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Can We Trust the FDA?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services established to regulate the release of new foods and health-related products.  Health related products includes but are not limited to medicine, cosmetics, supplements, and even certain veterinary products.  Their mission is to be responsible for ensuring that…

Doctors Getting Paid To Market Drugs

A while back I wrote a post on a drug company, Eli Lilly, using ghost writers to write favorable articles and having doctor’s sign their names to them as if they had written them.  You can read that here.  At best it is a murky situation. Recently, Eli Lilly was back in the news here…

Could the Sun Help You Fight the Flu?

Skin cancer is a huge topic of concern for lots of people.  As someone who is, shall we say, pigment challenged, I make a point to use sunscreen when I am out and will try to avoid spending too much time in the sun in the middle of the day.  While this is for sure…

I Am a Bottled Water Fan!

August 4, 2009 No Comments

I know that bottled water is totally not vogue right now and I may be angering some of you with my stance on it, however, I am a huge fan of bottled water.  Please let me explain before you scorch me with emails and comments. Recently, RTI, a non profit research group,  health economist Eric…

Is This Bad Economy a Good Thing?

July 30, 2009 No Comments

Crazy right, how could there be a silver lining in the economy cloud?  Well if you are a little older in age and this economy has forced you to rethink retiring, it may be saving your brain. There is a promising study out of Britain that studied  medical records of 382 men whose Alzheimer’s symptoms…

E Cigarettes, Are They Safe?

July 23, 2009 4 Comments

Have you ever heard of an E Cigarette?  I mean I know I am hardly cutting edge of cool but these are news to me. I was walking through the Burlington Mall the other day when I noticed a kiosk that was selling E Cigarettes.  Having never seen these before I went home and looked…

Should a 22 Year Old Alcoholic Get a Liver Transplant?

July 20, 2009 3 Comments

UPDATE: The 22 year old patient that I speak of below passed away.  Very, very sad. There is an interesting debate in London right now as to whether or not a 22 year old alcoholic deserves a liver transplant. First a little background.  The patient in question started drinking alcohol with friends when he was…

DHA or Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Alzheimer's

July 13, 2009 No Comments

The most complete study to date done on Omega 3 Fatty Acids (DHA) and the hope that it would slow Alzheimer’s has shown there is little help to be gained by taking the popular supplement. In this study a group of people were given a placebo, with another group getting  a two gram dose of…

Seatbelts Save Lives

July 5, 2009 1 Comment

Woke up this morning to this headline in the Boston Herald….Eight killed in wrecks before dawn For anyone who knows me, inexplicably, I am a huge NASCAR fan. I watch the race, the minor league races, the talk shows, I even read websites about it. I have often joked that I would pick going to…

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