Monthly Archives: July 2015

Study: Tanning bed use declining among US adults

The New York Times reports that CDC data indicate that “use of tanning beds declined to 4.2 percent of American adults in 2013, down from 5.5 percent in 2010.”

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Tests of Maca “enhancement” supplements find problems

It’s touted for increasing stamina and sexual performance and sales have steadily increased for more than decade, but do maca supplements really contain this root indigenous to Peru?

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Consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks tied to premature deaths

In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times reports that “the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks appears to claim the lives of about 25,000 American adults yearly and is linked worldwide to the deaths of 180,000 each year,” according to a study published … Continue reading

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California governor signs bill to limit vaccine exemptions for children

ABC World News reported that California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) “signed into law one of the toughest vaccine bills in the country” requiring all children attending school to be “fully vaccinated unless they have a medical reason not to be.”

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Study: Consumers unclear about health risks, benefits of e-cigarettes

Reuters reported that a 64-smoker study published in the journal Tobacco Control suggests that smokers do not agree on the possible benefits or harms posed by electronic cigarettes.

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Study: More than a third of US kids may experience some form of physical assault

Reuters reported that a study published in JAMA Pediatrics examines data derived from the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence.

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Study suggests link between vitamin B12 and acne

Fox News reports that researchers “found that vitamin B12 may alter the facial bacteria in some people with healthy skin, suggesting a link between B12 and acne.” The findings were published in Science Translational Medicine.

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Digital devices taking a toll on getting a good night’s sleep

In its “Sleepless in America” special series, NBC Nightly News reported, “The CDC has called lack of sleep a public health epidemic, and most sleep experts say all our digital devices we’re taking into the bedroom are taking a toll … Continue reading

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Study: Nearly half of Hispanic individuals who have high cholesterol are not aware that they have it

Reuters reports that research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that nearly half of Hispanic individuals who have high cholesterol are not aware that they have it.

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Study raises doubts about medical marijuana

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” that researchers reviewed studies testing the effectiveness of medical marijuana on 10 different conditions and concluded that “there’s very little reliable evidence to support the drug’s use.”

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Christmas in July — Books for $5

Barb and I are closing down our on-line book store. While supplies last, we’re offering you a number of my books for just $5 each plus the mailing. Details below.

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Teens look to parents for health information, but find porn on the Internet

The New York Times reports, “Four out of five teenagers turn to the Internet for health information, but they don’t always put much stock in what they find, according to a national survey. The source they really trust with questions … Continue reading

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Report describes case of woman who experienced nerve damage after wearing skinny jeans

TIME reports, “In the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, researchers … describe the case of a woman who experienced nerve damage severe enough to cause numbness and hospital care after a day of wearing skinny jeans.”

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Study: Five-day diet mimics fasting and reduces cancer risk

The Washington Post reports physicians have been “loathe to recommend” fasting as a diet method, but now scientists have “developed a five-day, once-a-month diet that mimics fasting – and is safe.”

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Hawaii becomes first state to raise legal smoking age from 18 to 21

ABC World News reported that Hawaii became the first state in the country to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

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Research letter: Obese US adults now outnumber those who are overweight

The Los Angeles Times reports that US “adults who are obese now outnumber those who are merely overweight,” according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Researchers suggest weighing yourself every day for better weight loss

The Washington Post reports that researchers from Cornell University have published a study which “found that people who weighed themselves frequently and tracked the results on a chart lost weight” better than those who did not track progress.

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Review: Sitting too much associated with increased risk for anxiety

The Huffington Post reported, “Sitting too much may be associated with an increased risk for anxiety,” according to a review published in BMC Public Health.

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Study: Most consumers do not understand important information on sunscreen labels

CNBC reports on its website that researchers “found that most consumers in a study did not understand important information on sunscreen labels.” Investigators “surveyed 114 patients through last summer, asking them about the labels on sunscreen products.”

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Senator investigates retailers for “dubious” supplements

US News reports that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) “is probing retailers and online companies about sales of dubious dietary supplements, especially those promising seniors protection from memory loss, dementia and other age-related problems.”

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Families, clinics, courts grapple with how to handle frozen embryos

The New York Times reports that hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos are preserved at storage facilities across the nation.

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Study: Most patients with appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics alone

The New York Times reports that research published in JAMA “provides the best evidence to date that most patients” with appendicitis “can be treated with antibiotics alone.”

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Editorials: FDA’s trans fat ban long overdue

In an editorial, the New York Times argues that the FDA’s ban on trans fat is “a major, long-overdue gain for public health,” noting that “some scientists had been warning for decades that trans fats were unsafe.”

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Study: Higher trans fat consumption linked to memory loss in men 45 years and younger

The Washington Post reports that “a study published in PLOS ONE links worsened memory function to higher consumption of trans fatty acids.”

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FDA gives food industry three years to remove trans fats from food supply

NBC Nightly News reported that the Food and Drug Administration announced that it has “officially banned” artificial trans fats from food products.

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Supreme Court marriage ruling may threaten religious freedoms

Before the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage was recently announced, The Daily Signal reported, “In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s impending decision on the gay marriage case, Sen. Mike Lee is attempting to protect religious non-profits by passing legislation … Continue reading

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Experts warn on dangers of “dabbing”

The NBC News website reports that “An increasingly fashionable way to use marijuana called ‘dabbing’ is dangerous in more ways than one, and pediatricians can help warn kids, two experts argued” in a letter published online in Pediatrics.

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Study: Smoking causes nearly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers

TIME reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that “smoking causes more than 48% of deaths from the 12 types of cancer sometimes caused by smoking.”

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Dark chocolate benefits the heart

ABC World News reported that an ongoing study reports that researchers have found that chocolate may benefit the heart.

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Pregnant women may be unaware of possible e-cigarette risks

Reuters reports a on small U.S. study finding nearly half of all pregnant women surveyed did not think electronic cigarettes contain nicotine or know that the devices can be addictive.

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