From the monthly archives:

February 2012

In the last six months several meta-studies (studies analyzing aggregated data from past studies) have come out to say that yes, eating chocolate appears to have a beneficial effect on the heart. For people with hypertension or pre-hypertension, it lowers blood pressure, it can also lower cholesterol levels, and seems to lower the overall risk […]

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Anticholinergic drugs have the effect (whether it’s the main effect or a side effect) of blocking an important neurotransmitter, and the more drugs with that possible effect one takes, the more likely a recent study found them to have pre-dementia symptoms, or “mild cognitive impairment”. Scariest of all, the people taking the most of these […]

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Staph infection symptoms can be hard to beat, and risk high—antibiotic resistant strains can leave you in the hospital for months, and if not caught early infection symptoms can spread to deep layers of the skin, blood, or other parts of the body. But are they ever really cured? You may get rid of infection […]

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Surprisingly, sinus infection symptoms are one of the most common reasons for a doctor to prescribe antibiotics, despite the fact that they’re almost always caused by a virus, which antibiotics don’t  effect. Specifically, about 80% of sinus infection symptoms are treated with antibiotics, and that makes up about 20% of all antibiotics prescribed. Studies have […]

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A forthcoming study shows that nano silver particles are capable of killing microfilariae, a tropical roundworm parasite that causes filariasis. Scientists hope that it will lead to an improved treatment or prevention of the disease (which can cause elephantiasis). Of course, before treatment is approved for western travellers, future studies of nano silver’s effect on […]

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