Important news about vaping: There were big headlines not long ago when a study from the American Heart Association found a link between vaping and heart attacks. Seems they were wrong. In other news, what’s the best way to screen women with “dense” breasts for breast cancer? Using antibiotics instead of surgery for appendicitis is still not the most popular option. Also, a slight increase in cancer risk with psoriasis. Be well. Dense Breast Screening Among women with dense breasts (about half of the female population) abbreviated MRI scans found more invasive breast cancers than DBT (digital breast tomosynthesis). Abbreviated…

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Angela started experiencing significant side effects after starting methotrexate for her rheumatoid arthritis. She found that a change in diet, rather than medication, was the best treatment. By Angela Christine On New Year’s Day 2015, I stood at a crosswalk on Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The light signaled for pedestrians to cross. I had plenty of time — 30 seconds — to make it to the other side of the wide and busy thoroughfare. I stepped off the sidewalk curb into the crosswalk. Each step was heavy and excruciating. With every movement, the joints in my arms, legs and…

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