Dry Eye Disease Does Not Worsen With Time in Most Patients. Despite the general perception, dry eye disease does not necessarily worsen over time. Medscape, 12/30/2015. (Also see Symptoms and Complications of Sjogren's Syndrome)
Statins May Help, Not Hinder, Heart Bypass Recovery. The results of this review call for active efforts to counsel patients and surgeons about the benefits of statins that definitely outweigh the risks of their rare potential side effects. New York Times, 01/12/2016. (Also see Statins)
When Good Medicine Mixes With Bad. We like to think that bad and good medicine are easy to distinguish but sometimes the good and the bad swirl together like cream poured into coffee, almost impossible to separate. New York Times, 01/11/2016. (Also see Alternative Therapies)
Heartburn Drugs Tied to Kidney Problems. Proton pump inhibitors, or P.P.I.s, the commonly used heartburn medicines, may increase the risk for kidney disease. New York Times, 01/14/2016. (Also see Reflux (Heartburn) Prevention and Treatments)
7 proven strategies to keep your brain sharp. There are numerous, simple ways to sharpen your mind that do have science behind them and even better, many of the lifestyle changes that protect our brains also keep our hearts young. Today Health and Wellness. 01/06/2016. (Also see Brain (Cerebral) Involvement)
Psychology patients with unmet preferences report poorer outcomes. Psychological therapy may yield greater benefits if providers can meet patients' preferences, a UK study suggests. Reuters Health, 01/15/2016.
For older drivers, sleep meds are linked with car accidents. Drivers over age 80 or women over age 70 who take the prescription sleeping pill Ambien tend to have more motor vehicle collisions, according to a new study. Reuters Health, 01/15/2016. (Also see Sleep Disorders)
It Turns Out ‘Man Flu’ Might Actually Be Real. A study hints at why women may be less likely to get infected with the flu virus than men. Time Healthland, 01/15/2016.
How to Get Rid of Lower Back Pain. When you have lower back pain, you may not want to leave your bed—but the best way to get some relief is actually to get moving, according to new research. Time Healthland, 01/11/2016. (Also see Pain Management)
Researchers Find a Way to Light Up Cancer Cells. Detecting every cancer cell in a tumor is the best way to keep cancer from coming back and now scientists say they can tease out those cells by making them glow. Time Healthland, 01/07/2016. (Also see Cancer)
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