Author Archives: Jim Greene

How Much Caffeine is too Much?

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A new report shows that a large cup of Starbucks coffee contains a shocking three quarters of the maximum daily level of caffeine recommended for healthy adults—and nearly double the recommended dose for expecting moms. Just to verify, according to Bruce A. Goldberger, the director of forensic toxicology at University of Florida, the suggested daily   …Continue Reading


Study Links Marijuana Smoking to Stroke

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A small New Zealand study has linked recent marijuana smoking with higher risk of stroke. The study, conducted at the Auckland City Hospital, sends a dismal cloud over a practice that has been believed rather safe, although illegal, up until now. “This study shows that [cannabis] might not be a relatively safe substance,” says Dr.   …Continue Reading


11 Massachusetts Compounding Pharmacies Closed

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Following a fungal meningitis outbreak in Massachusetts, health officials conducted surprise inspections and demanded the closure of 11 compounding pharmacies. Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health conducted 40 inspections of sterile compounding pharmacies after the meningitis outbreak last fall killed 45 people and caused 696 illnesses across 20 states. Illnesses and deaths were blamed on steroid   …Continue Reading


Too Much of a Moo Thing

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New findings from the National Institutes of Health have linked men consume too much calcium (in the form of calcium tablets) to higher risk of heart disease death. The study recruited 400,000 middle-aged American males and polled them on general health, lifestyle, and diet questions, including their age, race, weight, and supplement usage,  which more   …Continue Reading


Five More Die From Flu in San Diego County

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Five additional people have died from flu-related causes in San Diego County. This brings the influenza-related death tally from 14 up to 19—marking this season as the fourth highest death toll ever in the county. On record the largest number of flu deaths in San Diego County was 51, in 2009-2010, from flu-related illnesses. San   …Continue Reading


5 Tips For Avoiding Travel Illness

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When you are travelling to another country, nothing can ruin a trip faster than travel illness. The good news is that if you follow these five simple travel rules, you can thwart illness and have an enjoyable trip… 1. Get your vaccinations updated Often when we travel to other countries, we put ourselves at risk   …Continue Reading


DNA Test Could Lead to Early Prostate Cancer Detection

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Prostate cancer accounts for a whopping 25-percent of all newly diagnosed cases of cancer in males. And with the risk of prostate cancer increasing as you age—with the majority of cases striking men over the age of 70, a new study indicating a DNA test could detect the life-threatening cancer early is welcome news! The   …Continue Reading


Regular Use of Aspirin Linked to Macular Generation

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Researchers have found that regular Aspirin usage can triple the risk of developing “wet” age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), a condition that blurs the central vision over time, and is linked to the leading cause of blindness mainly in seniors. Wet AMD is an irreversible condition that currently impacts more than one quarter of a   …Continue Reading


50% of Babies and Toddlers Are Not Vaccinated on Time

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A new study from the Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver claims more than 300,000 American babies and toddlers  (that’s approximately half) born between 2004 and 2008 are “under-vaccinated” due to parents deciding to opt out of shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obviously when it comes to skipping vaccinations for preventable   …Continue Reading


Another Cholera Outbreak Reported in Cuba

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After more than 100 years without an outbreak, Cuban health authorities have been forced to close down food stands in Havana after several cholera cases were diagnosed—and this, after eradicating a previous outbreak of the infectious bacterial infection just in August. The Cuban Health Ministry confirmed 51 cholera cases in this new outbreak, which was   …Continue Reading