September 2009 - Page 2 of 6 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

The drug industry's strange dilemma: the placebo effect is getting stronger

Drug companies are hurting because of something they never saw coming: The placebo effect seems to be getting stronger.

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The old doctor/patient model is outmoded and downright dangerous

Most patients don’t realize that doctors are allowed to prescribe medications to treat conditions for which the drugs haven’t received FDA approval. As I’ve noted in past e-Alerts, this practice is known as off-label usage.

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A gastric band only does part of the job – the patient has to do the rest

Want to lose weight with a gastric band? No problem. Just add years of discipline and diligence.

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Alzheimer's risk goes down when you get up off the couch

Nutrition choices may play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Now evidence shows that exercise is also part of the AD- prevention picture.

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A surprise tumor offered an unsurprising calling card: nighttime headaches

Tension may cause people to wake with a headache, but if this occurs frequently the problem probably stems from a more severe health issue and needs to be checked out.

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Indoor air vs. outdoor air – which is more polluted?

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air is often 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air.

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Phytosterols may do much more than just help control cholesterol

According to a new study from the University of Manitoba, phytosterols may actually play a more important role as a cancer fighter.

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