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2014-15 flu shot was ineffective because the virus mutated after vaccine went into production

Health Headlines Commentary for April 6, 2016

Source: ‘Perfect storm’ of factors made 2014-15 flu shot a bust Reference: Study: Prior-year vaccination cut flu vaccine effects in 2014-15

How many people who are in the cholesterol grey-zone need to be treated with statins to reduce one cardiovascular disease event?

Health Headlines Commentary for April 04, 2016

Source: ‘Simple’ treatments to prevent heart attacks and strokes: McMaster study  

Health-halo foods and diabetes stem cell treatment study

Health Headlines Commentary for March 29, 2016

Source: Frozen yogurt isn’t always the healthiest choice Diabetes patients test insulin-releasing implants  

App to provide restaurant info about potential food allergies

Health Headlines Commentary for March 28, 2016

Source: New app helps those with food allergies  

“Cold turkey” offers better smoking cessation outcomes

Health Headlines Commentary for March 24, 2016

Source: ‘Cold turkey’ best way to quit smoking, study shows Reference: Quitting smoking overnight ‘better than cutting down gradually’ Gradual Versus Abrupt Smoking Cessation: A Randomized, Controlled Noninferiority Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. Published online March 15 2016

Poor choice of control group leads to overemphasis of alcohol health benfits

Health Headlines Commentary for March 23, 2016

Source: Light drinking may not be as healthy as many think: study Reference: Do “Moderate” Drinkers Have Reduced Mortality Risk? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Alcohol Consumption and All-Cause Mortality

Study states that acetaminophen is not an effective pain reliever for osteoarthritis; NSDAIDS are more effective

Health Headlines Commentary for March 21, 2016

Source: Paracetamol is useless at treating arthritis pain – whatever the dose, major study finds. Paracetamol ‘useless’ in treating osteoarthritis pain Reference: Effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of pain in knee and hip osteoarthritis: a network meta-analysis. The Lancet. Published online March 17 2016

New exoskeleton device that allows paraplegic people to walk approved by FDA

Health Headlines Commentary for March 17, 2016

Source: FDA approves Indego exoskeleton for clinical, personal use  

Cold remedies should not be used in young children and infants because it may lead to significant life-threatening side-effects

Health Headlines Commentary for March , 2016

Source: 1 in 5 young children given cold remedies despite warnings, study finds Reference: Mandatory labeling requirements and over-the-counter cough and cold medication use in early childhood

Nanoparticle technology offers promising treatment for triple negative metastatic breast cancer. Human trials to follow in 2017

Health Headlines Commentary for March 15, 2016

Source: Terminal breast cancer could be wiped out by tweaking an EXISTING treatment, ‘astonishing’ study declares Injectable nanoparticle generator could radically transform metastatic cancer treatment Reference: An injectable nanoparticle generator enhances delivery of cancer therapeutics, Nature Biotechnology, DOI: 10.1038/nbt.3506  

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