Coffee may be good for you

After being told, as a child, that coffee was  bad for you. It is odd to hear that all of that was probably wrong. Coffee may in fact be good for you. From Reuters: People who drink the most coffee are less likely to die than those who drink the least or none,...

Mental illness in the US

Over the last 20 years, there has been less and less funding for mental illness. Reuters: More than 8 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress, and they’re less likely to access healthcare services than other people, a U.S. study suggests....

Diabetes killing more than expected

Diabetes complicates everything. WaPo: Nearly four times as many Americans may die of diabetes as indicated on death certificates, a rate that would bump the disease up from the seventh-leading cause of death to No. 3, according to estimates in a recent study....

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...