Monthly Archives: March 2014

Media Alert: Dr. Walt interviewed on “Connecting Faith”

This week I was interviewed by Neil Stavem on his nationally-syndicated radio show, Connecting Faith, about my newest book, “The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body.” You can listen to the interview here. Below is information on the … Continue reading

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Study: Loneliness leads to premature death

USA Today reports that according to the Health and Retirement Study, people with constant feelings of loneliness face a 14% greater premature death risk than those who do not.

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Diet high in animal proteins linked to higher risk of dying from cancer

The Washington Post reports that research published in Cell Metabolism indicated that individuals “who ate a diet high in animal proteins during middle age were four times more likely to die of cancer than contemporaries with low-protein diets – a … Continue reading

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Study suggests getting BP reading in both arms

The New York Times reports that a new study suggests that it is a good idea “to get a blood pressure reading in both arms rather than just one,” because a difference in those readings could be “an independent risk … Continue reading

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Outbursts of anger may trigger cardiovascular events

CNN reports on its “The Chart” blog that research published in the European Heart Journal indicated that individuals “who experienced severe anger outbursts were more at risk for cardiovascular events in the two hours following the outbursts compared to those … Continue reading

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Treating a Mule — when a spouse won’t go to the doctor

A patient needed advice: “My spouse never wants to go to the doctor, even when he’s sick. What can I do?” Well, this is a classic issue that can cause a lot of frustration, worry, and sometimes even lead to tragic … Continue reading

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Noise machines may put infants at risk of developing hearing loss

USA Today reports that research published online in Pediatrics suggests that “parents should be cautious with” infant sleep machines “because they can generate sound levels that could place infants at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss.”

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How to make your mammogram more accurate

Are mammograms important? Of course they are. But what good does getting a mammogram do if the doctor looking at the results isn’t reading the x-ray accurately? A recent study posed that exact question.

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Study: Stethoscopes often contaminated with bacteria, MRSA

USA Today reports that “with germs from many patients coming into contact with stethoscopes each day,” research “published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings … suggests the stethoscope should be subject to the same sanitary procedures as doctors’ hands.”

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Supplement Shocker

Here’s another reason to get serious about your supplements—simply said, you may be putting your health at risk. A new report links dietary supplements to nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries. And that estimate is probably low.

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Mislabeling of Some Joint Health Supplements with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Boswellia, and MSM

Glucosamine, chondroitin, Boswellia, and MSM are popular dietary supplement ingredients for treating symptoms of osteoarthritis – worn joint cartilage. But some products don’t contain listed ingredients, are contaminated with lead, or do not break apart properly.

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Don’t Blame Your Babys’ Bicuspids

Fever, diarrhea, fussiness, and a runny nose. If your infant has any of these symptoms, they could be caused by a variety of reasons. However, research suggests too many mothers and too many in medicine may spend too much time … Continue reading

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Vegetarian diet may be linked to lower blood pressure

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that a vegetarian diet may be linked to lower blood pressure.

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Hobbies for the Heart

Ready to burn extra calories and stay in shape? Then grab those gardening tools, pop the hood on the car, or grab a hammer. It seems hobbies can impact health—at least the health of seniors.

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Studies: Marriage benefits blood pressure, while death of partner increases heart attack risk

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published in The Journal of Hypertension suggests that marriage may be beneficial for an individual’s blood pressure. Investigators came to this conclusion after studying “325 adults who were followed over two years … Continue reading

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Group urges FDA to add boxed warning to testosterone drugs

The AP reports that the group Public Citizen is urging the FDA to add a boxed warning “to popular testosterone drugs for men in light of growing evidence that the hormone treatments can increase the risk of heart attack.”

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Use of acetaminophen in pregnancy tied to ADHD

Many medical websites covered a study suggesting an association between expectant mothers’ use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AHDH) in their children. All of the sources note that acetaminophen has long been thought to … Continue reading

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Sitting found to be independent risk factor for disability

USA Today reports that a study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2,286 respondents 60 and older found that “every additional hour adults over age … Continue reading

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I Can’t Sleep!

Feeling awake and alert is a great thing—unless it’s the middle of the night. Insomnia gets most of the attention when it comes to sleep problems, but many of my patients complain about waking up throughout the night, restlessness or trouble … Continue reading

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Study: Feelings of loneliness linked to higher risk of premature death

USA Today reports that research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting suggests that individuals “who feel consistently lonely have a 14% higher risk of premature death than those who don’t.”

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Fast Food May Worsen Asthma or Allergies

Don’t you love watching your kids spring into spring? The budding trees and flowers, the fresh air, and … the sneezing and runny noses? There’s nothing like an allergy or attack of asthma to ruin a perfectly good day. Allergies can … Continue reading

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More consumers consulting online rating sites before choosing a physician

USA Today reports that according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “one in four” US consumers have consulted an online physician rating site “when picking a primary care doctor in 2012,” but only … Continue reading

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An Apple a Day

Could eating an apple a day be at the core of good health? Researchers behind a new study had the same question—and you may be surprised at the results.

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Sleep-deprived, sedentary teens who overuse media at higher risk for serious mental health issues

The Time “Healthland” blog reports that according to a study published in the journal World Psychiatry, “teens who use tons of media, don’t get enough sleep, and have a sedentary lifestyle” may have a higher risk for serious mental health … Continue reading

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Bad Binky

Some call it a binky, and some simply call it a pacifier. However, in a new review, that staple of every new mom’s supplies is called a potential problem.

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How much, how well parents talk to babies helps language skills

The AP reports that according to research presented at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, how well parents talk to babies helps language skills. The researchers found that “both how much and how well parents talk … Continue reading

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The Danger of Depression in Men

The un-emotional, tough as nails lone wolf. Society’s portrait of the ultimate man is a rough and tough type that keeps everything inside, becoming his own island. That may play well in romance novels and movies, but in reality it … Continue reading

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11 Tips for Getting Through to Preteen Girls

I was pleased that an article I wrote with Dr. Amaryllis Sanchez-Wohlever, 11 Tips for Getting Through to Preteen Girls, has been published on the Belief Net website. This short article offers practical tips to help parents and preteen girls discuss growing up from a Christian … Continue reading

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Unvaccinated college student may have infected thousands with measles

  In a story that you won’t see on a single Web site of those zealots who are constantly bashing vaccines and vaccinations, the AP reports a University of California-Berkeley student may have exposed thousands to measles.

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Moderate exercise linked to reduced stroke risk in women

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research presented at the American Stroke Association’ s international conference indicated that women who engage in “moderate exercise” may have a reduced “risk of having a stroke.”

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