Monthly Archives: December 2013

Bariatric surgery found to be increasingly safe, successful

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.”

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My Most Popular Blogs for 2013

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

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Deflate the Spare Tire

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

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Study: E-cigarettes appear to be addictive

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.”

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One More Gift

Christmas is over, and your trash may be stuffed with wrapping paper, but there is one more present you can give this holiday season. 

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Study: Sex qualifies as “moderate exercise”

An article in the New York Times “Well” blog discusses “the issue of sex as exercise.”

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Study: Walking faster prolongs life

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.

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High chair-related injuries on the rise

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

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Patient Rights

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

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Survey: Family dinners curb teen obesity and drug abuse

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

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Diet Deception

“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

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Report reveals dangerous toys on shelves

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.

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Parents: It’s Your Fault if Your Unvaccinated Child Makes Someone Sick

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

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CDC: Increase in measles due mainly to failure to immunize

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.

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Study: Vaccines have prevented 100 million infections over past 80 years

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.

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Toy Safety Tips for Christmas Day

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.

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Breastfeeding Blues

A reader writes, “I wanted to breastfeed my baby for at least six months, but I’m ready to give up after only two.”

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Energy drinks may cause serious increases in heart rates

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.

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Pets and Asthma

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.

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Doctors stumble upon potential bariatric surgery alternative

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

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Exercise Without Results

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.

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Taking up exercise later in life tied to healthy aging

Bloomberg News reports that it’s never too late to start exercising to improve your health, even if you’re about to retire.

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Busting Fractures

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.

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Insomnia may actually cause depression (and NOT just vice versa)

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.”

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Hope and Your Health

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.

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Larimore Bi-Monthly Prayer Letter (12/15 – 2/14)

In this prayer letter: PRAISES: 1) Letter of thanks on Becoming Highly Healthy 2) A Person’s A Person, No Matter How Small 3) How to Cherish Your Wife 4) The Spiritual History 5) Medical News You Can Use 6) Article … Continue reading

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“Healthy” obese people found to have increased diabetes and heart disease risk

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.”

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How obese people can reduce heart disease, stroke risk

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

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Concussion brain abnormalities may last for months

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.”

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The Goods on Greek Yogurt

A listener asked me, “Is Greek Yogurt really a big deal? It’s showing up everywhere.”

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