Monthly Archives: July 2014

Warnings about marijuana-laced candy

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that “Utah hospitals are telling” physicians “to consider marijuana-laced candy from Colorado as a possible culprit when patients — particularly children — show up for emergency treatment.”

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Kids’ sexting habits predict sexual activity

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, middle-school students who send or receive text messages are “significantly more likely than their non-sexting peers to be sexually active.”

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Little scientific evidence exists to back up states’ medical marijuana laws

On its front page, the New York Times reports in a nearly 1,500-word article that while New York state has legalized medical marijuana for specific conditions, “no rigorous scientific evidence that marijuana effectively treats the symptoms of many of the … Continue reading

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Marijuana is dangerous for children

Elements Behavioral Health CEO and addiction psychiatrist David Sack, MD, writes in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that “disquieting new trends and statistics” regarding marijuana “are proving its unique dangers for” youngsters.

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The most dangerous aspect of childhood vaccines is driving to the doctor’s office

USA Today reports that according to an analysis published online in Pediatrics, “serious complications related to vaccines are very rare, and there is no evidence that immunizations cause autism.” Researchers arrived at those conclusions after having analyzed data from 67 separate … Continue reading

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Nasal spray flu vaccine recommended over shots for kids

The AP reports that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended the FluMist nasal spray vaccine over injections for children aged two through eight.

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FDA approves inhalable diabetes medication.

News that the FDA approved an inhalable diabetes medication, Afrezza. was covered by major US newspapers, news agencies, and by at least one television network.

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Study: Physicians may be spreading germs with handshakes

Studies have shown that your doctors can carry dangerous germs on their stethascopes, the sleeves of their white lab coats, and even on the end of the ties. Now, their hands may be equally guilty.

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CDC study: One in 10 deaths among working-age adults attributable to excessive drinking

USA Today reports that a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that excessive drinking was the cause of one in 10 deaths among working-age adults between 2006 and 2010.

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FDA warns local anesthetic may harm teething babies

Reuters reported the FDA has issued a warning not to use lidocaine solution as a painkiller for teething babies.

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Study: One in ten beaches fails to meet EPA standards

USA Today reports that a study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that one in 10 beaches failed to meet the new EPA water safety standard.

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Study: Surgical breast biopsies vastly overused

The Houston Chronicle reports that research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests that “hundreds of thousands of women with abnormal mammograms annually undergo surgical breast biopsies when they should be having simple needle biopsies.”

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Study finds most pregnant women not properly warned about dangers of environmental toxins

NPR reports in its “Shots” blog that a recent survey of 2,500 obstetricians revealed that physicians often fail to warn expectant mothers about the dangers of environmental toxins during their pregnancy.

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FDA urged to issue warning on caffeinated energy drinks

Reuters reported the FDA has been urged by a consumer advocacy group to order safety warnings on energy drinks in the wake of deaths of 17 people since October 2012.

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Brassica vegetables likely to carry health benefits. Do you even know what they are?

It can be a bitter pill to swallow when science proves your mother was right. And that seems to be happening again and again when it comes to brassica.

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Group recommends against routine pelvic exams

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is “now recommending no annual pelvic exams for the average woman. This is for women who are average risk for cancer or other pelvic diseases who are not pregnant and having no symptoms.”

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Too much TV linked to higher risk of early death

USA Today reports that research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that watching too much TV is linked to a higher risk of early death. The researchers concluded, “Television viewing was directly associated with all‐cause mortality.”

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Combination of diet AND exercise the best for preventing diabetes

Bloomberg News reports that research presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting indicates that “diet and exercise remain the best bet for staving off diabetes in patients at risk for the disease.”

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Group recommends reading aloud to kids from birth

The New York Times reports that in a policy announcement, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that physicians tell “parents to read aloud to their infants from birth.” The AAP “is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading … Continue reading

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Measles cases rise due to combination of vaccine refusal and vaccine failure

The Washington Post reports that the incidence of measles cases has reached its highest point since 2000. The main reason is vaccine refusals.

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Consumers unaware “natural” label is meaningless

What do you think of when you see the word “natural” on a food package? No matter what you’re answer, you’re probably wrong.

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Diet that promotes healthy gut improves sense of wellbeing

CNN reports on the importance of a healthy gut to general health. Essentially, the gut is your body’s gatekeeper, letting in helpful compounds and evicting harmful ones. It’s home to 70 to 80% of our immune cells. When the gut … Continue reading

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Experts: For most people, no benefit in eating gluten-free foods

On its front page, the Wall Street Journal reports on the popularity of gluten-free foods. A decade ago, few Americans had heard of gluten. Today, one survey says, almost a third are trying to avoid the element found in grain.

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Study suggests fried foods increase risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease

TIME reported online that a new US study found that people who eat more fried foods are at a higher risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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Study finds caffeine impacts boys and girls differently

NBC Nightly News reported that “while we’ve known for some time that caffeine raises blood pressure and lowers heart rate, a study in the journal Pediatrics reveals how it affects boys and girls differently after puberty.”

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Sedentary behavior linked to higher risk of certain cancers

TIME reports on its website that research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that individuals “who spend more hours of the day sitting have up to a 66% higher risk of developing certain types of cancer … Continue reading

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Health, beauty benefits of coconut oil examined

The Los Angeles Times reported that coconut oil, which was once assailed for its heavy fat content, is now being touted as a health and beauty aid. But is it?

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California confirms pertussis epidemic

The CBS Evening News reported that the state of California confirmed a pertussis epidemic. In a recent two weeks, there were 800 reported cases. So far this year, there have been over 3,400 cases.

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Parents Refusing Measles Vaccine Makes 2014 a Record Year

The number of measles cases in 2014 through May 23, the highest year-to-date total since 1994, has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worried that the virus may become endemic again on US soil as it spreads from … Continue reading

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New artificial pancreas helps control diabetes

USA Today reports that research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that individuals “with type 1 diabetes who used a ‘bionic’ pancreas were better able to control their blood sugar levels than those who monitored their levels … Continue reading

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