Archive | December, 2010

Should everyone take aspirin?

December 31, 2010

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I thought that the issue had been beaten to death but today’s editorial in the BMJ should remind all of us about the need to examine the data and epidemiology of the issue carefully. Aspirin can cause fatal bleeding even when used in small doses. The course should be to select those who can really […]

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Your Genome in Minutes:

December 31, 2010

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From Sciencedaily  Scientists from Imperial College London are developing technology that could ultimately sequence a person’s genome in mere minutes, at a fraction of the cost of current commercial techniques. The research suggests that scientists could eventually sequence an entire genome in a single lab procedure, whereas at present it can only be sequenced after […]

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Protein Involved in Cystic Fibrosis Also Plays Role in Emphysema, Chronic Lung Disease.

December 30, 2010

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A team of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center researchers has discovered that a protein involved in cystic fibrosis (CF) also regulates inflammation and cell death in emphysema and may be responsible for other chronic lung diseases. The findings, published online in the December issue of The Journal of Immunology, pave the way toward new treatments to […]

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Insurance Premiums

December 23, 2010

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Use this link to view the into this interactive chart at the Commonwealth Fund that shows how insurance premiums have changed over the last six years,  viewing employer insurance premiums as a percentage of household income. This should be particularly interesting for those of us living in Virginia, which is one the few states where […]

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E-Cigs Less Dangerous.

December 17, 2010

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ScienceDaily (Dec. 16) — In a new report that bucks the concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration, a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher concludes that electronic cigarettes are much safer than real cigarettes and show promise in the fight against tobacco-related diseases and death. The review, which will be published […]

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1 in 6 Get Sick from Foodborne Illnesses each year.

December 16, 2010

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About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figures are the most accurate to date due to better data and methods used. The data are published Wednesday in two articles […]

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HDL cholesterol associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s

December 14, 2010

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According to a study published Dec. 14 in the Archives of Neurology, HDL cholesterol may reduce the “risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life.” In a study of 1,130 senior citizens, researchers found that, “compared to those with the lowest levels of high-density lipoprotein…volunteers with the highest levels were 60% less likely to be […]

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Hospital Admissions for Dog Bites Increase 86 Percent.

December 10, 2010

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A new report from the AHRQ shows that dog bites increased by 86 percent—from 5,100 to 9,500 hospital stays—between 1993 and 2008. Seniors and young children were most likely to be hospitalized for a dog bite, while Rural residents also had 3 times as many hospital admissions. Comment:  This is the tip of the iceberg, […]

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Head Lice Shrivel With Chemical-Free Warm-Air Device.

December 7, 2010

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ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2010) — Four years after the ‘LouseBuster’ prototype made headlines when research showed the chemical-free, warm-air device wiped out head lice on children, a new study reveals that a revamped, government-cleared model is highly effective. Comment: the new machine approved by the FDA is expensive at $2000+ but might be useful in […]

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Heart Attack Risk Increases Rapidly After Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Diagnosed.

December 7, 2010

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The risk of having a heart attack is 60 per cent higher just a year after a patient has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, according to research published in the December issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine. Swedish researchers followed 7,469 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) between 1995 and 2006, together with 37,024 […]

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