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Controversies Surrounding Statin Drugs

Statin drugs are routinely prescribed for lowering cholesterol levels, even if these are only slightly high and even more so if they are very high. After all, high cholesterol levels are a factor in heart attack. New studies and research caused the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to set fresh guidelines [...]

Are Antioxidants Really Good for You?

Antioxidants have been widely regarded as being good for health by scientists and nutritionists, as they are supposed to combat free radicals that contribute to cancer, environmental toxins and also help treat many ailments. Antioxidants are supposed to be good for patients with  various cancers, Alzheimer’s, dementia and many other diseases. Latest news questions this [...]

Should We Blame Parents for Children’s Behavior?

Whenever children misbehave, to whatever extent, talk usually turns to who is responsible. More often than not, attention turns to the parents of the misbehaving child.  While a natural and somewhat obvious reaction, you could claim that it is an easy, even lazy, one.  Given there are numerous cases of children that behave well at [...]

Is Mental Health Ignorance America’s Biggest Risk?

        It is widely accepted that mental health awareness and services, in most of the world, not just America, needs to improve significantly.  What most Americans, not just the general populace but also seemingly those in the positions of power, fail to realize is the impact that the lack of attention on [...]

Should We Pay More Attention to Prescribed Drugs’ Side Effects?

Diclofenac is a powerful, yet controversial painkiller.   It is already well known that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) in general carry a risk to cardiovascular health, and in particular to the heart. This issue has been thrust back into the spotlight today, by research published in the PLOS Medicine online journal[1][2] that specifically [...]

Can Where You Live Make You Fatter?

Is your bodyweight linked to where you live? A new study, released at the end of January in the International Journal of Obesity[1], suggests that where we live could play a key role in whether or not we are overweight.  Unfortunately, there is a scientific side to it, it is not as simple [...]

Merck Sued Over Fosamax – is it Safe?

Merck Sued Again Over the past week, more lawsuits against Merck & Co, makers of the recalled drug Vioxx, gained traction. Plantiffs claim that bone medication Fosamax caused osteonecrosis of the jaw. Merck is going to argue there's no proof, and that they met the requirements to warn patients. Who's right? What's Fosamax? [...]

Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

Do Vaccines Cause Autism? There's nothing more scary for parents than the thought that they might hurt their children. The controversy about vaccines and autism is frightening, but seems to have little scientific backing. It started in 1998. The Lancet reported on 12 children with gastrointestional problems that they believed were caused - [...]

10 Ways Scientists Lie About Drugs

Does the FDA keep us safe? Research into new medications is how we learn if they work and if they're safe.  It's the only protection we have against snake oil and worse.  But disasters like Thalidomide and Vioxx - not to mention the dozens of products recalled monthly – remind us that the [...]