Harm Reduction

Hoping against hope, cell phone conversations – hands-free or not – continue to distract drivers. No two ways around that. But so does talking to the car's other occupants. 
Despite claims that organic furniture is less likely to kill you in a house fire, chemicals have a track record of making your safer.
Let's take a look at creepy crawlers, like leeches and fish, and how they wreak havoc when accidentally inhaled. Wait, what? Yes, inhaled.
Here's more support to show that when a bystander uses a portable defibrillator on someone suffering cardiac arrest in a public place, chances of survival increase markedly. Another big plus: the stricken patient emerges from hospital care in better physical condition than someone who waited to receive the same care from an EMT.
We all tend to do certain things because “it’s just what you do,” or it's out of passive acceptance of conventional wisdom. And especially in the medical realm, it's important not to overlook issues that could be of even greater importance.
With a viral video of an Eagles fan being so joyful over his team's advancement to the Sunday's championship game – that he runs into a pole – we thought we'd ask: How healthy is it to be a Super Bowl fan? 
Philadelphia has a program to provide drug users with clean needles, a safe site to inject and referrals for treatment and social services – a first in the United States. But before we accept or reject the mainstream narratives, let's consider some of the evidence municipal lawmakers studied before taking this action.
Just when you think you've heard it all -raw water, penis bleaching or placenta eating - something even crazier comes along. How about natural, additive-free cigarettes? Even though they've been around for quite a while, it's still worth taking a look at this madness.  
The recent harrowing episode of cardiac arrest, involving American Heart Association President Dr. John Warner, is a precautionary tale. And it serves as a useful guide for all of us in choosing an achievable 2018 resolution.
More than 300,000 elderly folks fracture their hip each year, and 95% of those hospitalizations are caused by falling, usually sideways. If there were a few simple ways to minimize this chance of serious injury, wouldn't it be smart to know them? Sure it would. And here they are.    
A new computer algorithm may reduce the radiation we receive from medical imaging by a lot. But should we worry about the harmful effects of radiation we receive during medical testing?      
New research finds no significant health differences between vapers and non-vapers. However, the sample size was very small, so the results should be considered preliminary.