A young relative of mine has a 4-month-old baby. She asked me about peanut allergies and the best way to introduce her infant to peanuts. She had already talked to her pediatrician, but wanted more reassurance that she was doing the right thing.
Her anxiety is shared by lots of new parents who are terrified of peanut allergies.
Who can blame them? Peanut allergies among children have been on the … read on
I just watched a video from Healthcare Triage, a YouTube series created by Aaron Carroll, MD. Dr. Carroll is both a pediatrician and a healthcare researcher; his goal is to educate patients about how the healthcare system works (or doesn’t) and answer questions about common health topics.
This video focuses on an unfortunate reality in our healthcare system—roughly half of common treatments aren’t based on good research.
There have been recent news reports that the over-the-counter heartburn drug, Zantac (ranitidine), contains trace amounts of a carcinogen, NDMA. That sounds scary, but the drug HAS NOT been recalled, and patients are not being told to stop taking it. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to figure out why NDMA is present in ranitidine, and whether or not it’s a health risk.
I just ran across another article in a health magazine touting the benefits of tart cherry supplements or juice.
This particular article suggested tart cherries “significantly” reduced systolic blood pressure (the upper number). The author also wrote that tart cherries were linked to arthritis relief and exercise recovery.
Are they? Or are you better off saving your money?
We know that the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, can help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease, such as someone who has already had a heart attack, or who smokes and has high blood pressure.
(It’s less clear if statins are helpful in healthy individuals with no risk factors for heart disease other … read on