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How to triple your risk of dementia with one common habit

For something so seemingly innocent, there sure are a lot of ways diet soda can do you in. Several years ago we told you about a study that found women who regularly drank just two or more diet drinks a day were upping their chances of a heart attack or stroke by 30 percent. Plus […] Read

For Parkinson’s victims, this is far better than a risky med

Last month, the FDA approved a drug for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Xadago, as it’s called, is to be used in conjunction with the med levodopa for the purpose of giving patients more “on time” — meaning less episodes of symptoms such as stiffness, difficulty walking and tremors. And yes, Xadago comes with a […] Read

Will you be a guinea pig for one of these newly approved meds?

There hasn’t been this much back-patting going on since baby Jessica was rescued from falling down that well back in 1987! The big news is that the FDA is off to a “hot start,” approving more drugs so far this year than for the last six. But wait! There could be more — much more. […] Read

Even simple surgery can lead to chronic opioid use

It’s now being called one of the most common complications you can have after surgery. I’m not talking about a wound infection or a hospital-acquired bug, but the chronic use of opioid drugs. And a new study from the University of Michigan found that it doesn’t matter if you’re having open heart surgery or a […] Read

Many doctors still pushing unnecessary mammograms

It’s said that in medicine, more is not always better. And nowhere is that truer than in the case of mammograms. It’s so clear that even the totally mainstream American Cancer Society — along with the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, or USPSTF — actually pulled back on their recommendations for this notoriously unreliable test […] Read

The best way to treat diabetic nerve pain isn’t an Rx med

You would think when a federal agency is described as working to “make healthcare safer,” and “keep patients safe,” it would sort of operate with that principal in mind. Well, that’s the listed mission for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which works under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. So […] Read

Despite promised FDA ban, deadly PHOs still lurk in our food

How the FDA gets away with murder, in three easy steps: Throw a big publicity party and announce how it’s going to require food manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils — or PHOs, the source of killer trans fats — from their products. Give Big Food three full years to do that. Accept a petition […] Read

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