Monthly Archives: October 2015

Halloween Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Halloween can be an exciting time for kids. But, to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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Welcome to a Halloween Safety Guide

Anytime a child has an accident, it’s tragic. Having your child get hurt any day of the year would be horrible but the last thing that you want to happen is for your child to be hurt on a holiday, … Continue reading

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Halloween Safety for Kids & Teens

Kids love Halloween! They get to dress up and get free candy! Give your kids some precious Halloween memories that they’ll have for life. But, remember to keep safety first. Here are some tips from the folks at the Halloween … Continue reading

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Prices for medical services vary widely across US, study finds

Several national outlets reported on the findings of a new study by Castlight Health, which found that prices for medical procedures vary widely by geographic area.

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State laws have reduced instances of bullying, cyberbullying among teens

The CBS News reports that according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, “some state laws have helped significantly reduce instances of bullying and cyber-bullying among teens.”

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Drop in soda consumption represents largest change in US diet in past 10 years

The New York Times reported in a nearly 3,000-word article in “The Upshot” that Americans appear to have “fundamentally changed the way” they think about soda.”

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Genetic test screening for psychiatric medications gaining popularity despite limited studies

The Boston Globe discussed the growing popularity of genetic tests screening for “the most effective psychiatric” medications to treat mental illnesses despite limited studies of their effectiveness.

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Vitamin D: Don’t Overdo a Good Thing

My friend, Tod Cooperman, MD, wrote a nice blog piece for the Huffington Post about vitamin D. It’s a long blog, but worth reading.

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Late bedtimes for teens linked to obesity over time

CBS News reported that research published in Sleep suggests that “going to bed later during the workweek is associated with weight gain over time.”

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Falling flat-screen TVs may cause severe or fatal head, neck injuries in small children

Reuters reports that a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics suggests that toddlers and small children may be killed or severely injured when flat-screen televisions fall over. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after examining data from 29 studies.

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Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats reduces risk of CV disease

TIME reports that research “published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that too much saturated fat is indeed harmful to the heart,” but “if you cut out calories from saturated fat, the kinds of calories you replace … Continue reading

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Yet another study finds no evidence that vaccines are linked to autism

The Los Angeles Times reports that a new study published in PNAS revealed that “multiple vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal … resulted in none of the key brain or behavioral changes linked to autism.”

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Bill would protect babies after 20 weeks

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, by Charles C. Camosy, titled, Why adding family leave could save the GOP’s bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, he writes, “A GOP-sponsored bill — the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act … Continue reading

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Flavored tobacco products attracting young people, CDC says

NBC News reports on its website that a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 70 percent “of middle and high school students who say they’ve used tobacco are going for” the flavored varieties.

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Calcium supplements may not strengthen bones in women under 80, study finds

ABC World News that new research finds “taking daily calcium supplements does little to strengthen bones in women under 80.” ABC reported, “Only women over 80 and in nursing homes saw hip fractures decrease by 23 percent.”

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Mammograms with computer-aided detection may not be more accurate than those without

The AP reports that research suggests that “computer-assisted detection used in most U.S. mammograms adds no benefit to breast cancer screening while substantially increasing costs.”

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Do any supplements help prevent or treat a cold?

According to an article at ConsumerLab.com (subscription publication), there is evidence that certain supplements can reduce the chance of getting a cold and/or reduce the severity of a cold. 

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Americans eat up to 15 hours a day, study says

The Los Angeles Times reports a study by researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla “that detailed the consumption patterns of just over 150 nondieting, non-shift-working people in and around San Diego for three weeks,” showed “that a majority of … Continue reading

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Fidgeting may mitigate negative effects of prolonged sitting, study suggests

ABC World News reported that a new study about fidgeting found that it “may actually counteract the negative effects of sitting behind a desk all day.” Researchers theorize fidgeting “jolts your metabolism.”

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Seniors who work longer are healthier, study suggests

The Los Angeles Times reports a recent study concluded that seniors who keep working are healthier than those who are retired.

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Study finds humans are surrounded by a personalized microbial cloud

The Washington Post reports a small study published in the journal PeerJ has found that humans are “surrounded by a cloud of bacteria” that “might actually be as identifiable as a fingerprint.”

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“Herbal Viagra” taken by Lamar Odom was a known problem

According to ConsumerLab.com, “It was reported this week that former NBA star, Lamar Odom, entered a coma after taking as many as 10 pills of the ‘herbal Viagra’ formula Reload, along with cocaine.” ConsumerLab had posted an FDA warning about Reload on … Continue reading

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Experts question value of blood test for early detection of cancer

The Wall Street Journal, in an article titled “A Blood Test For Early Cancer Detection Sparks Debate” reports that earlier this month, Pathway Genomics began marketing a test called CancerIntercept Detect that the company claims can detect fragments of DNA associated with … Continue reading

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FDA says cancer detection kit is unproven, could harm public health

Bloomberg News reports that the Food and Drug Administration posted a warning letter cautioning that Pathway Genomics Corp’s liquid biopsy kit “is high-risk, could harm public health, and hasn’t been validated by science.”

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Apples account for 29% of fruit consumed by US kids, study finds

The Los Angeles Times reports that apples account for 29 percent of the fruit consumed by children and teens in the United States, “according to a study published by the journal Pediatrics.”

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Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, report says

NBC Nightly News reported that a new report (pdf) “concludes that every single one of us will get a wrong or late diagnosis at least once in our lives.”

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Christian Medical Association urges Congress to protect developing and born babies

The Freedom2Care blog, in an article titled, Nurse’s wrenching testimony about baby denied care illustrates need for legislation, reports, “A nurse’s wrenching testimony speaking to the need for ensuring that all babies born alive receive needed care can be found … Continue reading

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Sex may not trigger heart attacks, strokes

NBC News reports that research suggests that “sex doesn’t seem to trigger heart attacks” or strokes.

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Children with ADHD are being carefully diagnosed, CDC says

The Boston Globe reports that a “new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics finds the vast majority of evaluations for ADHD adhere to best practice guidelines, suggesting kids are, by and large, being … Continue reading

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Medical prices “vary wildly” by location, studies show

USA Today reports that the “frustrating reality of the medical marketplace” is that prices “vary wildly from city to city and hospital to hospital for all sorts of medical care.”

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