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Bill Longstreth
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What Makes This Flu Season So Bad?
Out of every 100,000 hospitalizations in the U.S., 22.7 were for the flu in the first week in January. According to the CDC, the number had doubled from the week before. During the severe flu season that ended in 2015, rates of hospitalizations reached 29...
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Diclegis May Not Ease Morning Sickness
\Doxylamine-pyridoxine (Diclegis), recommended to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, may not be as effective as previously reported, according to a reanalysis published in PLOS One. Briefly, roughly 250 women at 7 to 14 weeks’ gestation reporting pregn...
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Wisdom Wednesday: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
People have used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices for thousands of years in pursuit of health and well-being. However, rigorous, well-designed clinical trials for many CAM therapies are often lacking; therefore, the safety and effecti...
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Trump Said to Be in ‘Excellent Health’ After Annual Physical
President Donald J. Trump has just finished receiving his first physical since he entered the White House in January 2017, and has been declared in excellent health, though details have not yet been released. At a press briefing immediately after the physic...
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Wisdom Wednesday: Diagnosis
This term has been in use since the early 1800’s to describe the “label” given to a particular disease process. Its use has gradually grown over time to be common place today. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is self-proclaimed as the best diagnosis facility i...
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170 Million Americans Drink Radioactive Tap Water
Drinking water for more than 170 million Americans in all 50 states contains radioactive elements that may increase the risk of cancer, according to an EWG investigation released today. Radiation in tap water is a serious health threat, especially during pr...
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Kidney Disease Can Lead to Diabetes, Not Just the Other Way Around
Kidney disease increases the risk for diabetes, a new study finds. Medical experts already knew that the reverse is true – that diabetes increases the risk for kidney disease. The authors of the new study, though, found that kidney dysfunction can lead to...
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Seniors Don’t Need Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements
Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new review concludes. It turns out there’s little evidence supplements protect against hip fractures and other broken bones in olde...
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2017 Blog Summary
I posted 147 blogs in 2017. I began writing my blog late in 2013 and will exceed 600 total posts sometime this month. For me, the most important benefit is personal. Reviewing studies keeps me abreast of the latest health research. As a result, I’m a bet...
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Genes Start Mutating Soon After Life Begins
Hundreds of minor genetic mutations start to form in the cells of an embryo soon after conception, researchers have discovered. The Yale University and Mayo Clinic scientists said that many of these mutations occur as sex cells are forming in the embryo. T...
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