Harvard Health Ad Watch: When marketing puts your health at risk

The goal of advertising is, of course, to catch your attention and sell you a product. But when it comes to health-related products, inaccuracies in advertising can be detrimental to your health. Perhaps you’ve seen a Vitamin Water ad recently that touts the health benefits of Vitamin Water while seeming to discourage getting a flu shot as out of fashion. It originally appeared in 2011 but has mysteriously resurfaced online. The text of the ad states, “Flu shots are so last year,” and subheadings add “more vitamin C, more immunity, less snotty tissues.” The average customer seeing this ad could conclude that flu shots aren’t so great — in fact, that Vitamin Water is better for you than flu shots (and also better than getting the flu). Vitamin Water won’t help against flu I have to admit, the ad does catch your attention. But’s it’s an unfortunate and potentially dangerous approach for a number of reasons: The flu killed an estimated 61,000 people in the US during the 2017–18 flu season (a record, according to the CDC) and up to 646,000 people worldwide; the flu shot could prevent many of these deaths. The flu shot is recommended every year — that’s because the strains of the influenza virus change each year and the vaccination is modified accordingly. There is a large and growing “anti-vax” campaign that falsely argues that the risks of vaccinations far outweigh their benefits; this not...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Cold and Flu Complementary and alternative medicine Health Vaccines Vitamins and supplements Source Type: blogs

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Publication date: Available online 26 March 2020Source: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Basis of DiseaseAuthor(s): Monica R. Langley, Erin M. Triplet, Isobel A. Scarisbrick
Source: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) Molecular Basis of Disease - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 26 March 2020Source: Fungal BiologyAuthor(s): M. Álvarez, F. Núñez, J. Delgado, M.J. Andrade, M. Rodríguez, A. Rodríguez
Source: Fungal Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: research
In this study, we found that cofilin competes with tau for direct microtubule binding in vitro, in cells, and in vivo, which inhibits tau-induced microtubule assembly. Genetic reduction of cofilin mitigates tauopathy and synaptic defects in Tau-P301S mice and movement deficits in tau transgenic C. elegans. The pathogenic effects of cofilin are selectively mediated by activated cofilin, as active but not inactive cofilin selectively interacts with tubulin, destabilizes microtubules, and promotes tauopathy. These results therefore indicate that activated cofilin plays an essential intermediary role in neurotoxic signaling th...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Conclusion This paper summarizes the current findings regarding the anti-colitis activity of plant-derived alkaloids and shows how these alkaloids exhibit significant and beneficial effects in alleviating colonic inflammation. These natural alkaloids are not only promising agents for IBD treatment but are also components for developing new wonder drugs. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms or toxicological evaluation of most plant-derived alkaloids still require much scientific research, and their actual efficacies for IBD patients have not been verified well in field research. Thus, further clinical trials to elu...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn Spain, the prevalence of comorbidities and CV risk factors in RA patients with established and advanced disease is relatively high, and their management in clinical daily practice remains suboptimal.ResumenObjetivosDescribir la prevalencia de comorbilidades en pacientes con AR en España y discutir sobre su manejo en la clínica diaria utilizando los datos de la cohorte española del estudio internacional COMORA.MétodosSubanálisis nacional del estudio COMORA en el que se analizaron las características demográficas y clínicas de 200 pacientes con AR (1987 AC...
Source: Reumatologia Clinica - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Infection is the second leading cause of death in patients with psoriasis, behind cardiovascular disease. Respiratory infections, including influenza, are of special importance because they represent a common cause of morbidity and mortality and may be preventable through vaccination. Universal influenza vaccination is recommended annually, but little is known about vaccination rates in psoriatic patients in the United States. We conducted a cohort study of adults in OptumInsight's Clinformatics Data Mart to examine influenza vaccine rates in patients with psoriasis compared to adults with other chronic illnesses (hyperten...
Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Clinical Research: Epidemiology of Skin Diseases Source Type: research
Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling Ever wonder what other people are wondering about? I know I do. So, here are the top 10 health searches in Google for 2017. And just so you don’t have to look each one up, I’ve provided a brief answer. You’re welcome. 1.  What causes hiccups? I was surprised this one made it to the top 10 list of health searches. Maybe this search is common because hiccups are as mysterious as they are universal. I’ve written about hiccups before, but let’s just say the cause in any individual person is rarely known or knowable. Then again, the reason hiccups stop is als...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Source Type: blogs
Ronald Bailey, who has written on and off on the topic of longevity science for about as long as I've been paying attention to the subject myself, here outlines a common sense view of aging and its treatment as a medical condition. That more people are stepping up to make reasoned arguments along these lines is a sign of progress. At the large scale and over the long term, the research that is carried out is that which is supported and understood, at least in outline, by the public at large. Lines of research that aim to control the causes of aging and thereby prevent and cure all age-related disease is not yet widely supp...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Publication date: Available online 24 June 2015 Source:Autoimmunity Reviews Author(s): I. Hollan , P.H. Dessein , N. Ronda , M.C. Wasko , E. Svenungsson , S. Agewall , J.W. Cohen-Tervaert , K. Maki-Petaja , M. Grundtvig , G.A. Karpouzas , P.L. Meroni The increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been recognized for many years. However, although the characteristics of CVD and its burden resemble those in diabetes, the focus on cardiovascular (CV) prevention in RA has lagged behind, both in the clinical and research settings. Similar to diabetes, the clinical picture of CVD in RA may b...
Source: Autoimmunity Reviews - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
By Dyer, Alexandra; Berg, Kenneth MD; King, Andrew MD Rat bite fever (RBF) is a fairly rare illness caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis or Spirillum minus. It can be a devastating and even fatal illness if left undiagnosed or untreated. Despite its name, RBF is not only transmitted by rat bites but also by contact with rat feces, ingestion of rat-contaminated food and water, or simply through direct contact with rats. (Clin Microbiol Rev 2007;20[1]:13; Vet Microbiol 2009;133[3]:211; BMJ Case Rep 2009; Epub Dec 17.) The first documented outbreak in Haverhill, MA, in 1926 was believed to be caused by a pathogen named Ha...
Source: The Case Files - Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: research
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