Tag Archives: Mary Budinger

Our fatal attraction to sugar

June 9, 2014

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Sugar addiction is killing us

Our fatal attraction to sugar by Mary Budinger —  Most of us are sugar addicts. Sugar triggers endorphins and makes us feel good. For many of us, sugar is one of the most addictive substances in the world; two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. One can of soda has 39 grams of sugar — […]

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WebMD partners with FDA

June 2, 2014

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WebMD partners with FDA by Mary Budinger —  WebMD announced a partnership in December 2008, with the FDA to distribute FDA consumer health news and alerts on WebMD’s Internet and print outlets. The FDA’s consumer health site gets just 130,000 viewers a month, while WebMD gets almost 50 million. “We are enthusiastic about this collaboration […]

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Climate change may be shrinking avocados

April 23, 2014

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Climate change may be shrinking avocados by Mary Budinger —  The food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is keeping a close eye on its ability to continue serving guacamole dip due to increasing avocado prices as climate change affects availability. The company uses 97,000 pounds of avocados per day. “Food prices for a number of our key […]

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Doctors in the dark about changes in drug safety

April 22, 2014

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Doctors in the dark about changes in drug safety by Mary Budinger — When drug companies have an important new warning about their products, they tell doctors about it in what is called a “Dear Healthcare Professional” letter. These letters inform doctors about serious risks of a medication and protocols to ensure the medication’s safe […]

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The trouble with tiny coffee cups

April 20, 2014

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The trouble with tiny coffee cups by Mary Budinger —  Love those convenient single-serve cups of coffee or tea made with the new style of individual brewing machines, first launched by Keurig®? Well, think again. Turns out we threw away so many of those convenient single-serve packages last year that, if assembled like a daisy […]

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Statin drugs versus omega-3 for heart health

April 18, 2014

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Statin drugs versus omega-3 for heart health by Mary Budinger —  A new study published in the journal BMC Medicine sheds light on why the widely publicized fish oil study released late last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed no evidence of cardiovascular disease risk reduction associated with omega-3 intake. In […]

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Your body is begging for fat

April 7, 2014

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Your body is begging for fat by Mary Budinger —  A little secret that doctors do not often tell their patients is that the body’s preferred fuel is fat, not sugar. We have some 100 trillion or so cells in our bodies, and they want to run on fat — good fat. In other words, […]

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FDA advises less acetaminophen use

March 3, 2014

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Vitamin C tablets flowing from a container

  by Mary Budinger —  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking doctors to stop prescribing combination medications that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per pill because of long-standing concerns about liver damage. Acetaminophen is sold globally under trade names such as Tylenol® and Panadol® to relieve pain and fever and can […]

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More smokers worldwide

March 1, 2014

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Close-up of woman's face with cigarette

  by Mary Budinger  —  More people smoke worldwide today than in 1980, mainly because of population growth and gains in popularity of cigarettes in countries such as China, India and Russia, according to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The comprehensive study coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first […]

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Climate change denial funders hide donations

February 18, 2014

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  by Mary Budinger —  Most donations behind the climate change denial effort in the United States are “dark money,” or concealed funding, finds the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever conducted on the sources of funding behind the campaign. A new study by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, Ph.D., found that the largest […]

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Reforming the cancer industry

December 3, 2013

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by Mary Budinger —  The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is proposing to change some definitions of cancer because there is too much overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancer. An NCI panel is recommending that definitions of some premalignant conditions no longer be called “cancer.” The NCI has been evaluating the problem of overdiagnosis because it generally […]

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Do mastectomies prevent breast cancer?

July 8, 2013

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by Mary Budinger —  It is almost fashionable now in Hollywood to preempt a possible diagnosis of breast cancer in the future with a radical mastectomy — prophylactic removal of both breasts. Does it work? The scientific data do not match the hype. A tiny percentage of American men and women are thought to carry […]

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