June 2009 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

How does a scratch relieve an itch?

So in an attempt to better understand this most basic human action (itch + scratch = relief), scientists at the University of Minnesota conducted tests with primates in which electrodes were placed on spinal nerves and itching was prompted with histamine injection.

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Evidence shows that the pneumonia vaccine just doesn't cut it

If you’re over age 65, the CDC advises you to get a pneumonia vaccination.

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Renal Failure with Reclast

The FDA just released it’s Drug Safety Newsletter (at 5:00 on Friday, of course), and it contains some very bad news for people taking Reclast, the annual IV osteoporosis treatment. The agency has received 24 reports of renal impairment (which means kidney damage) and “some cases” of acute renal failure associated with the use of […]

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Bringing omega-3 fatty acids into the mainstream

Recent trials tested the effects of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA on heart health.

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An FDA panel recommendation may put us another mile down the road of unnecessary drug dependence

You don’t have to be related to a young person with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder to feel angry about a recent decision at the FDA that could move our drug-happy society another mile further down the road of unnecessary drug dependence.

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Deadly AntiPsychotics Approved for Children?

The FDA – or at least its advisory panel – has lost its collective mind. Or maybe they’re so enamored by Big Pharma and its big money that they see nothing else…like the very lives of our children. In a crushingly disappointing decision, the FDA advisory panel has voted to approve three dangerous – sometimes […]

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Panic! But don't over-panic!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has already placed a $289 million order for Novartis swine flu vaccines.

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