Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it was going to classify red meat and processed meats (bacon, hots dogs, salami, pepperoni, etc.) as cancer causing agents.
I mentally thought about all the bacon, hot dogs, pepperoni pizzas, and pastrami sandwiches I have fed my son through the years. What kind of a mother am I? (In my defense, my son’s had WAY more fruit and vegetables than …
Every fall my house becomes a mine field of spider webs. When I go out the front door, I immediately step face-first into a big, black, eight-legged bug. Yuck.
Whether it’s spiders preparing for the winter, or fleas and mosquitoes enjoying the wetter but still warm late-summer days, insects are just more bothersome in the fall.
I remember in my childhood my mother used to carry around a huge can …
I’ve always been fascinated by the history of medicine and nursing. That’s why I have a degree in medical history as well as nursing.
So I was delighted when the folks at
Fusion sent me this YouTube video with an invitation to put in on my blog: The Doctor Who Jammed a Catheter Into His Heart
In just a couple minutes it tells the …
This is the kind of health care news that scares me. Another new drug has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it comes with serious questions about both its safety and its efficacy.
Addyi (flibanserin)—aka “female Viagra” because it will be used to treat low sex drive in women—will be available by prescription later this year, and the drug company no doubt hopes it will …
read on Can antibiotics alone treat appendicitis?
I’m very much in the “less is more” camp when it comes to medical care.
So it would seem I would be very interested in the latest research out of Finland that shows, at first glance, antibiotics to be as effective as surgery in treating appendicitis.
Avoiding surgery should be a good thing, right?
study was published last month in JAMA (the Journal of … read on
As a child, I remember my mother declaring that of our entire family (2 adults and 4 kids) she was the only one who was pestered by mosquitoes when we were at our summer cabin by the lake.
She felt understandably persecuted by the little blood-sucking menaces.
And she probably was right.
WebMD reports that “genetics account for a whopping 85% of our susceptibility to mosquito bites.” New research out … read on
Recently, the US Public Health Service
issued new recommendations to slightly lower the amount of fluoride that’s put in our community drinking water.
That’s because we have access to other sources of fluoride, mostly toothpaste and mouth rinses, so we don’t need as much in the water supply.
Since the early 1960s our tap water has been …
read on I’ve written several posts on calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is an important nutrient, but most evidence suggests we need to get more calcium in what we eat, rather than supplements.
It’s the same with vitamin D. We need to eat a variety of foods that are rich in vitamin D and also
spend more time in the sunshine. There is no data at this time to support … read on
Huh. Sitting down too much increases our risk of cancer.
A new study out of Sweden tells us that women who have sedentary jobs and don’t get enough exercise outside of work have the highest increased risk of breast and uterine cancer.
This study looked specifically at those two cancers, but other similar research has linked the lack of exercise to other types of cancer, as well.
And heart disease. …
I recently posted about health care’s problem of
unreliable, biased and sometimes downright fraudulent research.
It’s important that we are aware of the scope of the problem, because so much medical treatment—screenings, drugs, surgical procedures—is being sold based on these untrustworthy reports.
And more stories are coming forward.
, the health journalism watchdog blog, Gary Schwitzer highlights two articles: HealthNewsReview.org