Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Irrationality of the Anti-Vaccine Zealots

According to Online Masters in Public Health, “Thanks in part to a debunked study linking vaccines and autism, many parents are refusing to have their children vaccinated against common disease. As the number of children inoculated against serious diseases falls, … Continue reading

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Treating Colds — What’s the latest research recommend?

I have a lot of patients ask my advice for treating colds. And even though they’re common, the list of possible treatments is uncommonly long. Well, here’s what the best research recommends.

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Over one quarter of vitamin C supplements don’t meet label claims

It’s cold and flu season, which means many people are reaching for vitamin C, as it may modestly reduce cold symptoms (although it won’t prevent a cold).  What they may not know is that taking too much vitamin C may … Continue reading

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Why you should shun the salt shaker

You can have over two thousand milligrams of this substance each day and still be within a healthy guideline. Yet, most Americans double that. Just a simple reduction could mean fewer deaths from strokes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure.

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Study suggests antioxidant supplements harmful for cancer patients

The Washington Post reports on a mouse study published in Science Translational Medicine, which “suggests that high doses” of antioxidant supplements “may do more harm than good in patients with certain types of cancer.”

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A surprise: the most common cause of child suffocation

Just about every celebration involving your kids probably includes balloons. Even many restaurants automatically give one to families with young children. Well I hate to deflate the party, but I have some news that may cause a few balloons to … Continue reading

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Overweight kindergartners face increased risk for teen obesity

A new study finds that many kids who are overweight in kindergarten will end up becoming obese by early adolescence.

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Splitting pills … safe or not?

Where do you sit at the great debate—are you a splitter or not? Doctors and pharmacists often take different sides on whether or not splitting pills is safe. So, which side is right?

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Mediterranean diet lowers heart disease risk

USA Today reports that according to a study published PLoS One, “Midwestern firefighters who most closely adhered to a Mediterranean diet had fewer risk factors for heart disease than those who didn’t eat this type of diet.”

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Reading, Writing and … Running?

You want your children to excel in the classroom? Just have them focus on the “Three R’s”: Reading, Writing and … Running? Well, don’t forget arithmetic. But don’t overlook the importance of keeping your child’s body, and not just their brain, … Continue reading

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A new study shows religion helps toughen the brain

The reason that religion or spirituality appears to protect people with a family risk of depression from developing the illness may be because religion or spirituality thickens the cortices of the brain, Columbia University researchers Lisa Miller, PhD, Myrna Weissman, … Continue reading

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Resistance Training Ups Testosterone in Muscles of Older Men

MedScape News is reporting a study showing that resistance training can increase the production of sex steroids in the muscles of older men. If borne out by further research, the findings could have important implications for a wide range of conditions … Continue reading

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Testosterone supplements linked to increased heart attack risk in men

New research suggests a link between testosterone supplements and heart attacks. USA Today reports that the study, published in PLOS One, found that “taking testosterone therapy doubled the risk of heart attack among men over age 65 and nearly tripled … Continue reading

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Becoming physically active in middle age reduces illness, disability later

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, “becoming physically active in middle age, even if someone has been sedentary for years, substantially reduces the likelihood that he … Continue reading

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Which diet is the best?

Here’s a question I get asked a lot: “Which diet is the best to lose weight?” There’s a lot to weigh out when it comes to diets, mainly because there is a buffet of approaches and opinions. And frankly, many are … Continue reading

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Disrupted sleep accelerate cancer growth in mice

The Huffington Post reports that a mouse study published in Cancer Research suggests that “disrupted sleep could accelerate cancer growth due to its negative effects on the immune system.”

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Teens and Breast Cancer

The teen years—a time for learning to drive, going to that first prom, and … fighting breast cancer? That may sound far-fetched, but some experts believe breast cancer prevention should start as early as puberty.

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CDC: Dengue fever present in parts of southern US

NBC News reports on its website that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that dengue fever is present in parts of the southern US, following its apparent role in the October death of a 63-year-old Texas woman. One of … Continue reading

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A Deaf Ear to Your Heart

It’s been said your body speaks to you, but when it comes to men and their heart, many aren’t listening. Research shows for most men suffering sudden cardiac arrest, the condition wasn’t sudden at all. The men just ignored the early … Continue reading

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FDA looking into health risks of caramel coloring in Pepsi

Significant coverage was given to a study by Consumer Reports on 4-MeI levels in caramel coloring in Pepsi and other soft drinks, highlighting the link between the compound and cancer in animals.

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Laundry and Dishwasher Pod Dangers

Laundry packs are a hot trend when it comes to doing that weekly wash. They’re concentrated, convenient, effective, and … are easy to eat. Now, that last part isn’t exactly a benefit, but unfortunately it’s happening in many homes with young … Continue reading

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Exposure to mild cold temperatures helps people lose weight

On its website, NBC News reports that research published in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests “that exposure to mild cold temperatures – around 64 to 66 degrees – can help you lose weight.” The researchers “hypothesize that setting the thermostat … Continue reading

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Vindication for Chocolate

You just wrapped up Valentine’s Day, and chocolate has been the staple food in many diets. That’s good news! Well, sort of. Now I don’t advocate overindulgence, but here are a few reasons you can enjoy the rest of your Valentine’s … Continue reading

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

In this prayer letter:  PRAISES: 1) Recent Writing Projects 2) Recent Marriage Conferences 3) Letter of Thanks 4) “Communicating Through Your Differences” magazine article 5) How “A Real Man Can Cherish His Wife” 6) Medical News You Can Use PRAYER … Continue reading

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Marijuana extract gains popularity as pediatric seizure treatment

The Wall Street Journal reports that parents of children with certain seizure disorders are pushing for expanded medicinal use of a marijuana extract named cannabidiol (CBD).

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Experts warn about synthetic marijuana use

The Los Angeles Times reports that “though synthetic marijuana has, until recently, triggered relatively few emergency room admissions,” experts say that “a sudden surge in illnesses at hospitals in Denver may presage similar outbreaks in other parts of the country.”

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Researchers look into best ways to prevent colds

The CNN “The Chart” blog reports that research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that “hand washing and possibly taking zinc seem to be the best ways to avoid getting sick.”

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Passing Colds Around

A mom asked me, “How can I keep all of us from getting sick once one of us is?” Wow. If you have kids, that’s the eternal question. The spread of colds is not hard to prevent, as there’s plenty you … Continue reading

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Texting while walking may lead to hazardous changes in gait

USA Today reports that research published in PLOS ONE “found that healthy people who read or send texts while hoofing it show subtle but potentially hazardous changes to their gait.”

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Strike Out on Strokes

Weakness on one side of the body, droopiness of the facial muscles, or slurred speech—these are classic symptoms of what life-threatening condition? If you said “a stroke,” you’re right. But, if you have those symptoms, what should you do? Hopefully more … Continue reading

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