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Better living with booze?

Better living with booze?

MATTHEW EDLUND M.D. Contributing Columnist health@lbknews.com Can alcohol be good for you? Much evidence would argue yes. Compare “moderate” drinkers who have perhaps one glass of wine a day versus those who never drink. Who lives longer? Those who drink small amounts regularly. Yet alcohol causes lung cancer, stomach cancer, kidney cancer, brain cancer, oral […]

August 11, 2012 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »

Not-so-secret Secret Service

Not-so-secret Secret Service

The City of Cartagena is noted for both the quantity and quality of its prostitutes, who, according to the mayor are as easy to obtain as “a bottle of beer” (although not as inexpensive).

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Opinion, Richard Hershatter | Read More »

Report reveals alcohol violation hotspots

Report reveals alcohol  violation hotspots

Police Chief Al Hogle released data this week regarding the number of DUI arrests and alcohol violations in 2010 and 2011 on Longboat Key — the predominant number of the alcohol violations occurred on Greer Island, which is owned by Manatee County.

February 18, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Cut your cancer risk by half?

Cut your cancer risk by half?

America’s health care budget is $2.6 trillion. On its own it would rank as the fifth largest economy in the world. We’re 49th in overall mortality. How much of this vast spending goes to health prevention? A pittance. Not enough people make money on preventing illness, though plenty make money treating it. What is most cost-effective for our national health does not yet gain entrance to the health care debate.

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Key Health | Read More »

Booze, sleeping pills — the wrong combination

Booze, sleeping pills — the wrong combination

“Beer and valium, that’s how I sleep. Works every time, a perfect night’s sleep.” So said an actor friend of mine, who often had trouble “coming down” after a play and used this cocktail three or four times a week. Yet often alcohol plus sleeping pills do not “work.” Thirty percent of American women use some kind of sleeping pill each week, but combinations are rarely remarked upon — though clinically common. Studies of them are relatively sparse, as researchers tend to look at one drug at a time.

November 26, 2011 | Posted in Key Health | Read More »

Three questions about sleep and sex

Three questions about sleep and sex

Times are tough. People are out of work and can’t find any, 15 percent of the country often goes to bed hungry, and the euro may crash and upend the world economy. Folks need a break.

November 14, 2011 | Posted in Key Health | Read More »

Oct. 29 is World Stroke Awareness Day

Oct. 29 is World Stroke Awareness Day

We lost one of our dear Tampa Bay-area, NFL Hall of Fame football heroes Lee Roy Selmon, age 56, as a result of a massive stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain or a vessel leading to the brain

October 7, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

When brownies become killer sleeping pills

When brownies become killer sleeping pills

Want to bite into a savory chocolate brownie laced with hormones? “Grab a box today and let your problems melt away,” promises Lazy Cakes, a new “relaxation brownie” containing eight milligrams of melatonin plus valerian root. One writer for Phoenix News ate the chewy cake and fell asleep for 12 hours — extolling the next best thing to a pot brownie

February 7, 2011 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »

Ban on the ‘Can’

Ban on the ‘Can’

The party is officially over as Longboat Key Police officers take patrols of Beer Can Island, a.k.a. Greer Island, to the next level, as they arrest subjects breaking the posted ban on alcohol and dogs. Officers have been patiently working the beach for the past weeks to build up a presence on the island.

August 27, 2010 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »