Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 9 – Day of Life 192

Here’s another update for you from Craig DeLisi about his unborn child Anastasha, who has been diagnosed with anencephaly, for which there is no cure or treatment. Craig is now letting us know of how many days she’s been alive, … Continue reading

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Recommendations for Adult Doses of Vitamin D Increasing

According to the experts at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Vitamin D doses recommended for routine supplementation in adults will continue to move higher. Many experts, including me, have long been calling for higher doses. Now new guidelines from Osteoporosis … Continue reading

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Family Research Council Responds to British Fetal Pain Study, Says It’s Flawed

According to a report from LifeNews, the Family Research Council has released a new report that refutes claims made recently by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) saying an unborn child is not able to feel pain before … Continue reading

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New Flu Shot Guidelines Are Out For Children

According to a report in HealthDay News, all children and adolescents 6 months of age and older should receive the annual trivalent influenza vaccine this flu season. The updated recommendations are from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP also … Continue reading

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Losing Weight the Smartphone Way, With a Nutritionist in Your Pocket

FOR most of us, the formula for losing weight is a simple one: eat less, exercise more. But humans are anything but simple, and the majority of Americans struggle endlessly with losing pounds and keeping them off. Consuming fewer calories … Continue reading

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Four Recommended Apps for Losing Weight

Here are a few well-regarded weight-loss programs to consider, courtesy of a report in the New York Times. LOSEIT (iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone; free): Tell the app how much weight you want to lose and how many pounds per … Continue reading

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Study Finds Strong Link Between Abortion and Premature Birth

The more we learn about the physical and emotional side effects of abortion, the more concerning it becomes. Now, LifeSiteNews.com is reporting on a new study out of McGill University in Montreal that has found a strong link between a past … Continue reading

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Women interested in preventing age-related weight gain should take up biking or walking

USA Today reports, “Women who want to prevent weight gain as they age should hop on a bike or take a brisk walk,” discoveries that add “to mounting evidence of the importance of moderate to vigorous exercise for weight control.” Those … Continue reading

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Weight loss may help reduce menopausal hot flashes in overweight or obese women

CNN reports, “Overweight women who experience hot flashes — the uncomfortable flushing and sweating spells that accompany menopause — may be able to cool those symptoms by losing weight,” according to a study published in the the Archives of Internal … Continue reading

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High cholesterol in youth may increase heart risks later in life

For the last couple of years, I’ve been offering my adolescent patients the option of checking their lipid panels, especially if they are overweight or obese. Now, new research is showing the wisdom of this approach. The Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 8

Every Monday, I try to have an update for you from Craig DeLisi about his unborn child Anastasha, who has been diagnosed with anencephaly, for which there is no cure or treatment. I hope you’ll join with me in keeping … Continue reading

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U.K. bans doctor who linked autism to MMR vaccine

In past blogs, I’ve exposed what I consider to be the unethical and unscrupulous actions of Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his so-called autism research. Here are just a few: Lancet formally retracts paper linking vaccine to autism U.S. study clears … Continue reading

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Alternative autism treatment , OSR#1, called into question by the FDA

The Chicago Tribune reports that a letter sent on June 17 by the FDA to retired Kentucky chemist Boyd Haley “details five violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act related to his product, OSR#1.” According to the agency, … Continue reading

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In autism a diet free of cereal grains and dairy products does not help

Autism (and the autism spectrum disorders) are so very frustrating for parents just because there are so few therapies that have been shown to be helpful. Therefore, parents are left to try this or that and see what helps. Dietary … Continue reading

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How Much Sunlight Is Equivalent to Vitamin D Supplementation?

Readers of this blog are well aware than many (if not most) Americans have insufficient to deficient levels of vitamin D. Other than prescribing oral vitamin D or vitamin D-containing foods, we doctors were left with prescribing a little sunshine. … Continue reading

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Breast-Fed Babies Know When to Say When — May Prevent Obesity Later

Many healthcare experts believe breast-fed babies are less likely to become overweight and obese in childhood and later in life — but, we’ve never really understood why. Now, a new study in the journal Pediatrics is suggesting that cues which … Continue reading

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World’s first fully approved cannabis drug on sale in UK

A medication called Sativex has become the first drug fully approved for multiple sclerosis that is made from natural cannabis according to a report in WebMD. Here are the details: The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approved … Continue reading

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Six months of breast milk best for babies

Babies are less likely to develop a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection if they are exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months, according to a Dutch study, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), in the journal Pediatrics. The study supports the current … Continue reading

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Too Much Screen Time Can Threaten Attention Span

Kids and young adults who overdo TV and video games are almost twice as likely to have a wide variety of attention span problems — at least according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Here are the details in a … Continue reading

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Obesity associated with reduced sexual activity AND poorer health

Need a motivation for losing some more weight? Well, if you’re married, here’s a pretty good one. The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported, “It is well known that obesity raises one’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart … Continue reading

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The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 7

Each Monday, we have all been graced with an update from from Craig DeLisi about his unborn child Anastasha, who has been diagnosed with anencephaly, for which there is no cure or treatment. I hope you’ll join with me in keeping the … Continue reading

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Using testosterone in men

There’s a long-brewing controversy about using testosterone in older men. The interest in testosterone replacement is being fueled by several popular books and consumer ads about what is now called “low T.” But, according to the doctors of pharmacology who write … Continue reading

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ADHD drugs have no long-term growth effects: study

When I wrote the medical sections for the book, Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster, I discussed the fact that there had been concerns, in some circles, that ADHD medications may effect a child’s growth — although the risk of this … Continue reading

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Parents Beware: Cartoon Characters Sell Kids on Unhealthy Foods

Using the likes of Shrek and Dora to market treats should be banned, researcher says. Why? Because popular cartoon characters are negatively influencing the taste preferences of very young children, and not in a positive way, a new study suggests.Here … Continue reading

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Kids Like Cartoon-Branded Snacks Better

A new study is showing that children find foods taste better if the packages feature popular cartoon characters. Once simply the world’s best-known cartoon, canine detective Scooby-Doo is now also a popular pitchman for pasta, cookies, “fruit” snacks, and other foods … Continue reading

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Study: Elective Abortion More Than Triples Breast Cancer Risk

A study out of Sri Lanka has found that women who had abortions more than tripled their risk of breast cancer. The study focused on analyzing the association between the duration of breastfeeding and the risk of breast cancer.  But the … Continue reading

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Prolonged Use of MP3 Players Harms Hearing

Prolonged listening to MP3 players with ear buds at a loud volume leads to temporary and later irreversible loss, experts are now saying.  The bottom line? Keep your MP3 volume at a level where you can still hear conversation around … Continue reading

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Historically black medical schools score highest in “social mission” rankings

The Washington Post reports that “graduates of medical schools at historically black universities, such as Howard and Morehouse, are the most likely to practice the kind of medicine needed under the health-care overhaul, according to a study published” in the … Continue reading

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Clinicians doing Pap test too often on women

I find that most of my female patients either are not aware of or do not understand the national recommendations concerning pap smears. Now, there are reports that physicians are not using these new guidelines either. The Los Angeles Times … Continue reading

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The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 6

The Amazing Story of Anastasha – Part 4 Each Monday, I join each of you in anticipating our weekly update from from Craig and Tonya DeLisi about their unborn child Anastasha, who has been diagnosed, via ultrasound, with anencephaly. As … Continue reading

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