Monthly Archives: October 2015

Cell-free DNA test adds fuel to abortion debate

The Wall Street Journal reports that the cell-free DNA test, which can be used to predict whether an unborn baby will have Down syndrome, among other genetic disorders, is growing in popularity.

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Study finds 87 out of 91 deceased NFL players had CTE

NBC Nightly News reported on “troubling news tonight about the long-term dangers of head injuries while playing football.”

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Obesity rates remain high nationwide, study reveals

CNN reports that new data from the Centers for Disease Control show that obesity rates remain steady but “high around the country.”

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Diabetes medication may reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease, study suggests

The New York Times reports that “for the first time, a widely used modern diabetes” medication “has been shown to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease, a long-sought goal of treatment, researchers announced.”

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A good diet helps brain power better than supplements, study shows

USA Today reports on a study published in JAMA “showed that older adults who took nutritional supplements, including omega-3 fatty acids (found in fatty fish and walnuts) and a combo of lutein and zeaxanthin (found in leafy greens), experienced just as … Continue reading

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Caffeine disrupts the body’s circadian rhythms, study suggests

The NBC News website reports that caffeine appears to disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms, which explains why people who drink coffee at night cannot fall asleep.

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Antibacterial soap containing triclosan no better at killing germs than regular soap, study finds

The Huffington Post reports that a study by a team of researchers at Korea University, Seoul found that antibacterial soap that contains the antibacterial and antifungal agent triclosan was “no better at killing germs than regular ol’ soap in both lab … Continue reading

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Too many hours spent sitting increase risk of developing liver disease

TIME reports that a study published in the Journal of Hepatology suggests that “too many hours spent sitting can increase the risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).”

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One-third of kids, teens eat fast food daily, CDC says

USA Today reports that according to a report released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, US children and teens “get 12% of their calories from fast-food restaurants.”

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Opening the conversation about death

In a CNN article titled, “How doctors want to die is different than most people,” Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she used to feel performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. “I felt like I was beating up … Continue reading

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More kids getting drunk or alcohol poisoning from hand sanitizer

CNN reports a study by the Georgia Poison Center shows that “since 2010, poison control center hotlines across the United States have seen a nearly 400% increase in calls related to children younger than 12 ingesting hand sanitizer.”

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Draft guidelines issued on use of aspirin to prevent heart disease and colorectal cancer

The Washington Post reports that the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “said taking a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent both cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.”

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In schools with short lunch periods, kids eat less, discard more food

The New York Times “Well” blog reported, “In schools with short lunch periods, children eat less and discard more than in schools where they are allowed more time to eat,” according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy … Continue reading

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“Honey” may not be as healthy as you think

The Washington Post reports that a study by the USDA has found that the health effects of high fructose corn sweetener (HFCS) and honey “were essentially the same,” according to Susan K. Raatz, a USDA research nutritionist involved in the study.

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Vaccination rates for older adults fall short of national goals

Kaiser Health News reported that while vaccination rates for children “have steadily risen well over 90% the past few years,” the rates for adults over 60 “getting flu, pneumonia, tetanus or shingles shots … have stayed stubbornly flat and trail national … Continue reading

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Half of US adults have diagnosed diabetes or prediabetes

The Los Angeles Times reported that approximately “half of all Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a new” study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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FDA sends warning letters to five powdered caffeine producers

The New York Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration announced that “it had sent warning letters to five producers of pure powdered caffeine, in what consumer advocates said was a long overdue move against the product and the industry … Continue reading

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High schoolers using e-cigarettes to vaporize marijuana

USA Today reports that research indicates that “teenagers have discovered a new way to inhale marijuana — e-cigarette vaporizers.”

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For-profit stem cell clinics need more oversight, experts argue

The AP reports that a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine argues that “federal officials need to do more to prevent for-profit stem cell clinics from exploiting and potentially injuring patients.”

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Adults who get flu vaccine help protect elderly

NBC News reports on a new study by the Cleveland Clinic published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases that found “people over 65 were less likely to come down with serious flu-like illness when a third of younger adults in their … Continue reading

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Is sublingual B-12 really better than the pill form?

According to ConsumerLab.com, although sublingual B-12 is often promoted for better absorption, there does not appear to be much evidence for this.

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Young people using e-cigarettes more likely to smoke

TIME reports that research published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that “young people who use e-cigarettes are significantly more likely to try conventional cigarettes later on.”

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Gay rights push may threaten physicians’ conscience freedoms

An article in the Atlantic, “Gay Rights May Come at the Cost of Religious Freedom,” reports, “The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage at the end of June has set the country up for new waves of discrimination … Continue reading

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How a doctor prescribes grace to her patients

Many of you know that several times a year I co-teach a course for health professionals called Grace Prescriptions with my dear friend, Bill Peel, DMin. Recently we received some feedback from an attendee I thought you’d enjoy seeing.

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Interview with Barb and me about our book “His Brain, Her Brain” now posted

A few years ago, Barb and I co-wrote a book His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. Recently we were interviewed about the book and thought you might enjoy listening to our interactions and responses.

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Universities push students to get meningitis B vaccinations

The Wall Street Journal reports that academic institutions are taking a range of approaches to push students to receive meningitis B vaccinations, following recent campus outbreaks.

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Kids throwing away veggies, fruits required in school lunch programs

According to the New York Times “Well” blog, a study published in the journal Public Health Reports suggests that US school children appear to be throwing away vegetables and fruits required under a 2012 USDA school lunch rule.

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Migraine Headache Prevention with Natural Medicines (LONG POST)

A dear friend who is a family physician wrote me that his wife was having difficult preventing terrible migraine headaches using standard prescriptions. He had heard me give a talk about natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) and migraine prevention … Continue reading

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Monthly Family Update – October 2015

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Family Update Publication Update Events of the Last Month Upcoming ­Events

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