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A summary of the major health news of the year, including: the
development of vaccines to fight cervical cancer, whooping cough,
and shingles, progress in treating macular degeneration, and good
news about vitamin D's cancer-fighting potential.
The presence of harmful bacteria in fruits and vegetables is
increasing, perhaps due to farming and cattle-raising methods.
For protection, fresh produce should be soaked in water for two
minutes and then rinsed before eating.
A doctor has created an independent resource to evaluate the
effectiveness of medications based on research results. This
information is available to the general public online.
The field of RNA interference gives scientists a way to "turn
off" specific genes within cells. It is hoped that in the future
this technique may be used to fight diseases.
Although general anesthesia is safer than in the past, you may be given the option of a regional anesthetic, depending on the operation. Some surgeons feel it allows them to better monitor the patient's condition during surgery.
I'm an 86-year-old man with type 2 diabetes. I get my eyes
checked, eat carefully, and test my blood sugar. I exercise and
still play tennis. Recently, I read that diabetes may be a
precursor to Alzheimer's disease. It scared me. What do you
A friend recently recommended that I take the herb ginkgo biloba
to protect against getting dementia. Is it effective, and is it