May 2012 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

A major shift in prostate cancer screening guidelines protect men from unnecessary anxiety and physical pain

A major shift in guidelines for PSA prostate cancer screening will protect men from unnecessary anxiety and physical pain, but how many doctors will actually let go of the outmoded PSA test?

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Postmenopausal women can significantly increase bone mineral density with three key supplements

A new study from Greece shows that Postmenopausal women can significantly increase bone mineral density with three key supplements, but including those supplements in milk is pointless.

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A dangerous drug dependency might start in your doctor's office when he prescribes a common heartburn drug

If you had a friend who developed a dependency on prescription painkillers or amphetamines, you might not even know it. Chances are, they’d be inclined to keep it a secret. But if the drug were a heartburn medication, there would be no shame. In fact, just the opposite. Here’s how a 2002 Boston Globe article put it. “Prilosec is so good, and patients so attached to it, that doctors jokingly call it ‘purple crack.'”

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Improve memory AND heart health with these two supplements

When I saw that headline I thought, “Oh brother. Now what? Statins for memory? Aspirin? Prozac?” But…surprise! The headline refers to folic acid and vitamin B-12 supplements. Much better!

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Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity, but it sometimes occurs in slender people who can't afford to lose weight. Dr. Spreen offers dietary advice

Carrying too much weight increases risk of… Just about everyone of a certain age knows how that sentence ends: “type 2 diabetes.”

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Radiation exposure is cumulative over a lifetime, but you can easily reduce the damaging effects

But two years ago, scientists found out that these exposures are cumulative. Years of exposure can add up to considerable risk. Naturally, risk rises for those who receive higher exposures. For instance, radiation therapy places a huge “deposit” in this unwanted savings. That’s the bad news. The good news: University of Pennsylvania researchers believe they found a way to make withdrawals from your radiation savings account.

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Experts say unethical practices in clinical research are "just as widespread as we believed."

Two years ago, medical journal editors established Medical Publishing Insights and Practices. MPIP grapples with issues of integrity and trust in published research.

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