Toronto doctor Elana Lavine said immunoglobin G antibody testing is not a reliable measure of food sensitivity and is prompting many people to unnecessarily eliminate certain food from their diet. Because the test is widely available, physicians should explain "the paucity of evidence for using these tests to diagnose food allergy or guide elimination diets."
Dexmedetomidine, a lighter sedative that does not have respiratory depressive effects, was as effective as midazolam or propofol for long-term sedation in ventilated ICU patients, Bern University researchers reported in two studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Data also showed dexmedetomidine may reduce the duration of ventilation and that patients were more easily aroused and better able to communicate with staff compared with those on midazolam.
Obese adults age 85 and older appeared to have a lower mortality risk compared with their normal and underweight counterparts, according to a study in the Journal of Aging Research. However, the Israeli researchers found obesity did raise the mortality risk for people in their 70s and early 80s.
The Milk Processor Education Program has dropped its "milk mustache" in an advertising campaign targeting chocolate milk as an after-workout beverage for adults. However, New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle says she would never recommend choosing a sweetened beverage because people "shouldn't drink their calories."
Yoga isn't a big calorie burner, but research shows it has a positive effect on mental health and plays a role in successful weight loss, certified fitness instructor Jennifer Van Pelt writes. She writes that the physical exertion from yoga poses and the mental benefits the exercise provides -- including body awareness and relaxation -- can aid in weight-loss goals and weight maintenance.