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March 2010

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Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

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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:
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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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November 2007

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

The update on new official guidelines for assessing risk of DVT complications for each patient admitted in UK hospitals is: it isn't working well. According to the parliamentary Thrombosis group, only 1/3 of hospitals do follow the guidelines. The estimate is that in the last 7 months some 11,000 people have died, unnecessarily, as a result. The group wants DVT hospital guidelines to become mandatory (BBC News).

As disappointing as it is, the Britons are still well ahead of the U.S. in both, DVT awareness and official actions taken to confront this deadly, yet easily treatable disease. Some 200,000 to 300,000 thousands of Americans die each year from complications caused by DVT - usually pulmonary thrombosis - which makes DVT

deadlier than just about any other disease,
except cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

DVT risk factors are so numerous that it makes most of us potential victims.

Yet there is no coordinated official action of any kind to address this ongoing health-care disaster, and human tragedy. The irony is that it usually takes very simple measures, from avoiding prolonged seating, to taking anticoagulants, to drastically reduce the risk of clots forming in the large veins of your legs (most often), breaking into smaller clots and ending up clogging blood vessels in your lungs, brain, eyes, heart, or any organ or tissue you can think of. Nearly 1 in 3 of people affected with DVT dies if untreated, while with appropriate preventive treatment the death rate drops to about 1 in 20.

This means that simple measures taken to check out for DVT risk, and apply preventive measures, would have saved up to 250,000 thousands lives in the US, each and every year.

Surprisingly - not to use harsher, more appropriate words - medical establishment, too, remains rather uninterested. Even if your chances of developing DVT in a hospital are nearly 1 in 5, there is no nation-wide accepted - or even recommended - procedure to assess your risk, nor apply preventive measures. Sporadically, individual hospitals practice patient DVT assessment and appropriate follow-up, with good results, as expected, but in most cases you are on your own. Out of hospitals,

less than 10% of general practitioners ever checks or advises their patients about DVT in any form.

The problem is that DVT has no specific symptoms, but being aware of major risk factors, as well as possible warning signs, certainly can make difference. Beside hospital stays, major DVT risk factors are:

• being over 40
 • prolonged periods (hours) of immobility (seating in particular)
 • dehydration, fatty meals
 • genetic predisposition
 • pregnancy
 • use of birth control pills, or
• physical trauma to the leg.

There may be no symptoms at all, but warning signs include anything from soreness and swelling on your leg, lightheadedness and sweating,  to shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing up blood.

 You can find more on DVT on Melanie Bloom's site (The Coalition to prevent deep-vein thrombosis, at http://www.preventdvt.org ) . R