Monthly Archives: July 2009

Texting drivers 23 times more likely to crash, study suggests

Barb and I were watching ABC World News Monday night, July 27, when Charles Gibson said, “There’s a new study out today that shows that texting while driving is by far the most dangerous driving distraction.” We were surprised. We … Continue reading

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Vision Therapy as Remedy for Learning Disabilities Debunked

Behavioral vision therapy, eye exercises, and colored lenses have no role in treatment of dyslexia and other learning disabilities, according to a statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics this week. More Information:

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New Study Finds 66 Percent Increased Breast Cancer Risk After Abortion

A new study done on women in Turkey who had abortions has reported a 66 percent increased risk of contracting breast cancer as a result. The study is the latest to suggest that abortions cause significant adverse medical risks for … Continue reading

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AMA considering role of physicians’ clothing in transmitting bacteria

Picture a doctor in your mind’s eye, and what do you see? A stethoscope, maybe. Perhaps a little black bag. And almost certainly a white lab coat. But that last item may be destined for oblivion. More Information:

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Cloning without embryonic stem cells. Does this end the embryonic stem cell debate?

The story broke on NBC Nightly News on July 23, when Brian Williams reported that there is a mouse in China that goes by the name Tiny. What make Tiny so special is that he And “26 others unique is … Continue reading

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Does abstinence-based sex education work or not?

A friend, who is a family physician, recently wrote to me and said, of abstinence-based sex education, “It doesn’t work.” Is he right, or wrong? More Information:

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Iced Coffee Drinks Can Pack as Many Calories as an Entire Meal

Enjoying an iced coffee drink? Better skip dinner or hit the gym afterwards, with a cancer charity warning that some iced coffee drinks contain as many calories as a hot dinner. More Information:

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Daily Glass of Orange Juice Is Heart Smart

An apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, but orange juice may be good at the job, too. An antioxidant in orange juice called hesperidin improves blood vessel function and helps lower a person’s risk of heart … Continue reading

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The Lincolnian View of Abortion – Part 1

Once upon a time, I did an ethics paper on “The Lincolnian View of Abortion.” I took all of the Lincoln-Douglas, and simply substituted the word “abortion” for the word “slavery.” With minimal editing, the Lincoln-Douglas debates could be a … Continue reading

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Obesity rate in preschoolers may have finally leveled off!

Finally a good news story about the childhood obesity epidemic. An analysis published in the July 24 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated that “the prevalence of obesity” in “low-income preschool-aged children ages two to four years … Continue reading

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Two dietary supplements used by high school athletes contain illegal and dangerous steroids

Two over-the-counter dietary supplements that anti-doping officials say are popular among high school football players contain steroids, according to court papers filed by federal authorities. More Information:

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New Analysis of the Myth: “46 Million Americans Without Health Insurance”

Advocates for expanding taxpayer-subsidized health insurance through Universal Health and their allies in the press, repeat this 46 million number constantly. Let us walk through the statistics from top to bottom. You may be surprised! More Information:

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Health Myth #9: “Insurers cover less today than they did in the past.”

This is the ninth and last in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell. More Information:

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Since an unborn child cannot live independent of its mother, is it life?

Here the second part of a discussion I’m having with a family physician who is wrestling with extremely important questions about the value of the unborn child’s life. I thought you’d enjoy watching our conversation. More Information:

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Webcast Thursday to Educate Pro-Lifers About the Dangers of Obama’s Health Care

There is a coalition of pro-life leaders who are alarmed that we pro-lifers unaware of what is at stake with some of the Health Care Plans being promotoed by President Obama, what they call “Obamacare.” I thought you might like … Continue reading

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Health Myth #8: “Nationalized health care would not impact patient waiting times.”

This is the eighth in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell. And, it’s very interesting to me to hear those in favor of any form of nationalized health insurance … Continue reading

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Hormone therapy for menopause symptoms increases ovarian cancer risk. Should you worry?

I’ve received questions from women who are taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms who are wondering about a flurry of news reports this last week like this one from Bloomberg News: “Women who had hormone therapy for menopause symptoms were more … Continue reading

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Health Myth #7: “The cost of uncompensated care for the uninsured significantly increases hospital costs.”

This is the seventh in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell. More Information:

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Moderate Wine, Little Meat, Many Vegetables May Be Key Mediterranean Diet Items Linked to Longer Life

We know a Mediterranean diet is healthy and lengthens life. But, which items in this diet are most helpful? Well, finally, at study has teased out items in the Mediterranean diet that are most responsible. More Information:

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The word “abortion” is NOT in the Bible. So, how can you be against it?

A friend of mine, a family physician, recently wrote this to me: “Nowhere in the Bible do I find any definition of when life begins; in fact, I can’t find a single reference to abortion.” So, he implies, “. . … Continue reading

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Doctors can help parents help their overweight kids lose weight

Many parents don’t have enough self-confidence to implement and enforce changes in their child’s behavior that will reduce the child’s risk of obesity, researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston have found. However, the researchers also found that having the child’s … Continue reading

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Health Myth #6: “Government-run universal health care would increase the international competitiveness of U.S. companies.”

This is the sixth in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell. More Information:

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Twelve Home Remedies for Migraine Headaches

I found this excellent article on home remedies for migraine headaches — which impact more women than men. Several of these I use in my practice. However, I would recommend you discuss any of the natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and … Continue reading

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The Truth About Diets and Exercise (Humor)

A friend sent this to me and I don’t know the source, but loved the humor. If you know the source, let me know so I can credit the author. More Information:

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Health Myth #5: “The estimated 45 million people without health insurance lacked health insurance for every day of the year.”

This is the fifth in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell. More Information:

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ADHD – Information for parents

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition that can affect both social interaction and academics. Parents have LOTS of questions about ADHD. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some useful information about ADHD. More Information:

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Larimore Family Newsletter – July 2009 Edition

Here is the Table of Contents for the July edition of our Family Newsletter. There’s a lot going on! Family Update Publication Update Dr. Walt’s First Novel finally receives title Dr. Walt’s First Novel Has Received its First Review New … Continue reading

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Health Myth #3: “The uninsured can’t afford to buy coverage.”

This is the third in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell. More Information:

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Caloric restriction may prevent disease, increase life span, researchers say

At least in rhesus monkeys. As long-time readers of this blog know, I usually don’t comment on animal studies. But, the likelihood of these data applying in humans is, in my opinion, so high, I wanted you to be aware … Continue reading

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Health Myth #2: “About 46 million Americans lack access to health insurance.”

This is the second in a series of commonly believed health myths based upon the research from Fox News analyst James Farrell. More Information:

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