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33MD for January 30, 2009

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2009 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

A 33MD alert about a popular pain pill. FDA advisers are recommending a ban on Darvon because of health risks. A consumer group says the drug offers weak pain relief, could lead to an overdose, and even be used in suicides. It’s been around for 50 years and is commonly sold under the name Darvoset. No word on when the FDA will make a ruling.

And in other medical news , Indian scientists say they’ve found the cure to an age-old disease that superstar Michael Jackson claims to have. Researchers say they have evidence that Chickpeas may cure Vitiligo. Vitiligo causes loss of pigmentation, leaving white patches on the skin. Researchers say they found their remedy by following instructions in a system of traditional medicine, native to India. The “cure” is actually an ointment made out of Chcikpea protein they say is “very effective.”

Kids eat dirt, it’s an inevitable law of nature. Now a “New York Times” study says that practice may be good for them. A string of on-going studies shows eating dirt builds the immune system of small children. The findings indicate it could prevent allergies, asthma, and even multiple sclerosis. The Times also says that eating worms might actually help repair the immune system. Some parents probably find that hard to stomach.

Berries are considered one of the top super foods to eat. They’re high in anti-oxidants and good for you. Now, scientists say the plum rivals the blueberry as the most inexpensive super food. Experts say plums have more antioxidants and are more economical than blueberries. They’re also low in calories and fat free. Scientists say the plum can also help prevent the growth of breast cancer. And you might not know this, but most of the plum’s antioxidants are in the purple skin, so if you want the best results don’t peel your plum.