Monthly Archives: February 2012

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There’s an App For That!

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We admit it: This list is shamelessly borrowed from a terrific site devoted to caregivers and their challenges: Agingcare.com. They have thoughtfully assembled a collection of apps designed for those of us looking after seriously ill or convalescing loved ones, … Continue reading

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Health Updates 29 February 2012

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FDA adds diabetes warning to statin label: “The FDA said today that all statins must carry warning about increased risks of elevated blood sugar and possible transient memory and cognition problems, but at the same time the agency removed a standing … Continue reading

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New Guidelines to Protect Young Athletes

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The National Athletic Trainer‘s Association (NATA) has just released new guidelines aimed at preventing sudden death among athletes.  All athletes are included in these recommendations, even the youngest of nonprofessionals.  It is always heartbreaking to hear of a 15-year-old collapsing … Continue reading

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Health Updates 28 February 2012

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Sleeping pill death toll may top 500,000: “The use of hypnotic sleep aids was associated with a three- to five-fold higher mortality risk compared with the risk for nonusers, even when the prescription was for a small number of pills, investigators … Continue reading

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Exactly Why Do We Love Tobacco So Much?

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While this may, at first, sound like a silly question, it’s actually surprisingly on point.  We know all about what smoking cigarettes does to our health (as well as our wallets, for that matter) but not much about why we … Continue reading

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Health Updates 27 February 2012

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Flu season is just starting, but appears to be mild: “The winter flu season has finally begun, federal health officials announced on Friday, making this the latest start to the season in 24 years – and thus far it is one … Continue reading

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Health Updates 24 February 2012

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Pets, people and illness: “Having a pet can help someone who has an illness, and researcher Allison Webel of Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, has ideas about how it works.  Webel held 12 focus groups with 48 women, with an … Continue reading