Your Mouth Can Tell a Lot about Your Health (SFGate)

Troubled teeth and gums aren’t always just a dental problem. Sometimes they indicate deeper issues, and dentists are increasingly picking up the clues…More

Influenza Vaccines: Poor Evidence for Effectiveness in Elderly (PhysOrg)

Evidence for the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccines in the over 65s is poor, despite the fact that vaccination has been recommended for the prevention of influenza in older people for the past 40 years. These are the conclusions of a new Cochrane Systematic Review…More

Life Expectancy Up, but So Is Poor Health (WebMD)

Life expectancy is up, but so is poor health, even though personal health care cost each American $6,219.

That’s just a small taste of the 574 pages of data today served up in the CDC’s 33rd annual “State of the Nation” report on U.S. health…More

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Is Over-Promoted Since Most Ex-Smokers Quit Unassisted, Experts Argue (ScienceDaily)

The dominant messages about smoking cessation contained in most tobacco control campaigns, which emphasize that serious attempts at quitting smoking must be pharmacologically or professionally mediated, are critiqued in an essay in PLoS Medicine by Simon Chapman and Ross MacKenzie from the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Australia.

This overemphasis on quit methods like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has led to the “medicalisation of smoking cessation,” despite good evidence that the most successful method used by most ex-smokers is quitting “cold turkey” or reducing-then-quitting. Reviewing 511 studies published in 2007 and 2 008 the authors report that studies repeatedly show that two-thirds to three-quarters of ex-smokers stop unaided and most ex-smokers report that cessation was less difficult than expected…More

Flower Power Can Still Calm the Masses (PhysOrg)

Feeling stressed? Try chamomile! This ‘traditional’ remedy has been around for years, but how much truth is there behind this old wives’ tale?

In an evaluation for Faculty of 1000, Michael Van Ameringen and Beth Patterson draw attention to the first randomized controlled trial of chamomile for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, reports that “chamomile extract therapy was found to be efficacious for mild-moderate GAD”…More

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