Sad Facts of Opioids

Sad Facts of Opioids

You hear a lot about this on the news. Deaths attributable to opioids have increased by 292% in the last 15 years. These amounted to 1.68 million person-years of life in 2016 alone–higher than those due to hypertension, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS. During 2016, 20%...
Don’t Leave a Child Trapped in a Car!

Don’t Leave a Child Trapped in a Car!

With summer in the northern hemisphere arriving soon it is important to recognize the dangers of leaving a child, elderly adult, or pet in an overheated parked car. According to researchers, if the car is parked in the sun, the interior temperature can reach 116...
Soundwaves to Cure Ebola! Really?

Soundwaves to Cure Ebola! Really?

A California physician faces the revocation of his medical license for selling $5 MP3 files that he claims can cure Ebola, malaria, and many other infections. These 13-second “eRemedy” recordings are made by placing vials of homeopathic remedies in...
Synthetic Cannabinoids Linked to Severe Bleeding

Synthetic Cannabinoids Linked to Severe Bleeding

Five people have died and more than 202 people have developed severe bleeding linked with the use of synthetic cannabinoids found to be laced with rat poison. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning saying these drugs, sold under...
A Blueprint to Beat Cancer

A Blueprint to Beat Cancer

Recently, the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Fund released the newest edition of Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective. While this authoritative report is over 12,000 pages, the recommendations are summarized...
Inhaled Cannabis Transfers to Breast Milk

Inhaled Cannabis Transfers to Breast Milk

A small study of breastfeeding mothers suggests that breastfed infants would consume about 2.5% of the inhaled cannabis dose. Well-intentioned parents might choose to smoke marijuana away from their infants to minimize exposure, but this study indicates the breastfed...
Egg Farm in Salmonella Outbreak Identified

Egg Farm in Salmonella Outbreak Identified

FDA inspectors found an egg farm in North Carolina that is responsible for an outbreak of salmonella illness that sickened at least 35 people in a several state area. Upon inspection, dozens of live and dead rodents were found inside the hen houses and insects hovered...
Frequent Consumption of Fruit Improves Female Fertility

Frequent Consumption of Fruit Improves Female Fertility

Women who ate fruit less than three times per day, when compared to those who consumed three or more servings, had a significantly increased risk of infertility. This retrospective study from Australia also found women who consumed no fast food had a 41% reduced risk...
5 Lifestyle Factors Can Add 10+ Years to Life Expectancy

5 Lifestyle Factors Can Add 10+ Years to Life Expectancy

The evidence continues to accumulate—a healthy lifestyle in middle-age improves the length and quality of life. Using data from two very large cohorts, researchers looked at the associations between five low-risk lifestyle factors and mortality over 30 years. A...
Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

A large, geographically diverse study using a simple food frequency questionnaire found those consuming more Mediterranean foods experienced a lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular events than those reporting fewer such foods. However, contrary to many headlines,...
Fresh Fruit Daily Lowers Cardiovascular Risk

Fresh Fruit Daily Lowers Cardiovascular Risk

Researchers in China followed almost a half-million people for seven years finding when they consumed more fresh fruit they had lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Cardiovascular deaths were 40% lower in those who consumed fresh fruit daily compared to those who...
Women Reaching Equality with Men in Drinking

Women Reaching Equality with Men in Drinking

Researchers have found women have all but caught up with men in their alcohol drinking habits. During earlier decades men were far more likely to drink so much that it affected their health than women. That gap has closed. Women around the world are now nearly as...

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