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Cutting to chase for those of you who want a quick answer: we don’t know, there aren’t enough people to study yet. There are hints, though. Ezetimibe is commonly used in combination with a statin as Vytorin to reduce heart disease in patients. It doesn’t work all that well. I should say, it decreases cholesterol…

Every party needs a pooper, that’s why Scienceblogs invited me. Enemy? Really? Yes, it can be. Read on; It doesn’t have to be. A commentary in Nature Nanotechnology discusses the European Environment Agency report, Late Lessons from Early Warnings. The basic idea is to make recommendations so that nanotech can grow with the idea that…

A couple of readers have asked bout the NYTimes article about sunscreens so I thought I’d weigh in. 80 lbs. Okay, with the lame humor over, let’s get to the particulars. The most common question has been 1) What do I think is best/do I agree with the NYTimes? 3Answer: the advice they gave stunk.…

The Woodrow Wilson Center released a report on engineered nanomaterials used for food applications. The aren’t common (we think), but there are a few technologies that are making their way to the market. One for instance would have a nanofilm that has anti-microbial properties. Of course, it may also leach into your food. Yum! (Okay,…

So the FDA says that cloned meat is safe and this is making big news. Well, this isn’t much of a surprise, it’s unlikely that a clone would be unsafe (it’s a clone of a naturally healthy animal!). What sucks is the media’s take on this (and the government’s complicity in them getting it wrong).…

Practical Water Bottle Advice

A reader asked me for some help choosing a water bottle because of concerns about antimony, bisphenol A, and phthalates (BPA is really the only risk worth thinking about in this trifecta). She read this NYTimes article about plastic bottles and risks,…etc. She was rather confused by the article. No doubt, it’s more stream of…

A couple of weeks ago, as I’m sure you heard, the FDA held an advisory committee meeting that concluded that there should be no use of cough/cold products for children under 6. There is a good amount of evidence that the drugs (including antitussive, expectorant, nasal decongestant, antihistamine and combination products) were not effective and…

Or so says USA Today on the front page, paragraph two (regarding sausage, bacon and lunchmeat). Of course they are contradicted on paragraph 8 by someone who says that “you can still occasionally have a hot dog”. The no safe level of bacon sounded fishy to me so I dug through the report (all 517…

More on Bisphenol A

If you haven’t seen it yet, USA Today is doing a series called “toxic legacy“. First was lead, then mercury, and today, plastics. Well, really it’s about BPA. We’ve dicussed BPA here before and I’m not going to rehash it. The article is good but doesn’t give a lot of new information if you have…

Vaccines. Again. Sheesh.

(Alternate title: jerks aren’t always wrong). Over at Moms Speak Up, Cristina shares her angerat a doctor that doesn’t want to go along with a “modified” vaccine schedule that she made up herself. Over at Enviroblog (which I usually like) they chime in with a “good for you”. While I share the loathing of doctors…