Podcast 7-31-08

[display_podcast] Dr Walt Larimore's Weekly Medical Update NewsTalk 580 WDBO Orlando Central Florida's Morning News Listen live every Weds at 8:14 at www.WDBO.com
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Worry ups men’s diabetes risk

Health Headlines, Men's Health
According to the BBC, a Swedish study is reporting that anxiety, depression, and sleepless nights increase the risk of diabetes in men. Researchers found men with high levels of "psychological distress" had more than double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with low levels. My Take? (more…)
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Midlife Hormone Therapy Lowers Risk of Late-Life Dementia

Health Headlines, Woman's Health
MedPage is reporting a study showing that hormone therapy in midlife has been associated with reduced women's risk of developing dementia in old age. Compared with controls and after adjusting for other risk factors, women who only used hormone replacement at midlife (age 40 – 55) had a decreased risk of dementia by about 24% versus a 46% increase in risk among women who only took hormones late in life. My Take? (more…)
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Doctor’s Appointment? Don’t Go It Alone!

General Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Woman's Health
ABC News has a nice article suggesting that if you are heading to the doctor's office that you might want to persuade a friend to tag along. As I blogged last week, new research suggests that older adults who bring companions to medical visits are more satisfied with their medical care.  The Associated Press has a related story about companies providing professional companions in an article entitled: Serving as advocate for patients is good business My Take? (more…)
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Secret Drug Test Takes Center Stage at Tour de France

Bioethics, General Health, Health Headlines
MedPage is reporting that a secret test nabbed three riders for using a banned new form of erythropoietin. The drug is CERA (Mircera), a pegylated EPO developed by Roche that reached the European market earlier this year. It was approved by the FDA last November, but U.S. distribution has been stalled by a patent dispute with Amgen, another firm that markets EPO.  My Take? (more…)
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Counselor Fired after Referring Homosexual to Colleague Because of Religious Objections

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of a licensed counselor who was fired after referring a person seeking counsel with a same-sex relationship to a colleague. Rather than attempt to provide a service that would conflict with her sincerely-held religious beliefs on homosexual behavior, Marcia Walden referred her to another counselor; however, the counselee later filed a complaint that ultimately cost Walden her job. My Take? (more…)
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Red yeast rice, fish oil fight high cholesterol

Alternative Medicine, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Reuters Health is reporting new research showing that a regimen of supplements and lifestyle coaching is just as effective as a statin medication for reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "lethal" cholesterol. Not only that, the combination was shown to be more effective in helping people lose weight. My Take? (more…)
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Study Finds Lesbians 50 Times More Likely to Self-Harm (nothing gay about this story)

General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that the habit of "self-harming" is 50 times more likely to occur in lesbians than in the general population of women. They quote a Scottish study showing 20 percent of lesbian and bisexual women, of a total of 500 women surveyed in Scotland had deliberately harmed themselves in the last year, compared to 0.4 per cent of the general population. My Take? (more…)
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