New Safety Standards Decrease “Fowl” Illnesses

Did you miss your chicken burrito for lunch yesterday? Have you feared purchasing chicken wings for the big game? Chipotle closed all of their stores nationwide on Monday for a companywide safety briefing. Last October, more than 50 people in 11 states showed symptoms of E. coli. A different strain affected five other people in … Continued

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Is BMI a Poor Determination of Healthiness?

When watching the Super Bowl or any other sporting event where the athletes have strength-trained to gain massive amounts of muscle, did you ever think that those fit and strong players were considered overweight? Body mass index (BMI) is a number calculated by dividing one’s weight (kg) by height squared (m). The CDC rates a … Continued

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Will Zika Be the Next Ebola?

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, has emerged in Brazil. The World Health Organization is warning that the virus is spreading quickly through the Americas. There is no treatment, vaccine, or rapid diagnostic test for the virus. There has been a surge in babies born with microcephaly, a serious condition with abnormally small heads and brain damage. … Continued

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French Develop Bone-Repairing Injectable Foam

Bone consists of 70% of a calcium phosphate mineral called hydroxyapatite. Calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) are used in surgery as a bone substitute. They are injectable, biocompatible, self-setting, and microporous (allowing nutrients to flow and assist in bone regeneration). Macroporosity has been hard to create with an injectable CPC, which enables quick bone regeneration and … Continued

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Patients Not Shopping Smart for Health Care

A recent research piece in JAMA surveyed 2,000 insured adults about what factors they considered when making their healthcare choices. Half of the respondents had high-deductible plans, which allow patients to shop around more for care. Even though they had the ability to shop with their own money, they stated that having price information available … Continued

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Why Wheat is Toxic (It’s Not the Gluten)

People with food allergies or digestive problems with wheat in America have no problem when eating pasta while on vacation in Europe. It couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization, since these have been consumed for thousands of years. Many have only started having bad reactions to wheat in the last 10 years. Since 1980, … Continued

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Exercise is the Best Treatment for Lower-Back Pain

Back pain is universal, a common problem that can last from days to years. The market is full of gadgets and treatments, such as ergonomic chairs and back belts, to alleviate pain. In the past few years, the United States has spent around $80 billion on pain treatments, imaging, surgery, medication, and missed work. Researchers … Continued

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Warning: Sugar Content Higher Than It May Appear

Warning labels can be found on beer, cigarettes, and medications. Now a warning label may be coming to a sugary beverage near you. Eating healthy in America is hard. Some believe that regulations and taxes could curb potential health hazards – such as sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sport drinks. California, New York, … Continued

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Direct Primary Care Blog

Does Paying Cash Get You Better Medical Care?

Frustrated with the burdens of insurance, an increasing number of primary care doctors are bringing affordable, quality health care to all people, including those on Medicare and Medicaid. Direct primary care is modeled after concierge medical practices, with a flat monthly or yearly fee paid directly to the physician for comprehensive primary care. For $100 … Continued

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Reflux Drugs: Proceed with Caution

Nearly 15 million Americans use proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are sold by prescription and over-the-counter with names like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid. PPIs were first approved for use in the 1980, but now unwelcome side effects have emerged like bone fractures, infections, and heart problems. A recent study among PPI users show that the drugs … Continued

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