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01/19/12

  04:22:02 pm, by MedBen5   , 169 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness

Follow Rx Instructions To Avoid Negative Food Interactions

Some medications tolerate food with no problem. Others… well, let’s say if they don’t get along, there’s a good chance you’ll know in no uncertain terms. Not that the combination of food and certain drugs will necessarily… more »
  12:52:07 pm, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Obesity Rates Slow, But One-Third Of U.S. Adults Still Overweight

Good news… Americans aren’t getting any bigger! Bad news… we aren’t getting any smaller, either. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports that adult male waistlines have held steady since 2003, according to a new study based… more »

01/18/12

  11:09:10 am, by MedBen5   , 194 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Headphone Users At Higher Risk Of Accidents, Study Suggests

Those little earbuds we pop in to enjoy music not only may be damaging our hearing, they’re putting many people at risk for bodily injury as well. According to NPR, a new study suggests that wearing headphones while walking outside increases the… more »

01/17/12

  12:37:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 200 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Don't Share Insulin Pens, CDC Warns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding users of insulin pens not to share them with others. According to HealthDay News (via Yahoo! Health), the agency advises that use of the devices by more than one person raises the risk of… more »

01/16/12

  12:27:58 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

More Health Care Companies Not Hiring Smokers

If you didn’t have enough reasons to kick the cigarette habit, you may soon have another – particularly if you find yourself on the medical job market. HealthDay News (via Yahoo! Health) reports that an increasing number of hospitals and… more »

01/13/12

  12:43:22 pm, by MedBen5   , 307 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Study Questions Effectiveness Of Prostate Cancer Screenings

Will we soon see a revision in recommendations for the early detection of prostate cancer? Hard to say at this point, but those pushing for a rewrite have certainly built up a stack of supporting evidence lately. On the heels of an advisory by the U.S.… more »
  11:36:27 am, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Be Heart Smart When Shoveling Snow

The Midwest has finally been hit with its first blast of winter weather, and many of us will mark the occasion by breaking out the snow shovel. And with the fluffy white stuff comes the inevitable warnings about shoveling – especially for those… more »

01/12/12

  10:58:32 am, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Soda Tax Would Reduce Diabetes, Obesity, Researchers Say

Supporters of a soda tax as a way to discourage the consumption of sugary drinks now have some added ammunition from the scientific community. Medical News Today reports that a new study concluded that a penny-per-ounce tax would result in an… more »

01/11/12

  12:19:27 pm, by MedBen5   , 213 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Wellness

Aspirin For Heart Disease Does More Harm Than Good, Researchers Say

Sometimes, it seems that not a week goes by that common wisdom doesn’t get turned on its head. Repeatedly, we’ve been told that taking aspirin regularly can help healthy people to prevent heart disease. But a new report says such advice is… more »
  11:31:15 am, by MedBen5   , 205 words,  
Categories: Wellness

When Dining Out, Mind Your Meals

Not overeating at a restaurant can be a tricky business. Portions are usually larger than you’d have at home, and the fact that you’re paying for it provides extra incentive to clean your plate. But researchers from University of Texas at… more »

01/10/12

  10:56:16 am, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Studies: Nicotine Patches Good For Memory, But Not For Kicking The Habit

It’s a good news/bad news day for the makers and users of nicotine patches, which are designed to help people stop smoking: WebMD reports that nicotine patches may actually improve the brain performance of people with mild memory loss, often… more »

01/09/12

  05:10:40 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Effects of Gum Disease Don't Stop At The Mouth

Teeth get all the glory, but it’s time to pay the gums a bit of respect as well. After all, they do all the heavy lifting that allow you to bite, nibble and when you’re upset, grind. And when your gums get infected, they may be sending… more »
  11:05:56 am, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Win The Wars Against Germs When The Thermometer Drops

Getting a flu shot is a good thing – we’ve said as much on this blog. But immunization is only half the battle in preventing a bout with the bug. Speaking to Medical Xpress, primary care physician Sri Murthy, MD says avoiding illness begins… more »

01/06/12

  03:29:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 257 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Screenings Contribute To Decline In Cancer Death Rate

We’ll get the bad news out of the way first. Cancer is still the second-leading cause of death behind heart disease. And the incidents of some forms of cancer, including skin, liver and kidney, are actually on the rise. But the American Cancer… more »
  12:15:21 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: Wellness

When Joining A Gym, Take Baby Steps (So To Speak)

It should come as no surprise that health club memberships go way up in January: some gyms see enrollments spike as much as 50%. And competing clubs are happy to offer incentives to draw in New Year’s resolutioners, such as free initiations and… more »

01/05/12

  05:13:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 219 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Bad Habits Make For Costly Health Care

Recent research by eHealth demonstrates how unhealthy habits can hurt the pocketbook as well as the body. As the results from this Smoking Status and BMI study show, average monthly premiums paid for individual health insurance are negatively impacted… more »

01/04/12

  03:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 307 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Health Plan Management

Doctor Advises Patients Be Proactive About Diagnostic Tests

HealthDay recently posed the question, “Is American medicine too test happy?” According to the article, doctors are wondering the same thing, based on a growing body of evidence that overuse of diagnostic testing – say, a blood test… more »
  09:48:40 am, by MedBen5   , 278 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

MP3 Users Need To Exercise Volume Control, Studies Suggest

Two new studies offer a cautionary note for those of us who are seldom found without an MP3 player and a pair of earbuds: HealthDay reports that about 90% of New York City residents may be at risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure. And while the… more »

01/03/12

  02:32:48 pm, by MedBen5   , 298 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Don't Let Setbacks Sidetrack Your Weight Loss Resolution

So, we’re three days into the new year… have you stuck with that resolution to lose weight? No? Well, now is not the time to get discouraged… rather, accept the reality that setbacks are inevitable when changing long-held dietary… more »

12/30/11

  03:32:48 pm, by MedBen5   , 266 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Here's To A Hangover-free New Year

We’re guessing that a couple of you reading this will bring in the new year by consuming an adult beverage of your choosing. (We, being devoted to all things healthy, will of course toast the occasion with sparkling apple cider.) New Year’s Eve… more »

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