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May 22, 2009

Kava for Anxiety: Is Short-Term Use Safe?

A water-soluble extract of the plant kava was found to be safe and highly effective for the short-term treatment of anxiety in a new study. But […]
May 22, 2009

About one-third of people unwisely don’t wear sunscreen. Should you?

Absolutely! Sun exposure can cause sunburn, wrinkles, age spots, and contribute to skin cancer. But despite that, 31% of Americans say they NEVER wear sunscreen, even […]
May 22, 2009

Supposed ‘miracle drug’ for autism called ‘junk’

Desperate to help their autistic children, hundreds of parents nationwide are turning to an unproven and potentially damaging treatment: multiple high doses of a drug sometimes […]
May 20, 2009

Pacifiers for Babies – What are the Risks and Benefits?

Family physicians and pediatricians are often asked for guidance about pacifier use in babies and children. We’re also asked when to appropriately wean a child from […]
May 20, 2009

Choosing Baby’s Playpen – Safety suggestions to help avoid injury

A playpen can help parents get things done with the knowledge that baby can’t wander off or get into some sort of mischievous. But it’s no […]
May 20, 2009

Congressmen Challenge President Obama on Abortion-Conscience Clause Promise

Color me stunned. Either our President is actually open to allowing pro-life healthcare professionals to practice medicine based upon their deeply held moral and religious beliefs […]
May 18, 2009

Is Alzheimer’s Disease in Your Future? New Tool May Answer Question

It may soon be easier to predict which patients 65 and older will develop Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, researchers said – at least compared with […]
May 18, 2009

Obama Pulls Report Calling Pro-Life Advocates Extremists

The Obama administration has officially pulled a Department of Homeland Security Report that claims pro-life people may engage in violence or extremism. The document, which has […]
February 21, 2011

Bright light therapy may benefit older patients with depression

The New York Times “Well” blog reported that, according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, bright light therapy, currently used to help […]
February 23, 2011

Music really does effect the brain

It turns out pople like music for the same reason they like eating or having sex: It makes the brain release a chemical (dopamine) that gives […]
February 23, 2011

“Eggsploitation” documentary tells women of egg donation risks

Advances in medical technology frequently come with ethical problems, as well as scientific concerns and issues. Egg donation, for women, is no different. Jennifer Lahl of the […]
February 23, 2011

Spoilage and labeling errors with some omega-3 and -6 supplements

A new report on the quality of omega-3 and -6 fatty acid supplements made from seed oils was recently released by ConsumerLab.com. Only 11 of 17 […]
February 25, 2011

Screen time (TV and computer) may be linked to increased heart risks

In multiple past blogs (see below) I’ve told you of the harms of too much screen time (TV, computer, video games, etc.) for your children. Many […]
February 25, 2011

Shingles vaccine dramatically reduces risk of outbreaks

Readers of this blog know of my fondness for immunizations. For my patients, I recommended the shingles vaccine for people 60 years of age or older […]
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