Monthly Archives: May 2010

A Memorial Day Remembrance: Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.

This weekend, many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and volleyball, I hope each of us … Continue reading

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How to Keep Bugs Off This Memorial Day (and Summer)

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season for most of us. So, now that summer is officially here and everyone is spending some quality time outside — which means protecting ourselves and our kids from mosquitoes and … Continue reading

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Grilling This Memorial Day (and Summer)? Spices may play role in reducing cancer risk

Researchers are reporting that adding certain spices to your steaks or burgers before tossing them on the grill this Memorial Day (and summer)  will not only add to the flavor of the meat, but may also cut the risk of … Continue reading

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5 Skin Protection Tips For Memorial Day (and Summer)

Whether you are light- or dark-skinned, whether it’s cloudy or sunny outside, we physicians recommend you wear a sunscreen, and plenty of it. But, the simple act of preventing a sunburn while enjoying the sun has become complicated with questions about … Continue reading

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Warning to Parents: Tobacco “candy” could poison your kids

A scary report is out from Reuters Health claiming that thousands of young children are accidentally poisoned by tobacco products each year in the U.S., and new dissolvable tobacco products that resemble candy might pose an additional risk. Reuters reports: … Continue reading

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So, just how much activity is needed to improve your health?

The government’s latest physical activity guidelines recommend: Keep track by the week. Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity activity each week, such as brisk walking, or 1¼ hours of a vigorous-intensity activity, such as jogging or swimming laps, … Continue reading

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Indulging in four unhealthy behaviors ages the average individual by 12 years

It is generally understood that being inactive, eating poorly, smoking, and drinking too much are bad – very bad – for your health. Now, a newly published study assesses and quantifies those behaviors. In short, “combine all of the above … Continue reading

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Overall survival rate for children with cancer approximately 80%

The Wall Street Journal “Health Blog” reported that research published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology indicates that the overall survival rate for children with cancer is now approximately 80%. This is GREAT news. However, during the past 10-20 … Continue reading

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Calcium and multivitamins may be linked to reduced breast cancer risk

Daily Calcium Plus Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce Fracture RiskBloomberg News reports that “calcium doesn’t just build strong bones, it may fight cancer too,” according to a study presented at the meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Investigators found … Continue reading

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Hormone Therapy for Menopause Reviewed

According to a new review of the role of perimenopausal hormone therapy published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, women must be informed of the potential benefits and risks of all treatment options for menopausal symptoms and concerns and should receive individualized … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Our Last Day

1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain 2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine Finally, we’ve reached the final day of our Italian … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Day #15 – Rome Day #3

Rome is magnificent and brutal, painfully historical and modern, wonderfully peacefully and maddeningly bustling, captivating and repulsing … at all at the same time. To us, it’s not nearly as serene as Venice, nor as romantic as Florence, but it … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Days #13-14 – Rome Days #1-2 – The Wedding

Yesterday, Thursday, May 20, we trained to Rome and then checked into the Roman Residence (where we stayed earlier in the trip). Massimo, the owner, warmly welcomed us back and had our very large and comfortable room ready for us, … Continue reading

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New research touts the benefits of marriage on health

Tara Parker-Pope, of the New York Times, recently did an excellent analysis on the topic of the effects of marriage on health. Parker-Pope reports, “Contemporary studies … have shown that married people are less likely to get pneumonia, have surgery, … Continue reading

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Raw milk advocates and health officials step up dispute

In the past, I’ve blogged about the potential dangers (including a few fatalities) from consuming or giving your children raw (unpasteurized) milk. Recently USA Today carried a reasonable review of the topic: Maybe you can’t cry over spilled milk, but … Continue reading

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Unexpected Consequences of Twitter, Facebook, and the Self-Esteem Movement?

Here’s an interesting story that I’ve excerpted from an article, “Twitter and YouTube: Unexpected Consequences of the Self-Esteem Movement?” published in the Psychiatric Times. To Americans over 30, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are buzzwords that lack much meaning. But … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Day #12 – Florence Day #4

Our final day in Florence started out cool and crisp before a drizzle interrupted, but did not stop, our few remaining explorations. After a breakfast of cappuccino, croissants, and fruit, we were off the explore, starting with the Duomo Museum. … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Day #11 – Florence Day #3

Ah … a great night’s sleep. GREAT night’s sleep. Did I say, we slept great? Anyway, our new room was cool and quiet and comfortable. In fact, we slept in a bit longer than we had planned … after all, … Continue reading

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Church health fairs help spot high blood pressure

Churches and parish nurse programs have proven to be essential to the physical, emotional, relational, and, of course, spiritual health of their congregants. Now, new research shows that church health fairs are an effective way of identifying people with high … Continue reading

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Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement

In my book 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy, I talk about “avoiding loneliness like the plague.” (more information on the book and free resources at the end of this blog) In other words, I … Continue reading

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Major medical organization endorses active surveillance for large numbers of prostate cancer patients

The Chicago Tribune reported that “for the first time,” active surveillance is “being  endorsed for large numbers of men by a major medical organization: the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of 21 leading cancer centers across the US.” According to … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Day #10 – Florence Day #2

Buono journo, friends and vicarious travelers.  And, we hope your sleep last night was better than ours! We didn’t rest so well last night for three reasons: our legs ached (ibuprofen and a hot soak in the tub helped, the … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Day #9 – Florence Day #1

We were awakened today, Sunday, May 16th, for our third bell cantata by the church bells in Vernazza. Packing and saying goodbye to our hosts, Andrea and Franca Maria, we walked up the street to our last breakfast with Jeff … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Day #8 – Cinque Terre Day #2

After I posted the blog last night, I was shutting down the computer, when who should come walking up to me but our three new friends from Oklahoma. Janet and her newly-graudated-from-OSU daughter, Sarah, and Janet’s sister, Elizabeth, were back … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Day #7 – Cinque Terre Day #1

Last night (Thursday, May 13), here in Vernazza, in the Cinque Terre of Italy, after writing you, we went to dinner at a place recommended by our new best friend, Rick Steves.

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Trip to Italy – Day #6 – Venice to Cinque Terre

This morning, Thursday, May 13, we left Venice early (745 am), via water taxi to the train station and caught the bullet train to Milan. After a brief layover, we caught a second train to La Spezia and then a … Continue reading

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Most St. John’s Wort Supplements Fail Quality Tests

As I report in my best-selling book, Alternative Medicine: The claims, the options, the evidence, how to choose wisely, St. John’s wort can be a safe and effective antidepressant herb for mild to moderate depression. But, as I warned in … Continue reading

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Let Your Kids Play Creatively and They Will Become Healthier Adults

According to new research, we grown-ups need to encourage our kids to play. Indeed, children who engage in creative and active play may grow up to be healthier adults, suggests a British study. The finding comes from a study that involved … Continue reading

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A Simple ‘Thank You’ Brings Rewards to All

Expressing gratitude benefits both you and the person being thanked, a new study finds. This new research backs up the studies I discuss in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. I discuss how an … Continue reading

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Trip to Italy – Day #5 – Venice

We had not set an alarm clock, but were delighted to be awakened today, Wednesday, May 12, by the sound of an accordion and an man with an operatic voice, singing to a couple taking a romantic ride in a … Continue reading

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