June 2011 - Page 2 of 7 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Sun protection factor (SPF) reality check

As I mentioned last week, the FDA has admitted that an SPF above 50 is meaningless and does not offer any greater protection than products with lower SPFs.

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America's biggest health challenge may be its couch potato problem

There is no evidence that television causes diabetes. But SITTING in front of the television, hour after hour –- yes, that does appear to increase your type 2 risk.

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This one will go down in history as one of the most dangerous drugs ever

Chantix comes with a black box warning AND a mandatory Medication Guide. But in spite of those warnings, and in spite of declining use, Chantix was still “suspect in more possible cases of hostility-aggression, depression and psychosis than any other monitored drug.”

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FDA confirms type 2 diabetes drug link to bladder cancer

As I told you earlier this week, France’s drug authority recently told doctors to stop prescribing Actos based on a new study that links the type 2 diabetes drug to bladder cancer risk. Here in the U.S., FDA officials are not quite as cautious.

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You might get burned following FDA guidelines for sunscreen safety

In a nutshell, a sunscreen producer will have to demonstrate that the product protects against UVA and UVB solar rays, and has an SPF of 15 or higher. Products that meet those criteria will be designated “broad spectrum.”

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Silver is the original (and still the best) bacteria-fighter

A few years ago, a middle-school student compared the bacteria levels of a public toilet with bacteria levels in a fast-food restaurant ice machine and the ice machine won. It had more bacteria than the toilet bowls.

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The FDA's thermography warning is everything you'd expect

As I’ve told you before, thermography uses infrared imagining to screen for breast cancer. That’s an important clue that this method is on the right track, because it eliminates exposure to radiation. But the FDA is having NONE of that.

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