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Antibiotics don’t help sinusitis: U.S. researchers

WASHINGTON — Antibiotics provide little help to people with sinus infections, according to a study released Tuesday which suggested doctors are prescribing the drugs too often. The study appearing in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association found that using the common antibiotic amoxicillin for patients with acute uncomplicated rhinosinusitis…

One in five Americans has hearing loss: study

WASHINGTON — About one in five Americans age 12 and over suffers from hearing loss in at least one ear that is severe enough to interfere with daily communication, US researchers said Monday. The estimate is the first to cover the entire United States instead of select populations according to…

Yoga, stretching help lower back pain: study

WASHINGTON — People who suffer chronic lower back pain saw about the same improvement after taking yoga classes taught by highly trained teachers as they did from stretching classes, said a US study Monday. The findings, described by authors as the largest US randomized trial on yoga to date, appear…

U.S. to shed light on Guatemala syphilis experiment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. presidential commission will release on Monday its key findings on a government research project that deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates and mental patients with syphilis in the 1940s. The conclusions have consequences for U.S. diplomacy and will impact the ethical discussion surrounding how new drugs…

Cellphone use yields more ‘active’ brain scan: study

WASHINGTON – Cellphone use appeared to measurably increase brain activity in dozens of test subjects in a new study, though it failed to resolve a debate over whether the devices pose health risks. The study in Wednesday’s edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association, was carried out by…

Abstinence-only ed gets a boost from House Dem Dave Obey

Why do we need GOP elected fundnuts when we have the likes of Dave Obey (D-WI), who is promoting bogus, dangerous abstinence-only ed programs in schools by upping funding to the garbage?! What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi — why is she enabling Obey, who is House Appropriations Committee. Firedoglake‘s…

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