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Antibiotics in Infancy Linked to Later Asthma

By Michael Smith, MedPage Today Staff Writer

Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

March 14, 2006

Source News Article: BBC News, Forbes

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 14, 2006 – Antibiotic exposure in the first year of a child’s life appears to double the risk of developing asthma […]

Can Grapefruit Lower Your Cholesterol?

A recent study found that one grapefruit a day can significantly lower your blood cholesterol levels, which are a major risk factor for heart disease. Red, White, or None

The new study showing this adds to the mounting evidence of the heart benefits of citrus fruits. Nearly 60 patients who recently had coronary bypass […]

Meta-Analysis Links Celebrex to Doubling of MI Risk

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, March 2-A meta-analysis of 10 published studies has added a new voice to the concern that long-term treatment with Celebrex (celecoxib)–the only Cox-2 inhibitor left standing-may increase the risk of myocardial infarction.

A meta-analysis of data from four published placebo-controlled trials indicated that the MI risk for patients taking Celebrex is more […]

High Caffeine Pop from ‘Energy Drinks’ Revealed


GAINSVILLE, Fla., March 15, 2006 – Most so-called energy drinks are loaded with caffeine far above the FDA limit set for carbonated colas such as Pepsi or Coke, researchers here reported.

Because caffeine content is not disclosed on the label, these products may pose a health threat to unsuspecting consumers who should limit their […]

Calcium Supplements Reduce Pregnancy Complications

By Judith Groch , MedPage Today Staff Writer Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Source News Article: Forbes


GENEVA, March 10, 2006 – Calcium supplements failed to prevent preeclampsia in healthy pregnant women but reduced its more serious complications — maternal morbidity and neonatal mortality.

So […]

Ginkgo biloba extract: More than just for memory?

Public release date: 23-Feb-2006

Contact: Laura Cavender 202-687-5100 Georgetown University Medical Center Washington, DC — Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say they now have a clearer picture of how an extract from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree reduces the risk of aggressive cancer in animal experiments.

In the January-February issue of […]