Monthly Archives: September 2012

What the Bible says about homosexuality

As I mentioned in this morning’s blog, What if your son asks, “Am I gay?”, I wrote two chapters on the topic of homosexuality for my book The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body. The book was written for boys … Continue reading

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What if your son asks, “Am I gay?”

This is the first of two chapters I wrote for boys on the topic of homosexuality for my book The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body. The book was written for boys heading toward and through puberty and their parents. The … Continue reading

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Research says devices intended to save children in hot vehicles are unreliable

The New York Times reports, “Technology aimed at preventing the deaths of children in hot vehicles is no substitute for careful caregiving, federal officials said, describing some products being sold as ‘unreliable.’”

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EDs treating more patients injured when walking while distracted

ABC World News reported that emergency departments (EDs) “are seeing four times the number of parents injured while walking while distracted.”

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New diet drugs are new versions of old off-label treatments

The Wall Street Journal reports that although some doctors who treat obesity patients hailed the FDA’s recent approval of Qsymia and Belviq – the agency’s first diet-drug approvals in more than a decade – as an advancement in weight-loss treatment, … Continue reading

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Group recommends against ECG for low-risk patients

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced that individuals who face a low risk of cardiovascular disease should NOT undergo routine screening with electrocardiography (ECG). This makes sense to me. In over 30 … Continue reading

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PSA recommendation has led to decline in early prostate cancer rates

Reuters reports that research suggests that a 2008 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation discouraging prostate cancer testing in older men has led to a decline in the rate of early-stage prostate cancer in this group.

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One type of vertigo (dizziness) can be treated with simple head movements, no medicine

The Washington Post reports that although “vertigo can be frightening and lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches and other symptoms,” the “solution is more simple than you might think.”

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Ibuprofen prevents (and reduces severity of) acute mountain sickness

Not only did the ibuprofen work for preventing altitude or mountain sickness, it was as effective as the prescription medications acetazolamide or dexamethasone.

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Bedtime leg stretching reduces frequency and severity of nocturnal leg cramps

Clinical question:
Do leg stretching exercises immediately before bedtime reduce the frequency and severity of nocturnal leg cramps in older adults? Bottom line:
Exercises for stretching calf and hamstrings muscles immediately before bedtime significantly reduce both the frequency and severity of nocturnal … Continue reading

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Multidisciplinary approach lessens tinnitus severity

Outcomes for tinnitus are better when cognitive-behavioral therapy is added to audiological therapies. Tinnitus is common and potentially debilitating; treatment is not standardized and often is fragmented and poorly coordinated.

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Iron supplementation may benefit non-anemic women with unexplained fatigue

Reuters  reported that non-anemic women with persistent, unexplained fatigue and lower-than-usual iron levels may benefit by taking iron supplements, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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Officials offer advice ahead of worst year for whooping cough in 50 years

The AP eports, “With nearly 18,000 cases” of whooping cough “so far this year, health officials say this is shaping up to be the worst national epidemic in more than 50 years for the highly contagious disease.” The article offers … Continue reading

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Physicians still split over widespread cholesterol testing in children

The AP reports that physicians “are still debating” whether all kids should undergo cholesterol screening, “months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some” children.

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Research suggests more realistic breast feeding goals needed

In the New York Times “Well” blog, Jane E. Brody writes, “Concern is mounting that the ‘breast is best’ dogma is creating undeserved guilt and serious hardships for a growing number of new mothers.”

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7 ‘health’ foods that aren’t healthy

I came across this article recently, from ABC News, and thought you might enjoy it:

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Health habits that are a waste of time

I came across this article recently, from ABC News, and thought you might enjoy it:

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Two HIV patients show no signs of virus after bone marrow transplants

The Boston Globe reports, “Two HIV-positive patients in Boston who underwent bone marrow transplants for cancer were later found to have undetectable blood levels of HIV, according to research presented at the 2012 International AIDS Conference.”

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Shift workers face increased risk of heart attack, stroke

On its website, ABC News reports that shift workers may face an increased “risk of heart attack and stroke,” according to research published in the British Medical Journal. Investigators “analyzed the findings of 34 studies that included more than two … Continue reading

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Dr. Walt talks about “Boys and Puberty” on “Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson” Today

My second interview with Dr. James Dobson about “Boys and Puberty,” and my book, The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-studid questions about your body, is airing nationally on the radio program, “Family Talk,” today. I hope you’ll listen in!

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CV disease risk factors common among severely obese children

The Time “Healthland” blog reports, “A Dutch study finds that high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar are the norm, not the exception, among severely overweight children and adolescents.”

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Dr. Walt on “Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson” Today and Tomorrow

My interviews with Dr. James Dobson about “Boys and Puberty,” and my book, The Ultimate Guys’ Body Book: Not-so-studid questions about your body, are airing nationally on the radio program, “Family Talk,” today (Part 1) and tomorrow (Part 2). I hope you’ll … Continue reading

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Court: South Dakota can require physicians to advise abortion patients of suicide risk

Bloomberg News reports, “A South Dakota law requiring doctors to advise prospective abortion patients that they will face an increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts as a result of the procedure is lawful and can be enforced, a US … Continue reading

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CDC says 18,000 cases of whooping cough reported in US so far this year

News that the US is experiencing an unusually high number of pertussis cases this year received extensive coverage, particularly online, as well as on network news broadcasts, where it received more than six minutes of coverage. Most sources point to … Continue reading

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Polypill reduces BP and LDL in healthy patients

On its website, ABC News reports that “researchers at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London tested a polypill consisting of three blood pressure medications – amlodipine, losartan, and hydrochlorothiazide – along with simvastatin, a cholesterol-busting drug,” and “found … Continue reading

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Egg allergy reduced in some children by daily doses of egg powder

The AP reports, “Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them.” In one case, “about a dozen kids were able to overcome … Continue reading

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New prep for colon screen uses four pills, not liquid laxative

Prepping for a “virtual colonoscopy” at the Mayo Clinic now only involves swallowing four cleansing tablets, rather than the large amounts of liquid laxative typically required, researchers report. This summer, Mayo embraced the tablet bowel prep as its standard of … Continue reading

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FDA approves new pre-colonoscopy colon-cleansing drug

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reported that, “The Food and Drug Administration…approved a new drug for cleansing the colon before colonoscopy exams that requires drinking only 10 ounces of the product, not the two liters required with some … Continue reading

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Concerns raised about newly approved diet medications

The Boston Globe reports in its “Daily Dose” blog, “The approval this week of a new weight loss pill called Qsymia (phentermine/topirimate) means that doctors will soon be able to prescribe two new drugs to help overweight people shed pounds.”

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FDA approves second weight loss medication this year

Coverage of the FDA’s approval of Vivus’ Qsymia (phentermine/topiramate) was extensive with a focus on adding to the options available to physicians and patients for treating obesity. All stories noted previous problems with weight loss medications and the FDA’s previous … Continue reading

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