April 2012 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Breast cancer overdiagnosis due to mammograms may be even higher than we thought

“Why won’t you get a mammogram?” I heard that question from several people after I mentioned my mammogram problem a few days ago. Whenever I hear that question, I have a question of my own: “Where do I start?”

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New safety alert keeps kids away from painkiller patches

Many little kids go through a Band-Aid phase. They’re fascinated with the idea of sticking something on their skin. That fascination can turn dangerous with a medicated patch that, to a child, looks like a Band-Aid. That’s why the FDA just released an important child-safety warning about fentanyl patches.

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Sometimes the best cancer treatment is no treatment

I recently read an article about how to respond when someone tells you he has cancer. The gist of the article was simple. Be a good listener. Be supportive. Don’t give advice. But that third one can be tough. You want to help. And you may actually have good advice.

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Can your floor alert EMS if you have a heart attack or stroke?

Forget smart phones. Do you have one of those new smart floors? That’s a question friends might be asking one another years from now.

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Kanye helps Novartis move some product

Hip-hop artist Kanye West might have a future as a jingle writer – or a doctor. But first he has to figure out how to go through the proper channels. Recently, Kanye posted a new song on his website. He titled his song “Theraflu.”

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Yes, dietary supplements may give you "expensive urine," but also significant disease protection

“The only sure thing about dietary supplements is they give you expensive urine.” That oh-so-clever little quip always reveals a lot about the person who speaks it. It’s a very lazy thing to say. They’re just parroting what they’ve heard from someone else. And they haven’t bothered to do their homework.

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Long-term vision health requires diligent control of ultraviolet ray exposure

Turns out the people donning those curious sunglasses may not be fashionistas but they are pretty smart about protecting their eyes. Those mega-wraparound sunglasses block nearly 100 percent of ultraviolet rays. Anything less than that increases risk of photokeratitis, which is sunburn of the cornea.

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