Monthly Archives: April 2012

Frequent walking helps regulate glucose, insulin levels

Reuters reoirts that according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care, taking a walking break every twenty minutes, rather than prolonged sitting, could help regulate the body’s glucose and insulin levels after meals.

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How concerned should you be about the statin warnings?

This morning I had a detailed post on the FDA warnings on statins. Let me explain why this will NOT change my prescribing habits.

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FDA adds new safety warnings to statins

Coverage of the FDA’s decision to add warnings to the labels of statins was widespread and presented the warnings as acknowledging a serious danger, while repeating that statins are still useful and effective medications.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What’s best? Oral appliance or CPAP?

Surprise, surprise! An adjustable oral appliance was about as effective as continuous positive airway pressure. I was rather shocked by this study. But, it’s good news for many patients.

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Pediatric group says women should breastfeed at least one year

The Baltimore Sun “Picture Of Health” blog reports, “The American Academy of Pediatrics” has “reaffirmed its position that women should breast feed for at least a year to get the best health benefits for their babies.

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UV lamps used to dry gel manicures raise skin cancer risk

The Washington Post reviews the safety of ultraviolet lamps in gel manicures, citing a 2009 Archives of Dermatology article about two women who developed non-melanoma skin cancer on their hands after such exposure to UV lamps.

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“Cybercycle” improves cognitive function in older adults

The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, exercising on a cybercycle, which is a stationary bicycle that is installed with interactive virtual-reality displays or games, improved cognitive function in … Continue reading

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Sleep medications linked to increased death risk

ABC World News reported that a new study found “a link between sleeping” aids “and an increased risk of death.”

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Omega-3 fatty acids related to brain health

A new study is suggesting that people with low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids have brains with less volume compared with people who have higher levels of the same fatty acids.

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Second-chance romances might not bring happiness

Contrary to fairy tale-like depictions in movies and books, reuniting with a former romantic partner is unlikely to make you happy, a new study shows.

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Virtual colonoscopy similar to standard colonoscopy in detecting cancer, polyps

Readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. Now I’m becoming a fan of a newer and easier form of colon cancer screening called “virtual colonoscopy.”

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Amateur piercings, tattoos increase risk for hepatitis C

Reuters reports that according to an analysis conducted by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, tattoos and piercings made by amateurs may increase the risk for hepatitis C.

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Study: 20% of body piercings become infected

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported, “In one of the most comprehensive health examinations of body piercing, researchers have found that the wildly popular fashion statement is relatively safe, although about 20% of piercings become infected,” according to … Continue reading

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How doctors die: It’s not like the rest of us, but it should be

A dear friend, Fred Brown, MD, sent me a copy of this powerful article by Ken Murray, MD, published in the January 1, 2012 edition of the National College of Physicians’ Journal of Medicine. It’s well worth reading in its … Continue reading

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Professor says physicians often seek less end of life care than most Americans

In the Wall Street Journal Dr. Ken Murray, a retired clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Southern California, wrote that physicians generally ask for less care at the end of life than most Americans.

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Vitamin D eases menstrual cramps

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, vitamin D3 may ease menstrual cramps.

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Vegetarians unaware of animal-derived gels in pills

Vegetarians and others who avoid eating meat for religious or cultural reasons may unknowingly be consuming gelatin derived from animal products when they take prescription medications, a new study found.

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Hypnosis benefits kids with IBS or chronic stomach pain

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, hypnosis may alleviate chronic pain in the stomach or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in youngsters.

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Stem cells from human ovaries used to generate egg cells

We used to tell women that their ovaries would contain, at birth, all of the eggs they will ever have. Turns out that may not be true.

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Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks

Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but a new study suggests that people who drink it every day have a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Active video games do NOT result in more exercise for kids

Color me very surprised by this, but the Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “A study finds that having active video games in the home may not translate into more exercise.”

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Exclusive breast-feeding best for baby: Experts

Breast-feeding exclusively is recommended for a baby’s first six months of life, followed by continued breast-feeding along with food until a baby is at least 12 months old, the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms in a new policy statement.

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Smartphone may be the future of medicine

The New York Times reports Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Medical Institute in La Jolla, California, “is only half joking when he says the smartphone is the future of medicine – because most of his patients already … Continue reading

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FDA panel recommends new weight-loss drug

A panel of experts for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a new diet drug called phentermine/topiramate [Qnexa] be approved. The recommendation comes despite concerns about heart and birth defect risks.

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Whooping cough vaccine recommended for seniors

The AP reports that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has voted “to expand its recommendation to include all those 65 and older who haven’t gotten a whooping cough shot as an adult.”

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Health officials warn on skin creams containing mercury

The AP reported, “The California Department of Public Health sent out a medical alert to health care professionals earlier this month, calling on them to notify the state of potential mercury poisoning cases and to ask their patients to stop … Continue reading

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Study finds no link between suicide and antidepressants

In the past researchers have been worried about a possible link between antidepressants and suicide. Now comes a reassuring study saying, “It just ain’t so.” 

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Altruistic donation sets in motion 60-person chain of kidney transplants

ABC World News reported the “biggest kidney donor marathon in history. It’s the incredible algebra of human kindness – one person deciding to save a life of a stranger whose family, in turn, saves the life of another stranger and … Continue reading

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Larimore Family Newsletter – April 2012

Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter: Family Update – I had TWO books release this last month Publication Updates My first solo novel: Hazel Creek For young men (and their parents): The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book I hope you’ll … Continue reading

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