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April 13, 2011

New study reignites debate on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The New York Times notes that after a disease can be “diagnosed reliably through lab tests, creating an accurate case definition” becomes easy. But for illnesses with […]
April 12, 2011

Acupuncture may take edge off menopause symptoms

A recent study is reporting that 10 weeks of treatment with acupuncture reduces the severe hot flashes. Here are the details from HealthDay News:
April 11, 2011

Ten tips for getting a better night’s sleep

The following ten tips, provided by the National Sleep Foundation, can help you achieve sleep and the benefits it provides. These tips are intended for “typical” […]
April 11, 2011

One in three US adults gets less than seven hours’ sleep a night

As I’ve discussed in previous blogs (see list below), most people (whether children, teens, or adults) are simply not getting enough sleep.  And now a couple […]
April 8, 2011

Sugary drinks linked to hypertension and obesity

Last week my blog, Diet soda consumption may be linked to increased heart attacks and strokes, was one of my most read postings in some time. […]
April 8, 2011

Optimism helps heart patients live longer, while pessimism harms

In my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy, I have a chapter on how your attitude about life impacts your health. […]
April 8, 2011

Medical groups urge tanning ban for minors

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new report urging a ban on allowing minors to use tanning beds.
April 6, 2011

Pill-Splitting potentially perilous, study suggests

Just a couple of months ago, I warned that splitting pills can be dangerous. Now a new report says that even slight variations in the weight […]
April 21, 2010

Stricter government oversight of dietary supplements may be moving closer – thank goodness

Whenever I give talks on natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements), whether to healthcare professionals or laypersons, people seem shocked to learn that these substances are […]
April 21, 2010

Resistant Ringworm Common in Some Elementary Schools

Treatment-resistant ringworm is common among urban elementary school children — at least according to a new report from U.S. researchers. They studied 10,514 children in kindergarten through […]
April 21, 2010

Oral Medication May be more Effective than Topical for Killing Head Lice

In a column I wrote for physicians nearly a decade ago, I discussed the growing use of oral medications, like ivermectin, for some topical skin infections. […]
April 23, 2010

Increasing vitamin D levels may cut heart disease risk

I may have blogged more on vitamin D this year than any other topic. And, now, the Los Angeles Times is reporting, “Raising the amount of vitamin […]
April 23, 2010

Vitamin D helps fend off flu and asthma attacks

In a recent study of Japanese schoolchildren, vitamin D supplements taken during the winter and early spring helped prevent seasonal flu and asthma attacks. Here’s more […]
April 23, 2010

Vitamin D Supplementation and Cancer Prevention

Readers of this blog know that, in general, I’m in favor of healthcare professionals checking vitamin D levels as part of routine exams. I do this […]
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