicist, a former medical missionary in Africa, and a dear friend. He also serves as the CEO of the 17,000 member Christian Medical and Dental Association. I though my readers might enjoy Dave’s comments to physicians about the current measles outbreak.
According to pediatrician, Russell C. Libby, MD, “Yes, we can use carrots to encourage vaccinations, but we need sticks, also.” Below are his recommendations. See what you think.
The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published online in Human Reproduction suggests that consuming sugary drinks may be linked to earlier menstruation.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reported that “surveys show that well under 10% of people in the US are vegetarian – and maybe only 1% are vegan.”
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that a review published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics revealed that “people put on vegetarian or vegan diets found that they lost more than seven pounds regardless of calorie counting or exercise plans.”
On its website, CBS News reports, “In a groundbreaking … study,” researchers “performed brain scans on 15 coma patients” and found “that when patients heard unfamiliar voices, brain scans showed little activity, but when they heard close relatives calling out their names or talking, the scans lit up.”
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that using high-voltage e-cigarettes may lead to greater exposure to formaldehyde, a potentially cancer-causing chemical, compared to using e-cigarettes at a lower temperature.