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Archive for August, 2012

Consumer Alert: Neti Pots

Monday, August 27th, 2012

They’re used to rinse the nasal passages with a saline (salt-based) solution, and are popular to treat congested sinuses, colds, and allergies, and to moisten nasal passages exposed to dry indoor air.

But, FDA has concerns about the risk of infection when neti pots are used improperly. (more…)

Cannabidiol to reduce anxiety of public speaking

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Generalized social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a common anxiety condition. Cannabidiol is one major non-psychotomimetic compound of the cannabis sativa plant.

Researchers at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil, studied its effects on SAD during a simulation public speaking test. (more…)

Safety of energy drinks

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Energy drinks are consumed by 30% to 50% of adolescents and young adults. The manufacturers claim they are safe.

Researchers at the University of Miami, in Florida reviewed the evidence and came to a different conclusion. (more…)

Contributions of the counselor in diabetes lifestyle education

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Researchers in the Netherlands have reported their findings in the Active Prevention in High-Risk Individuals of Diabetes Type 2 in and Around Eindhoven (APHRODITE) study. (more…)

Cannabis and the risk of neuropsychological decline

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Fewer adolescents believe that regular cannabis use is harmful to health.

Researchers at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, studied the association between persistent cannabis use and neuropsychological (language, memory, and perception) decline.

As you read this summary remember that smoking pot is not risk free. For your health and for loved ones, consider the value of Florida rehab treatment listings. (more…)

Risks of chewing khat in people with acute coronary syndrome

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Khat (Catha edulis) is a shrub from northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, with stimulant effects similar to but less intense than cocaine or methamphetamine.

Researchers at Hamad General Hospital, in Doha, Qatar, studied its effects in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) — a condition associated with insufficient blood flow to the heart.

As you read this summary it might be useful to consider that addicts can detox from drugs in New York.


Marijuana: Main driver for increased substance use

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Here’s what we know from the results of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual population-based survey.

As you read this post remember that despite prevailing views, smoking marijuana is not safe. Stopping this habit and preventing it’s consequences is difficult. Consider contributions toward sobriety of services such as the North Carolina inpatient rehabilitation. (more…)

Kinesiology tape

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

During the Olympics, you may have noticed brightly colored kinesiology (aka Kinesin) tape attached to the legs, backs, arms and other body parts of athletes.

It’s meant to help stabilize tendons and joints and provide pressure relief. Researchers at the National Defense Academy, in Japan, studied its potential to alleviate muscle weakness. (more…)

SIT and the co-disciplinary pain clinic

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Clinicians in California described their clinical practice, which uses the simultaneous interview technique (SIT). (more…)

Dog and cat exposure and the risk of respiratory symptoms and infections

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Researchers in Finland and Germany studied the first year of life. (more…)

Contaminated and adulterated herbals

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Prof. Ernst and colleagues reviewed the evidence and they aren’t sanguine. (more…)