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Kid’s inactivity negatively influences bone development

Health Headlines Commentary for March 24, 2017

Source: ‘Couch potato’ youth missing out on crucial bone development, new study finds Reference: Physical Activity, Sedentary Time, and Bone Strength From Childhood to Early Adulthood: A Mixed Longitudinal HR-pQCT study

Merits of new cholesterol-lowering drug overstated in some media reporting

Health Headlines Commentary for March 20, 2017

Source: Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but costs $14K a year Reference: Evolocumab and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease

Omega-3 supplements lack evidence that they are benficial for general public

Health Headlines Commentary for March 15, 2017

Source For most people, omega-3 fish oil supplements are a waste of money: study Reference: Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (Fish Oil) Supplementation and the Prevention of Clinical Cardiovascular Disease: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association

Proof-of-concept blood test that screens for certain cancers shows promise

Health Headlines Commentary for March 8, 2017

Source: Could this new blood test detect and locate cancer early on? Reference: Identification of methylation haplotype blocks aids in deconvolution of heterogeneous tissue samples and tumor tissue-of-origin mapping from plasma DNA

An app that predicts when you get the flu? Not so fast. Daily Mail cannot correctly report study….again.

Health Headlines Commentary for January 30, 2017

Source: After the Fitbit, it’s the ‘Sickbit’: New app can tell when you’re about to get flu… 12 hours before your first sneeze! Reference: Digital Health: Tracking Physiomes and Activity Using Wearable Biosensors Reveals Useful Health-Related Information

Some UK vitamin C tablets contain too much sodium

Health Headlines Commentary for December 15, 2016

Source: The daily Vitamin C fizzy tablets that come loaded with SALT: How popular brands have the equivalent level as found in two packets of crisps  

Do repeat yearly flu shots lose their efficacy?

Health Headlines Commentary for December 7, 2016

Source: Repeat flu shots are effective, right? Mounting evidence questions that advice Reference: Presented at the Canadian Immunization Conference in Ottawa week of December 6, 2016

Study to compare MRI vs PSA screening for prostate cancer. It will not be able to answer if it improves survival

Health Headlines Commentary for November 18, 2016

Source: Toronto oncologist plans study to test which prostate cancer screening is better  

Canada has one of the lowest child activity participation rates in the world according to ParticipAction study

Health Headlines Commentary for November 17, 2016

Source: Canadian kids among least active in the world: ParticipAction study  

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

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