Monthly Archives: October 2014

Consumer groups urge FDA to ban dangerous chemicals in pizza boxes

The Washington Post reports in its “Federal Eye” blog that although US manufacturers stopped “using a hazardous chemical in pizza boxes and other food wrappers three years ago,” consumers could still be exposed to it because foreign firms “can still … Continue reading

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Study: Another diet myth exploded: gradual weight loss no better than rapid weight loss

Forbes reports that according to a study of 204 obese adults published in the journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, there is “no support” to the belief that weight is “likely to stay lost if it is the product of a … Continue reading

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FDA advisory panel votes to keep strong warning on smoking-cessation medication Chantix

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel rejected Pfizer’s efforts to remove boxed warnings of neuropsychiatric dangers on Chantix (varenicline), a smoking-cessation medication.

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Number of children exposed to liquid nicotine increasing due to e-cigs

The AP reports that “the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine” has increased as “the e-cigarette industry has boomed,” according to poison control workers.

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USPSTF recommends screening all adults over 45 for diabetes

Nephrology News & Issues reported that the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended that “primary care physicians should screen all adults over age 45 for diabetes every three years.”

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Mediterranean diet reverses the chances of heart disease and diabetes

Reuters reports that a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that a Mediterranean diet augmented with more olive oil and extra nuts may reverse development of the metabolic syndrome, thereby reducing the chances of heart disease and … Continue reading

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Study: One in eight SIDS cases occur among babies placed on sofas

The New York Times reports that according to research published in the journal Pediatrics, approximately “one in eight” cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appear to “occur among infants who have been placed on sofas.”

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Study: 93% of new parents make errors installing infant car seats

The Huffington Post reported that according to research to be presented today at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, “more than 90 percent of new parents at one Oregon Hospital made at least one key error in installing their … Continue reading

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Study: Smoking causes 14 million related ailments

Reuters reports that research from the Center for Tobacco Products at the US Food and Drug Administration published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that around 14 million major medical conditions are the result of smoking.

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Number of concierge physicians increasing

ABC World News reported, “the average American family makes two trips a year to the emergency” department, but what about if the physician came to them in their home?

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Flu shot requirement for preschools gaining steam

The Wall Street Journal reports that more preschools are beginning the require flu vaccinations prior to enrollment, with New York City being the latest to mandate this requirement.

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Do-it-yourself flu vaccine may be a possibility in the future

The AP reports a study sponsored by the US Military Vaccine Agency, with results presented at a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, has found that “military folks who squirted [MedImmune’s FluMist] vaccine up their noses were as … Continue reading

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Study: New menu items last year contained 12% fewer calories

The Wall Street Journal reports that large restaurant chains have been recently introducing lower-calorie menu items that could help mitigate the country’s obesity epidemic.

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Physical activity enhances cognitive performance in kids

The New York Times “Well” blog reported that according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, physical activity appears to enhance cognitive performance in youngsters.

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CMS grants national coverage for new colon cancer test

Modern Healthcare reports that the CMS “has granted national coverage for a new screening test for colon cancer that uses a patient’s DNA to detect molecular alterations associated with the disease.”

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Public safety groups want clearer warnings for Chantix

The AP reports public safety groups are asking the FDA to increase the boxed warnings on Chantix (varenicline), the smoking-cessation medicine by Pfizer, by using more specific language.

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Research: Not all gluten sensitivity may be attributed to celiac disease

The New York Times reports that “a growing body of research indicates that many” people who react to gluten “may be suffering a real condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or NCGS,” instead of suffering from celiac disease.

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Study: Laundry detergent pods pose vision and breathing risks to children

NPR reports in “Shots” blog on a study that emphasizes the potential risks of laundry detergent pods to children.

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FDA: OTC medicines may make people drowsy and affect driving

CBS News reports the FDA has issued a warning that some of the common OTC medicines could make people “too drowsy” and affect their ability to drive safely.

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Are you over age 45? It’s now recommended you be tested for diabetes

The Boston Globe “Daily Dose” blog reports that the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended in new draft guidelines that “primary care physicians should screen all adults over age 45 for” type 2 diabetes (T2D).

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Larimore Bi-Monthly Prayer Letter (October 19 – December 14, 2014)

In this prayer letter: PRAYER REQUESTS: (1) “Grace Prescriptions” release, (2) Other Writing Projects PRAISES AND ANSWERS TO PRAYERS: (1) First “Grace Prescriptions” Conference a great success, (2) Cancer Surgeon’s Story, (3) “Morning Glory, Evening Grace” devotional continues to grow, (4) Bryson City Trilogy … Continue reading

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Consumer reports backs GMO labeling efforts

The Washington Post reports in its “Govbeat” blog that influential nonprofit watchdog Consumer Reports is backing efforts by advocates of labeling for genetically modified foods.

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US life expectancy reaches record high

USA Today reports that life expectancy in the United States rose in 2012 to a record high of 78.8 years, up from 78.7 years in 2011, “according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for … Continue reading

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Obscene and immoral cost of cancer medicines comes under spotlight

On the air and on its website, CBS’ 60 Minutes criticized the high cost of cancer medications. CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl said, “They are so astronomical that a growing number of patients can’t afford their co-pay.”

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Baby born to woman who underwent uterus transplant

The CBS Evening News reported that in a medical first, “a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant.”

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Study: Worry linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s

The Washington Post reports that middle-aged women who worry a lot may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, citing a study unveiled in American Academy of Neurology’s journal, Neurology.

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Acupuncture does not alleviate chronic knee pain

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, acupuncture appears not to alleviate knee pain of a chronic nature in middle-aged patients with osteoarthritis of the knee (knee OA).

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Study seeks to explain how exercise may safeguard mind against depression

The New York Times reports in its “Well” blog that exercise could help protect the “mind against depression through previously unknown effects on working muscles,” citing a new study involving mice that was published in the journal Cell.

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Researchers laud the benefits of walking

Reuters reports that researchers are increasingly finding that steady amounts of walking per day is more beneficial in reversing the negative effects of leading an otherwise sedentary lifestyle than an hour of hard exercise per day.

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Many people have not considered their preferences for end of life care

In a post for the Washington Post “Wonkblog,” Jason Millman wrote that “one of the big takeaways” from a recent Institute of Medicine report calling for “reforms for how end-of-life care is provided,” is that “plenty of people still haven’t … Continue reading

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