Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Anaphylaxis: What and How

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A quick note, thanks to the Mayo Clinic staff and their fine community education program. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause shock, trouble breathing and a sudden drop in blood pressure.  It can occur within moments of … Continue reading

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Health Updates 31 January 2012

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Heavier docs less likely to tackle patient weight: “A physician’s body mass index (BMI) may have an impact on how he or she cares for overweight and obese patients, according to a nationwide survey.  Physicians with normal BMIs were more … Continue reading

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Carnival! Boa Viagem!

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Mardi Gras! Carnival!  The crazy season is nearly upon us.  Thousands and thousands the world over are donning their masks, boas and beads, getting ready for all the glorious madness and indulgence they crave before settling into the introspection and … Continue reading

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Health Updates 30 January 2012

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Acupuncture may boost pregnancy success rates: “When a couple is trying to have a baby and can’t, it can be emotionally and financially draining.  But help may be available in an unexpected form: acupuncture.  Medical experts believe that this ancient … Continue reading

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Some Rules That Make Sense

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It’s Friday, we’ve been a bit preachy here lately, and the plan was to lighten up.  But then one short  Associated Press article caught our attention, and, frankly, it’s not the best news we’ve read lately. Nothing awful, mind you, … Continue reading

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Health Updates 27 January 2012

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French police detain founder of breast implant maker: “The founder of a French company that made hundreds of thousands of breast implants from industrial-grade silicone, causing anxiety among women around the world, was detained in a dawn raid on his … Continue reading

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Stay With Those Fitness Resolutions!

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Public health policy planners may not see eye-to-eye on everything, but there is one area of absolute agreement among the experts: obesity is killing us. The trouble is, of course, it’s sneaky about it.  Instead of killing us outright, which … Continue reading