screening leads to overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer

Careful scientific research has revealed the best approach for most thyroid cancers: don’t get screened; don’t get treatment.

The popularization of ultrasound screening, CT scanning and MRI’s has led to a dramatic increase in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer, especially among women. But a new report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has uncovered the shocking real reason for the increase in thyroid cancer diagnoses. . . .

cinnamon helps diabetes

Cinnamon is one of the most promising treatments for diabetes. And now a new study has added even more weight to the evidence for this surprisingly powerful herb. . . .

Tylenol during pregnancy increases risk of behavioural problems

Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol. It is the first choice pain medication for pregnant women. More than half of all pregnant women in the U.S. use Tylenol. But an important new study has increased the concern over risks to children whose mothers use Tylenol while pregnant. . . .

acupuncture beats drugs for improving memory

It’s been a big week for acupuncture research. The other day we wrote about an impressive study that found that acupuncture is more effective than morphine for the sort of acute pain that can wind you up in the emergency room. And now a meta-analysis has found that acupuncture can actually reverse memory loss. . . .

chamomile-helps-diabetes-cholesterol-antioxidants

Chamomile tea is a gentle herbal tea usually thought of for easing tummies. But a surprising new study reveals that it is a powerful herb with powerful effects. This new study found that chamomile can have impressive effects on diabetes. . . .

michael-phelps-cupping-nutrients-improve-muscle-recovery

Yesterday, we blogged about the scientific evidence behind American swimmer Michael Phelps use of the ancient traditional Chinese medicine treatment of cupping to help his muscles recover faster so he can perform at his best. Well, here are six other natural treatments that have been proven to help muscle recovery. . . .

Michael Phelps cupping helps musculoskeletal pain

There has been a great deal of media buzz about the purple dots on Michael Phelps' back and shoulders at the Rio Olympics. The Canadian broadcaster CBC focussed on it both on their web page and on Mark Tewksbury’s commentary on TV. Both provided interesting discussions, but both concluded that there is no evidence or that “Some experts are skeptical of the treatments effectiveness.”

Though there may be little evidence specifically of muscle recovery, there is plenty of evidence of benefit for the type of musculoskeletal pain that athletes can experience. . . .

acupuncture-beats-morphine-for-acute-pain

In this intriguing study, 300 Emergency Room patients suffering from acute moderate to severe pain were given either IV morphine or acupuncture treatment. Guess which was better . . . .

cell phones and computers suppress melatonin

Guess why your kid can’t sleep at night. That cell phone or computer your child is attached to just might be shutting down his or her melatonin. And that down shift in melatonin may be causing insomnia. . . .

no-evidence-dental-floss-helps-plaque-gingivitis

The most common recommendation made by dental health professionals in addition to brushing your teeth? Floss daily. Turns out they have no evidence for that recommendation. . . .

 

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