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A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

Doctors who offer easy exemptions could undermine efforts to rein in the antivaccine crowd. In a growing number of states, parents can no longer refuse to immunize their children due to conflicting “personal beliefs”—at least not if they want their children to attend school. California recently joined West Virginia and Mississippi in requiring a medical […]

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Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

We have entered the trenches of the vaccine wars. Last fall, the startlingly low immunization rates in our not-so-tinseled town were made public. Many people learned that schools in the most affluent Los Angeles communities had extremely low immunization rates, matching those of South Sudan, and it more than raised some eyebrows. The pro-vaxx/anti-vaxx battles […]

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PSSST… Your Mucus is Trying to Tell You Something

PSSST… Your Mucus is Trying to Tell You Something

It’s about that time of year again—the one in which snot seems to feature more prominently than it does in other seasons. (And yes, this article is about to be as sexy as it sounds!)

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Vitamin Hype: Are You Wasting Your Money on Supplements?

Vitamin Hype: Are You Wasting Your Money on Supplements?

Americans spend more than $12 billion per year on supplements, but are they doing us any good? From the November/December 2018 issue. We love our vitamins. Half of all American adults take a multivitamin or another vitamin or mineral supplement regularly. And 70 percent of people who are 65 or older take them. That amounts […]

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Publishers Weekly – Best books of 2018

Publishers Weekly – Best books of 2018

In an era filled with misinformation, a surgeon sets out to put health care consumers on the right, science-based path. Shapiro’s feisty, no-nonsense tone makes her treatise as entertaining as it is informative about the efficacy of vaccines, vitamins, and juicing, among other things.

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The Best Earplugs for Sleeping While Traveling

The Best Earplugs for Sleeping While Traveling

One of the most challenging aspects of traveling is getting enough sleep — let alone enough high-quality sleep. Between long flights, airport transfers, foreign beds, and jet lag, you could literally end up unable to remember the last night you had the recommended 7-9 hours. And if you, like me, are a very light sleeper […]

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HPV Vaccine May Reduce Risk Of Transmitting Devastating Throat Disease To Children

HPV Vaccine May Reduce Risk Of Transmitting Devastating Throat Disease To Children

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, has been a well-recognized risk factor for developing several types of cancers. Initially, it was a known precursor to cancers of the cervix, with certain sub-types of the virus predisposing women to HPV lesions (genital warts) and formation of cancerous growths. In more recent years, the association of HPV and […]

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Sleep Apnea in Children: What Parents Need to Know About Surgery

Sleep Apnea in Children: What Parents Need to Know About Surgery

Two studies shed light on the benefits and risks of tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, a modified tonsillectomy, and combined surgeries in children diagnosed with sleep apnea. The usual surgical procedures aimed at opening the airway to improve sleep in children diagnosed with sleep apnea are typically effective, but refinements to these procedures do not always add benefit, […]

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HYPE: A Doctor’s Guide to Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice!

HYPE: A Doctor’s Guide to Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice!

Dr. Nina L. Shapiro, Director of Ear, Nose, and Throat at the Mattel’s Children’s Hospital UCLA and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA took time out of her busy schedule to appear at San Francisco’s prestigious Commonwealth Club to talk about her book which is a doctor’s guide to medical myths, […]

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Is burning incense bad for your health?

Is burning incense bad for your health?

I’m addicted to burning incense in my home because it reminds me of the very zen time I lived in Bali. However, I’ve heard it’s actually not so great for your health to burn such things indoors, even if they do serve as pretty great anti-anxiety tools. A quick Google search on the subject kinda […]

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