Don't lose those meds

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This HND piece begins by exploring our love/hate relationship with Big Pharma. On the one hand, Pharma is THE most hated industry in the US, but on the other hand, millions of people enjoy better and longer lives by taking pharmaceutical drugs.

We give the example of FDR, who was relegated to being a walking dead man, enduring extreme hypertension—which eventually killed him— in an era in which today's common blood pressure meds did not exist. Likewise, type 2 diabetes sufferers decades ago had only insulin as a therapy, and no easy way to determine an accurate blood glucose level.

We then spotlight a product designed to prevent you for misplacing or losing your meds, when on-the-go.

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Marketing healthcare products

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This HND piece discusses how healthcare products are marketed, both to healthcare professionals and direct to the consumer. We first introduce the immense size of this market, which is valued at a staggering $1.5 trillion.

As you might imagine, pharmaceutical drugs comprise 10 percent of that—the biggest single sector. But even those smaller sectors, which make up "only" 2 percent of this market still account for a huge amount of business. Thus, a fortune is spent on advertising, with marketers vitally interested in what campaigns are really working. To that end, we highlight a powerful new tool.

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Improving oral hygiene

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This HND piece does a quick history of oral hygiene, going way back to the Sumerians in 5000 BC. It may come as a surprise that ancient people had pretty good teeh--assuming that they did not lose them to periodontal disease. All that nasty tooth decay didn't really come in until sugar became a popular item in the diet.

But, if teeth were lost, dentures were available in Roman times, although even the best of them were not too good. Take George Washington, who had a few expensive sets (not made from wood), but even those looked terrible. We then get into toothbrush design, and spotlight a truly unique product in this space.

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Using high tech to manage diabetic foot complications

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This HND piece starts off with a listing of the terrible complications of diabetes, nearly all of which are caused by hyperglycemia creating conditions where blood vessel walls can be damaged. This effect seems to be a result of the glucose content affecting cooperation between the enzymes fatty acid synthase and nitric oxide synthase. We then focus on the nasty problems inherent to diabetic foot.

Foot or toe amputation can be the end result if wounds in those areas heal poorly and become infected. Both, unfortunately are quite possible in diabetics. We conclude with a spotlight on MOTUS Smart, a special boot that allows physicians to monitor the healing progress of their patients foot ulcers.

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A look at argan oil

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This HND piece provides a good introduction to the so-called "Moroccan liquid gold." One of the healthiest vegetable oils out there, it also has excellent properties for topical use on the skin and hair.

We include references to several legit published scientific studies, and tell you about how the native Berber women who extract the stuff also make some money on it—unlike so many other luxury products.

One of the top companies in the business is also highlighted.

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Health insurers and healthcare providers

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This HND piece examines the inherent conflict between health insurers and healthcare providers. A number of examples are given, then we segue into the matter of free premium content. Since website publishers are constantly looking for more material, what could be better than high-quality pre-written content—free of charge?

The thing is, though, whoever uses the material has to give attribution, but sometimes this is very subtle. As a result, fairly biased stuff can be proffered, all under the guise of a "neutral" website. And, with millions of people searching for health information on the Web, what could possibly go wrong?

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Can nuclear waste be safely transported?

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Josh Bloom of the American Council on Science and Health raises this question, and gives a fully documented response. Spoiler: Yes, it can.

It's way past time to put forth counterarguments against the fear entrepreneurs. Isn't funny how those most concerned about getting away from fossil fuels are also the loudest voices against nukes? Sorry folks, but solar and wind power just won't cut it as viable alternatives.

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A look at substance use disorder

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This HND piece gives an introduction to this major problem, beginning with a breakdown of the ten biggest addictions, and the number of people so encumbered. We then move into the treatment modalities of behavioral therapy and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Unfortunately, the reputation of MAT--which can be quite effective--has been spolied a bit by unscrupulous practitioners, but those operations are gradually being pushed out by the ethical clinics. There really is hope for those in the grips of substance abuse disorder.

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You've got the power

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This HND piece starts off by reminding you that you DO have the power...to discover all sorts of health information on the Internet. The challenge is to separate the good stuff from the nonsense. One way to do this is—and maybe the best way—is to consult multiple sources.

We do note that the information mandarin class still enjoys putting on its airs about what "real" news sources are, compared to that sketchy info you might pick up from alternative sources on the Web. Only, there was that little matter of the outrageously fraudulent 1998 Wakefield paper, that appeared in The Lancet, supposedly the most prestigious medical journal in the English language. Despite the huge outcry against the paper, it was not officially withdrawn until...2010.

Then, we get into mHealth, and the world of portable power banks—including an exciting new product with some great features.

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A look at chronic sinusitis

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This HND piece focuses on the nasty matter of chronic sinusitis, a condition that affects millions of people, with a host of unpleasant symptoms. Standard treatment is a long course of antibiotics, but this doesn't always work, and can bring on side effects, as well.

It has been known for some time that this affliction is often caused by a bacterial imbalance in nasal membranes, whereby the chronic condition features different bugs from simple sinusitis. Thus, the idea of topical probiotics has been mentioned for the past few years. Indeed, such therapy has worked for ear infections and tonsillitis. We highlight a new product that is a special probiotic nasal spray, that seems to be getting good consumer reviews.

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