Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic
Dr Sean Petherbridge Keith Nicholl Medical Centre
Here is the list of things we set out to talk about and as always we got well off track because of the questions that came into the studio.
In the office?
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
1. polio Pakistan
2. any way to guard against food poisoning while traveling
3. The company Coca Cola said that would stop using brominated vegetable oil, which contains bromine, an element found in flame retardants, in Fresco and some varieties of Fanta and fountain drinks.
4.statins and women
Should so many women be taking statins?
Medical guidelines issued late last year may double the number of Americans who are told to take these cholesterol-lowering drugs. But the recommendations don’t distinguish patients by gender, and a small, increasingly vocal group of cardiologists believe that’s a mistake.
Far too many healthy women are taking statins, they say, though some research indicates the drugs will do them little good and may be more likely to cause serious side effects in women.
5. e cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes appear to be safer than ordinary cigarettes for one simple — and simply obvious — reason: people don’t light up and smoke them.
With the e-cigarettes, there is no burning tobacco to produce myriad new chemicals, including some 60 carcinogens.
But new research suggests that, even without a match, some popular e-cigarettes get so hot that they, too, can produce a handful of the carcinogens found in cigarettes and at similar levels.
A study to be published this month in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research found that the high-power e-cigarettes known as tank systems produce formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, along with the nicotine-laced vapor that their users inhale. The toxin is formed when liquid nicotine and other e-cigarette ingredients are subjected to high temperatures, according to the study. A second study that is being prepared for submission to the same journal points to similar findings.
6 . finish your medication
I strongly suspect that millions of pills are being hoarded in Canada's medicine cabinets. The Commentary cites two telling examples. Doctors prescribe antibiotics quite commonly. A study of antibiotic prescriptions found that more than a third of patients who get a prescription for antibiotics do not finish the entire prescription. That means there leftovers. A study that tracked painkillers that were dispensed to patients found that nearly sixty percent of the pills went unused - producing even more leftovers. At the first National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day held a year ago, more than two tonnes of unused medications were returned - probably a tiny percentage of the actual amount of prescriptions that need to be disposed of.
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