April 2008 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Merck used ghostwriters for studies and misled FDA on Vioxx dangers

With two articles and an editorial, researchers offered precise details about Merck's very aggressive Vioxx sales strategy, which included a practice that's not well known among the general public: ghostwriting.

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Water intoxication is a potential problem for athletes

It's easy to overdo a good thing. In fact, when it comes to water intake, you can actually become intoxicated if you overdo it.

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Government diet lowers heart disease risks - with a little help from multivitamins

The Associated Press calls it the "strongest evidence yet" that a government- recommended diet can prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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Two studies that reveal the glaringly obvious

Reading through health studies is like fishing. Every now and then you land a beauty, but between those beauties there are dozens you have to throw back.

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Mammograms are changing, but the change is not as beneficial as it should be

A recent New York Times article focused on a typical problem for doctors who make the transition from mammography that produces images on film to mammography that produces digital images.

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The extraordinary power of a determined human spirit

The exercise program called YRG or Yoga for Regular Guys helped Army veteran Arthur Boorman relieve his constant pain.

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Eight glasses of water per day? There's no evidence that shows a benefit

University of Pennsylvania researchers Dan Negoianu and Stanley Goldfarb recently published a review of water research that investigated some of the prominent myths surrounding the 8 x 8 recommendation.

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