Tag Archives: health

Health jam: mixing drugs, vitamin supplements and the science of placebo

Mixing drugs is harmful, even deadly. Didn’t your doctor tell you that already? Mixing drugs with alcohol has the same deadly effect. People need to be very careful and ask their doctors if some drugs can be taken with other drugs. This is why it is always good to tell your doctor that you’re already […]

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Your phone won’t give you cancer and you don’t get the flu from the flu shot

Aaron Carroll is ready to fight the medical myths again. This time it is about the phone and its cancer giving properties, which have not been demonstrated even after 2 decades of studies from around the world. Phone use microwave radiation, liek the one from your microwave oven, but at much lower intensity and thus, […]

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Which diets work? low fat and low carb are the same on the long run

Aaron Carroll explains why we should keep our diets for a long time, at least six months if not one year. Also, on the long run low fat diets are the same as low carb diets. So, if you wanna get slim, then you need to keep the fats and card low, have a healthy […]

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Healthcare Triage trio: systematic reviews, pot, and meta analysis

Systematic reviews, as opposed to review, which are opinions of scientists, look at a ton of studies on a given topic and then derive the conclusions from there. Systematic reviews are scientific studies made to discover patterns and find the truth. they also are transparent enough to let others follow the same path and test […]

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Health myths about MSG, monosodium glutamate, and the gluten-free diets

MSG, monosodium glutamate, has an undeserved reputation among health fanatics from all over the world. Reactions explains what MSG is and why it should not be feared. MSG is a flavor enhances that is used to increase the sensation offered by the umami flavors. MSG is the salt of l-glutamate, a substance present in vegetables […]

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Diseases: bubonic plague, ebola, herpes + where we donate vs what kills us

Right at the middle of the week I hit you with an article about diseases. Come on, you gotta love ’em. They show our nature and they are kind to the population by killing the weak ones. Kidding. diseases are bad and we must take every possible step in destroying it. Fortunately, vaccines and a […]

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Vaccines and herd immunity

The power of vaccines is three-fold: it prepares your body to fight with a virus/bacteria, it protects others that cannot be vaccinated and, at groups or population level, it blocks the spreading of diseases. Herd immunity is the situation where an entire population is vaccinated and therefore all are protected since there is no way […]

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Learn about risk reduction in treatments. Advertising is a bitch

Learn about the risk reduction that has to be taken into account. Healthcare Triage presents the difference between relative risk reduction, the thing that is often advertised, and the absolute risk reduction, the one that truly matters. When a new treatment comes out or when a study is done you will often hear that it […]

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Let’s kill health summer myths with Healthcare Triage

When a bee stings you, you should try to either scrape it or to pinch it in 1-4 seconds max. More than that and the venom will hurt more. If a jellyfish stings you you should urinate on the area that has been stung. Wrong. You need to put that area in hot water. This […]

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Reasons to be scared of the future: a weaker human

Rhys Darby explains why should we scared of the future: the bacteria that is surrounding us is getting tougher and we are getting weaker. Why? Because some of us are too clean, wash ourselves too often and kill as many bacteria from our bodies as possible. Killing all the bacteria from our skin ensures that […]

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