December 2016 - Page 2 of 6 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Chantix loses black-box warning, but still as risky as ever

I hope you had a very merry Christmas! And if quitting a smoking habit tops your list of New Year’s resolutions, there’s something important you need to know. The Pfizer stop-smoking med Chantix hasn’t gotten any safer. Nevertheless, the FDA waved its magic wand and that big, scary black-box warning — the one about the […]

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A pet can be a huge help in overcoming mental illness

I’ve had some wonderful pets over the years, and honestly, I couldn’t imagine being without a dog (or two!) in my life. And if you’re a pet person, you certainly know how much your furry best friends mean to you. But a new study has found that pets can be more important than ever to […]

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How to save your hair during chemo

It’s not about vanity. Being able to keep your hair during chemo means being able to keep your dignity, even your privacy. That’s why I was so happy when I first told you about a technology called “cold cap therapy” five years ago. It’s a proven way to help those undergoing chemo keep a lot […]

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You’d better watch out for those hidden holiday hazards

Yes, it is the most wonderful time of the year! But it can also be the most dangerous, too. So before you put the finishing touches on your décor, wrap those extra gifts and start cooking up a storm, there’s another list you need to make to keep your holidays merry and bright. …And check […]

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For migraines, there are far safer treatments than Botox

If you suffer from migraines, you have my deepest sympathy. There’s nothing like lying in a dark room waiting for the meds to kick in feeling like there’s an ice pick in your head. And when the FDA approved Botox over six years ago as a way to prevent them, many thought that a new […]

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More good news about eggs: study finds they cut stroke risk

What came first: The cholesterol-fearing chickens or the eggs? (I just had to say that!) We can joke about it now, but for years all we heard was lots of dietary advice about how deadly cholesterol was. Unfortunately, that old mantra has been — and probably still is — scaring off millions from eating eggs. […]

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Immunotherapy drugs save lives, but risks can be deadly

A powerful new way to fight cancer is starting to appear in clinics large and small. It’s called immunotherapy. And if there ever was a medical moonshot, this is it. It can give the immune system the power to stomp out even the most deadly and untreatable cancers. Certainly the promise of such a game-changing […]

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