November 2011 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Dirty little promises, dirty little lies -- all in a day's work for a Big Pharma rep

Here’s a bizarre tale that ends with a dirty little revelation about manipulation of doctors by drug companies. It starts with a Merck drug rep named David Turkheimer who was prescribed Ambien CR to help him sleep. He was also using Prednisone — a powerful corticosteroid.

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Protect your liver and your overall health with this indispensible B vitamin

The next time you’re in a crowded space — at the mall filled with holiday shoppers, at a football game, in a busy restaurant — take a look around and consider this: In the people you’re observing, about one in every four has a disease called NAFLD. Even more disturbing — most of them have no idea they have it because they have no symptoms. In fact, most of them have probably never even heard of it.

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Nerve damage may result when intramuscular shots are given in the wrong spot

If you’re a hospital patient, telling a nurse how to do her job probably won’t win you any fans among the nursing staff. But it might save you from considerable pain. A new report in the Journal of Advanced Nursing indicates that most nurses are not giving intramuscular injections correctly.

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Only one way to describe the FDA black box warning system: a dangerous mess

Here’s how FDA officials warn you that you might be risking a coma, or fatal kidney damage, or some other horrendous adverse event linked to the drug you’re about to take: They take a fine-line marker and draw a box around the warning… that’s what the FDA considers a “black box warning.” And whenever the agency requires a drug to include one of these warnings, media reports always inform us that it’s the most serious warning required by the FDA.

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Multivitamin users -- we're a wild and crazy bunch!

Multivitamin users — we’re a wild and crazy bunch! Recent research from Taiwan shows that multivitamin use may result in a false sense of invulnerability.

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Here's a vital health warning that every first-time parent must see

If you’re pregnant for the fist time, or if friends or someone in your family are about to embark on parenthood, here’s a phrase you have to know before the baby arrives… “Pit to distress.”

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When cooking sacred cow, do NOT forget the salt

That’s right — SALT, or rather sodium — which our bodies require for simple survival. But don’t expect to hear anything like that from your doctor. In fact, if you follow advice most doctors pass out and cut your sodium intake dramatically, you could actually HARM your health. And the older you get, the greater the risk.

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