Monthly Archives: June 2015

Mandibular adjustment devices may alleviate snoring in people with mild or moderate OSA

Reuters reports that for patients whose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is mild to moderate, mandibular adjustment devices may help alleviate snoring.

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Study: Blasts may artificially age troops’ brains

USA Today reports that VA scientists “have discovered signs of early aging in the brains of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans caught near roadside bomb explosions, even among those who felt nothing from the blast.”

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Cavity shaving may reduce need for second breast cancer surgery

The AP reports that a study presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting examining the effect of removing additional tissue, or cavity shaving, “during breast cancer surgery” may reduce “the risk that some cancer will be left behind and require a second … Continue reading

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Deaths and injuries associated with crashes involving teen drivers drop sharply

The Washington Post reports there has been a “striking drop in the number of people killed and injured in car crashes involving teenagers over a 20-year span,” but specific reasons for the decline are unclear.

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Drug company creates bioethics panel

The New York Times reports “Johnson & Johnson has appointed a nationally known bioethicist to create a panel that will make decisions about patients’ requests for potentially lifesaving medicine, responding to an emotional debate over whether companies should allow desperately ill … Continue reading

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FDA finds most dark chocolate contains milk, even if not listed as ingredient

The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that an FDA investigation “found that a lot of dark chocolate contains milk – even when it says it doesn’t.”

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Study suggests tattoo complications may be common

On its website, CBS News reports, “A new study of people with tattoos in New York City found up to 6 percent suffered significant problems such as a rash, itching or swelling that lasted longer than four months.”

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Anxiety has now surpassed depression as most common mental health diagnosis among college students

The New York Times “Well” blog reports, “Anxiety has now surpassed depression as the most common mental health diagnosis among college students,” even though depression is also increasing among young people.

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How to choose the right Melatonin supplement for sleep

An estimated 60 million Americans experience insomnia each year, according to the National Institutes of Health, and they increasingly turn to the supplement melatonin for potential help. But how do you choose the right one?

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Delayed umbilical cord clamping beneficial for children

USA Today reports that research published JAMA Pediatrics “suggests there may be benefits to keeping mom and baby attached a few minutes longer.”

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Just two drinks per day may be harmful to hearts of elderly individuals

NBC News reports that while “having a drink or two a day might be good for the heart when you’re young,” research suggests that “just a couple of drinks a day may damage your heart when you start to become elderly.”

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Report focuses on dangerous underwater breath-holding behavior by swimmers

The NBC News website reports on “dangerous underwater breath-holding behavior [DUBB]” in swimming pools.

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“Shaken baby syndrome” diagnosis facing growing legal challenges

The Boston Globe reports that the “shaken baby syndrome” diagnosis, also known as “abusive head trauma,” “is facing intense scrutiny around the country amid growing legal challenges to its reliability and underlying science.”

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Researchers develop prosthetic technologies that can be controlled with the mind

The New York Times reports that engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab have developed a robotic arm that is “controlled with a person’s mind just like a regular arm.”

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Man uses thoughts to control robotic arm

The Washington Post “Speaking of Science” blog reports that “a new thought-controlled robotic arm taps into a different part of the brain than most, which its creators say may give its paralyzed users an easier learning curve and allow for more … Continue reading

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Antibiotic use in infants linked to illnesses in adulthood

TIME reports that research published in Cell Host & Microbe suggests that “illness may appear in adulthood because of antibiotic resistance we develop when doctors prescribe us antibiotics as newborns and infants.”

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Most Americans not protecting their skin as much as they should

TIME reports that “research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that most Americans aren’t protecting their skin as much as they should.”

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Outreach to Dads

A couple of weeks ago, quite a number of you supported Barb and me as we “Walked for Life” for Life Network. Life many similar faith-based, volunteer-run, pro-life, life-affirming ministries around the country (over 2,500 of them), they provide post-abortion, … Continue reading

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Accidental poisoning incidents involving laundry-detergent packets still occurring

The Wall Street Journal reports on poisonings involving laundry-detergent packets.

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US News rates hospital performance on high-volume procedures

Modern Healthcare reports that data on how well “4,600 U.S. hospitals perform on common elective surgeries like knee replacements, and on treating chronic health conditions like congestive heart failure were released on a new consumer tool from U.S. News and World … Continue reading

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USDA develops government labeling for GMO-free foods

US News reports that the Agriculture Department “has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.”

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Study: Increasing physical activity linked to lower risk of death among elderly men

On its website, CBS News reports that a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests “that just thirty minutes of physical activity six days a week is associated with 40 percent lower risk of death among elderly men … Continue reading

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Even a few minutes per hour of gentle walking reduces harms of oversitting

The New York Times “Well” blog reported that a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggests that “even a few minutes per hour of moving instead of remaining in a chair might substantially reduce the harms … Continue reading

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Analysis: Our food may actually be too clean

An analysis in the New York Times investigates whether our food may actually be “too clean” by harming the microbiome within our bodies, leading to problems with our immune system and hormones.

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More evidence suggests concussion effects can be long lasting

TIME reports there is mounting data “suggesting that the negative effects of head injuries can be long-lasting.”

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Study: Most food marketed to children on TV does not meet nutritional guidelines

Reuters reported that researchers at the University of Arizona found that most foods marketed to children on television would not meet US nutritional guidelines.

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Some children with asthma not aware they also have a peanut allergy

NBC Nightly News reported, “There is a new study tonight on children suffering from asthma. It suggests that some of the kids may also have an allergy to peanuts,” and some parents may not be aware of the allergy.       

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Study: Preschoolers not getting sufficient exercise

USA Today reports that according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, “preschoolers only get about 48 minutes of exercise a day, although some studies suggest they should get at least two hours.”

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Analysis: Low-volume hospitals put patients at risk

US News & World Report reports on the “thousands of U.S. medical centers whose patients face a greater risk of death and complications because their surgical teams do too few procedures, even common ones, for doctors, nurses and technicians to maintain … Continue reading

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Consumer groups push to regulate potentially lethal caffeine powder

The New York Times reports in-depth on efforts to restrict the sale of caffeine powder, which is sold as a dietary supplement and “virtually unregulated and widely available from online vendors.”

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