Monthly Archives: August 2015

Some preschoolers who are picky eaters have underlying mental health disorders

The New York Times “Motherlode” blog reports that a study published in Pediatrics suggests that “moderate selective eating (a.k.a. picky eating) is associated with symptoms of psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” in preschoolers.

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Tests reveal what’s really in menopause supplements and creams

Women looking for relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms often turn to supplements containing estrogen-like isoflavones (from soy or red clover) black cohosh, or creams containing progesterone — but it may be difficult to choose the right one … Continue reading

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A solution for abandoned embryos

An instructive article “What happens to leftover embryos?” asks, “What happens to ‘leftover’ fertilized embryos after a couple has a successful pregnancy using fertility treatments?” 

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Leaders react to Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling baby body parts

The Washington Post carried a commentary by my friend, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Michael Gerson, in which he muses, “A doctor, over a glass of wine and a salad, coldly describes the extraction and monetization of fetal body … Continue reading

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More than 75,000 people have enrolled in health studies using specialized iPhone apps

The AP reports that to date, “more than 75,000 people have enrolled in health studies that use specialized iPhone apps, built with software Apple Inc. developed to help turn the popular smartphone into a research tool.”

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Groups recommend public bank donation of cord blood over private banking

On its website, NBC News reports that several medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have “issued policy statements and opinion related to cord blood banking.”

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Johns Hopkins psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘mental disorder’ and sex change is ‘biologically impossible’

In an article that would be considered neither politically correct or culturally sensative, CNSNews.com is reporting that Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, is saying that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” … Continue reading

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Study: Hormone level in transgender individuals consistent with biological gender

According to Univadis, a US study has refuted the out-dated belief that the hormone level leads to transgender identity. According to the results, the hormone level of transgender individuals is normal and consistent with their biological gender. The study was … Continue reading

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Most patients don’t tell physician about use of acupuncture or chiropractic care

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that a new study concludes that “people with chronic back, neck or joint pain commonly seek acupuncture and chiropractic care for relief, but many don’t tell their doctors about it.”

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Regular exercise benefits seniors facing onset of Alzheimer’s

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” on studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggesting that exercise may benefit people with mild cognitive impairment and “mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Casual smoking is increasing among young American women, study shows

TIME reports a new study indicates that “for a large swath of young American women, light smoking is growing in popularity.”

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Number of US counties with high incidence of Lyme disease has more than tripled

TIME reports that a CDC report finds that, “over time, the number of counties identified as having high incidence of Lyme disease in the northeastern states increased more than 320 percent,” and that the disease is popping up in states where it … Continue reading

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Few states require HPV vaccine

The NPR “Shots” blog reports that “nine years after it was first approved in June 2006, the HPV vaccine has had a far more sluggish entree into medical practice than other vaccines at a similar point in their history, according to … Continue reading

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Increase in US autism diagnoses attributed to reclassification, not vaccines

Or, as one research group is now saying, this new study is the “first direct evidence that autism is not actually rising — just the diagnosis of ASD and autism.

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Men with ED have higher risk of having undiagnosed diabetes

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that “a new analysis” published in Annals of Family Medicine suggests “that middle-aged men with erectile dysfunction are at more than double the risk of having undiagnosed diabetes.”

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More bystanders performing CPR on individuals experiencing cardiac arrest

Reuters reports that two studies published in JAMA indicate that more bystanders are performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on individuals experiencing cardiac arrest, and their efforts may be leading to better outcomes.

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This Touched My Heart

An author can never really know how his or her books will touch folks. But, every now and again, the Lord will allow us to have a little peak of what He’s doing with what He leads us to write. … Continue reading

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Should Healthcare Professionals Care About Their Patients’ Spirituality?

Here’s a column I wrote for a national magazine that was not accepted for publication. But, I’m hoping you’ll find it a blessing.

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Long-term low physical activity and/or high television viewing may raise Alzheimer’s risk

The Washington Post reported that too much television “might damage your brain and also raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease — and that the effects could show up much sooner than previously believed,” according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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Study: Poor sleep increases risk for Alzheimer’s

The Huffington Post reports that research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggests that “poor sleep may increase people’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

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By 2040, caring for baby boomers with Alzheimer’s will consume a quarter of total Medicare spending

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Science Now” that “over the next 35 years, about 28 million baby boomers will likely develop Alzheimer’s disease, and the annual bill for their care will balloon from $11.9 billion in 2020 to more than … Continue reading

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Surgical “report cards” often penalize talented surgeons, op-ed argues

Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and a contributing opinion writer, writes in a New York Times op-ed on “surgical ‘report cards,’ a quality-improvement program that began in New York State in the early 1990s and has since spread to many other states.”

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FDA approves “female Viagra”

NBC Nightly News reported that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Addyi (flibanserin), a drug that “works in a woman’s brain to solve a chemical imbalance among three neurotransmitters” that impact sexual desire.

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US News publishes annual rankings of best US hospitals

US News & World Report reports that it has published its annual rankings of the best hospitals in the United States for 2015-2016, highlighting “hospitals that perform best in specific areas of care.”

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Study: Media reports about side effects deterred use of bisphosphonates

Reuters reported that a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that media reports highlighting the side effects of bisphosphonates, a class of osteoporosis drugs, may have contributed to a decline in their use, even though physicians … Continue reading

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First FAA-approved delivery drone makes drop-offs of prescription medications in Appalachian Virginia

The CBS Evening News reported on the “Kitty Hawk moment” in drone deliveries, made by “a medical drone” in Virginia that “brought multiple shipments of prescription drugs … to about a dozen patients” in the Appalachian region.

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Study shows ankle sleeves and lace-up braces can benefit athlete performance

An athlete’s use of silicone ankle sleeves (SAS) and lace-up ankle braces (LAB) during sports participation can improve neuromuscular control, according to research presented at a sports medicine meeting.

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Consumer Reports no longer recommends detergent pods due to poisoning risk

ABC World News reported that Consumer Reports indicated that it can “no longer recommend using” liquid “laundry detergent pods,” as the products have been linked to thousands of poisonings.

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Number of US counties with high incidence of Lyme disease has more than tripled

TIME reports that a CDC study finds that, “over time, the number of counties identified as having high incidence of Lyme disease in the northeastern states increased more than 320 percent.”

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Few states require HPV vaccine

The NPR “Shots” blog reports that “nine years after it was first approved in June 2006, the HPV vaccine has had a far more sluggish entree into medical practice than other vaccines at a similar point in their history, according to … Continue reading

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