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Jellyfish Sting Cures Debunked 
If you ply Oregon’s coastal waters, you should know that recent research has shown many long-accepted, folk remedies for jellyfish stings do more harm than good. The Smithsonian serves the news, along with advice as to best practices: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-fix-jellyfish-sting-180963582/

Home Blood Pressure Monitors Faulty 
Researchers testing home blood pressure monitors found that a whopping 70% of them gave faulty readings. This despite the fact many were validated by regulatory agencies. Ars Technica has the unsettling details: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/monitoring-your-blood-pressure-careful-70-of-home-devices-may-be-inaccurate/

A Smartphone Makes You Dumber – Even Off 
A study from the University of Texas found that the mere presence of a smartphone caused diminished cognitive capacity in test subjects. I’ll let UTNews give you the lowdown: https://news.utexas.edu/2017/06/26/the-mere-presence-of-your-smartphone-reduces-brain-power

Aspirin Bleeding Risk Found to Increase With Age 
A study by Oxford University found that the incidence of major stomach bleeding in those taking daily doses of aspirin was much higher in the elderly. While patients are advised against stopping a prescribed regimen, the matter may be worth reviewing with your physician. The BBC reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40262771

Yoga Equal to Physical Therapy for Back Pain 
A study that looked into the relative effectiveness of yoga versus physical therapy has concluded the two treatments offer equivalent outcomes. Time has the story: http://time.com/4825261/back-pain-yoga-physical-therapy/

 

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