Six commonly used supplements, such as fish oil and garlic pills, marketed to improve heart health, did not lower cholesterol compared to drugs or a placebo in studies.Dark Heavy metal contaminants that can be found in chocolate and a ban on gas stoves are also in the news.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer: Popular ‘Heart Good’ Dietary Supplement Doesn’t Lower Cholesterol, New Cleveland Clinic Study Suggests
If you’re taking fish oil or garlic pills to lower your cholesterol, a new Cleveland Clinic study suggests it’s a waste of money. Six commonly used dietary supplements on the market did not lower “bad cholesterol” compared with low-dose cholesterol-lowering drugs or placebo. (Washington, 12/19)
In other health and wellness news —
Chicago Tribune: Gas stoves could be banned in 2023, senior federal official says
Citing research linking gas stoves to health problems such as asthma in children, an official with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said his agency would begin a formal review process that could lead to new regulations. I was. (Schoenberg, 12/17)
NPR: Should I be concerned about lead in dark chocolate bars?
Dark chocolate has long been touted for its health benefits. It is said to improve mood, reduce inflammation, and even increase blood flow. I warn you that (Low, 12/17)
Fox News: CDC investigates multistate outbreak of norovirus from raw Texas oysters
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the states affected by the norovirus outbreak associated with raw oysters from Texas include eight states. In addition to Lone Star, there are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and more. (Salvatore, 12/18)
KHN: HIV epidemic continues as authorities oppose containment efforts
Brooke Parker has spent the past two years combing homeless camps, abandoned houses, and deserted roads along the river to discover the lingering HIV epidemic that is disproportionately affecting people living on the fringes of society. I tried to stop eating. She appears to build trust with people she meets, offering water, condoms, referrals to services, opportunities for HIV testing, or anything else that might help someone in need. (Sisk, 12/19)
The New York Times: Why Many Older Women Are Taking Papanicolaou Tests They Don’t Need
“Not all women can quit at 65,” says Sarah Feldman, a gynecologic oncologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and co-author of an editorial accompanying Dr. Chin’s study. Some women are considered at high risk because they have a history of cervical cancer or precancerous lesions, or because they have a compromised immune system. Dr. Feldman says that screening will need to continue for the next 25 years. (span, 12/18)
KHN: After tuition, books, room and board, I was nervous about the high cost of medical care in college
Compare tuition fees. I reviewed the housing expenses on campus. The student’s meal plan fee is also digested. But have you ever wondered how much your son or daughter’s dream school will charge on health insurance? (Garevitz, 12/19)
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