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May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

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Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?
 

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution

 

December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects

 

November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet

 

October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women

 

September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?

 

August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?

 

July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives

 

June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's

 

May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo
 

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure
 

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains

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April 2007

 DVT health risk recognized in UK, not US

The British government is publishing official guide which specifies how to check every hospital patient for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) risk. It is estimated that it causes some 25,000 deaths a year in UK hospitals alone (BBC).

If the rate is similar, it amounts to well over 100,000 deaths a year here in the U.S., also in hospitals alone. Yet, there is no organized official action aimed at remedying this preventable ongoing tragedy of enormous proportions.

The condition is caused by blood clothing, most often in large veins of legs and hips. Large clots can obstruct blood flow, and smaller clots can reach any part of the body, causing serious, potentially deadly consequences. The most common complication is pulmonary embolism (PE), when such clots block blood flow between the lungs and heart. Among the other possible complications are stroke, heart attack and loss of vision.

Over half of the affected folks don't have any symptoms, and for the rest they usually limit to mild tenderness in the area around the obstructed lower body vein.

According to the American Hearth Association, up to 2 million Americans is affected by DVT, with up to 200,000 deaths from PE alone every year. Despite deep vein thrombosis being the third largest cause of death in the US, most American have never heard of it, nor are aware of the risk factors.

That is only logical considering that less than 1 in 20 has heard of it from their doctors.

Among the main DVT risk factors are age (most common after 40), reduced mobility (typical of a hospital stay), oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, obesity and cancer.

Despite the magnitude of DTV threat and urgency, the only action taken thus far in the US are the NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) guidelines (May 2006) for reducing the risk from DVT in cancer patients.

The main preventive measure are, officially, blood-thinning medications. Healthier alternative are increased mobility, discontinuation of indicated medications (whenever possible), vitamin C and enzymes, particularly bromelain. R

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