Monthly Archives: October 2013

Trick or Trash

For many parents, Halloween means trick or treaters. But before your child heads out, you can take steps towards a safe and healthy Halloween.

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Halloween health and safety tips

For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus … Continue reading

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The higher your blood sugar, the worse your memory

USA Today reports that research published in Neurology indicated that individuals who did not “have type 2 diabetes but had blood sugar at the high end of the normal range performed worse on memory tests than those with lower blood sugar.”

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Honey Hang Ups

If you like honey, I have some news that may sting a little: you may not always get what you pay for.

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10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda

When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you’d find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and … Continue reading

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Altar Therapy

Have you ever gone to a wedding and heard this: “I now pronounce you—healthier”? Those words aren’t common at weddings but they could be.

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CDC says teens frequently smoking flavored little cigars

The AP reports a US government study has found flavored cigars are popular among teenagers, as approximately 1 in 30 middle and high school students admitted to smoking them.

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Sunscreen and Aging

For more youthful skin–expensive surgery, injections or high-end cosmetics are highly touted options. But a simple solution may come from a product that gets little fanfare this time of year—sunscreen.

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Flu shot reduces heart attacks, strokes, and death in heart patients

USA Today reports that research published in JAMA suggest that a flu shot may reduce “the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by more than 50% in people who have had a heart attack.”

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Researchers develop method to trigger growth of new hair

Research on a method to trigger the growth of new hair received coverage on two of this week’s national news broadcasts, in the print editions of at least two major national newspapers, and on several websites.

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Teen vaccination rates lead to fewer hospitalizations for whooping cough in infants

The CNN website reports on a study published in the journal Pediatrics that indicated increased adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination rates appear to “result in fewer pertussis-related hospitalizations in infants.”

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Diet Soda Safety

A listener wrote, “One friend says diet sodas are safe, another says that’s not true. Help!”

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Exercise improves grades in school

Bloomberg News reports on a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that found teens’ exam results were improved with regular exercise.

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Low Fat Fallacy

“Low fat” and “Fat free” are buzzwords in every supermarket—yet Americans as a whole are fatter than ever.

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MEDIA ALERT: The Secret to Living a Long, Healthy Life

An article I’ve written, “The Secret to Living a Long, Healthy Life,” has just been published in Charisma Magazine’s SpiritLed Woman.

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Kids and Blood Pressure

If you’re a parent, the results of a recent blood pressure study may raise yours.

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Regular brisk walking results in many health benefits

USA Today reported that research shows that brisk walking on a regular basis confers many health benefits.

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Seatbelt Safety

Still having trouble buckling down on buckling up? Here’s new proof that seatbelts equal safety.

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Breast milk bought online may be contaminated with bacteria

On its front page, the New York Times reports that, according to a study published online Oct. 21 in the journal Pediatrics, “breast milk bought from two popular Web sites was often contaminated with high levels of bacteria, including, in a few … Continue reading

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Hand Washing

What’s the difference between six and twenty seconds? A LOT when it comes to spreading germs.

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Dairy Safety

A patient told me, “My husband and I disagree on when we can throw out milk. He goes by the date and I don’t think it matters as much. Who is right?”

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Diagnosing Depression

Are you feeling tired or having trouble concentrating? Maybe seeing unexpected changes in your appetite or weight? It’s easy to dismiss these as symptoms as stress, a poor diet or fatigue—but you may be dealing with depression.

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Irregular Bedtimes

How do you help young children do better in school? There are lots of A-Plus answers, but one path to good grades may be as simple as saying “goodnight.”

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Nature’s Heart Helpers

What if I told you there was a natural, inexpensive way to reduce blood pressure, increase antioxidant levels and reduce your risk for heart disease? What’s this new amazing breakthrough? Fruits and vegetables.

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Toothbrush After Illness

Everyone agrees on the importance of having kids brush their teeth. But what happens when they get a strep throat? Could a toothbrush spread the germ?

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Larimore Family Prayer Letter (10/15 – 12/14)

In this prayer letter: PRAISES: 1) HCJB Global Manifesto 2) How to Cherish Your Wife 3) Medical News You Can Use 4) Blue Ridge Book Festival Interview 5) Article in Significant Living PRAYER REQUESTS: 1) Current Writing Projects 2) Upcoming … Continue reading

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Soda and Sugar

A listener wrote, “It seems like I see fewer people drinking soda and more drinking water. Is this really true?”

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Favorable Flaxseed

Medications called statins are taken to lower cholesterol and are very effective, but statin therapy isn’t for everyone. Another answer may be sitting on a grocery store shelf.

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Teens and Drugs

Shock, guilt, disbelief … just some of the emotions parents feel when they find out their child is using illegal drugs. If you want to avoid this in your own home, I have a secret that can help – talking … Continue reading

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Tummy Talk

For many of us, dieting is an eternal battle. Now new research is showing it may also be an internal battle: Your eyes look at the chocolate, your brain says you want it, and then your stomach conspires against you.

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