NCHR Testimony at the FDA about New Spine Device, Barricaid Anular Closure

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today on behalf of the National Center for Health Research. I am Dr. Danielle Shapiro, I am a physician and senior fellow. Our research center scrutinizes scientific and medical data and provides objective health information to patients, providers and policy makers. Those are the perspectives I bring with me today. […]

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Too Much Caffeine in Your Drink?

Caffeine is naturally found in chocolate, coffee, and tea. In moderation, caffeine does not pose a health risk. In fact, a Johns Hopkins’ study found that one or two cups of coffee (about 200 mg of caffeine) is shown to increase focus and memory. However, caffeine can be harmful in large quantities.

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Should You Consider a Birth Control Patch?

When choosing a method of birth control, most women want what is the most effective and convenient. Women who want “hormonal” birth control can choose a pill, patch, injection, or vaginal ring, yet not all of these options have equal risks. In fact, the Patch, Ortho Evra, is now shown to put women at greater risks than birth control pills did by exposing women to high levels of estrogen. But, how does Ortho Evra work, and why is it more dangerous than other forms of birth control?

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