Tag Archives: Medicine

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Health News Updates 12 October 2012

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Meningitis: Pharmacy in outbreak violated license: “The compounding pharmacy at the center of the fungal meningitis outbreak was not following the requirements of its state license, according to a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  The New England Compounding … Continue reading

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FDA Safety and Innovation Act

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On July 9th, President Obama signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187).  Amazingly enough, this particular piece of legislation passed both the House and the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, a stunning thing in this … Continue reading

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Health Updates 29 March 2012

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Really? Ulcers increase the risk of diabetes? “Poor diet, a lack of exercise, excess weight and genetics are the usual risk factors for Type  2 diabetes.  But a new line of research suggests that in some cases, there may be a … Continue reading

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We Live Better If We Address Death? Seriously?

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Study after study after study, and the conclusions are all the same: patients – and their families – who have discussed advance care planning and directives with their doctors well ahead of any medical crisis or emergency hospital stay are … Continue reading

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EOL Discussions: Why Still Taboo?

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Here’s an uncomfortable subject: end-of-life discussions between those terminally ill (and their families) and the medical professionals entrusted with their care. Oddly, it’s not usually the patient who has the problem.  It’s the rest of us. It seems it’s one … Continue reading

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Up, Up and Away

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently posted a press release regarding the quite horrifying number of young children who are each year treated in the nation’s emergency departments for unintentional medication overdoses.  In plainer terms, that’s little kids … Continue reading

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Headache? What Would Eve Have Done?

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Headaches have been with us since Eve.  Between  family politics and misunderstandings with her partner – not to speak of sibling rivalry and all that gardening! – we can be pretty certain she and the rest of her brood had … Continue reading