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Doctor’s new book cuts through health hype

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Dr. Nina Shapiro
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Dr. Nina Shapiro

Dr. Nina Shapiro, an acclaimed pediatric head and neck surgeon at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital, has published “HYPE: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice—How to Tell What’s Real and What’s Not.”

Shapiro’s new book aims to transform its readers into savvier and more empowered consumers and patients. She examines health conspiracy theories and makes sense of important concepts, such as risk management, causation versus correlation, and how to identify a research-backed and informative study or headline in the media.

In “HYPE,” Shapiro, who is a professor of head and neck surgery in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, also takes on a wide variety of health and wellness topics, including exercise and diet, supplements and vitamins, alternative medicine, vaccines, preventive medical testing and anti-aging strategies. Published by St. Martin’s Press, published “HYPE: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice—How to Tell What’s Real and What’s Not” is widely available online and at major book stores.

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