Monthly Archives: March 2012

Colonoscopies better than blood stool test for finding advanced polyps

The AP reports that a separate study published in the NEJM “found that colonoscopies did a better job of finding polyps than another common screening tool – tests that look for blood in stool.”

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Colonoscopies reduce deaths from colon cancer

No surprise here, but a new study touting the benefits of colonoscopy received significant coverage, with the findings discussed on two national television news broadcasts, and in several online and print sources.

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Are we doctors falling down on our duty? Just one in three people advised by physician to exercise

USA Today reports that just “one in three people in the USA say their doctor advised them to start exercising or continue doing so during an office visit over the course of a year, a new government study shows.”

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Study shows decrease in trans fat levels after FDA label requirement

The Washington Post reports on a study, which found that “the amount of trans fat in the American bloodstream fell by more than half after the Food and Drug Administration required food manufacturers to label how much of the unhealthful … Continue reading

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Probiotics grow in popularity but don’t always deliver on promises

Probiotic supplements and foods containing “friendly” bacteria or yeast have become popular options for people hoping to improve bowel function or boost immunity. But many customers are confused by the vast array of choices.

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Report finds illicit drugs bought on Internet could be poison (Ya think?)

HealthDay reports, “A case study of two men who were poisoned and turned blue after ingesting what they thought was a recreational drug that they had bought on the Internet highlights the dangers of such purchases,” according to a study … Continue reading

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Survey: Nearly all orthopedic surgeons order unnecessary tests

HealthDay reports, “A shocking new national survey suggests that nearly all orthopedic surgeons may order unnecessary tests, referrals or hospitalizations to avoid being sued, to the tune of $2 billion a year.”

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Analysis: More US nursing homes receiving top government rating

USA Today, “A USA TODAY analysis of government ratings for more than 15,000 nursing homes over the last three years shows a higher percentage receiving top ratings, although more than 500 homes have remained stuck at the lowest rating during … Continue reading

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Survey: Marijuana use up among teens

The Washington Post reports, “New data compiled by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the insurance industry indicates that pot smoking is up among teens, and use is higher among high school kids than it has been in three decades.”

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Marijuana use before driving nearly doubles likelihood of causing crash

The AP reports, “People who use marijuana before driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a car crash as those not under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” according to a study published in BMJ.

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Overeating doubles risk of memory loss in seniors

ABC World News reported, “A new study … shows that the more calories you eat the higher your risk for memory loss.”

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Unseasonably warm weather produces early spring allergies

The New York Times reports, “In some parts of the country, allergists say they have been seeing a rush of patients as far back as February experiencing sneezing, sniffling and stuffed sinuses brought on by a weak winter and unexpectedly … Continue reading

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Virtually all pregnant women with cancer may be treated without aborting their unborn child

The AP reports, “Researchers have encouraging news for women who find themselves in a very frightening situation: having cancer while pregnant.”

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Report on cholesterol screening in children still controversial

In the New York Times “Well” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes about the “Summary Report of the Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents,” which addresses the question: “What do we know … Continue reading

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Research ongoing in using worms to treat autoimmune diseases

The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a number of studies, treatment using whipworm eggs may reduce the symptoms in some autoimmune diseases such as ulcerative colitis.

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Researchers use stem cells to regrow heart muscle

ABC World News reported that in a new study, “heart attack patients were treated with their own stem cells injected directly into their hearts and they grew new heart muscle.”

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THE winning diets on all counts!

The topic: What’s the best diet? The answer may surprise you and here’s information on why it should matter to you.

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Air pollution raises risk of cognitive decline, stroke

The Boston Globe “White Coat Notes” blog reports, “Car exhaust and other air pollution, even at levels considered safe by federal regulations, may substantially increase the risk of a stroke, a research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has … Continue reading

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Air pollution may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack

Reuters reports that, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, air pollution may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack.

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Mediterranean diet reduces damage to small blood vessels in the brain

The Los Angeles Times “Boosters Shot” blog reports that a Mediterranean-style diet may “be associated with a decreased chance of small vessel damage in the brain. The diet … includes little red meat but lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, … Continue reading

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AMA supports universal flu vaccination of healthcare workers

American Medical News reports, “The push for mandatory flu-vaccination policies for health professionals and other employees at health care organizations has picked up steam in the last two years.”

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FDA tests find trace levels of lead in lipsticks

NBC Nightly News reported that the Food and Drug Administration “ran some tests on popular brands of lipstick, and 400 of them were found to contain trace levels of lead.”

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Releasing TODAY: The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body

I’m happy to announce that TODAY, I have my second book releasing in the same month. Not only is that unusual for an author, but the first, Hazel Creek: A Novel, was dedicated to my daughter, Kate, while the second, The Ultimate … Continue reading

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Antibiotic may not be best treatment for sinus infections

The Washington Post “The Checkup” blog reports, “A study released (recently) adds to the growing body of science suggesting that with some infections, including those of the sinuses, antibiotics aren’t the best course of treatment.”

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CDC study finds more food-borne illness outbreaks caused by raw milk

USA Today reports on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, which found that “unpasteurized milk, touted as the ultimate health food by some, is 150 times more likely to cause food-borne illness outbreaks than pasteurized milk and such … Continue reading

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Releasing Tomorrow: The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-studid questions about your body

Tomorrow, I have my second book releasing in the same month. Not only is that unusual for an author, but the first, Hazel Creek: A Novel, was dedicated to my daughter, Kate, while the second, The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-studid questions … Continue reading

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FDA to review safety of inhalable caffeine

The US Food and Drug Administration will review information brought to the agency’s attention about an inhalable caffeine shot, which delivers 100 milligram shot of caffeine with each use. About the same as is in a cup of coffee. What’s … Continue reading

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Judge: State cannot force pharmacies to sell contraceptives

In a vote for sanity in the personal conscience debate in healthcare, the AP reports US District Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that “Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.” Hallelujah!

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“The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book” releases on Tuesday

On Tuesday, I have my second book releasing in the same month. Not only is that unusual for an author, but the first, Hazel Creek: A Novel, was dedicated to my daughter, Kate, while the second, The Ultimate Guys’ Body … Continue reading

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Women more likely to die of heart attacks

ABC World News reported “a groundbreaking study” that “hammers home critical points about women and heart attacks. A woman is less likely than men to experience that classic warning sign, chest pain. And she’s less likely than a man to … Continue reading

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