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One in 10 patients have ongoing concussion symptoms

May 22, 2019

Concussion is a temporary disturbance in brain function following an impact to the head. It can also occur after a blow to the body, if the force is transmitted to the head.
Most people associate concussion with sports but they can occur anywhere, even at work or school.
There are many signs …

All benzos risky in pregnancy

Benzos increase the risk of having a miscarriage in early pregnancy, regardless of whether you’re taking a short-acting one for insomnia or a longer-acting one for anxiety, Canadian researchers say.
According to their large case-controlled study involving almost 450,000 pregnancies, benzodiazepine exposure in early pregnancy was associated with an 85% higher …

How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives

May 15, 2019

When Ellen Maud Bennett died a year ago, her obituary published in the local newspaper gained national media attention in Canada, though she wasn’t a celebrity.
Bennett’s obituary revealed she died from cancer days after finally being diagnosed — after years of seeking help.
Her diagnosis came so late, beyond the point …

Surprise benefit of glucosamine

Glucosamine’s effectiveness in treating arthritis remains controversial, however a study suggesting that the supplement, when taken regularly, will help prevent heart attacks certainly adds to its appeal.
According to findings from a large prospective study just published in The BMJ, habitual glucosamine use is associated with a 15% lower risk of …

Pancreatic cancer support

May 08, 2019

It’s still probably one of medicine’s most devastating diagnoses – pancreatic cancer.
Despite all the scientific advances that have been made in treating so many malignancies, the prognosis for pancreatic cancer is most often pretty bleak. Consequently, patients presented with this diagnosis are most likely to be in need of significant …

Peanut allergies: Research shows ‘oral immunotherapy’ is safe for preschoolers

 
“We don’t have to live in fear anymore.”
That’s the common refrain from hundreds of parents of preschoolers with peanut allergy that my colleagues and I have successfully treated with peanut “oral immunotherapy” over the past two years.
Oral immunotherapy (OIT) is a treatment in which a patient consumes small amounts of …

Dysplastic naevi: the controversy continues

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The entity ‘mildly dysplastic naevus’ has been removed from the World Health Organisation’s classification of dysplastic naevi.
Dysplastic naevi are now to be graded as ‘low grade dysplastic naevus’ (previous moderately dysplastic naevus) or ‘high grade dysplastic naevus’ (previous severely dysplastic naevus).
Current data suggest no further treatment is necessary for …

Have you gone vegan? Keep an eye on these 4 nutrients

May 01, 2019

There are many reasons people go vegan, from wanting to be healthier, to reducing their environmental footprint, to concerns about animal welfare.
No matter what the reason, many people find it difficult to meet the nutrient intake targets for specific vitamins and minerals while on a vegan diet. These include vitamin …

Reproductive carrier screening

Have you seen this? This little print-out could save you a good 30 minutes in valuable consulting time.
It’s the information from Sonic for couples who are planning a family about the potential value for testing their carrier status for conditions such as cystic fibrosis and fragile X.
Even though the information …

Fluoroquinolones and neuropathy, is that a thing?

How big is the risk of peripheral neuropathy with fluoroquinolones?
That’s the question UK researchers were looking to answer with their large case-controlled study recently published in JAMA Neurology.
And – cutting to the chase – what’s the answer? Well, the risk isn’t huge but there is certainly a risk. And the …

How much do sedentary people really need to move? It’s less than you think

April 24, 2019

As little as 20 minutes of exercise a day can offset a sedentary lifestyle. And that exercise can include walking the dog.
People who spend much of their day sitting may need to move around less than we thought to counteract their sedentary lifestyle, new research shows.
Our research, published today in …

Proof – food is medicine

A decent eating program can keep you out of hospital, according to US research into the value of providing ready-to-consume meals to a select adult population.
The retrospective cohort study involved just over 1000 participants, average age 53, almost 500 of whom were allocated to receive 10 meals a week, tailored …