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Why should media tout a conference-based, unpublished, non-peer-reviewed study about heartburn meds’ risk of causing stroke? Answer: They shouldn’t

Health Headlines Commentary for November 16, 2016

Source: Why you really shouldn’t take over-the-counter drugs for heartburn: Users have up to a 94% higher chance of having a stroke Reference: This is an unpublished non-peer reviewed study presented at a conference. Data is limited and no conclusions can be drawn from this.

New U.S guidelines for statin use for everyone over 40 needs careful consideration of risks vs benefits and is certainly not for everyone

Health Headlines Commentary for November 15, 2016

Source: New statin guidelines: Everyone over 40 should be considered for the drug therapy Background: The secret reasons why statins may not be as useful as we think Statins for everyone over 40? What patients need to think about before filling that prescription

Vitamin D deficiency rates likely greater in Canada than what is reported in the U.S.

Health Headlines Commentary for November 11, 2016

Source: Worried about vitamin D levels? Deficiency is widely overestimated, doctors say Reference: Vitamin D Deficiency — Is There Really a Pandemic?

The cart and the horse: Does poor sleep/insomnia leads to increased screen-time or is it the reverse?

Health Headlines Commentary for November 10, 2016

Source: Is your phone making you tired? Using devices with a blue light before bed lowers the quality of sleep Reference: Direct Measurements of Smartphone Screen-Time: Relationships with Demographics and Sleep

Sports energy drinks are a scam that epitomize marketing factoids

Health Headlines Commentary for November 9, 2016

Source: Sports drinks are a SCAM and can actually slow you down, expert warns Reference: The truth about sports drinks

Prolonged sleep deprivation may lead to extra calorie consumption

Health Headlines Commentary for November 8, 2016

Source: How many extra calories do you eat after a sleepless night? Hint: It’s more than you think Reference: The effects of partial sleep deprivation on energy balance: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Intermittent fasting may help with weight loss and control

Health Headlines Commentary for November 7, 2016

Source: Want to lose weight? Eat dinner at 2 p.m. to burn calories and boost fat loss Reference: Findings were presented Thursday at the Obesity Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans Nov 2017

Daylight Savings Time may have negative mental health effects on susceptible people

Health Headlines Commentary for November 4, 2016

Source: How the End of Daylight Saving Time Can Affect Health  

New prostate screening guidelines possible effect on prostate surgery rates studied

Health Headlines Commentary for November 3, 2016

Source: Prostate Surgery Rates Fall After Screening Advice, Study Finds Reference: National Trends in Prostate Biopsy and Radical Prostatectomy Volumes Following the United States Preventative Services Task Force Guidelines Against Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening

Excess consumption of energy drink linked to man’s acute hepatitis

Health Headlines Commentary for November 2, 2016

Source: Man’s hepatitis linked to excessive energy drink consumption Reference: Rare cause of acute hepatitis: a common energy drink

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