Kids need flu shots!
Pediatricians recommend all children over the age of 6 months get a yearly flu shot.
In previous years, a nasal spray version of the flu vaccine, FluMist, has been available to parents who wanted to avoid subjecting their children to another needle jab.
But for the last 3 years FluMist
has not been nearly as effective as the standard flu shot. So for the 2016-2017 flu … read on Triclosan isn’t effective
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began drafting guidelines for the use of the popular antibacterial,
triclosan, about 40 years ago.
Two years ago they announced they were ready to implement some much-needed oversight of this chemical. They asked the manufacturers of soaps and body washes to provide
more evidence of both its effectiveness and safety.
Well, those companies came up short. Last …
read on Kids and vaccines
It’s that time of year when the days shorten, stores advertise trendy back-to-school clothes, and parents scramble to make appointments with their kids’ pediatricians for sport physicals and immunizations.
At least, I hope they do.
I am a fervent believer in vaccinations, even though I live in
. the state (Washington) with–sadly–the highest “opt out” rate in the country
In 1998 a medical journal published a paper …
I love John Oliver and his show
Last Week Tonight. Maybe because he frequently comments on or makes fun of our behemoth and costly healthcare system. Related post: John Oliver mocks Big Pharma tactics
If you missed it, here’s
the video of his show lampooning “scientific studies.” You know, the research mass media loves to package into scary sound bites (everything causes cancer) and healthcare corporations use to sell … read on
A friend sent me a YouTube link to a hilarious comic sketch that parodies homeopathy:
It’s by a pair of British comics, David Mitchell and Robert Webb. A&E stands for Accident and Emergency, the British equivalent of ER.
To understand why it’s so funny, you need to know that homeopathy’s alternative-reality medicine is based on a belief that “like cures like,” with remedies prepared into extremely diluted solutions.…
read on Scary headlines sell news
Last week the media blitzed us with
headlines that linked cell phones with an increased risk of brain and heart cancers.
Don’t believe everything you read in a headline!
That news story was based on a
study out of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that looked at the effect of cell phone radiation on rats.
Most journalists, if you bothered to read the …
read on May is National Osteoporosis Month
I can’t let May and
the NOF’s awareness campaign pass without giving a shout out to the best way to prevent bone loss or osteoporosis.
It’s not taking enormous calcium supplement tablets every day or occasionally choking down a couple of chalky TUMS.
It’s a combination of eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods and exercising every day.
Actually, no one can prevent bone loss altogether. …
read on Don’t take health advice from celebrities
I just finished reading a thoughtful, informative and thoroughly entertaining book that examines how our celebrity-crazy culture affects our healthcare and lifestyle choices.
author Timothy Caulfield makes it his quest to “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?”, “analyze and debunk the messages and promises” behind celebrities’ overhyped and oversold health, diet and beauty products.
Indeed, celebrity culture has emerged as one of
I’ve been a fan of Peggy Girshman’s science and healthcare writing for a long time, so it was with great sadness that I read about her death in March at the young age of 61.
But in tribute to her award-winning journalism career, which included long stints at both
NPR and Kaiser Health News, she actually wrote her own eulogy!
She wanted to share a few simple lessons …
read on Knowledge is king
That’s the take home message from Professor (of pharmacy) James McCormack’s
latest parody video, which takes a whack at healthcare’s increasingly pervasive and rigid medical guidelines. , End of the Line
If followed to the letter, these guidelines (often based on research funded by drug companies) would have everyone diagnosed with a disease and taking one or more medications. Medical guidelines …