Prostate meds may lead to more falls

Falling once you pass age 30 or so is a big deal. Falling is one of the leading causes of trauma in the elderly. From JWatch: Nonselective α-antagonists (e.g., doxazosin, terazosin), which were introduced initially as antihypertensive drugs, often cause dizziness and...

Processed Meats Cause Cancer

I think that we all know that prcessed meats aren’t good for you, but now the WHO states that they actually cause cancer. WaPo: A research division of the World Health Organization announced on Monday that bacon, sausage and other processed meats cause cancer,...

Methadone ain’t good for you

I know that this would seem obvious, but Methadone has been used for years to help get folks who are addicted to narcotics get off of narcotics. It was used as a bridge.  Well, it seems that the methadone bridge isn’t safe. A recent study looked at patients...

Measles

Had you told me that I would be writing about measles 20 years ago, I would have laughed at you. Measles was on its way out. We have an effective vaccine and a wonderful vaccination program. Yet, here we are. A measles outbreak centered around Disneyland, of all...

The flu is very bad this year

The flu is widespread and ugly this year. From CNN: The United States has officially surpassed the “epidemic” threshold with this season’s flu virus, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates...

Hypoxic infants – More cooling isn’t better

For some reason, we think if a little is good then more has to be better. Over the years, we have slowly figured out that more isn’t necessarily better. Antibiotic treatment is probably the best example. A short course of perioperative antibiotics has clearly...

FDA Approves Gay Men as Blood Donors

This is a safe and thoughtful decision: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended dropping its blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual donors in favor of a less restrictive policy. The proposed policy change, which will be offered for...
Distracted Drivers

Distracted Drivers

Yet another study shows us that we are not teaching our teenagers the correct driving habits. We need fewer distracted drivers. It is getting harder and harder to focus on driving as our cars are transforming into personal entertainment centers with Wi-Fi and DVD...