Archive | August, 2010

No Magic Bullet Against Alzheimer’s Disease

August 30, 2010

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From the NYT: The National Institutes of Health appointed a jury of 15 medical scientists with no vested interests in Alzheimer’s research. The studies included research on nearly everything proposed to prevent the disease: exercise, mental stimulation, healthy diet, social engagement, nutritional supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs or those that lower cholesterol or blood pressure, even the […]

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Poll finds majority concerned over drug companies’ influence on physicians.

August 25, 2010

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Today a number of newspapers discuss a “telephone survey of more than 2,000 US adults by Consumer Reports which found that the majority of those currently taking medications — 69% — had” concerns “that pharmaceutical companies have too much influence over their physicians’ prescribing practices.” While the report focuses on drug companies financial influence on […]

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Menu Labeling: Provisions of Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

August 25, 2010

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For chain retail food establishments, the provisions that became requirements immediately upon enactment of the law include: (1) Disclosing the number of calories in each standard menu item on menus and menu boards, (2) Making additional written nutrition information available to consumers upon request, (3) Providing a statement on menus and menu boards about the […]

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Frank Talk About Care at Life’s End.

August 24, 2010

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From today’s NYT Last week, over the objections of New York State’s medical society, Gov. David A. Paterson signed into law a bill — the New York Palliative Care Information Act — requiring physicians who treat patients with a terminal illness or condition to offer them or their representatives information about prognosis and options for […]

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Primary-Care Doctors: Saying No to $191,000 a Year.

August 23, 2010

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From Time Magazine this week: the education pipeline offers no hint of improvement. Less than 2% of current medical students are interested in general internal medicine and 4.9% in family-care practice, says a study by Dr. Karen Hauer, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The average medical-school student graduates with $200,000 in […]

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Hearing Loss in US Teens Increased in Prevalence in the Previous 15 Years.

August 18, 2010

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Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital determined that hearing loss in adolescents has increased over the past 15 years. The findings are published in the August 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Comment: occupational health experts have known for decades that loud noises are injurious to hearing. In the military those […]

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Can obesity prevention begin before birth?

August 16, 2010

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David Ludwig’s research from Children’s Hospital, Boston found that women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy tend to give birth to heavier infants.  For example, women gaining 44 to 49 pounds were 1.7 times more likely to have a high birth weight baby than those gaining just 18 to 22 pounds. Women who gained more […]

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Top GP condemns Britons for recklessly neglecting their health.

August 8, 2010

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From the Observer newspaper in the UK today, Britain’s top GP today launches a scathing attack on widespread reckless public behavior towards food, alcohol and cigarettes, which he claims is causing growing levels of disease and early death. In a dramatic intervention in the public health debate, Professor Steve Field criticizes parents, mothers-to-be, the very […]

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Tattooing may be the rage!

August 8, 2010

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But, researchers from the University of British Columbia reviewed and analyzed 124 studies from 30 countries, including Canada, Iran, Italy, Brazil and the United States, and found the incidence of hepatitis C after tattooing is directly linked with the number of tattoos an individual receives. The findings are published in the current issue of the […]

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More Tick-Borne Infections Begin at Home.

August 3, 2010

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From today’s WSJ: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are investigating an alarming rise in several different types of tick-borne infections including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and erlichiosis. Not only are more diseases being spread by ticks, but more species of ticks […]

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