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Debunking the Myth of Treating Mild Fevers

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When a mild fever strikes healthy kids or adults, that small temperature rise is usually followed with a move towards the medicine cabinet. But there’s a broad body of research that indicates that so-called over-the-counter remedies are simply unnecessary, because the body is perfectly designed to handle this physiological intrusion. Continue reading

Blood Banks’ Contamination Concerns Less than FDA, CDC

The FDA and CDC are expressing concerns about the potential for rising rates of transfusion-associated infections, with both agencies calling for more testing and precautions. Cash-strapped blood banks are not nearly so concerned. Continue reading

Drug Price Gouge Is Not a Rationale For Government Controls

One company CEO’s decision to exploit his monopoly of an important drug to increase its price by a factor of 55-fold is despicable indeed. However, it should not be used as a rationale by politicians to mandate government price controls on all Rxs. Continue reading

Don’t Listen To Vermont Politicians On Science, Health Or The FDA

Peter Shumlin, the Governor of Vermont, has a lot to say about narcotic abuse and addiction in his state. So much, in fact, that he is apparently willing to use half the story to make his point. Throw in a bit of irrelevant and incorrect information, and he makes his point rather convincingly. Or does he?
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Antibacterial Soaps: Useless and Maybe Harmful

The ongoing debate over whether an antibacterial ingredient triclosan should be in soaps seems to have become an issue that’s finally settled. It should not be in there — and here are three reasons why. Continue reading

US Science Panel Endorses Aspirin for Cancer, Heart Health

For the first time, the official federal health panel has recommended aspirin to protect against colorectal cancer, as well as heart attack and stroke. But the guidance is far from clear-cut, with age restrictions and numerous caveats. Continue reading

Back-to-Schoolers: Shun Deluded Anti-Vax Doc

In a recent column, internist Dr. Peter Lipson, called for doctors who fail to adhere to the recommended vaccination schedule to lose their licenses. Responding with a bold complaint was Dr. Bob Sears, whose arguments against that proposal were exposed as blatant sophistry and quackery. Continue reading

Pregnant Women Need Whooping Cough Vaccine Booster

As more children and teens become susceptible to whooping cough (pertussis), it becomes more important to protect newborns and infants from contagion transmitted by those age groups. With siblings now transmitting the virus more often than moms, pregnant women need to be vaccinated to insure protection. Continue reading

About Face! (Chewing): Synthetic Marijuana’s Scourge

A drug called “synthetic marijuana” is now hitting pockets of New York City very hard. Don’t let the name fool you. It has little or nothing to do with pot. It is far more dangerous — and legal. Continue reading

Prescribing Caution with Precautionary Principle

We exercise reasonable precaution with new products and technology, right? Sure we do! But the Precautionary Principle, as it’s most often invoked, would bring scientific and industrial progress to a grinding halt. Continue reading


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