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Healthy living blog

I just found out that Dr Stuart Segal, a close colleague  and local family physician has been blogging too. He blogs about issues related to health that come up in his day to day practice. Being a family physician he certainly sees a broader range of health issues in his practice than I do and frequently writes commentary on frontline issues. Continue reading

Commentary on British Medical Journals finding that autism study was an elaborate fraud

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) today published an article that went further than the previous position of merely retracting the article published by Wakefield in the Lancet by outright calling the article not just bad science but a deliberate fraud. Anyone who read the original article when it came out would have thought that it did not make sense then either. Yet the lay press ran with the article. Conspiracy theorist, most of whom probably did not read the article ran with the idea that we are poisoning our children.

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New Drug Approvals Fall in 2010 as Safety Concerns Slow U.S. FDA Decisions – Bloomberg

Having a good pipeline of new drugs in essential to keep medical progress going forward. This is especially true for infectious diseases as bacteria continually evolve the ability to resist current drugs. Unfortunately new antibiotic development is on the back burner for many drug companies, as it is seen as being to expensive to develop.

New Drug Approvals Fall in 2010 as Safety Concerns Slow U.S. FDA Decisions – Bloomberg.

Fruit and vegetable intake and overall cancer risk

This is a published 8 year study that followed over 477 thousand individuals looking for incidence of cancer. The results were interestingly that the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables make little if no difference in the rates of cancer. Interesting but not surprising findings. Remember statistically the best ways to maintain health is:

  1. Watch your weight, keep the BMI within normal range
  2. Dont smoke
  3. Get regular exercise
  4. Get treatment for hypertension and diabetes
  5. Keep up to date on vaccinations
  6. Avoid accidents

Fruit and vegetable intake and overall cancer risk… [J Natl Cancer Inst. 2010] – PubMed result.

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Body-Mass Index and Mortality among 1.46 Million White Adults — NEJM

Very interesting article in the recent New England Journal of Medicine about BMI and mortality. Nothing earth shattering in terms of news but does produce more evidence that BMI accounts for a significant part of “health”. A great portion of health is just maintaining optimal BMI, not smoking and getting some exercise.

Body-Mass Index and Mortality among 1.46 Million White Adults — NEJM.

An excellent review on the future developments of influenza vaccines

This review was published in the Nov 18th, 2010 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It does a great job detailing the vaccine production and some of the pitfalls in developing newer universal vaccines; influenza vaccines that do not require annual shots. It is a must read.