November 24, 2011

Dried plums as treatment for osteoporosis

There has been quite a bit of research in the last few years showing that prunes are effective in both preventing and reversing bone loss in osteoporotic and osteopenic women.  One recent study compared dried plums to dried apples and found that in this population of 160 postmenopausal osteopenic women, both dried apple and dried plums had bone-protective effects, but in the plum group, bone density of the spine and ulna was significan

November 24, 2011

Millions of Antibiotics Prescribed Unnecessarily to Children


A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that antibiotics are being prescribed to children unnecessarily almost 25% of the time.  The study analyzed a nationally representative sample of almost 65,000 doctors visits by children between 2006 and 2008 and showed that one in every five visits ended with an antibiotic prescription, often a broad-spectrum one.

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