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New FDA dietary supplement guidelines still don’t ensure safety and effectiveness before they go on the marketNew FDA dietary supplement guidelines still don’t ensure safety and effectiveness before they go on the market
[Jul. 7, 2007] The FDA’s announcement last month of manufacturing guidelines for dietary supplements is a good step toward consistency in the ingredients that go into supplements, but it still does nothing to ensure that supplements are safe or effective before they go on the market, Consumers Union said.
 
100 most popular baby names for 2006100 most popular baby names for 2006
[Jun. 23, 2007] Based on all Social Security card applications for children born last year, Emily and Jacob are the most popular baby names for the seventh year in a row.
 
100 most popular baby names in North Carolina in 2006100 most popular baby names in North Carolina in 2006
[Jun. 23, 2007] The following table shows the 100 most frequent given names for male and female births in 2006 in North Carolina. The most popular boy's name was William. The most popular girl's name was Madison.
 
Consumer Reports says more testing, regulation needed for nanotechnologyConsumer Reports says more testing, regulation needed for nanotechnology
[Jun. 22, 2007] Nanotechnology promises to be the most important innovation since electricity and the internal combustion engine. But some applications might pose substantial risks to human health and the environment, according to the July issue of Consumer Reports.
 
Consumer Reports rates the new dietsConsumer Reports rates the new diets
[May 30, 2007] The June issue of Consumer Reports features an in-depth report on dieting, identifying “The Volumetrics Eating Plan” as the top-rated clinically tested diet plan and “The Best Life Diet” as the top-rated diet book. Consumer Reports also outlines eight winning strategies for losing weight and three tactics that are unlikely to help.
 
Are seniors eating right?Are seniors eating right?
[Jan. 31, 2007] Older adults have all heard what they should be eating each day. Three servings of fat-free or low-fat milk, cheese or yogurt. Three or more ounce-equivalents of whole-grain products. And abundant amounts of fruits and vegetables, striving for variety across all five vegetable subgroups. But how many people 50 years or older, are actually meeting those daily nutrition requirements?
 
Proper small animal veterinary careProper small animal veterinary care
[Jan. 29, 2007] What constitutes "being a good pet owner" from the viewpoint of the veterinarian? By Dr. Laurie Weiser
 
Consumer Reports finds that patients and doctors disagree on some essential issuesConsumer Reports finds that patients and doctors disagree on some essential issues
[Jan. 19, 2007] Patients and doctors disagree on some essential issues according to three new surveys conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center. The survey of 39,090 patients and 335 primary-care physicians revealed discrepancies between doctors’ and patients’ perceptions of following medical advice, the role of prescription drug ads in the exam room, and the value of online research of medical conditions.
 
Consumer Reports tests wrinkle creamsConsumer Reports tests wrinkle creams
[Dec. 14, 2006] Consumer Reports’ first test of wrinkle creams finds that on average these products made little difference in the skin’s appearance and there’s no correlation between price and effectiveness. The luxury-priced skin-care offerings didn’t work any better than the drugstore brands in CR’s independent, unbiased tests.
 
100 most popular baby names in North Carolina in 2005100 most popular baby names in North Carolina in 2005
[Jul. 10, 2006] The following table shows the 100 most frequent given names for male and female births in 2005 in North Carolina. The most popular boy's name was William. The most popular girl's name was Emily.
 
100 most popular baby names for 2005100 most popular baby names for 2005
[Jul. 10, 2006] Based on all Social Security card applications for children born last year, Emily and Jacob are the most popular baby names for the seventh year in a row.
 
Consumer Reports finds whitening claims for toothpaste can be misleadingConsumer Reports finds whitening claims for toothpaste can be misleading
[Jul. 6, 2006] Consumer Reports tested 41 brands of toothpaste to see if they really could whiten teeth—as many of the makers claim—and found no correlation between those claims and stain-removing ability. Even the seven toothpastes that contain peroxide, the main bleaching ingredient in whitening strips and professional treatments, lightened or bleached out stains no better overall than other toothpastes.
 
Lyme disease: Then and nowLyme disease: Then and now
[Jun. 25, 2006] While leafing through a patient's medical record recently, preparing it for electronic scanning, I came across a barely legible note by a former colleague dated July 13, 1975. The patient, then a 45-year-old high school gym teacher and scoutmaster, came to see the doctor after three days of fever, chills, and night sweats. He had a 101-degree temperature and a 6-inch-wide rash on his back described in the chart as a "target" with alternating red circles emanating outward from a dark red spot--a then-uncommon type of rash called erythema migrans.
 
Smart moves for arthritisSmart moves for arthritis
[May 20, 2006] In Consumer Reports National Research Center’s exclusive survey, 1,001 knee- and hip-replacement patients tell about the experiences they’ve had with joint replacement surgery. This unbiased survey, based on a nationally representative sample, found that although the surgery can have serious complications—and does not always return patients to a state of perfect mobility—it succeeds at the most basic level: pain relief. Even patients who were the most disabled going into surgery reported that on average, they had minimal pain in their new joints six months afterward.
 
Tick-borne infections pose increasing threat to North CaroliniansTick-borne infections pose increasing threat to North Carolinians
[May 9, 2006] In Chatham County, in an informal survey of people in Pittsboro, almost everyone spoken with had either had an illness themselves or knew of a person or pet that had suffered from a tick-borne illness. Last summer the state conducted a project in Chatham County to learn more about the TBIs in the area and it is hoped they will continue this summer. By Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, PA, DrPH

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