Monthly Archives: September 2014

Experts warn of overdiagnosis of breast and prostate cancer, as well as hypertension

The Wall Street Journal reports that some leading cancer experts say that while screening and advanced diagnostics are finding smaller abnormalities in prostate, breast, and other tissues, these minor abnormalities may not ever harm the patient and should not be … Continue reading

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FDA advisory panel backs approval of new obesity treatments

The Wall Street Journal reports an outside panel of FDA advisers recommended approval of two new obesity treatments.

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Study: Blood test may help diagnose clinical depression in adults

The Chicago Tribune reports that according to a study published online in the journal Translational Psychiatry and partly supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, “a group of Northwestern University professors and researchers have developed a blood test to … Continue reading

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Study: Sitting less has health benefits, can slow aging process

The New York Times reports in its “Well” blog that two new studies published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise have found that becoming less sedentary by simply standing up has health benefits.

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CDC: Relatively few medications cause thousands of accidental poisonings in children

The New York Times reports in “Well” blog that a relatively small number of medications are responsible for thousands of accidental poisoning cases in children, citing a CDC study published in the journal Pediatrics.

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Long-term effects of Lyme disease examined

The Washington Post reports in depth on persistent symptoms which develop in 10-20% of Lyme disease patients.

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Study: Your brain can work while you are asleep

The Today Show Online reports research suggests that, as we sleep our brains are “organizing and storing away memories of events,” as well as “open to other activities.”

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Study: Daily marijuana use reduces chances of school graduation

The Washington Post reports in its “Wonkblog” blog that teenagers who smoke marijuana on a daily basis are more than 60 percent “less likely to complete high school than those who never use.”

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Short walks help reverse damage from longtime sitting

The Washington Post “To Your Health” blog reported that a number of studies found that sitting about eight hours a day “can be deadly,” but a new study by researchers at Indiana University published in Medicine & Science in Sports … Continue reading

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LATimes appropriately criticizes wealthier parents who don’t vaccinate children

In an editorial, the Los Angeles Times appropriately slams parents who choose not to provide their children with medically necessary vaccinations.

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Running one mile appears to confer equal longevity benefits as running a marathon

On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal reports that mile-long races are making a comeback at a time when research indicates that intense exercise in short bursts may provide an equivalent fitness benefit to workouts … Continue reading

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MEDIA ALERT: Girls’ Book featured on Focus on the Family today

I’m pleased to let you know that my newest book, The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book: Not-so-silly questions about your body, will be featured on the national Focus on the Family radio program today, Wednesday, September 24. You can learn more … Continue reading

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Study: Signs of autism symptoms “erased” when babies start early therapy

USA Today reports that according to a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, “signs of autism symptoms can be erased if babies begin therapy even before they can toddle.”

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Study: Even small amounts of exercise helps kids improve focus, academic performance

The New York Times “Well” blog reported that according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, “even small amounts of exercise enable children to improve their focus and academic performance.”

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CDC study: More than eight out of 10 US homes do not allow smoking

The AP reports a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study has found that more than eight out of 10 U.S. homes do not allow smoking.

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Research suggests wearing bras not linked to breast cancer

USA Today reports that research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that wearing bras may not increase the risk of breast cancer.

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Study suggests flight crews face increased risk of melanoma

The Los Angeles Times reports pilots and flight attendants potentially face increased risk of developing melanoma, with pilots 2.22 times “more likely than folks in the general population at large” while cabin crew face 2.09 times greater risk, citing a … Continue reading

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Daily fruit consumption tied to reduced risk of heart disease

TIME reports that according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting, “eating fruit every day can lower [the] risk of heart disease by up to 40%.”

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Study ties poor sleep quality to greater brain shrinkage

The New York Magazine “Science of Us” blog reports that, according to a study published in the journal Neurology, “years of sleep difficulties seem to be associated with a brain that shrinks in size over time.”

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FDA says there is little evidence testosterone treatment works

The NBC Nightly News reported in its broadcast that the FDA “says there’s little evidence that testosterone boosting drugs taken by millions of American men are actually effective.”

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Obesity driving force behind escalating type 2 diabetes rates

TIME reports that according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, obesity appears to be the “single biggest culprit to blame” for escalating rates of type 2 diabetes (T2DM).

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Research suggests brain can be changed to prefer healthy food

CNN reports a pilot study published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes says changing your eating will rewire how your brain reacts to various foods.

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Stimulant meds for ADHD not tied to height deficits in adulthood

The NPR “Shots” blog reported that, according to the results of a 340-patient study published in the journal Pediatrics, taking stimulant medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) in childhood appears not to lead to “height deficits in adulthood.”

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Bilateral mastectomy does not increase survival chances for most women with breast cancer

The AP reports that research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that “removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn’t boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the … Continue reading

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Studies highlight potential risks to newborns from mothers’ use of antidepressants

The New York Times in its “Well” blog of potential risks to newborn babies stemming from pregnant women’s use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants such as Prozac (fluoxetine).

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Family dinners, talks help children cope with cyberbullying

Reuters reports a study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that regular dinners with their families may help children cope with online bullying.

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People snack more watching fast-paced television than a talk show

The AP reports that research indicated that “people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.”

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Study: Women need better post-surgery breast reconstruction education

According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center study published in JAMA Surgery, patients need better post-surgery breast reconstruction education in order to address misunderstandings, Reuters reports.

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Is yours one of the states failing to meet emergency planning standards for children

USA Today reports that “twenty-one states and the District of Columbia do not meet emergency planning standards for schools and child care providers, according to a new report from Save the Children.”

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Study indicates US diet improves slightly, remains poor overall

The AP reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “Americans’ eating habits have improved – except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet.”

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