Monthly Archives: February 2015

Study: HPV vaccine does not lead to risky sexual behaviors in teen girls

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.”

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FDA warns many dark chocolate products contain traces of milk and heavy metals

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.

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Health benefits of alcohol consumption may be more limited than previously thought

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.”

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Napping may help undo negative health effects of a sleepless night

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.”

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Google search to add illustrations and information on medical conditions

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.

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IOM panel says Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is real

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.”

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Advisory panel considers changing recommendations on cholesterol

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.”

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Energy drinks associated with greater hyperactivity and inattention in middle-school kids

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.”

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Some people who believe they are gluten-sensitive may instead be FODMAP-sensitive

The Washington Post reports that many people who believe they are gluten-sensitive, may actually be FODMAP sensitive.

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Study suggests sugar is the primary driver of type 2 diabetes

TIME reports that a literature review published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests that “a primary driver for type 2 diabetes is sugar.”

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More than two alcoholic beverages per day linked to higher stroke risk in middle-aged people

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 … Continue reading

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Study: NFL players tackled before age 12 appear to have worse cognitive function

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 … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Investigation: The surprising dangers of CT scans and X-rays

On its website, CBS News reports that “a new investigation from Consumer Reports finds x-rays, CT scans and other tests that expose patients to high levels of radiation are being done too frequently.”

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CDC: Half of US prescriptions for antibiotics unnecessary

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.”

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Heavy electronic device use causes bad sleep for teens

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 … Continue reading

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New sleep guidelines issued for all age groups

NBC Nightly News reported that the National Sleep Foundation has issued “new sleep guidelines.”

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Battles continue over GMO labels

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.

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Lighter jogging better than strenuous jogging

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.”

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Researchers and scientist question food fortification

According to the New York Times “Well” blog, recent studies have found that “people are exceeding the safe limits of nutrient intakes established by the Institute of Medicine” as more foods are being fortified with vitamins and minerals to meet … Continue reading

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Benefits of milk questioned in several studies

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.

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Study: Packaged meals for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar

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 … Continue reading

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Falling TVs hurt or kill a surprising number of toddlers

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 … Continue reading

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Study: People who binge-watch TV may be depressed, lonely

The CBS News website reports that a study suggests that “people who binge-watch television tend to be among the most depressed and lonely.”

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Ben Carson: Vaccinate, for the good of America

Ben Carson, MD, is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and currently considering a run for POTUS in 2016. What does he think of vaccines and the anti-vaxers? Here’s his column from this last weekend.

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Christian Medical Association responds to the measles outbreak

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 … Continue reading

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Is it time for a crackdown on anti-vaxers?

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.

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Could dark chocolate be a “necessary medical expense”?

I saw this article from Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, about chocolate in MedScape News and thought it would be a nice Valentine’s Day post. It’s a bit long, but very informative. Sure to be enjoyed by chocolate lovers everywhere. Happy Valentine’s … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Federal tanning ban on minors could reinforce dangers of indoor tanning

In an editorial, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that “the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the” American Academy of Dermatology “are unanimous in calling for a ban on all indoor tanning by minors.”

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Sugary drinks may be linked to earlier menstruation

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.

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Plant-based diets may be better for cholesterol levels and blood pressure

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.”

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