May 2012 - Page 2 of 6 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Statin researchers want to reset the clock and erase the decade that revealed this drug's grave dangers

Last week, The BBC broke the news about a serious health crisis. The National Health Service devotes close to 10% of its budget to care for diabetics. And yet, less than half of all diabetics receive minimum care. Simply put, many lives are in danger. I can only think of one thing that could make this situation worse. It would be a disaster if someone tried to give nearly everyone a drug that increases diabetes risk. But that would be ridiculous. Right?

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Vision health AND brain health are both improved with this vitamin

We know that vitamin C supports vision health. But that support appears to be more important than we thought.

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When the government grades effectiveness of herbal supplements, prepare to be shocked at the results

Instead of warning us about the next Enron or what’s going on at JP Morgan — or even what to do if Greece does actually come off the euro, The Wall St. Journal is wasting ink printing fiction about herbal supplements. The article claims that scientific evidence to support health benefits of herbal supplements is “scant.”

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The solution to the acetaminophen crisis is simple, but the FDA won't sound the urgent warning

A recent article reminded me of this 2009 expert panel. That gang of 37 recommended a ban of the prescription painkillers Vicodin and Percocet because they contain acetaminophen. Oddly, the panel did not call for a ban of Theraflu or any other over-the-counter med with acetaminophen.

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Osteoporosis drug guidance reveals exactly what's wrong with the medical mainstream

Last week I told you about a new FDA report. The agency “suggested caution” in using Boniva, Fosamax, and other osteoporosis drugs for more than five years. A New York Times piece noted that the FDA report “offered little specific guidance” about long-term use.

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Pediatric debate in Florida: Should doctors ask parents questions about gun safety in the home? We have the solution.

“Is it just me, or is this completely bizarre?” My friend Al sent that note with an article about a Florida controversy. It seems that Sunshine State pediatricians want to discuss firearm safety in their care of young kids.

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Caregivers must be alert to spot dubious hospitalizations in assisted care residents with dementia

If you have a loved one in assisted living, there are so many things to worry about. Most of us worry that they are being neglected or mistreated. But now there’s another issue we need to worry about. And it’s something most people would never imagine. What if your family member is OVER treated?

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