MADERA, Calif. — Growing up amid the dusty agricultural fields of the Central Valley, Ruby Marentes-Cabrera can’t recall a time when it wasn’t difficult to breathe. Diagnosed with asthma early in childhood, the ninth grader has come to detest the pistachio trees that surround her home because the dust, pesticides and other allergens that blow off the orchards often trigger an asthma attack — even infiltrating her home so that simple chores like vacuuming can be dangerous. “We live so close to the fields — I breathe the dust and chemicals in,” said Ruby, 14, describing coughing and wheezing fits…

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With the flurry of shopping, spending money and traveling to see family, stress can feel inevitable during the holidays. You might already know stress can affect your own health, but what you may not realize is that your stress – and how you manage it – is catching. Your stress can spread around, particularly to your loved ones. As a social-health psychologist, I have developed a model on how partners and their stress influence each other’s psychological and biological health. Through that and my other research, I’ve learned that the quality of intimate relationships is crucial to people’s health. Here’s…

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Kids ages 5 to 11 can now be vaccinated against COVID-19 following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization of the Pfizer Bio-NTech vaccine for this age group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s endorsement in early November 2021. Some parents remain hesitant about vaccinating their kids. But many around the country are enthusiastically signing up and lining up to get their elementary schoolers vaccinated. Yet parents of children under 5 are still left wondering when their children will be vaccinated. Experts suggest it may not be before next year. This wait could prompt parents and doctors…

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December 1, 2021 by Paul Tullis Erin Bascom’s job in HIV prevention training shifted to work-from-home in mid-March 2020, around the same time that she and her husband decided to keep their daughter, then 2, home from daycare out of concern over Covid-19. Initially, the plan was for the parents to take turns, one caring for the toddler while the other worked. But then Bascom’s husband, who serves in Maryland’s National Guard, was called to active duty for pandemic response. He was gone 12 hours a day at first. Then, to prevent disease transmission between soldiers and their families, his…

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August 11, 2021 by Teresa Carr In the fall of 2016, sex therapist and researcher Leonore Tiefer shuttered the New View Campaign, an organization she had founded to combat what she refers to as “the medicalization of sex” — essentially, the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to define variations in sexuality and sexual problems as medical issues requiring a drug fix. For 16 years, the group had fought against industry’s involvement in sex research, including its push for a drug to boost women’s sex drives. New View hosted conferences and its members penned papers and testified before the United States Food and…

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In the fall of 2018, MedShadow Foundation and three past FDA executives contributed an amici curiae brief to the Supreme Court in the case of Merck vs. Albrecht. The Supreme Court heard the case on Monday, January 7, 2019. The ruling is expected to be published in May. The Amicus Curiae brief ABC News: Supreme Court to decide if Fosamax users can sue Merck over bone fractures Did Merck Circumvent Its Duty To Warn on ‘Fosamax Fractures’? MedShadow News: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Fosamax, MedShadow Foundation Contributes Amicus Brief MedShadow Blog: What’s Next for the Fosamax Case in the…

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Many factors — including cost, effectiveness, and availability (over-the-counter vs. prescription) — as well as side effects go into the choice of allergy treatments. Consult a medical professional to discuss which option might be best for you. Originally published May 8, 2014. Updated in 2017. –Medshadow Staff Treatment Antihistamines (Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec, etc.) How it works Reduce allergy symptoms by blocking the formation of histamines, the chemicals that your body produces in reaction to allergens and that cause a stuffy or drippy nose and watery or itchy eyes Common side effects/other considerations Dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness Treatment Decongestants (Afrin, Dristan,…

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We’ve collected a few simple recipes that use Dr. Rosenthal’s principles of using fresh, plant-based foods as your medicines. We found some simple recipes that use Dr. Rosenthal’s principles in ‘Doctor, I Hurt’ — Food as the Ultimate Prescription for Pain Relief. Enjoy! . For Muscle Aches We found this fabulous morning oatmeal recipe that combines many of the foods that decrease muscle pain. Bonus — it’s quick, easy and tasty! Ultimate Winter Porridge from Myra Manek For porridge: 2-3 Tbsps Oats 3/4 cup water 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds 3/4 cup almond milk Mix in a bowl: 1/4 tsp…

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Head and neck cancers are particularly difficult cancers to treat because the tools we use in Western medicine are so destructive of the noncancerous organs near the cancer site and throughout the body. So much of daily functioning — eating, talking, breathing! — requires a functioning throat, and radiation does its best to render everything it touches nonfunctioning. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic squamous cell head and neck cancer (SCCHN) in her tongue, bones and brain, and she suffered terribly from the side effects of radiation before she died. When my husband Tom was diagnosed with the…

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