Monthly Archives: September 2015

Rhode Island HPV vaccine mandate sparks protests

The Boston Globe reports on its front page that the Rhode Island mandate to vaccinate both girls and boys against HPV “sparked protests from parents, who resented a school requirement to immunize against a disease that spreads through sex rather than … Continue reading

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Newborns most likely to catch pertussis from siblings, study finds

The New York Times “Well” blog reported that a study published in Pediatrics suggests that “siblings, not mothers, are now the most common source of pertussis infection in newborns.”

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Evidence lacking on effectiveness of stem cell treatments offered to repair athletes’ injuries

USA Today reports that the use of stem cell treatments to repair athletes’ injuries, while “an exploding field,” comes with a “catch,” since “nobody knows if this type of treatment really works.”

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CDC warns that your heart may be older than you think

NBC Nightly News reported that “a new CDC report says your heart might actually be older than you are.” Researchers “estimate what they’re calling heart age based on risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes.”

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Study shows bicycle injuries on the rise

The Washington Post reports that “in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that the number of traumatic injuries related to bikes in adults age 18 and older nearly doubled from 1998-99 to 2012-2013 – … Continue reading

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MY COMMENTARY: Study: Healthcare professionals rarely discuss spirituality or religion in ICU

Reuters reports that a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that healthcare professionals discuss religion or spirituality in less than 20 percent of family meetings in the intensive care unit.

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Regenerating human limbs on demand

CNN in an article titled, “Out on a limb: Pioneering scientists grow monkey arms in the lab,” reports, “In a U.S. laboratory, a monkey arm is stripped down as far as its individual cells. All that’s left behind is a bare, … Continue reading

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Media ignore science of when human life begins

In a Federalist commentary, Mollie Hemingway points out that Chris Cuomo, like most liberal journalists has no idea when human life begins.

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More college kids smoke pot now than cigarettes, survey finds

According to a report in HealthDay News, “Marijuana’s gain in popularity may be due to widespread notion that it’s harmless, researchers say.” In fact, a new study shows that, for the first time, more U.S. college students (6 percent) now smoke … Continue reading

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Daily marijuana use among college students at highest rate in 35 years, study finds

Reuters reports that daily marijuana use among US college students is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study.

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Consumption of spicy foods linked to a longer life

The Los Angeles Times reports that consumption of spicy foods may be linked to a longer life.

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Lack of sleep linked to higher risk for catching colds, study finds

The Washington Post “To Your Health” blog reports that research published in Sleep suggests that individuals “who sleep six hours a night or less are four times more likely to catch a cold than those who” sleep “for more than seven … Continue reading

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Early school start times depriving teens of sleep, CDC says

The Washington Post reports that a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all middle and high schools delay start times to at least 8:30 a.m. “so that more teens will get the minimum 8.5 to … Continue reading

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School lunches are becoming healthier, CDC says

The New York Times reports that new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “showed that the nutritional profile of meals in the nation’s public schools had improved substantially since higher government standards went into effect in 2012.”

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Young people who identify as “goths” more likely to suffer from depression or to self-harm

The Los Angeles Times reported in “Science Now” that “by the time they were 18, Britons who self-identified as ‘goth’ at the age of 15 were three times more likely to be clinically depressed and five times more likely to cut, … Continue reading

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Most US children getting vaccinated, CDC finds

Reuters reports that in a study released in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC found that most US children of kindergarten age have been vaccinated. Nevertheless, a public health threat is still posed by groups of unvaccinated youngsters.

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US sales of bottled water to beat soda in 2017

On the front of its Business & Tech section, the Wall Street Journal reports that sales of bottled water are anticipated to outsell soda by 2017.

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Drinking water before meals helps obese adults lose weight

TIME reports that according to a study published in the journal Obesity, drinking water before meals may help obese adults lose weight.

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Performing an operation overnight appears not to affect surgeons’ performance the next day

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” that “having to wake up and” perform surgery in the “middle of the night” appeared not to affect surgeons’ “performance the next day.”

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New book equips you to communicate on controversies

The Freedom2Care blog, in an article titled, “New book encourages and equips people of faith to engage on controversial issues,” writes, “How can we remain true to the core teachings of our faith and winsomely engage others on controversial issues … Continue reading

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Physician decries assisted suicide laws

In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, my dear friend and colleague, Dr. William Toffler, an Oregon-based physician and national director of Physicians for Compassionate Care criticizes the state’s legalization of physician-assisted suicide, saying it has been detrimental to medical … Continue reading

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Politicians eye taxing faith-based dissenters

The Weekly Standard, in an article titled, “Senate Dems Divided Over Revoking Charitable Tax Status of Religious Schools,” writes, “Will religious schools be punished by the government in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision declaring a constitutional right to … Continue reading

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Researchers closer to developing universal flu vaccine, study shows

Bloomberg News reports that a new study in Science indicates that researchers “are getting closer to developing a universal flu vaccine that could work against a number of strains of the virus.”

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New blood test may predict risk of breast cancer relapse

CBS News reports that research suggests that “weeks or even months before there is evidence of a tumor in scans or biopsies, a simple blood test could detect the risk of relapse in survivors of early stage breast cancer.”

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It’s sad when the doctors running for President don’t understand vaccine basics

I just found this MUST READ article for anyone interested in both the truth about vaccines and some of the falsehoods about vaccination spread at the Republican Debate at the Reagan Library two days ago. This one’s long, but well worth … Continue reading

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“Community paramedics” aim to treat patients before they need emergency care

The Los Angeles Times reports in a front-page story on the “new cadre of ‘community paramedics’ working in a dozen pilot programs across California.”

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Regular mealtimes promote healthier diets, study suggests

TIME reports that, according to a new study published in Public Health Nutrition, people who “eat at regular times and pack lunches” generally have healthier diets overall.

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Steroid injections may offer only temporary relief lower back pain

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that while “steroid shots are commonly used for back pain … evidence that they work no better than placebos is mounting.”

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Nearly all sports entail risk of concussion

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a child’s brain is “especially susceptible to concussion,” and “sports-related concussions account for more than half of all emergency room visits by children aged 8 through … Continue reading

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Bigger hospital rooms needed to accommodate obese patients

The New York Times’ “Well” blog discusses hospital rooms that are designed specifically to accommodate the growing number of obese and morbidly obese patients.

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