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Research Points to 'Smoking Gun' for PPI Risks By Brenda Goodman, MA WebMD Health News Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD

Brian King7/ 4/16

June 8, 2016 -- Recent research has tied certain kinds of acid-blocking heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to a host of scary health problems, including higher risks for dementia, kidney disease, and heart attacks.What’s been less clear, though, is how these meds might be contributing to so...

Why FDA is warning people about Imodium overdoses By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN Updated 3:53 PM ET, Thu June 9, 2016

Brian King6/27/16

(CNN)Higher-than-recommended doses of the antidiarrheal medicine loperamide, sold under the brand name Imodium, can lead to serious heart problems and even death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week. The warning applies to both over-the-counter and prescription strength medications, which are also sold under other generic names. "The...

Is there really a five-second rule about food on the floor? By Paul Dawson, The Conversation Updated 11:53 AM ET, Fri June 10, 2016

Alvin Simmons6/21/16

When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won't have much of a chance to contaminate...

Whole Foods gets warning letter from FDA by Paul R. La Monica @lamonicabuzz June 14, 2016: 2:28 PM ET

Brian King6/14/16

When it rains, it pours for Whole Foods. Literally, it seems. The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb about what the FDA called "serious violations" it found after inspecting a Whole Foods food preparation facility in Everett, MA, in...

Lack of sleep can lead to the common cold

Brian King9/11/15

By Nadia Kounang, CNN      So, it turns out your mother was right again: The less sleep you get, the more likely you are to catch a cold. A new study published in this week's journal SLEEP, finds that people who sleep less than six hours are more likely...