Monthly Archives: May 2012

Article describes medical uses of hypnosis

In “Health Journal,” the Wall Street Journal reports that hypnosis is often misunderstood as a technique to place people under someone else’s control.

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Americans journey to Canada for intragastric balloon surgery

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that many US patients anxious to lose weight are traveling across the Canadian border to undergo an operation in which an intragastric balloon is “filled with liquid and left in the stomach for … Continue reading

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Dental X-rays associated with risk for brain tumors

The Boston Globe reports, “Frequent dental X-rays are associated with an increased risk of developing the most common, noncancerous brain tumors, according to a new study” published in the Journal Cancer.

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Foundations, moisturizers may not contain enough sunscreen for daily protection

The Wall Street Journal reports that most foundations and moisturizers that contain sunscreen may not have enough of the product to provide protection lasting all day.

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Higher US cancer spending linked to better survival

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that the high costs of US cancer care may be “worth it,” according to research published in the journal Health Affairs.

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Antibiotics may help some patients avoid appendectomy

This report absolutely blew me away. See what you think.

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PSA guidelines’ impact uncertain

USA Today reports that physicians “are unlikely to stop screening men for prostate cancer, even though about half agree they should, according to a small survey of physicians from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.”

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Editorial critical of USPSTF’s PSA recommendation

In an editorial, USA Today criticizes the new guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on PSA screening.

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Group recommends against routine PSA screening for prostate cancer

New recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on prostate specific-antigen (PSA) screening received heavy coverage both online and in print. Additionally, all three network news broadcasts featured segments on the recommendations, totaling more than nine minutes altogether, … Continue reading

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Expert argues how food may be addictive like drugs

The Time “Healthland” blog reports that Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has argued that there are similarities between overeating and drug addiction, and that examining those similarities could help to better understand all types … Continue reading

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A Memorial Day Remembrance of My Dad and My Hero: Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.

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 … Continue reading

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Nearly 50% of people diagnosed with cancer will die from other causes

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, “Nearly half of people diagnosed with cancer will die from some other cause, according to research presented” at the American Association of Cancer Research annual meeting.

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Study: Online pharmacies approved by Pharmacychecker.com offer savings and safety

Are online pharmacies safe and do they make medication more affordable?  A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that pharmacies approved in the PharmacyChecker.com Verification Program sell safe medication and can help Americans achieve substantial … Continue reading

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CDC: Most Americans get enough vitamins without supplements

CQ reports, “The US population overall has adequate levels of vitamins A and D and folate, but some groups could use more vitamin D, iodine and iron, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.”

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Disordered sleep breathing associated with depression

In “Vital Signs,” the New York Times reports, “Snorting and stopping breathing during sleep are associated with depression, even in people whose symptoms do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea,” according to a study published … Continue reading

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Routine breast cancer screening leading to overdiagnosis

Bloomberg News reports that a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that “as many as one in four cancers picked up in routine breast screenings pose no threat to a woman’s health.”

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Girls starting puberty earlier

In a New York Times special report, Elizabeth Weil, a contributing writer for the magazine, wrote about a girl who “began growing pubic hair at age 6.”

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Coffee consumption linked to reduced mortality risk

A new study suggests that “coffee drinkers are slightly more likely to live longer than non-coffee” drinkers.

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Azithromycin linked to increased risk of sudden death

The New York Times reports, “A new study finds that a widely used antibiotic, azithromycin, may increase the likelihood of sudden death in adults, especially those who have heart disease or are at high risk for it.”

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Bicycle seats may be hazardous to a woman’s sexual health

The New York Times “Well” blog reports, “Spending time on a bicycle seat, which has been linked to erectile dysfunction in men, may also be a hazard to a woman’s sexual health.”

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Incidence of melanoma increasing among young adults

USA Today reports, “A dramatic rise in skin cancer rates among young adults is leading health officials to shed light on the risk factors, specifically tanning salons, which women are more likely to use.”

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Long-term, estrogen-only hormone therapy MAY increase breast cancer risk

On NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Chief Science Correspondent Robert Bazell said that a new study “shows that all long-term hormone use after ten years or more increases the risk” of breast cancer.

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Autism’s causes still a mystery, but NOT vaccines

In continuing coverage, USA Today reports, “For many families, the quest for the causes of autism has grown more urgent with the news that the estimated prevalence of the condition grew by 23% from 2006 to 2008, a Centers for … Continue reading

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CDC data show increase in number of US children diagnosed with autism

A new report on autism rates in the US received heavy coverage in print and online, and was discussed for up to ten minutes on many national news broadcasts.

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CDC: Children consume too much added sugar

The Chicago Tribune  reports, “Children and teens are consuming too much added sugar in their diets, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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Unroasted coffee-bean extract could serve as weight-loss supplement

The Los Angeles Times reports that a new study presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego suggests that “unroasted coffee beans – green as the day they were picked – may hold the key … Continue reading

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Study: Excessive sitting raises risk of death.

HealthDay reports that a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that that “those who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years regardless of … Continue reading

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Study: People who eat chocolate tend to be thinner

The Wall Street Journal reports that a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that people who eat chocolate more frequently tend to be thinner than those who eat chocolate less frequently.

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Bariatric surgery reverses type 2 diabetes

Research on the use of bariatric surgery to treat type 2 diabetes received extensive coverage in both print and online media, as well as more than seven minutes of coverage on most national news broadcasts.

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Researchers say popcorn a good choice as a whole-grain snack

USA Today reports, “A new study confirms that the hull of popcorn has some good nutritional qualities – assuming it’s not smothered in butter, oil and salt.”

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