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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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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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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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Is your ear wax normal? Here’s what the sticky stuff can tell you about your health

Is your ear wax normal? Here’s what the sticky stuff can tell you about your health

In a hierarchy of unsexy topics, ear wax lands towards the top of the list. Still, the goo serves a vital function: It protects the delicate skin of the ear canal. What’s more, changes in its color or consistency can provide clues to the overall health of the ear….

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What people get wrong about superfoods

What people get wrong about superfoods

There’s a lot of buzz around superfoods but are they really all that super? Dr. Nina Shapiro, author of “Hype: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice” weighs in on the superfoods debate. Shapiro reveals the superfoods of years past, the superfoods of today, and how to get the most out […]

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6 lies the internet tells you when you google your symptoms

6 lies the internet tells you when you google your symptoms

In the past year, I’ve convinced myself that I had solar retinopathy, rhabdo, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, Lyme disease, appendicitis, and an abscessed tooth. (And that’s just a sampling of my would-be ailments.) I have a sickness, all right. But it’s none of those things. I’m a total hypochondriac—or, rather, a “cyberchondriac.” I’m addicted to […]

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