July 2012 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Mayor Bloomberg's breast-feeding frenzy

If everyone took vitamin C every day, hundreds of thousands of deaths from heart failure could be prevented each year.

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When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it responds with immediate protection

When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it responds with immediate protection. But sunscreen use might actually subvert this natural protection, inhibiting your skin’s production of vitamin D.

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A fungicide used on crops may promote insulin resistance

A chemical used to protect hulls of ships is also used on crops to kill fungus. Unfortunately, this chemical appears to promote insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

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Is it necessary to get a shingles vaccine after a bout of shingles?

It’s pointless to get a shingles vaccine after a bout of shingles, and the FDA agrees. So why in the world would the CDC recommend the vaccine for everyone over age 60, even those who have had shingles?

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Skeptics are often converted when acupuncture brings relief.

In acupuncture, needles are used to stimulate the movement of energy through invisible channels in the body. But even in the most hardened skeptics, suspicion fades when results are immediate and lasting.

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Why are insurance rates so high? Here's one reason: unnecessary tests

Why are insurance rates so high? Here’s one reason: unnecessary tests. A review of federal medical records shows that expensive and unnecessary screening procedures and other tests are driving rates upward.

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Urgent warning about Actos for all type 2 diabetics

Actos was once seen as the safe alternative to Avandia for type 2 diabetics. Now, a new study confirms that Actos may be just as dangerous as Avandia, but in a completely different way.

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