Monthly Archives: May 2014

Marijuana use linked to cardiovascular risks and deaths

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers “warned that ‘clinical evidence … suggests the potential for serious cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use.’”

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Advocates continue to push for choice to use raw milk

USA Today reported on the controversy surrounding the use of raw milk and noted that despite concerns from public health officials, advocates who “contend raw or unpasteurized milk can battle everything from autism to allergies” are responsible for “bills in … Continue reading

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Re-emerging diseases caused by parents’ refusal to vaccinate children

The Washington Post reports in a 1,000-word “Wonkblog” entry that multiple preventable diseases “are making a comeback” in the US, with one of the reasons being people’s refusal to vaccinate their children.

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FDA urges curbs on use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks

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.” … Continue reading

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Nail salon dryers emit varying levels of radiation

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 … Continue reading

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Editorial explains why dangerous dietary supplements stay on store shelves

The New York Times “Well” blog reports, “Flaws in the way that dietary supplements are monitored and reported are causing potentially life-threatening delays in how long dangerous products linger on store shelves, said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at … Continue reading

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About one-third of US adults simultaneously use dietary supplements, prescription medications

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 … Continue reading

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Combination of marijuana, alcohol linked to unsafe driving in teens

On its website, TIME reports that research published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs suggests that “teens who mix alcohol and marijuana are terrible drivers.”

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Labeling girls “too fat” increases their future chances of obesity

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that according to a research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics, “calling a girl ‘too fat’ may increase her chances of being obese in the future.”

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Study: Kids, teens are exposed to less violence

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 … Continue reading

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Some physicians concerned about increased treatment of low testosterone

In a 1,100-word article, Kaiser Health News reports on “low testosterone clinics” and says, “It is perhaps the biggest men’s health craze since Rogaine or Viagra: so-called low testosterone clinics, which have rapidly grown in cities and suburbs all across … Continue reading

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A Memorial Day Remembrance to 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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Study: Children injured by some types of baby gates

The AP reports that according to a study published in the journal Academic Pediatrics, almost 2,000 children are sent to the emergency department annually for “injuries resulting from falling through or climbing on” baby gates.

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Study: New pertussis vaccine safely protects pregnant mothers AND their unborn babies

NBC News reported on its website that a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates a vaccine protecting patients from pertusis (whooping cough), tetanus, and diphtheria safely protects both pregnant women and their newborns.

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Capsule that vibrates in colon being tested for patients with constipation

USA Today reports that a “capsule that would vibrate in the colon” is being tested for patients with constipation.

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CDC: Bullied high-school kids may bring weapons to school

The CBS Evening News reported, “A new study based on data from the Centers for Disease Control says hundreds of thousands of kids who say they are the victims of bullying are bringing some kind of weapon to school.”

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Study warns some e-cigarettes generate carcinogens

E-cigarettes are sold using a number of promises. One of these is that they have no cancer causing chemicals (carcinogens). It turns out that may not be true.

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Diabetes dramatically increasing in kids

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 … Continue reading

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1 in 5 students at an Ivy League college abuse stimulant drugs

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 … Continue reading

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Are pap smears on the way out?

An editorial in the New York Times notes that a new “genetic test that looks for the viruses implicated in causing cervical cancer,” now rivals the pap smear.

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Revolutionary device for treating sleep apnea gets FDA nod

The AP reported the FDA approved a “pacemaker-like device” for people suffering from sleep apnea, a “first-of-kind device” that helps keep the air passages open by delivering an electric current.

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CDC: Thousands of premature deaths in US are preventable.

USA Today reports, “There is a huge range in the death rates across American states, driven by public policy, regional habits and socioeconomics, Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said.”

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Many parents ignoring simple ways to prevent SIDS

The NBC News website reported that according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatrics Academic Societies, 30% of infants, “especially those born prematurely, are still placed on their stomachs or sides to sleep.”

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Infant helmets do little to help moderate skull flattening

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that approximately “one baby in five under the age of six months develops a skull deformation caused by lying in a supine position.”

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Some teens applying lip balm to eyelids to get high

The New York Daily News reported that adolescents are “apparently slathering their eyelids with Burt’s Bees lip balm to experience a tingly, stingy high.”

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Some say fitness wristbands do not deliver what they promise

The New York Times reported in “Bits” blog, which focuses on the technology industry, that fitness wristbands “don’t really work – or at least not as well as their manufacturers would have you believe.”

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Cord blood storage increasingly routine but problematic, analysis finds

On its front page, the Wall Street Journal reported on the burgeoning business of cord blood storage and use, pointing out that asking parents if they want to save a baby’s cord blood is becoming increasingly routine but is destined … Continue reading

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Savings from routine childhood vaccines add up to almost $1.7 trillion

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 … Continue reading

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Increasing coffee consumption linked once again to lower risk of type 2 diabetes

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in Diabetologia “found that people who increased their coffee consumption by at least one cup per day over a period of years were 11% less likely to get Type … Continue reading

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Number of measles cases increasing at a rate not seen in nearly two decades

Two major television networks, major newspapers, and consumer health media outlets covered a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showing that measles is on the upswing in the US — … Continue reading

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