Monthly Archives: April 2015

Study: Taking probiotic supplement may help improve mood

TIME reported that a study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity suggests that “taking a probiotic supplement may in fact help improve mood.”

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Review: Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers best options for long-term weight loss

The Los Angeles Times reports that according to a review of clinical trials for weight loss programs published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, dieters should “consider trying Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers” to “maximize their chances for long-term weight loss.”

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Vitamin Shoppe removes dietary supplements found to contain BMPEA

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that “some leading vitamin stores,” including Vitamin Shoppe, “have announced that they were pulling from their shelves a group of supplements that may contain” an amphetamine-like stimulant called BMPEA.

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Study: Some weight-loss supplements contain ingredients similar to amphetamines

USA Today reports that a study led by Harvard researchers published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis found that some weight-loss and sports supplements contain ingredients similar to amphetamines rather than the plant extract their labels indicate they include.

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Survey: One-third of working Americans experience chronic work stress

Forbes reports that “a 2013 survey by the American Psychiatric Association found that one-third of working Americans experienced chronic work stress, while only 36 percent reported their employers provided adequate support to manage it.”

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Researchers say exercise-related cardiac arrest is relatively rare

Forbes contributor Larry Husten writes, “In a paper published in Circulation, researchers scrutinized all SCA [sudden cardiac arrest] cases in people 35-65 years old in the Portland, Oregon area over a ten year period — the first such analysis performed in … Continue reading

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Physical therapy as effective as spinal surgery for spinal stenosis

Reuters reports that a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, physical therapy appears to be as efficacious as surgical decompression for alleviating symptoms of the condition that affects older people.

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Vigorous exercise reduces early mortality significantly

AFP reports, “Vigorous exercise, the kind that makes you sweat, get red in the face, and breathe hard, may be better than moderate exercise when it comes to living longer,” according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Bringing empathy back into the doctor’s office

CNN reports that instilling empathy among doctors pays off for patient care. “Oncotalk,” which was developed by medical faculty at Duke, the University of Pittsburgh, and several other medical schools, is part of a burgeoning effort to teach doctors an essential … Continue reading

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FDA cracking down on anti-aging products making medical claims

USA Today reported that anti-aging products purporting to “change the skin’s structure or function – by stimulating the production of skin-firming collagen” – are receiving heightened scrutiny from the FDA.

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Study: Nearly 10% of breast milk sold online contains at least 10% cow’s milk

USA Today reports that a study published in Pediatrics found that “10 out of 102 breast milk samples purchased online contained at least 10% cow’s milk.”

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Study: Many US preschoolers receiving only medication to treat AD/HD

ABC World News reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study suggesting that many US preschoolers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) are inappropriately receiving only medication to treat the condition.

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Each hour spent sitting in front of the TV increases risk of diabetes

TIME reports that a study published in the journal Diabetologia suggests that “every hour spent sitting in front of the TV can increase your risk of diabetes” by “3.4%.”

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“Exploding head syndrome” may be more common than previously believed

The New York Daily News reports that a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research suggests that “exploding head syndrome” may be “much less rare than previously” believed.

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Acetaminophen may not be as effective for back pain as previously believed

NBC Nightly News reported that research published in BMJ suggests acetaminophen may “not be as effective for back pain as they’ve been told.”

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Should TV drug ads skip scary side effects?

I’m not sure that reducing the number of risks mentioned in drug ads will actually serve the public well. I hope the FDA doesn’t make such drugs seem safer than they really are. And, in my opinion, the best solution … Continue reading

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An apple a day may not be linked to fewer physician visits

USA Today reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “an apple a day does not keep the doctor away.”

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Many Supplement Makers Don’t Pass FDA Inspection

ConsumerLab.com has obtained results of the FDA’s inspections in 2014 of 483 dietary supplement manufacturing facilities, showing that most – 62% – received letters indicating noncompliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).

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FDA should have authority to regulate supplements

In an editorial, the New York Times says that an agreement announced by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and GNC “should provide protection against fraudulent herbal products that don’t contain the ingredients listed on their labels or contain unlisted ingredients … Continue reading

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GNC to announce additional quality control measures for supplements

The New York Times reports that dietary supplement maker GNC is expected to announce that the company has “agreed to institute sweeping new testing procedures that far exceed quality controls mandated under federal law.”

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Prosecutors seek congressional probe of supplement industry

According to an AP report, fourteen attorneys general asked Congress to launch an investigation of the herbal supplements industry and to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stronger oversight of the industry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman … Continue reading

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Global campaign to protect disabled infants—especially before birth

LifeSiteNews reports that Irish families have joined with international medical experts and disability advocacy groups to launch the Geneva Declaration on Perinatal Care at the United Nations. The Declaration, which is the centerpiece to a global campaign to end disability discrimination caused … Continue reading

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IOM: Raising legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 would slash smoking rate, save lives

Major newspapers, wire sources and media outlets cover the release of a report by the Institute of Medicine suggesting that raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes to age 21 in the US would greatly reduce the number of people … Continue reading

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Men who are fit have a lower risk of cancer

Reuters reports that research published in JAMA Oncology suggests that being fit in middle age may be linked to a lower risk of certain cancers in men.

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Study urges ban on sale of energy drinks to children

USA Today writes about a new report that urges banning the sale of energy drinks to children and adolescents as they can be harmful, citing a study in the journal Nutrition Reviews.

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Intense anger linked to several different health problems

The Wall Street Journal reports that research suggests that episodes of intense anger may bring on a variety of health problems, including heart attacks and strokes, and may also be linked to insulin resistance and problems with sleep.

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Editorial underscores dangers of buying, trading breast milk online

TIME reports that an editorial published in the BMJ underscores the dangers of the growing practice of “buying, selling and trading breast milk” online.

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Testing finds marijuana far more potent than a generation ago

The CBS News reported that today’s marijuana is “more potent by far than the weed sold a generation ago, according to new data being presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).”

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Study: Omega-3 fatty acids improve attention spans of boys with or without AD/HD

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that “omega-3 fatty acids helped improve attention spans of boys with or without” attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).

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AMA concerned a substantial proportion of health information on the Internet may be inaccurate, misleading

In a statement to Medscape Medical News, AMA President Robert M. Wah, MD, said, “While immediate access to online information has been of great benefit to patients and health care professionals, the American Medical Association is greatly concerned that a … Continue reading

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