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Cheap and Easy

Published: December 23, 2010

Everyone has their own immune boosting rituals and homebrew remedies that are liberally applied and talked about during this time of the year. With that in mind I’ve decided to give my two cents on this topic. Orange juice and other antioxidant containing foods have been controversially thought to boost the immune system, although clinical evidence read more »

Something Else to be Worried About

Published: December 15, 2010

The breeding of superbugs resistant to antibiotics is a terrifying development. In the US, staph infections are more problematic now than ever, as are gastrointestinal illnesses derived from Clostridium dificile, and many other bacterial diseases. In other countries there are often few restrictions on antibiotic use, so they are thrown at colds, flu, read more »

News From The Medical Front

Published: December 2, 2010

If it seems too good to be true… It usually is, but one always hopeful of a great breakthrough. In Chicago last month, the American Heart Association held a conference where data about a new cholesterol-lowering drug had a lot of people excited. Statin drugs, like Lipitor and Zocor, have improved patients cholesterol levels for years, with a healthy read more »

Some Bad News for Probiotics

Published: November 24, 2010

In October the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ruled that products such as Yakult, a yogurt product marketed as an aid to digestive health and as an immune system booster cannot be shown to do either. The multi-billion dollar probiotics industry has challenged the ruling, but it remains to be seen whether they can produce any date to support some read more »

The Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

Published: November 17, 2010

As the death toll from Haiti’s recent Cholera outbreak reaches 1000, health officials have reported at lease 73 cases in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. With the disease rapidly spreading across the country, it was only a matter of time until outbreaks were recorded in densely populated capital. While the progression of the cholera epidemic read more »

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