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Monthly Archives: December 2013
CNN reports on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finding that bariatric surgery is “not only helping people lose weight, but also reducing their risk for cardiovascular disease and reversing type 2 diabetes.”
Here are the top 25 blogs you, my dear readers, read during 2013, with the number of unique readers listed in the parenthesis. I am pleased to serve you this way and hope you’ll recommend this blog to your friends, … Continue reading
So many of us fight it—the spare tire—that bulging belly that seems to increase every year—especially around the holidays. You may see it as an inevitable part of aging, but too much of a spare tire could leave you with … Continue reading
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, e-cigarettes “may only serve as a new route to nicotine addiction among adolescents.”
Christmas is over, and your trash may be stuffed with wrapping paper, but there is one more present you can give this holiday season.
An article in the New York Times “Well” blog discusses “the issue of sex as exercise.”
Walking, fast or slow, is wonderful exercise. But now a first-of-its-kind study shows that to get the most health benefits from walking, many of us need to pick up the pace.
The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, the number of youngsters who visited the emergency department due to high chair-related injuries “increased 22% from 2003 to 2010.” A full 93% of such injuries resulted when … Continue reading
A patient asked me, “With all of the changes in the healthcare system, do we still have any rights left?” Well, there are a lot of changes. But one thing isn’t changing—you have a long list of rights—that you have a … Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal reported a Columbia University-affiliated organization found in a survey that teenagers who ate dinner with their families were less likely to abuse drugs
“Lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks.” … “Eat all you want and still burn away fat.” … What do these statements have in common? Well, they may be more attractive after weeks of holiday eating—but that’s not all. These fat-busting claims stretch … Continue reading
The AP reports that the US Public Interest Research Group announced that it found toxic or dangerous toys at major retailers and discount stores in the course of conducting research for its annual report.
I’ve argued on this blog, for many years, that choosing not to vaccinate your kids (unless there is a medical reason) is a form of child abuse. First, it’s potentially harmful or fatal to your unvaccinated child. Second, it’s potentially … Continue reading
USA Today reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced the US faces a spike in measles due to parents choosing not to immunize their children.
The New York Times “Bits” blog reported that, according to a recent University of Pittsburgh study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, vaccination programs have prevented over 100 million serious contagious disease cases among US children since 1924.
As the presents are being opened at Christmas, if you have small children in the house, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges gift-givers to keep safety in mind when choosing and opening toys for young children.
A reader writes, “I wanted to breastfeed my baby for at least six months, but I’m ready to give up after only two.”
On its website, CBS News reports that research presented at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting suggests that “energy drinks may cause serious increases in heart contraction rates within an hour of” consuming them.
It may be fun to play fetch with Fido, but if a day with your pet has left you out of breath lately, it could be Fido’s fault.
The potential benefits of weight loss surgery are no secret. Nor are the implications and side effects of the procedures themselves, which involve the reduction of the stomach to a pouch the size of an egg, or inserting a constrictive … Continue reading
Ever have one of those days where you ran around and were really busy, but didn’t see any results from your effort? A lot of us are feeling the same way about working out.
Bloomberg News reports that it’s never too late to start exercising to improve your health, even if you’re about to retire.
A slip on a frozen driveway, a trip from a hole in the lawn—what happens when you take a fall? If you’re young, you probably just get back up. But as people age—particularly women—the risk for fractures significantly increases.
According to the New York Times, “Psychiatrists have long thought that depression causes insomnia, but new research suggests that insomnia can actually precede and contribute to causing depression.”
The Christmas season can bring out the Bah-Humbug in some people. But for others, it’s a year-round attitude. Unfortunately, there’s a price to that pessimism.
HealthDay reports that a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that “even seemingly healthy obese people are at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.”
USA Today reports that a major international study published in the Lancet suggests that “overweight and obese people could slash their increased risk of heart disease by half and their increased risk of stroke by three quarters by controlling their blood pressure, … Continue reading
Bloomberg News reports that, according to a study published in the journal Neurology, “four months after a mild concussion, brain scans show abnormalities even though symptoms from the injury have mostly disappeared.”
A listener asked me, “Is Greek Yogurt really a big deal? It’s showing up everywhere.”