July 2011 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

CT chest scans can save lives, but they often do more harm than good

Now a new report from Johns Hopkins here in Baltimore finds that in many cases patients are much better off not even
getting that first CT scan.

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Two grim milestones – you can thank our frighteningly inept FDA!

If the numbers for the past decade continue their rate of trending upward, 2011 will become the first year that the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting Service (AERS) will record more than 100,000 deaths linked to patent drug use. This may also be the first year AERS will record more than half a million serious patient outcomes.

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The dirty little (fatal) secret behind pharmaceutical sleep aids

You see, in India, drug companies can’t advertise their products direct to consumers like they do in the U.S. So Abbott can’t come right out and make an obvious pitch for their sleep-aid Zolfresh (which is chemically identical to Ambien).

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How would you like your burger? Rare, well-done, or man-made?

They’re growing the burger from scratch, using a few thousand stem cells extracted from cattle. That’s right — it’s man-made meat. And by mid-century, when you put on your jetpack and fly to your local supermarket, you may have a choice to make: Meat from real animals, or meat created in a lab.

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The FDA suppresses health claims even when backed by sound scientific evidence

Cherries contain antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory components. The scientific evidence behind that statement is irrefutable. But when owners of cherry orchards made those claims and backed them up with links to the evidence, the FDA ruled that the claims “cause your products to be drugs.”

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The CDC wants you to prepare for a zombie apocalypse

On a CDC blog posting titled “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse,” you’ll find this critical information: “If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation.”

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Tiny powerhouse kills cancer and keeps it from coming back... but that's not all

There’s a teeny tiny natural miracle that has an enormous impact on cancer: killing off cancer cells, making sure cancer doesn’t spread, even preventing its return. But this life-saving powerhouse can also do so much more: prevent diabetes, protect you from heart attack, reverse atherosclerosis, the list goes on.

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