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EWG’s Best & Worst Sunscreens for Kids

Best & Worst Sunscreens for Kids. Read more >>

There are more than 200 beach and sport sunscreens with a green rating in EWG’s 2016 Sunscreen Guide. We took a closer look at the best-rated sunscreens specifically marketed for use on babies and kids.

This year, 49 baby and kid sunscreens score a 1 in our database. Of those 34 are lotions. The other 15 are sunscreen sticks. Some studies indicate that people tend to apply too little sunscreen when using sticks, so those products are not listed here. Continue Reading →

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Live Longer at What Cost?

LIve Longer - At What Cost?

Exciting news: We might all be able to slow aging and live longer! Even though it sounds too good to be true — and that’s a personal red flag for me — multiple credible organizations and studies are showing this to be (possibly) what is happening in their lab rats.

As reported widely, a new chemical, NR (nicotinamide riboside), has shown great promise in slowing the signs of aging and, even more importantly, Continue Reading →

Need to Know:

Statins

Need to Know: Statins

Common Names

Lipitor (atorvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), lovastatin (Mevachol), Lescol (fluvastatin), Altoprav (lovastatin), Livalo (pitavastatin)

Side Effects and What to Do About Them

Muscle Aches and Pains: Based on observational studies, as much as 15% of people taking statins experience muscle aches and pains. Although rare, some people on statins have experienced myositis (an inflammation of the muscles) and rhabdomyolysis (destruction of muscle cells), the latter which can result in potentially life-threatening Continue Reading →

Your Meds: Risks vs Benefits:

The Lowdown on NSAIDs for Pain

The Lowdown on NSAIDs for Pain

Headache. Aching or injured back. Sore muscles or joints after overdoing it on the tennis or basketball court or golf course. Or even a long day in the garden.

These aches and pains are among the reasons that every day, nearly 1 in 5 Americans (17%) turn to a group of over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers collectively known as “NSAIDs” – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The best-known ones are ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and good Continue Reading →

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Why Childhood Asthma Is Being Over-Diagnosed (And Why You Should Care)

Too many children are using inhalers when they don't have asthma, and misdiagnosis can be dangerous. Read more >>

Asthma has morphed from being under-diagnosed 30 to 40 years ago, when doctors often mistook it for bronchitis and treated it with antibiotics, to becoming, in the last decade, so frequently diagnosed that inhalers are now dispensed too readily, say respiratory specialists.

Why is this happening? Increases in air pollution have led to a higher prevalence of asthma, which can also be caused by dust from central heating and air conditioning, being around animals and Continue Reading →

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Aspirin & Skin Cancer

Could aspirin help fight skin cancer?  A daily dose  just might do that, according to recent evidence.

Aspirin has many benefits and some serious risks. Along with lowering the risk of heart attacks (for men), the USPSTF (US Preventative Task Force) recently indicated that for a specific group of people, those aged between 50 and 70 years of age, aspirin’s benefits for lowering colorectal cancer might be worth the risks. The American Academy of Family Physicians has more information on the guidelines.

Will aspirin be recommended for skin cancer prevention Continue Reading →

Health Buzz:

Shared decision-making about health care can mean greater patient satisfaction

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Over the last several years, an increasing number of doctors are helping patients make informed decisions about their treatments to improve the quality of their care. Rather than telling patients and their families which treatment they should get for a disease, infection or health condition, doctors are working with patients and their families to choose the right treatment for them. Because the Affordable Care Act encourages shared decision-making about health care, it is getting greater Continue Reading →

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Should You Avoid Doctors to Live Longer?

Medical Errors

Too often, headlines overstate the actual story. Last week, a particular medical study was published and most news outlets jumped all over it.

“Researchers: Medical Errors Now 3rd Leading Cause of Death in United States” was one of the many headlines this past week reporting on a review published in BMJ (British Medical Journal). By my casual review, it was probably the most covered medical news of the week. It was Continue Reading →