Monthly Archives: June 2014

Exercising more, eating less will not lead to long-term weight loss in most people

On its website, TIME reports that in a JAMA commentary, Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Mark L. Friedman argue that simply exercising more and eating less will not lead to long-term weight loss in most people.

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List of “powerhouse fruits and vegetables” released — expect to be surprised!

The Washington Post “To Your Health” blog reports that in a brief published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers have produced “a list of 41 ‘powerhouse fruits and vegetables.’

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Sorry for the Website Goof-Ups This Week

As most of your are aware, my health blog has had some goof up’s this week due to a hacker attack. So, here’s a list of the articles from this week that you may have missed:

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Dangers posed by fake medicines highlighted

On the occasion of the world Anti-Counterfeiting Day, TIME highlighted the dangers posed by counterfeit medicines, with some sobering data – “75 billion worth of counterfeit drugs hit the global market each year.”

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Yet another danger to tanning beds: Excessively high vitamin D Levels

The Boston Globe (6/4) “Daily Dose” blog reports that “in a case report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, two physicians … described a 26-year-old woman who they treated for excessively high vitamin D levels detected during a routine … Continue reading

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CDC says infected food workers are actually responsible for most norovirus outbreaks

A new report from CDC that places the blame on restaurant and food service workers for the majority of norovirus outbreaks received wide media coverage.

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Bilingualism protective of aging brain

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” that according to a study published in the Annals of Neurology, “picking up a new language even a little later in life can have serious cognitive benefits for the aging brain.”

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Study: Colorectal cancer screening has prevented a half-million cases

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published in Cancer suggests that “widespread screening for colorectal cancer has helped prevent an estimated half-million cases of the disease since the mid-1970s.”

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Study says e-cigarette ads target youth

USA Today reports that “as the federal government moves to set rules that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors,” research published online in Pediatrics “shows that TV ads for the products have increased dramatically during programs most … Continue reading

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Marijuana use linked to higher risk of fertility problems in men

The CNN “The Chart” blog reports that research published in Human Reproduction suggests marijuana use may be linked to a higher risk of fertility problems in men.

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Hospitals, sheriffs point to downside of legal marijuana in Colorado

The New York Times reports that “five months after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales,” some “law enforcement officers … emergency room doctors and legalization opponents increasingly are highlighting a series of recent problems as cautionary … Continue reading

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California sees rise in whooping cough cases

The AP reports the state of California has seen a recent uptick in whooping cough cases as health officials expect the increase to continue. The state’s Department of Health has already recorded 2,649 cases for the year, more than the … Continue reading

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Experts warn about dietary supplement scam artists

Newsday profiles the $30 billion dietary supplement industry, which has “long been held in high esteem by the American public.” Despite “its loyal consumer base,” officials warns that the industry attracts “unscrupulous operators, ex-cons and scammers who push questionable products into … Continue reading

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Apple’s HealthKit: The potential and the concerns

When technology giant Apple unveiled its new operating system, iOS 8, earlier this summer, it also released a new platform called HealthKit has the healthcare IT industry abuzz with its possibilities.

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Surgeons already utilizing Google Glass

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that “a growing number of surgeons are using Google Glass to stream their operations online, float medical images in their field of view, and hold video consultations with colleagues as they operate.”

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Officials eye growing “gray” market for diabetes test strips

The Baltimore Sun reports that health officials are increasingly concerned about the “gray” market for “people’s leftover diabetes strips, the tiny tabs used to test glucose levels, which are crucial to managing the disease.”

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Sugars have negative effect on blood pressure, lipids

TIME reports a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates sugar can affect both blood pressure and lipids.

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Delaying vaccines may increase risk of seizures

The New York Times reports on a new analysis, published in Pediatrics, shows that delaying “childhood vaccinations like those for measles-mumps-rubella” may increase the risk of suffering seizures.

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Stress reduces the quality of sperm

TIME reports on a study published in Fertility and Sterility finding that “psychological stress may degrade sperm quality and sperm fertility.”

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CDC warns people to get measles vaccine in light of record number of cases

Coverage of the CDC report of 288 confirmed cases of measles in the US this year received almost universal coverage with nearly all sources quoting the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat urging people to get vaccinated. ABC World News reported, “An old … Continue reading

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Antidepressant is almost as effective as estrogen for menopausal symptoms

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, “the antidepressant venlafaxine, often used as an alternative” treatment for night sweats and hot flashes associated with menopause, “is equally effective” to estrogen.

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Can cynicism cause brain disease?

The CBS News website reports that according to a study published in the journal Neurology, “mistrust of other people may put you at a higher risk for dementia.” The study examined “the impact cynicism may have on long-term cognitive health.”

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Most physicians surveyed would refuse aggressive treatment at end of life

Reuters reports on a study published in PLoS One based on a survey of about 1,100 physicians at the end of their specialty training finding that nearly 90 percent would choose not to be resuscitated near the end of life.

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CDC: teen births declined dramatically last year

The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of births to US adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 declined dramatically in 2013 to a … Continue reading

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Report: obesity rates climbing in world’s most developed countries

The New York Daily News reports that according to a report issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the rates of obesity appear to be “climbing across the world’s most developed countries, including Australia, France, Mexico and Switzerland,” … Continue reading

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Report: USA leads the world in obesity

USA Today reports that according to a report published in The Lancet and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “the USA handily leads the world in obesity, with 87 million of the world’s 671 million obese people – … Continue reading

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Larimore Bi-Monthly Prayer Letter (June 15 – August 14, 2014)

In this prayer letter: PRAYER REQUESTS Three Writing Projects PRAISES AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS Walk for Life The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book is still getting great reviews! EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO MONTHS EVENTS OF THE NEXT TWO MONTHS PUBLICATIONS … Continue reading

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Mediterranean diet reduces obesity in children

HealthDay reports that a study presented at the European Congress on Obesity finds that “children who eat a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to be overweight or obese.”

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Eco-Atkins diet credited with lowering risk of heart disease

FOX News reports that a study published in BMJ Open based on 39 overweight patients, men and women, over the period April 2005 to November 2006, found that patients on “a low-carb, vegan diet – referred to as the ‘Eco-Atkins’ … Continue reading

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Study warns against using Wikipedia in place of physicians

The Huffington Post reports that a new study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association “confirms what we all (hopefully) already know: Many entries – especially medical entries – contain false information, so don’t use Wikipedia in place of … Continue reading

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