Own a pet, reduce your risk of heart disease

In May 2013, the American Heart Association announced that owning a dog may protect you from heart disease. To be truthful, what the AHA actually said was owning a dog was “probably associated” with a reduced risk of heart disease. The reason for the slight hesitation is that the evidence is observational. How does one decide if healthy active people … Continue reading

Vaccination changes in pregnancy

There has been an increase in the number of people with pertussis (whooping cough) over the past decade. This is attributed to a natural waning of immunity and also to the presence of more unimmunized people. Infants younger than three months are at greatest risk of death from pertussis. In January 2013, a new recommendation was made for all pregnant … Continue reading