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Why Does My Husband Not Fill His Prescription?

By wisequack at April 6, 2014 | 8:38 pm | 0 Comment

Why Does My Husband Not Fill His Prescription?

Nearly one in three new prescriptions goes unfilled, suggests a new study. The nocebo effect (of which I have written) may be partly to fault but certain clues suggests other possible reasons. Prescriptions for things like urinary infections, which are painful and difficult to ignore, or antibiotics, which tackle infections, were more likely to be filled. Higher more...

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Do Eggs Increase Risk for Heart Attacks?

By wisequack at March 29, 2014 | 2:26 pm | 0 Comment

Do Eggs Increase Risk for Heart Attacks?

In a short and definitive answer....we don’t know. Studies have shown no association between eating eggs and heart attacks. The Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Nurses' Health Study found no association between an egg a day and heart attacks. However, male physicians who ate more than six eggs per week did have an increased rate of heart attacks, though more...

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Does the Flu Shot Protect Me From More Than the Flu

By wisequack at March 22, 2014 | 11:43 am | 0 Comment

Does the Flu Shot Protect Me From More Than the Flu

Of all the bad things that can and will happen to you, the one illness that scares most people the most is having a stroke. Beats out heart attack, cancer and erectile dysfunction (barely). Remarkably, the seasonal flu vaccination can reduce the risk of suffering a stroke by almost a quarter, two bits. Researchers showed that the stroke risk in the same flu season in more...

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Why Are Cat Bites So Dangerous?

By wisequack at March 13, 2014 | 11:50 pm | 0 Comment

Why Are Cat Bites So Dangerous?

Cat bites may look less serious than dog bites, but unless the dog bite involves a Chow chewing on your enchiladas or a Doberman devouring a dangling digits, then those seemingly minor cat nips are much much more dangerous. I have seen patients lose the use of a thumb or be plagued with years of wrist problems from a small cat bite. Cat bites, particularly of the hand, more...

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How Much TV Is Too Much TV?

By wisequack at March 7, 2014 | 3:12 pm | 0 Comment

How Much TV Is Too Much TV?

North American adults sit a whopping 55 percent of their waking hours. Reducing the time you spend sitting to three or fewer hours each day can help you live two years longer, which you may want to use to... catch up on watching TV. Reducing TV watching time to fewer than two hours each day raises life expectancy by another 1.4 years.  Hence spending an excessive more...

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What is HDL and LDL?

By wisequack at February 16, 2014 | 1:47 pm | 0 Comment

What is HDL and LDL?

What’s in your wallet? My wallet is the happy home to a torn $5 bill, lint, a well-used business card from Lorenzo Oss-Cech (lawyer), my driver's license with a photo that would terrify small children and most pterodactyls, a ticket stub for Monster Truck Rally, a photo of Raminator (the bestest truck of all), Donna Summers Fan Club membership, plastic, a more...

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Why Does My Lawyer Say I Have Whiplash?

By wisequack at February 4, 2014 | 8:44 pm | 0 Comment

Why Does My Lawyer Say I Have Whiplash?

True story here (and these are rare). I’d coaxed ol’ Ichiro, my Toyota Rustbucket, to a law-abiding stop at the corner of a busy intersection. Cranking my creaky cranky neck hard to port to check for traffic prior to lunging out into the wilds of downtown traffic, I suddenly felt an explosion in Ichiro’s backside and I was instantly and violently launched onto more...

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Probiotics: Yes or No?

By wisequack at January 26, 2014 | 12:16 pm | 0 Comment

Probiotics: Yes or No?

This column is only for billionaires -- which is... all of you. You are rolling in veritable vault-loads of bacteria. You’re a bacterial billionaire. Some of your teenagers are extremely wealthy, as are their hockey bags. In fact, for every single cell in your body you have ten bacteria; on your skin, in your mouth, genital tract, your jockstraps and more...

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How Do I Know If My Kids Have Scoliosis?

By wisequack at December 9, 2013 | 12:50 pm | 0 Comment

How Do I Know If My Kids Have Scoliosis?

Gotta love hood ornaments. I’ve noticed that they often make hoods more ornamental. Personally, I’d love to own one of the animal ones, like a jaguar, particularly if it came attached to the hood. Certainly, whenever a Dodge Ram with those massive curled horns pulls up into my rear view mirror, I tend to clench most of my rear view clenchable parts, sort of doing more...

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How Can I Trust Dr. Google?

By wisequack at December 2, 2013 | 7:31 pm | 0 Comment

How Can I Trust Dr. Google?

Today we are balanced precariously on the heady cusp of the third great revolution in medicine: the biomolecular revolution. The first era of medicine involved painfully scouring the plant kingdom in search of herbs that might scare away dreaded diseases. “Hmmm... leaf of yellow Sabu flowerpecker fix Saber tooth abscess?” But as one country doctor who more...

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