Monthly Archives: September 2011

TV watching as dangerous as smoking and lack of exercise

Researchers in Australia say smoking “can shorten of life expectancy by more than four years after the age of 50. That represents 11 minutes of life lost for every cigarette and that’s the same as half an hour of TV … Continue reading

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15 minutes’ daily exercise boosts life expectancy by three years

ABC World News reported, “If you need any more convincing that a little bit of exercise can make a huge difference in your life, here’s some powerful new proof: A study in the medical journal Lancet looked at 400,000 people and … Continue reading

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No sodas in schools equals less soda in teens

Surveys conducted in 2004 and 2006 showed that student consumption of sugary drinks was significantly reduced after implementation of policies in the Boston public schools against sale of the drinks. Another national survey did not show a concomitant decline in consumption … Continue reading

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IBM working to turn robotic “Jeopardy!” contestant into medical assistant

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports IBM is working to turn Watson, a computer that earlier this year successfully competed on the game show “Jeopardy!”, into a potential medical assistant.

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Discredited hCG diet making a comeback

The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune reported that the “long-discredited” human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) “diet is making a comeback, and the renewed interest has spawned a cottage industry for products that haven’t been tested for quality, safety or efficacy, … Continue reading

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Processed and red meat increases diabetes risk

USA Today reports, “Eating processed meats and red meat regularly increases your risk of type 2 diabetes,” according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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FDA and ABC slam Dr. Oz; say apple juice is safe

The Boston Globe “Daily Dose” blog reports that in response to “Oprah fave Dr. Mehmet Oz” telling viewers that there “are dangerous amounts of arsenic lurking in … apple juice,” the “US Food and Drug Administration took the unusual step of … Continue reading

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Could frequent tanning bed use become addicting?

The New York Times (Subscription Publication) “Well” blog reports, “People who frequently use tanning beds experience changes in brain activity during their tanning sessions that mimic the patterns of drug addiction,” according to a study appearing in the journal Addiction Biology.

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Two OTC drugs give better pain relief than one for osteoarthritis

A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases shows that “combination treatment using ibuprofen plus acetaminophen provided better relief of chronic knee pain than acetaminophen alone.”

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Think you have sleep apnea? Here’s an inexpensive way to predict.

Sleep testing (polysomnography or PSG) to diagnosis obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is expensive and inconvenient, and may not be easily available to patients in rural or under-resourced settings. Is there another option? A new study is reporting a simple, practical approach … Continue reading

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Annual physicals recommended for ALL young people, even non-athletes

USA Today reports that although most student athletes are “required to get physical exams to compete on school sports teams,” the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend annual checkups for ALL youth “up to … Continue reading

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Early blood test for baby’s gender accurate and extremely controversial

On its front page, the New York Times (Subscription Publication) reported that according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), “a simple blood test that can determine a baby’s sex as early as seven weeks … Continue reading

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Catholic Church: Unborn children have a soul at conception

For those of us involved in caring for women and their unborn children, we must face squarely the question, “When does an unborn child have a soul?”

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Soy tablets NOT effective treating menopausal symptoms

Taking soy supplements will NOT ease the symptoms of menopause or protect against bone loss in women, researchers have reported. In fact, among women in the first five years of menopause, taking soy supplements was associated with a higher risk … Continue reading

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Young children’s lunches kept at unsafe temperatures

Nearly all lunches packed from home get too warm to prevent foodborne illness despite use of ice packs, according to a study of preschoolers’ sack lunches. In fact, even with multiple ice packs, more than 90% of perishables in the … Continue reading

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More American children eating high fat, fast-food lunches

HealthDay reported that children’s “fast-food lunches, often offered as rewards, accounted for up to 51 percent of most children’s daily caloric needs and more than 50 percent of their recommended daily sodium intake (100 percent of recommended sodium levels for … Continue reading

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CMS unveils new website with hospital quality data

CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) is beginning a new program to help health consumers compare hospitals based on quality.

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Despite risk of not vaccinating, few teens receive meningococcal vaccine

USA Today reports that few teens are given the meningococcal meningitis vaccine, even though the CDC reports that “adolescents are at higher risk than any other age group.”

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High-dose zinc lozenges reduces duration of cold symptoms (not low dose)

High-dose, but NOT low-dose, zinc lozenges shorten the duration of the common cold, according to the results of a meta-analysis reported in The Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.

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Group lists child car safety seats containing most and least hazardous chemicals

The CNN “The Chart” blog reported, “More than HALF of 2011 model children’s car seats contain one or more potentially hazardous chemicals, but the seats fared far better than previous years.

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Some coconut waters don’t deliver on promises

Coconut water—the natural juice from green coconuts— is often touted as a natural alternative to sports drinks. But does it really deliver?

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Parenting style affects child’s mental health

Matching your parenting style to your child’s personality can greatly reduce your child’s risk of depression and anxiety, researchers say in a new study.

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Article details latest generation of sunless self-tanning products

The Wall Street Journal reports (for subscribers) that the newest generation of sunless self-tanning products smells better, looks more natural, goes on more evenly, and helps smooth wrinkles. Some even contain sunscreen.

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TV ads for kids still heavy on unhealthy foods

Even though kids’ total exposure to television pitches for foods high in fat, sugar, and/or salt has declined substantially in recent years, such ads are still the overwhelming majority of advertising that reaches children.

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Even small amounts of aerobic exercise lowers coronary heart disease risk

More research is showing that even small amounts of aerobic exercise help lower coronary heart disease risk. The newest review was published in the journal Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, and should encourage even the most sedentary of us … Continue reading

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Regular exercise boosts the brain, especially for kids

Regular workouts not only do your body good, they likely improve your mind as well, at least according to review of the data on the subject.

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Brain shrinkage associated with four factors. What can you do starting today to prevent this?

If you could do four things to dramatically reduce your risk of brain shrinkage (especially that caused by dementia, vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or stroke), would that be of interest to you?

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Smartphones really are habit-forming: Study

A new study seems to confirm the widely held belief that many smartphone users obsessively check their devices for e-mails, social media and news. Does this mean one can become addicted to one’s smartphone?

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Fish oil supplements during pregnancy may help offspring fight off colds successfully

In past blogs I’ve written about some of the health benefits of fish oil supplements. Now a new study is saying if a pregnant woman takes fish oil that it may help her baby.

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Report: Colon cleansing lacks evidence to support its use

In my best-selling book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, in the chapter on “Colonics,” co-author Donal O’Mathuna, PhD, and I conclude: “There is no scientific basis for using or recommending colonics for general health.” A new report confirms our recommendations.

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