Tag Archives: Medications

  • December 8, 2015

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    Do Cranberries Offer Health Benefits?

    Cranberry juice is a popular folk remedy for staving off urinary tract infections and the berries contain chemical compounds with potentially powerful antibacterial properties. But clinical trials that have tested cranberry products have yielded mixed results, possibly bec

  • November 17, 2015

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    Dietary Supplements Lead to 20,000 E.R. Visits Yearly

    A large new study by the federal government found that injuries caused by dietary supplements lead to more than 20,000 emergency room visits a year, many involving young adults with cardiovascular problems after taking supplements marketed for weight loss and energy enhanc

  • November 3, 2015

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    A Placebo Can Make You Run Faster?

    Can a shot of salt water make you a faster runner?


    The answer appears to be a resounding yes, if you believe that the salt water contains something that should make you a faster runner, according to a new study of the power of placebos

  • October 13, 2015

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    Calcium Doesn’t Improve Bone Density, Analysis Finds

    Calcium, eaten in foods or taken as supplements, has little or no effect on bone density or the risk of fracture in people over 50, according to two large reviews of studies in BMJ.


    One analysis reviewed 59 randomized controlled trials

  • September 15, 2015

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    In a First, Aspirin Is Recommended to Fight a Form of Cancer

    For years, doctors have recommended daily aspirin to lower cardiovascular risk in certain men and women. Now, for the first time, an expert panel is recommending aspirin therapy to prevent heart attacks and colorectal cancer.


    The guide

  • September 1, 2015

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    New Alternatives to Statins Add to a Quandary on Cholesterol

    Doctors have long faced a conundrum in prescribing statins to lower cholesterol and heart attack risk: The drugs are cheap and effective for most people, and large, rigorous clinical trials have found minimal side effects. But as many as 25 percent of those who try them complain of muscle pain. Othe

  • August 18, 2015

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    Labels Like ‘Alternative Medicine’ Don’t Matter. The Science Does.

    The University of Toronto recently stirred up a bit of controversy by offering an uncritical class on “Alternative Medicine.” A variety of bloggers and journalists brought up many valid concerns about the curriculum, but there is a much larger problem: No one is sure how best to teach that subje

  • August 11, 2015

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    Many Older Women Don’t Need Vitamin D Supplements

    Vitamin D supplements may be ineffective in improving bone density or bone strength in postmenopausal women, a clinical trial has found.


    Researchers randomized 230 women to one of three groups: a low-dose group who took 800 units of vi

  • July 14, 2015

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    Experts Urge Sparing Use of Nonaspirin Painkillers

    The Food and Drug Administration warned last week that the risk of heart attack and stroke from widely used painkillers that include Motrin IB, Aleve and Celebrex but not aspirin was greater than it previously had said. But what does that mean for people who take them?

    Experts said th

  • June 9, 2015

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    The Evidence Points to a Better Way to Fight Insomnia

    The Upshot. One weekend afternoon a couple of years ago, while turning a page of the book I was reading to my daughters, I fell asleep. That’s when I knew it was time to do something about my insomnia.

    (by Austin Frakt, Photo credit Juliette Borda