November 2011 - Page 2 of 6 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Why you must take extra care on the roads this Thanksgiving

When you think about Thanksgiving, you probably think about turkey, eating too much, family, arguing too much…and the list goes on. But one thing you probably don’t think about is drunk driving. But you should.

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Important new risk revealed for diabetes patients

Several years ago I told you about the link between diabetes and liver cancer. Two different studies showed that diabetics may be as much as three times more likely to develop liver cancer compared to non-diabetics. New research expands on those studies, and I’m afraid the news isn’t good.

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Men! Read this before you reach for the acetaminophen

“Hello? American Cancer Society? Hi, I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but acetaminophen overdose that causes liver failure is a dangerous health crisis right now.” That’s my imaginary phone call to the ACS. You see, ACS researchers recently reported that prostate cancer risk drops by 40 percent in men who take at least 30 acetaminophen pills per month for at least five years.

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Clueless -- the FDA has no idea what you and I want most from the FDA

It’s an age-old rule in writing: avoid cliché. So I’m trying to find another way to explain to the FDA that what you and I want is quality, not quantity. Still they waste time and money issuing statements about how MANY new drugs they approved this year — ignoring the numbers that really matter: how many people are cured (or hurt!) by those very drugs.

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You'll never guess who's touting the beneficial effects of glucosamine

If I told you that a company was spending marketing and PR dollars to fight for the right to explain the beneficial effects of glucosamine — the natural supplement that helps rebuild cartilage and provide support for healthy, flexible joints — who would you think I was talking about? …How many guesses would I have to give you before you got to…Merck & Co.?

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Worst "medical" idea of the year: purchasing infectious disease from a stranger

I’ve finally found something that makes even less sense than unnecessary vaccines: purchasing infectious disease from a stranger online.

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With the end of an era of a blockbuster drug, a national health emergency looms

Lipitor is no ordinary drug. It’s the Big Kahuna of statin drugs and the most successful prescription medication in history. If a drug makes $1 billion per year it’s considered a blockbuster. For 15 years, Lipitor has consistently made about $1 billion per MONTH. But that oversized gravy train is about to shriek to a sudden halt when Pfizer’s Lipitor patent finally runs out and the price for generic Lipitor plummets from around $4 a day to about 25 cents a day, and possibly even less.

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