Monthly Archives: July 2008

Worry ups men’s diabetes risk

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.

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Midlife Hormone Therapy Lowers Risk of Late-Life Dementia

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.

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Doctor’s Appointment? Don’t Go It Alone!

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

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Stunning News – A Blood Pressure Drug May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

HealthDay News is reporting a stunning study from the Boston University School of Medicine finding that the use of a particular class of blood pressure drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) is associated with lower incidence and slower progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Last Abortion Clinic in South Dakota Closes after Law Requires Patients be Informed

LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that on Monday, July 21, when eight women arrived at the Planned Parenthood office in Sioux Falls in South Dakota for abortions, they were met with locked doors and a hand-written note indicating the only abortion clinic in South Dakota was closed.

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A trusted expert speaks out on the Vytorin fiasco (for doctors)

Here’s a note from my good friend, Thomas Dayspring, M.D., written for physicians (but, others are welcome to look on). Tom is one of the world’s most respected lipidologists (doctors who specializes in cholesterol problems): Continue reading

Secret Drug Test Takes Center Stage at Tour de France

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. 

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Pro-Life Leader Dr. James Dobson May Endorse John McCain for President

LifeNews.com is reporting that evangelical pro-life leader Dr. James Dobson may be prepared to change his position and endorse John McCain for president. Dobson has previously expressed a reluctance to support the Arizona senator over his pro-abortion rival Barack Obama but Dobson said that may change.

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False headlines and news stories vilify Vytorin

Reuters and a number of other news agencies are reporting that the cholesterol fighter Vytorin s failed to meet the main goal of a study. They are also reporting that it is causing cancer. Are they telling you the truth?

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NYC chain restaurants posting calories on menus

Reuters is reporting that a new rule requiring New York chain restaurants to post calorie information on their menus took effect on Friday, marking a first for a U.S. city. The move follows the city’s 2003 ban on public smoking and a ban on artery-clogging trans fats that began on July 1.

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Counselor Fired after Referring Homosexual to Colleague Because of Religious Objections

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.

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John McCain Shares His Pro-Life Views, Blasts Obama on Late-Term Abortion

LifeNews.com reports that Sen. John McCain told an audience there that he is “proud” to be pro-life and defended his pro-life voting record. “I am proud of my record of protecting and advocating the rights of the unborn,” he said to strong applause from the audience. “I believe this is also an important issue.”

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Red yeast rice, fish oil fight high cholesterol

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.

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Planned Parenthood Blasts Bush Rule to Help Pro-Life Doctors on Abortion

LifeNews.com is reporting that Planned Parenthood is attacking a Bush administration plan to help pro-life doctors. The tentative rule would ensure pro-life physicians, nurses and other medical personnel don’t face hiring discrimination if they refuse to be involved in abortions.

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Breast Self-Exam Gets Thumbs Down in Systematic Review

MedPage is reporting a systematic Cochrane review concluding that breast self-examination does not reduce breast cancer mortality and may cause harm by prompting unnecessary biopsies. This recommendation is based upon studies that include almost 400,000 women.

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Background TV disruptive for very young children

Reuters Health is reporting that having the television on in the background while pre-schoolers play with their toys disrupts their efforts to sustain attention, even when they don’t pay much attention to it, and may harm their development. The research is published in the current issue of the journal Child Development.

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Study Finds Lesbians 50 Times More Likely to Self-Harm (nothing gay about this story)

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.

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