Category: Health FAQ

What are the findings on the WHI (Women’s Health Initiative) study or HRT?

Posted on 05/10/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH No Comments

Breast Cancer Risk Remains After Stopping HRT CME   Women eligible for participation in the study were between the ages of 50 and 79 years. They were assigned to receive CEE 0.625 mg plus MPA (Prempro; Wyeth Ayerst) 2.5 mg daily or matching placebo. The main study outcomes of cardiovascular disease, fractures, and cancer were […]

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Is It Safe to Eat Soy?

Posted on 04/24/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH 2 Comments

No doubt you’ve heard lots of good things about soyfoods. According to a health claim sanctioned by the FDA, they can help to fight heart disease.1 They may also make your bones stronger.2, 3 And the biggest news about soyfoods over the past decade has been that they contain cancer-fighting compounds.4 But just as it […]

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Is Supplementation With Calcium and Vitamin D Preventive Against Bone Fracture?

Posted on 04/10/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH 1 Comment

Supplementation With Calcium and Vitamin D: Efficacy Against Fracture and Total Mortality: A Best Evidence Review Whether calcium supplementation can reduce osteoporotic fractures is uncertain. We did a meta-analysis to include all the randomised trials in which calcium, or calcium in combination with vitamin D, was used to prevent fracture and osteoporotic bone loss.   […]

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The Women’s Health Initiative

Posted on 03/25/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH No Comments

The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) is a long-term national health study that focuses on strategies for preventing heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer and fracture in postmenopausal women. This 15-year project involves over 161,000 women ages 50-79, and is one of the most definitive, far reaching programs of research on women’s health ever undertaken in […]

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What are the facts and fictions on MSG?

Posted on 03/18/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH No Comments

Monosodium glutamate (

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Calcium supplements are implicated in increasing cardio vascular events

Posted on 03/08/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH No Comments

A new study has shown that calcium supplementation might increase vascular events in elderly women [1]. The findings are somewhat unexpected, because previous trials have shown that calcium improves blood cholesterol levels, senior author Dr Ian R Reid (University of Auckland, New Zealand) told heartwire.   Dr Mark J Bolland (University of Auckland, New Zealand) […]

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Myths of Dioxins, Plastic Water Bottles and Microwaving

Posted on 03/01/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH 1 Comment

The Internet has been flooded with email warnings to avoid freezing water in plastic bottles so as not to get exposed to carcinogenic dioxins. One hoax email has been erroneously attributed to Johns Hopkins University since the spring of 2004. The Office of Communications and Public Affairs discussed the issue with Rolf Halden, PhD, PE, […]

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C-Reactive Protein and Red Blood Cell Sedimentation as Inflamation Markers

Posted on 02/21/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH No Comments

C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) are known as acute phase proteins, which reflect a measure of the acute-phase response. The term “acute phase” refers to local and systemic events that accompany inflammation. Local responses include vasodilation, platelet aggregation, neutrophil chemotaxis, and release of lysosomal enzymes. Systemic responses include fever, leukocytosis, and a […]

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What is the story on “healthy” people taking Statins?

Posted on 02/08/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH No Comments


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Is standard intensive treatment for diabetes helping?

Posted on 01/11/11 by Jim Brackett, MA, MPH No Comments

Glucose Control and Vascular Complications in Veterans with Type 2 Diabetes by William Duckworth in the December 17, 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found,

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