Category Archives: health care

Ah ha…






Some medical practices are asking for appointment down payments… In a Washington Post article, health writer Fran Kritz reports that some medical practices are asking for “down payments.” While “no one tracks the number of physician practices that require down payments…calls … Continue reading

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How safe are topical steroids during pregnancy ?






An estimated 6% of pregnant women receive prescription topical corticosteroids (TCS), which are pregnancy risk category C. Animal studies show teratogenic effects, but data are limited and conflicting regarding use in pregnant women. Investigators performed a retrospective cohort study using … Continue reading

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More sunscreen, less wrinkles…






Daily use of sunscreen can slow skin aging associated with middle age. Regular sunscreen use protects against cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas and invasive melanomas, but its effect on cutaneous photoageing has received much less attention, despite a popular preoccupation with … Continue reading

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Aspirin may prevent melanoma in postmenopausal Caucasian women…






In contrast to some earlier reports, in this large study, low-dose aspirin seemed to usefully reduce melanoma risk. Melanoma incidence is increasing, and safe, effective methods of prevention are highly sought. Whether nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) confer any benefit as … Continue reading

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Over 50 ? Got your prostate checked yet ?






I did. “The man with the rubber glove was surprisingly gentle!”

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A link between vitamin D and vitiligo (the “Michael Jackson disease”)…






Vitiligo is an acquired depigmenting disorder of uncertain etiology. Anecdotal reports imply that the disease responds to topical vitamin D analogs, suggesting that vitamin D may be involved in its pathogenesis. To investigate the relationship between vitamin D and vitiligo, … Continue reading

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The ultimate cause of weight problem identified…






The discovery of the Higgs boson particle puts our understanding of nature on a new firm footing. By Lawrence Krauss|Posted Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at 5:56 AM ET Now here is a REAL scientific breakthrough ! Everyone should read this over … Continue reading

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Women who exercise vigorously may reduce their psoriasis risk…






HealthDay (by Reinberg) reports, “Women who exercise vigorously may be reducing their risk of psoriasis,” according to a study published online May 21 in the Archives of Dermatology. After examining “data on nearly 867,000 women who took part in the US Nurses’ Health … Continue reading

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Vitamin D supplements may help reduce high blood pressure…






  The UK’s Telegraph (by Smith) reports, “Vitamin D supplements could be as effective as prescription medicine at reducing high blood pressure,” according to research to be presented at a medical conference. Among “112 participants, 92” of which “were found to have … Continue reading

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Medication allergies are wrongly blamed for rashes in about 25% of the time…






MedWire reports, “Drug (as in medication) allergies are wrongly blamed for causing skin rashes in around one-quarter of cases,” according to a study published in the January issue of the British Journal of Dermatology. After evaluating “612 patients with suspected cutaneous drug … Continue reading

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