Category Archives: Health News

The Fight Against the Gluten-Free Fad (Science-Based Medicine)

Popular dietary restrictions have little evidence, real harms by MedPage Today Staff November 08, 2017 Celiac disease is all-too real, but there’s little evidence to support non celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). A new post on Science-Based Medicine argues that the dietary fad is far from harmless. For starters, people who are limiting gluten also tend… Read More »

One in Five Pregnant Women Worldwide Carry Group B Strep

Estimates done with development of global vaccination program in mind by Molly Walker, Staff Writer, MedPage Today November 06, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. • Note that a… Read More »

Menu Calorie Counts May Equal Better Choices (ScienceDaily)

A 2,000 calorie bacon cheese burger vs 360 calorie soup by MedPage Today Staff November 06, 2017 Ordering off of a menu that displays calorie counts may encourage healthier choices, ScienceDaily reported. According to a new meta-analysis of over 200 studies, people who ordered off of menus that displayed calorie counts chose options roughly 27… Read More »

Faulty Flu Shots? Blame Eggs

Experts: growing virus in the humble breakfast staple hampers efficacy by Helen Branswell, STAT News November 07, 2017 People grumble a lot about the shortcomings of the flu vaccine, which some years offers less protection than expected. (Warning: This year may be one of them.) What they may not know is that the source of… Read More »

Young People’s Blood Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s

By Alice Park  November 4, 2017  TIME Health It sounds more like science fiction than real world science, but researchers at Stanford University announced the first results of a novel study in which they infused blood from young donors into a small number of people with mild to moderate forms of Alzheimer’s disease in the… Read More »

Are Payers the Leading Cause of Death in the United States?

Milton Packer wonders if people suffer and die because it is cost effective • by Milton Packer MD November 01, 2017 On September 17, 2017 The New York Times and ProPublica collaborated on an interesting story. You may have missed it. As everyone knows, we are in the midst of a horrific opioid addiction epidemic. Physicians… Read More »

Spider Silk in Hearing Aids?

Thin fiber makes an ultra-sensitive microphone in the lab by Megan Thielking, STAT News October 31, 2017 Hearing aids could one day get an upgrade with help from a spooky source: spiders spinning super-fine silk. Humans hear through their eardrums, which sense pressure changes and tell the brain where a sound is coming from. But… Read More »