Category Archives: Surprises

Sex and the Drug Trade

Last night 60 Minutes reported on the gender differences in drug testing. This will probably not surprise you: Most of pharmaceutical drug testing is done on males.  Not only human males but animals in testing are almost always males.  The recommendations and findings then are gender-oriented but not gender specific.  In other words, science defaults

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Meditation Reduces Inflammation New Study Shows

A new study reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.  The study looked the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators. Researchers compared them to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities. After

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TATTOO BIOSENSOR HELPS ATHLETES AVOID BONK

Scientists are working on a new biosensor, applied to the human skin like a temporary tattoo, that can alert marathoners, competitive bikers and other “extreme” athletes that they’re about to “bonk,” or “hit the wall.” The study, in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry, describes the first human tests of this sensor, which also could help soldiers

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Pilates for Plantar Fasciitis

From blisters to bunions, most of us will suffer from foot problems more than once during our lives. Some issues can be resolved with over-the-counter remedies, targeted Pilates exercises, reflexology and gently rolling your feet on a tennis ball. But if the pain you feel is in your heel and it doesn’t go away within

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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE

You’re at a restaurant. Your dinner companion chokes and quickly falls to the floor unconscious. What should you do? With CPR certification, you’d know how to help save that life. TIMING IS EVERYTHING As a fitness professional, I am required to get CPR re-certified every two years.  Each time I take the class, I feel

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MAJORITY OF AMERICANS TAKE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

An extensive Mayo clinic study reveals that most Americans take at least one drug, and many take two or more. While prescriptions for lifestyle-related chronic diseases (high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes) are on the list, the most prescribed drugs are antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids. Twenty percent of patients are on five or more

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FIVE PROACTIVE HEALTHCARE TIPS

How can you take better care of your health? Be more proactive about your office visits. Here are five tips will help you be a better medical care consumer. 1. Know your family history – know how parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles died. This is especially important if they died young. 2. Have a primary

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NEW HOPE FOR RESISTANT BREAST CANCER

Take a look at any pharmaceutical drugs insert leaflet and you’ll see something called “indications.” Often times, a drug can be used or indicated for more than one health problem. For example, anti-seizure drugs can be used to treat pain. According to a Duke Cancer Institute study, an osteoporosis drug approved in Europe has been

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