August 2014


tired-all-the-time140x170.jpgDo you often feel tired during the day? Have you ever fallen asleep at an inopportune time? It could be that you aren’t getting the proper amount of sleep each night. If you are getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep each day, chances are you are suffering from sleep deprivation.

To read the full article When You Are Tired Of Being Tired, click here.

osteoporosispain110x170.jpgNew ESCEO and IOF Guidance highlights new risk assessment and treatment strategies; points to high prevalence of fractures and low rates of diagnosis and treatment in Europe

To read the full article Diagnosis & Management Of Osteoporosis In Postmenopausal Women: Newly Published European Guidance, click here.

bodyfat170x170.jpgMenopause does not cause weight gain, but it does increase belly fat, according to a new study.

"It is a myth that the menopause causes a woman to gain weight. It's really just a consequence of environmental factors and aging that cause that," study leader Susan Davis, a professor at Monash University in Australia, said in an International Menopause Society news release.

To read the full article Menopause Won't Spur Weight Gain, But May Boost Belly Fat: Review, click here.

sick-old-lady170x160.jpgDeveloping Gender-Specific Medicine Is a Major Challenge of the Future

Recent research in laboratory medicine has revealed crucial differences between men and women with regard to cardiovascular illness, cancer, liver disease, osteoporosis, and in the area of pharmacology.

To read the full article Men and Women Get Sick in Different Ways: Developing Gender-Specific Medicine Is a Major Challenge of the Future, click here.

arthritis114x170.jpgPost-menopausal women, who often suffer from joint pain, could find some long-term relief by taking estrogen-only medication, according to a new study based on the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) that was released online today by the journal, Menopause.

To read the full article Estrogen May Relieve Post-Menopausal Joint Pain, Study Suggests, click here.

Happy-Old-Couple170x150.jpgThere's been some discussion in the news lately about the new definition of old, and what to call someone who's over 60. It seems that referring to adults as elderly, old or older can sound wrong, regardless of how accurate it is.

To read the full article The Pre-Empt Chronicles: How To Age Happier, click here.

healthpet140x170.jpgThe same bad health habits that affect people can affect pets, too. Knowing this can be a real motivator to make over your lifestyle. Which unhealthy human habits harm your cat or pup the most?

To read the full article How Your Health Habits Affect Your Pet, click here.

freinds170x100.jpgDoes the saying "A friend in need is a friend indeed" mean that a person who stands by you when you need them is a true friend? Or, does it mean that someone who needs your help is eager to prove their friendship?


To read the full article Friendship: Close Ties That Enhance, Extend Life, click here.

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Spring is just around the corner, but don’t be surprised to see winter weather – and viruses – linger a little longer. So what’s behind your stuffy nose: Spring allergies or a cold?

To read the full article Cold or Allergies: How to Tell, click here.

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Get the facts about the Affordable Care Act with these educational fact sheets from AARP's department of Education & Outreach.

To read the full article Health Care Law Fact Sheets, click here.

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Could Your Hectic Life Be Killing You?


Many women deal with stress on a daily basis, and new research indicates it could be killing them. Nearly 50 percent of American women say they don’t have enough free time, according to a study by the Families and Work Institute, an alarming figure given the effects that stress can have on the human body.

To read the full article Women and Stress: Could Your Hectic Life Be Killing You?, click here.
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New Mammogram Benefits for Women in Their 40s

Breast Cancers Found by Mammograms More Easily Treated. When women in their 40s get breast cancer, their tumors need less intense treatment and recur less often if they were first detected during routine mammogram screening.

To read the full article New Mammogram Benefits for Women in Their 40s, click here.

angina-attack.jpgStudy: Heart Attacks Harder to Detect in Women

Heart attacks are the number-one killer of women, but CBS medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook reports they may be missing the warning signs.

Three years ago, when Wendy Kennedy noticed tingling and pain in her left arm, the last thing she thought of was a heart attack.

To read the full Study: Heart Attacks Harder to Detect in Women, click here.
womanheartexam-1.jpgHeart Attacks in Young Women Can Be Harder to Detect, Deadlier

Tami Kimet thought she was coming down with the flu, but the 35-year-old mother of two was actually having a massive heart attack.

To read the full article Heart Attacks in Young Women Can Be Harder to Detect, Deadlier, click here.
ovarianpain150x170.jpgEndometriosis Increases Risk of Certain Ovarian Cancers

Women with a history of endometriosis are at a significantly increased risk of developing several types of ovarian cancers, according to a new study published in the Lancet Oncology.

To read the full article Endometriosis Increases Risk of Certain Ovarian Cancers, click here.

HealingWoman-1A170x170.jpgThis month we would like to introduce two new web sites 1) www.iHealedMyself.com and www.LifeDynamicTherapy.com

These two sites are not just products of my fertile mind they are for you to support you in healing existing illness and preventing future illnesses. Our goal for presenting these materials is to provide information, support and encouragement for healing what ails you.

To check out www.iHealedMyself.com, click here.

To check out www.LifeDynamicTherapy.com, click here.

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The Best Mattress for a Better Night’s Sleep

Buying a new mattress? Here are tips for finding the right mattress for you.

You spend about a third of every day in bed. Whether that time is spent blissfully slumbering--or tossing and turning--depends a lot on your mattress.

To read the full article The Best Mattress for a Better Night’s Sleep, click here.
Colonoscopy170x170.jpgColonoscopy Life-Saving Screening

A health screening test that takes just a few minutes may add years to your life. Many studies have supported the benefit of colonoscopies.

To read the full article Life-Saving Screening, click here.
WomenHeart130x170.jpgStudy: Heart Attacks Harder to Detect in Women

A new study out today from The Journal of the American Medical Association reveals a dangerous difference in the symptoms men and women experience during a heart attack.

To read the full article Study: Heart Attacks Harder to Detect in Women, click here.
clothes170x130.jpgWardrobe Woes: Hidden Health Hazards of Clothing

Men and women who shoehorn themselves into skin-tight jeans, battle to button their trousers or knot their neckties too tightly might unknowingly suffer nerve damage, digestive disturbances and even potentially deadly blood clots.

To read the full article Wardrobe Woes: Hidden Health Hazards of Clothing, click here.
cholesterol150x170.jpgThis is an interesting video that walks you through what cholesterol is, how it affects you and what you can do about it.

To read the full article  What is High Cholesterol? A Video , click here.
hypothyroidism190x150.jpgIn the previous articles from this series we looked at low thyroid (or hypothyroidism) and menopause and then the relationship between thyroid dysfunction, stress and the adrenal glands. In this article we will look at the role of nutrition and other factors in healthy thyroid function and of course ion hyperthyroidism.

The Role of Nutrition in Preventing and Treating Hypothyroidism


Inadequate nutrition can play both a causative and disrupting role in thyroid function. Certain vitamins and minerals are essential for thyroid production. Most people are aware of the role of iodine in leading to hypothyroidism. In areas of the world, or our country, where the diet is deficient in iodine there is often an increased risk of goiter (thyroid tumors) and hypothyroid disease.  This problem as generally been resolved in the US by using Iodinized salt. If you are not using iodinized salt, you should be as it can help to keep your thyroid functioning optimally.

Another important mineral is selenium. Selenium is needed for the conversion of T4(thyroxin) into T3 (triiodothyronine). If an individuals diet is deficient in selenium then this can lead to hypothyroidism. By increasing this selenium in your diet or as a supplement, this may make a difference in how you feel. Vitamin A, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), and zinc are all involved in thyroid hormone metabolism in helping T3 bind inside your cells. These nutrients are essential part of your body’s natural metabolic pathways for making and using thyroid hormone. These vitamins, minerals, along with omega-3 fatty acids, and extra antioxidants can help your thyroid function effectively. The bottom line is that when you give your body the right nutrients, you will optimize your thyroid function.

Natural Hypothyroid Relief


Menopause is a time of profound changes, it can stress both your body and your mind. It can play havoc on your thyroid. When any major system of the body is out of balance the stress can effect your thyroid and if the stress is significant and prolonged hypothyroidism can be created. As always, the best way to restore healthy thyroid function is by finding the problem, understanding and resolving it. Since thyroid replacement hormones are easy to get too often physicians will simply prescribe them and forget or not include all of the other vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients and dietary changes that may be needed to support returning your thyroid to its highest level of normal functioning.

While remember that a healthy diet is your first line of defense here are some things you can do to prevent hypothyroidism, correct if it has already occurred:

Since a healthy diet also offset many other problems that affect your thyroid gland, it is essential to eat a very healthy diet, the healthiest diet you can possibly eat. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and stay away from processed and refined foods as they will deplete many of the nutrients which are essential in order for your body to run optimally.

A good healthy diet will also support your adrenal glands. This will benefit your overall health on many levels. Not only will this support your adrenal glands but it will also lighten the burden on your thyroid, it will also help restore your energy levels and overall well-being.

By taking in an adequate amount of high quality multivitamin–minerals this will help perimenopausal and menopausal women, to optimize their diet as well as their overall vitamin-mineral needs. This can then ensure a strong foundation of optimal nutrients to help support the regular production and function of your thyroid gland and the adequate production of thyroid hormones, This can help you to prevent hypothyroidism.

If your thyroid hormones are already low you should consider supplementing your diet with selenium and iodine. You can do this through eating foods high in these minerals or with over-the-counter supplements. Your doctor can help you to monitor your iodine and selenium levels. We do not recommend taking more than 200 mcg/day of selenium total in any or all of your supplements.

Find ways to diminish stress and speak your truth. By the time many women reach perimenopause, they may often find that they have given so much of themselves to the world around them that we often have little or no reserves left over for themselves. It may be necessary to reduce your work load or at least work smarter. It may help to stop lying to yourself, see the world, your family, friends and co-workers as they really are, Speak up and share your opinions if this is important to you. Explore those activities and goals that really make your life meaningful. Don’t feel guilty about asking for and receiving help or support. Learn to say “no” when you want to say no. Reduce the stress in your life.

If you make these changes and your thyroid hormone levels still aren’t right (or you’re still experiencing symptoms despite “normal” TSH), then it is worth considering a trial of thyroid replacement or in this case supplementation to see if your thyroid is running too low for your needs.  While many women take synthetic levothyroxine and do well, some women do not get the relief they need. In our practice we predominantly use natural thyroid hormones, such as Armour Thyroid, WestThroid or Nature-Throid. In some women for certain reasons they may do better with compounded T3 and T4, where the dosage is individualized in the exact amounts these women need for maximum benefit. The combination of T3 and T4, whether in Armour, WestThroid or Nature-Throid often makes a big difference for many women suffering from symptoms of  hypothyroidism. While some standard Western practitioners consider these natural and compounded forms of thyroid as controversial, and some are even unwilling to prescribe them, we have worked with thousands of men and women and find that they are more often the not the best way to get a sluggish thyroid taken care of. Armour Thyroid, WestThroid or Nature-Throid are biologic products coming from pork thyroid hence they are also a food. In twenty years I have never seen one problem with the exception of people who do not eat meat, or for religious reasons do not want to eat pork or have an allergy to pork.

The Deeper Meaning Of The Thyroid

In the oriental or Eastern medical construct, the thyroid is often  associated with the “sacred voice.” It is often a component of the fifth chakra. Hence, in Body Symptoms Language, unresolved issues that ultimately affect the thyroid are often linked to difficulty speaking our higher truth, inability to follow our dreams, or to fully express ourselves to tell others who we are and what we are all about.

Anatomically, the thyroid sits directly over the voice box, and therefore one of the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction can be a gravelly or “muted” voice. When the thyroid is underactive, it is important to step back and evaluate how well you are expressing your higher needs, your wants, and your opinions about those around you.

Our voice isn’t simply serve to be used to communicate words, as is the thyroid, it is connected to our entire or whole being. Your thyroid doesn’t just produce thyroid hormone, it is connected to every cell in your body and it plays a role in both our physical and our psychological worlds. If your thyroid is out of balance, your whole world or possibly a substantial part of it may also be out of balance. When you resolve the issues that throw your world out of balance your thyroid will likely return to its balance. Unfortunately, if you simply use drugs or even natural thyroid supplements or medications to rebalance your thyroid this may not be enough to rebalance the rest of your life. However, it can help you to at least reduce negative symptoms, wake up and allow you healthy time to fix what needs to be fixed. and you will find the dynamic balance your body is naturally desiring.

Where Do I Start?


If your thyroid is not working well and you are suffering from low thyroid the place to start is by using natural thyroid hormonal replacement. This means using Armour Thyroid, WestThroid or Nature-Throid natural thyroid replacement at a dosage that is right for your needs. Next, if you are not already doing it, is to eat a basically healthy diet. If you are not or you or your physician believe that you are nutritionally deficient than add to the above a balanced array of nutritional supplements designed to replace whichever nutrients are deficient.

Next, work with your practitioner to establish not just “normal” but optimal blood levels of thyroid. Since the range of blood levels for thyroid hormones can be very wide, simply being in the normal range may not be enough. You can be within the “normal” range and still be at the lower end of the “normal” range which might still be too low for you.

You are really only “normal” when you feel as if you are doing great. We talk about this as being in the “optimal” range. That is whatever your blood level is you are doing the very best possible for your needs and chemistry. While one person may do well at the lower end of the “normal” range another may be doing poorly. We use the lab values not to decide if you are “normal” or “abnormal” bust only as a guide so that in the future we can have sense of what blood level you will feel best at, your “optimal”blood level.

We generally we use only three blood functions when we are following our low thyroid patients:

1. TSH or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, which we talked about in article #1
2. Free T3 (Free Triiodothyronine)
3. Free T4 (Free Thyroxin)

If you remember from our prior articles T3 is the active thyroid hormone we usually talk about as “thyroid hormone.” T4, is the thyroid hormone mad by your thyroid gland and in order for the body to use it, it must first be converted, using some special enzymes, into T3.

The standard range of TSH (please note your lab may have different normal based on the type of test used to determine the TSH level) is

TSH         035 to 4.0 mIU/L
Free T3    2.3 to 4.4 pg/mL
Free T4    0.61 to 1.76 ng/dL

Using these normals we consider if Free T3 is between 3.0 and 4.4 the individual is more than likely within their optimal range. This assumes that they tolerate this level with no individual of symptoms or hyperthyroidism such as rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremor, trembling hands, heat intolerance,  nervousness, insomnia, breathlessness, increased bowel movements, light or absent menstrual periods, fatigue, weight loss, muscle weakness, warm moist skin, hair loss,
or staring gaze.

Nutrients and Foods That Can Help Your Maintain A Healthy Thyroid
  • Iodine (I): seaweed (e.g., nori), clams, shrimp, haddock, oysters, salmon, sardines, pineapple, eggs.
  • Selenium (Se): smoked herring, smelt, wheat germ, Brazil nuts (just one nut provides ~139 mcg), apple cider vinegar, scallops, barley, lobster.
  • Zinc (Zn): fresh oysters, ginger root, pecans, dry split peas, Brazil nuts, egg yolk, whole wheat, rye, oats, peanuts.
  • Vitamin E: wheat germ oil, olive oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts.
  • Vitamin A: dark green leafy veggies, liver, winter squash, cantaloupe, stone fruits, papaya, and cod liver oil.
  • B vitamin complex: brewer’s yeast, wild rice, brown rice, whole wheat, beans, peanuts.
  • Vitamin C: Red chili, guava, parsley, dark green leafy veggies, strawberries, papaya, citrus fruits.

To return to article #1-Hypothyroidism in Menopause, A Holistic Approach, click here.

 

woman190x160.jpgResearchers Say Study Points Out ‘Missed Opportunities’ to Prevent Heart Disease

You’re a 40 plus years of age woman and you have just found out that you have high blood pressure, what do you do about it? You take steps to lower your blood pressure of course? Or do you? Many women in fact do not. But is this healthy in the long run?

For years doctors have preached that both men and women should lower their blood pressure if they have a diagnosis of high blood pressure, but we had little evidence that this was actually the right thing to do. Now a new study suggests that middle-aged women who take steps to lower their blood pressure could significantly reduce their risk of having a stroke, heart attack, or developing heart failure.

A group of researchers now say they found that high systolic pressure, that is the blood pressure when the heart contracts, is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease and its complications in middle-aged and older women.

They report that 36% of serious cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes are preventable by lowering blood pressure in women. This is striking when compared to the fact that only 24% of men will likely benefit from the same treatment programs.

Investigators examined data from 9,357 adults in 11 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America for a median of 11 years. The researchers looked for absolute and relative risks of cardiovascular disease that were associated with systolic blood pressure. There study ultimately suggest that three major risk factors account for 85% of the modifiable risk for heart disease in men and women, 1)  high systolic (the top number) blood pressure, 2) high cholesterol, and 3) smoking. Of these three  high systolic pressure clearly appears to be the most important risk factor, according to their research.

Prevention of Heart Disease

Doctor, Jan A. Staessen, MD, PhD, of the University of Leuven in Belgium stated as this report was released,  “I was surprised by the study findings that highlight the missed opportunities for prevention of heart disease in older women.” He told reporters that the research team found that a relatively small increase of 15 points in systolic blood pressure could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by 56% in women and 32% in men.

During this study, researchers looked at blood pressure, measuring blood pressure at set intervals for 24 hours during a person’s daily routine and when they slept, as well as conventional blood pressure readings taken in doctors’ offices. The researchers reported that ambulatory blood pressure readings have less potential for error and provide more accurate estimates of usual blood pressure and prognosis for cardiovascular disease.

The monitor used for ambulatory readings was a small, portable device programmed to take blood pressures at specific intervals. In the study, ambulatory readings were taken at intervals of 15 to 30 minutes during the daytime, and 30 to 45 minutes at night.

According to the researchers, nighttime readings were better predictors of heart disease than daytime readings because the readings taken at night were more standardized. Blood pressures taken at night are less likely to be influenced by physical activity.

Quality of Life

Dr. Staessen suggested, “It is recognized that women live longer than men, but that older women usually report lower quality of life than men. By lowering systolic pressure by 15 [points] in hypertensive women, there would be an increased benefit in quality of life by prevention of cardiovascular disease.”

The researchers suggested that women and their doctors ought to become more aggressive in diagnosing and treating high systolic blood pressure.

For more information on what high blood pressure is and how to treat it holistic treatment of high blood pressure, click on respective links.

 

oldcouple150x150.jpgHeart Attack Risk: Can Sex Over Tax Your Heart?
New Study Finds Spike in Risk During and Right After Sex, but Overall Benefit


For years both men and women have worried about whether having sex can increase their risk of having a heart attack. Now, new research from Tufts Medical Center published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that sex can and may increase the risk of a heart attack, but that this risk is quite small and only occurs during and right  after having sex.

In this study researchers looked at heart attack victims, mostly men in their 50s and 60s, who were questioned about their activities just before or during having a heart attack. The researches want to see how often sex served as at rigger for a cardiac event. While they found that sexual activity caused a 2.7increased risk of heart attack, they ultimately suggested that this risk rate was quite small and should not dissuade individuals with heart disease from indulging in sex. While this study suggested that there was indeed an increased risk, several other studies had previously suggested that regular sexual activity (defined as two or more times a week) actually decreases one's risk of heart attack over time.

Dr. Issa Dahabreh, the lead researcher on this study told reporters, “People shouldn't take this new report to mean the sex is harmful for those with heart disease, because the absolute risk is really small." The study suggested that individuals could ultimately decrease this risk by being physically active on a regular basis. Regular exercise made sex and other types of physical exertion less likely to be a trigger for heart attack. Co-author Jessica Paulus, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, reported, there is "a 45 percent reduction in the relative risk of heart attack with every additional weekly exercise session."

Regular exercise training, especially when it relates to cardio respiratory fitness… “will markedly reduce the risk associated with both acute exercise/exertion as well as sexual activity," says Dr. Chip Lavie, medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention at John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute.

Many people with “heart disease” are very fearful of returning to normal types of physical activity following a heart attack or stroke. They often believe that sex carries an increased risk because of both physical exertion and emotional excitement which is generally part of the sexual experience, and because of this they may be very apprehensive about returning to a normal active sex life.

This conflicting information regarding whether sex is good or bad for the heart doesn't make this situation much easier.  Many specialist believe that anything that increase heart rate and blood pressure could put a strain on the heart and those who are not used to being physically fit then may be at a higher risk of a cardiac event.

In a 2010 study published in the Lancet, researchers found that sex served as a trigger in only 2.2 percent of heart attacks. By comparison, indulging in a heavy meal was connected with triggering 2.7 percent of heart attacks. What's more, the emotional and physical benefits of sexual satisfaction have been linked in several studies to overall health and specifically cardiac health.

In another 2010 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, a group of men between the ages of 50 and 70, were followed for 16 years and quizzed about sexual activity. Researchers found that sex twice a week reduced the risk of heart disease in these men by as much as 45 percent, when compared to peers who had sex only once a month or less.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, heart surgeon and host of the "Dr. Oz show," is also famous for recommending frequent sex (three times a week) as a way for men decrease their risk of heart attack and stroke by 50 percent.

In the end most researches now agree that the exertion of a romp in the bedroom may briefly increase risk of heart attack in some men, especially those men who do not exercise regularly, but the cardiovascular and emotional benefits of regular sexual satisfaction far outweigh the downside, especially in those who are regularly active in other ways as well.

As one researcher put it, "The bottom line is that people should not fear sexual activity, but should fear sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity."

For more information on What is a Heart Attack?, click here.

fibrocysticbreasts190x200.jpgFibrocystic breast disease is almost an epidemic in America. It's uncomfortable and worry some because your breasts develop these weird knobby cysts that not only feel strange, may be painful but worry you because they could be cancer. The fact is fibrocystic changes in the breast are quite common. Many women (and even an occasional men) can develop fibrocystic breast disease. While they are not breast cancer, and rarely ever turn into breast cancer, they are often associated with ovarian cysts and uterine fibroid tumors. The reason for this is simple, it is because the underlying cause of fibrocystic breast disease and these other health concerns, generally have the same origin, an excess of the female hormone estrogen or what is often referred to as estrogen excess or estrogen dominance. Because of this over-stimulation of the breasts by an excess of estrogen either created in the body or caused by taking estrogen hormone replacement, some women get such painful breasts that their breast can't even be touched and the simple act of wearing a bra can be excruciatingly uncomfortable.

Too Much Estrogen From the Out Side

Since there are two problems that can cause fibrocystic breasts each has to be treated differently. If it is caused by too much “exogenous” estrogen (that is, estrogen taken orally with hormone replacement, or birth control pills; or by injection, patch or other source such as a medication or in a cosmetic formulation) this has to be considered and the dosage adjusted correctly to undue the increased stimulation of the breasts caused by the mediation or in the cosmetics.

While this is often a simple matter, it is not always a simple thing to do. This is especially true when estrogen is used to treat one problem while making another problems, fibrocystic changes in the breast, a new problem.

Too Much Estrogen From the In Side


A great majority of the women with fibrocystic breasts have this problem because their body is making too much estrogen, or their body is making the right amount estrogen but they have become too sensitive, to the estrogen their body is making.  Most commonly they become estrogen sensitive because of chemical changes in their body that stimulates estrogen production and hence create estrogen dominance which then acts to over stimulate their body.

There are a number of reasons why this happens and one of the main factors is foods and chemicals we eat or ingest that overstimulate estrogen production or interfere with the normal breakdown or excretion of estrogen, hence causing estrogen levels within the woman’s body to rise and over stimulate her breasts, uterus, ovary and other organs. One of the most common problems women suffer from is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), which occurs for this very same reason. It is also interesting that there is a strong relationship between PMS and fibrocystic disease of the breasts.

Balancing Your Estrogen and Progesterone


While we think of too much estrogen as being the main problem we also need to consider that when estrogen and progesterone, also a female hormone are in balance, PMS and fibrocystic breasts are much less of a problem. Progesterone acts to reduce the over-stimulation so that when either too much estrogen is being produced to too little progesterone is being made then fibrocystic breast and PMS are a much grater problem.

Dietary Reasons for Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Certain foods and chemicals act to either stimulate estrogen production or decrease estrogen breakdown which helps to maintain control over estrogen levels.

In order to help reduce over-stimulation of the breasts we recommend the following:
  • Avoid coffee another caffeinated products (except for green tea) as they cause estrogen levels to rise.
  • Avoid alcohol as all alcohol beverage cause estrogen levels to rise.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything hot in plastic containers
  • Take an excellent probiotic, probiotics help to fix the underlying cause by allowing your body to eliminate the excess estrogens.
  • Avoid eating unfermented soy products like tofu, soy milk, meat substitutes and soy protein
  • Ensure you have sufficient fiber in your diet in order to bind excess estrogens in your colon so they cannot be reabsorbed.
  • Avoid antibiotics (unless you absolutely need them as they also can effect estrogen breakdown and excretion)
  • Avoid foods that your body has any type of sensitivity to (get tested if you don't know)
  • Increase your intake of broccoli and cabbage, they help reduce estrogen levels
  • Take a high quality product containing DIM (diindolemethane, a derivative of cabbage) and Ca-D glucarate. They can help a lot.
  • Make sure you are not constipated, and I mean not at ALL constipated
  • Take at least 2000-5000 IU's of a high quality vitamin D each and every day
  • Take at least 100-300 mgs of a high quality, highly absorbable CoQ10 each and every day

One secret weapon rarely talked bout by medical doctors is iodine or iodide. For most women, 50 milligrams daily should help a lot. Many women are deficient in iodine and iodide in America. Breast tissues are extremely sensitive to iodine and iodide and require both to function adequately. Most men and women deficient in iodine and iodide have high, toxic, tissue levels of halides. Halides belong to a family of chemicals which include fluoride/fluorine, chloride/chlorine, bromide and bromine. When individuals are deficient in iodine/iodide their body is more receptive to the halides and will tend to absorb them more easily. Halides then bind onto the iodine/iodide receptors blocking iodine/iodide form binding and doing their good work. If halides have reached high levels then it may be necessary to take high doses of iodine/iodide for a while to force out toxic halides and allow your body to properly metabolize and use iodine/iodide. Bromines are commonly found in white bread products since they are used as an anti-caking agent. Splenda is a chlorine molecule bound to sugar using Splenda regularly can result in toxic halide levels. Men and women who swim or drink chlorine treated water are also subject to iodine deficiency.  Finally, fluoride toothpaste and water with fluoride can also cause halide toxicity which can end up allowing increased estrogen levels which can overstimulate the breasts, uterus, ovaries, thyroid and your metabolism in general.

These for we strongly suggest restricting foods, water, toothpastes that are high in fluorides, bromides and bromines.

Hormone Replacement


While all of the above are important. They can quickly be overshadowed if you are talking too much estrogen in your hormone replacement therapy, using birth control pills that are estrogen dominant or using topical hormone creams or salves for your skin that are high in estrogen. When ever estrogen is taken in any form, it must be counterbalanced by an equal or greater amount of progesterone. Often one of the simplest treatments for immediate treatment of breast pain is adding more progesterone orally or topically to the mix. This is not the end, this simply allows you to be more comfortable while you initiate the other steps listed above.

We also strongly recommend that other than modifying and improving your diet as stated above, do not try to manipulate and or adjust hormone levels on your own. This can lead to larger more dangerous problems. Find a competent physician who can help you and understands your needs and how to help you get there.

For more information on Fibrocystic Disease of the Breasts, click here.

 

MenopauseExercise190-150.jpgYou want to exercise but you are not sure of exactly what to do, what is safe and how not to hurt yourself? This video made at MD Anderson Medical Center might just help you with some new ideas and information on what to do and how to make sure your efforts are rewarded. Learn about the proper exercise techniques by a fitness expert who will show you how to do it right!

To see the video: 7-Day Exercise Plan Video, click here.
datingcouples190x127.jpgSingle Ladies, Don't Despair: Men Do Want to Commit
Surprising Survey Turns Around Conventional Wisdom On Men and Women


Recently one of the largest and most comprehensive study looking at singles in the United States produced some very surprising results. The study “Single in America” was performed by the  U.S. Census Bureau and was commissioned Match.com.

The “Single in America” study included 5,200 single men and women between the ages of 21 and 65.

Dr. Helen Fisher of the Institute of Evolutionary Studies at Binghamton University helped to conduct the survey in conjunction with the Census Bureau.

As the study was released Fisher who is also the chief scientific advisor for Chemistry.com, a division of Match.com told reporters,  "We've known for a long time that we're seeing growing economic equality between the sexes, but it was surprising to me that men are adopting some of the attitudes that we've long attributed to women, and women are adopting the attitudes that we've long attributed to men."

It appears according to Fisher, that men are often  stereotyped as being less interested in settling down and having children than women, but the study shows otherwise.

"Men,” Fisher said, “are just as eager to marry or more eager to marry as women are. It's not true that they don't want to commit. Particularly young men, age 21 to 34, are more eager to marry than women are.” Fisher continued, “Men are more eager to have children than women are."

According to the study, 51% of men and 46% of women want to have children between the ages of 21 and 34, which are peak reproductive years.

"Men also fall in love faster, they're more likely to bring a woman home to introduce her to their parents sooner, they're more likely to marry a woman who's got everything they're looking for in a partner” says Fisher.

The study also found that 54% of men say they have experienced love at first sight, as compared to only 41% of women.

Women Are Experiencing 'Tremendous Growth' in Independence

As women make more money, they are valuing their independence more, according to the survey. It may be that the days when marriage was the woman’s only option, are now simply no longer an issue.

Another interesting fact was that women appear to want more nights out with girlfriends than men want nights out with their male friends. Women also want to have their own bank accounts and go more on vacations by themselves than with their spouse or partner. Not only do they desire their new found economic growth, but they are also experiencing a tremendous growth in personal independence.

Currently statistic tell us that there are approximately ninety-six million American, nearly one third of all Americans, who are single. This new survey suggests that the happiest singles are those over the age of 65, and include among both men and women.

"In fact,” according to Fisher, the over 65 group are “the least likely to go into a committed relationship unless they have a deep sense of love and a deep sense of sexual desire. They want everything by then.”

The survey also found that people are a lot more open when it comes to expressing what they're looking for in a partner. When the study asked, “What must you have in a relationship?' and 'What's very important to you?' only 20% of men and 29% of women said that they must have, or it's very important to have, somebody of the same ethnic group. And even fewer men and women had to have somebody of the same religion," said Fisher.

The survey found that only 17% of men and 28% of women believe the religious background of their partner is very important. Prejudices are breaking down, but not just in terms of race and religion. Age difference in partners no longer seems as important, according to the survey.

"In fact something like 21% of women had a date with someone who was 10 or more years younger. We're seeing the decline of racism, of religious needs and age-ism," said Fisher.

"First of all, singles are very romantic. In fact I did a brain study and we found that romantic love can be sustained. The single most interesting thing in this study is that 35% of men and women said that they had initially met someone and not found them terribly attractive and they later felt passionately in love with them. So second looks may be an important part of meeting and choosing a long term partner.

Another interesting fact was that it appears that office romances are few, short and not usually destructive. In the past five years, only 12% of singles dated someone in their office. Most workplace romances lasted less than three months and only 6% of women dated their boss. After breaking up, 56% reported this romance did not affect their professional relationship. Thirty-six percent of singles would consider dating someone in the workplace.

Another interesting fact disclosed was that fidelity is a must. More than 69% of singles regard fidelity as a "must have." In 46% of the singles, where either one or both partners have been unfaithful, 78% of these relationships broke up after the discovery. 70% believe that divorce is acceptable after one or both partners cheat.

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arcus-Senilis190x160.jpgStaying healthy is one primary goal that few of us what to ignore. The truth is however, we do forget, lose sight of, and sometimes even, ignore. Who of us have not put ourselves in harms way from time to time. But it is up to us to recognize this and put ourselves back on tract for optimal health as soon as we recognize we have lost sight or ignored this process.
high fiber diet foods-2a.jpgI will bet that you have been wondering for  a long time what that high fiber diet you have been eating is doing for you. Maybe you know that it helps promote better bowel activity, reduces constipation and possibly you have heard that it reduces your risk of bowel cancer. “These are good!” You tell your self. “Good reasons to continue!”
Woman-BadVison-1a.jpgIn recent years there has been considerable interred in the role of omega 3's in preventing loss of vision and blindness. A new study using mice, now appears to give us a lot more information ads to how omega 3's can help save your vision.

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Heart attack and stroke are the #1 and #3 causes of death in the US. Both start many years before they actually can cause injury and/ or damage to the individual. Both are to a great degree preventable. In this article we will look at 10 ways you can help yourself to prevent, put off or even eliminate your risk for heart attacks or stroke.
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Vitamin D Deficiency May Contribute to Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women


Not getting enough vitamin D may cause women problems in the bathroom as well as with their bones.

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“You could say I’ve been unlucky in love,” a young man told me during a recent consultation.

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Study: Infertility Increases a Man's Risk for Prostate Cancer

Infertile men have a higher risk of developing high grade prostate cancer, which is more likely to grow and spread quickly, according to a new study.   

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Gene Regulation Determines Individuality, Study

A team of US and German scientists has found that we differ from each more because of the way our genes are regulated, such as which are switched on and which are switched off, than because of the differences among the genes themselves

To read the full article Gene Regulation Determines Individuality, Study, click here.


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Mediterranean Diet May Increase Success of Infertility Treatments

The Mediterranean Diet seems to be the wunderkind in the weight loss world, ranked as one of the Top 10 most popular diets,, it has been studied extensively over the past several years and found to produce numerous health benefits.

To read the full article Mediterranean Diet May Increase Success of Infertility Treatments , click here.
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Risk of Death Persists After a Hip Fracture

Older men and women who break a hip are five to eight times more likely to die in the first three months after the fracture, a new study by Belgian researchers has found.

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Suffocation Danger To Young Babies In Sling Carriers: US Consumers Warned

US consumers are being warned about the dangers of carrying babies up to four months old in a sling carrier as there is a possible risk of them suffocating if carried incorrectly.

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High Fiber Diet May Influence COPD Risk

Dietary fiber, also known as roughage, is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation, but fiber can provide many other health benefits as well.

To read the full article High Fiber Diet May Influence COPD Risk, click here.

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Studies: Statins, Fibrates to Lower Fats, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Do Not Reduce Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics


Key results from a landmark federal study are in, and the results are disappointing for diabetics: Adding drugs to drive blood pressure and blood-fats lower than current targets did not prevent heart problems, and in some cases caused harmful side effects.

To read the full article Blood Pressure Drugs No Help for Diabetes, click here.


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Heart Patients With Ailment Had Twice the Heart Attacks, Deaths


A new study suggests that men with heart problems may have double the risk of death if they also suffer from erectile dysfunction.

To read the full article Erectile Dysfunction May Indicate Doubled Death Risk, click here.


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STDs May Change Stance on Circumcision
Study Affirms Circumcision Benefits -- Leaving Insurance, Doctors and Patients at Odds


Some doctors are calling for a slight change in America's thinking about circumcision after the latest -- and largest -- study in a series of investigations in Africa showed that circumcision may significantly reduce the risk of contracting herpes and HPV.

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Vertigo Linked to Osteoporosis


People with osteoporosis are much more likely to experience vertigo, an inner ear disorder that causes dizziness. This suggests a problem with calcium metabolism in vertigo sufferers, according to a new study.

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Diabetics, Older Patients Benefit From Heart Bypass


It may be a more invasive surgery, but new research shows heart bypass surgery leads to longer lives than angioplasty for specific groups of patients.

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Active ImageHealth Insurance Industry Offers To Phase Out Controversial Practice If All Americans Are Required To Get Coverage

The health insurance industry offered Tuesday for the first time to curb its controversial practice of charging higher premiums to people with a history of medical problems.

To read the full article Insurers May Nix Charging Sick People More, click here.

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Research: Diabetes Ups Alzheimer’s Risk
Damage May Start When Body Loses Ability To Regulate Blood Sugar


Diabetes can hurt the heart, the eyes and the kidneys. New research indicates a more ominous link: That diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease and may speed dementia once it strikes.

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Can Peanut Allergy Be Cured By Peanuts?
Some Kids Now Allergy-Free Thanks To Tiny Amounts Of The Very Food That Endangered Them


Scientists have the first evidence that life-threatening peanut allergies may be cured one day.

A few kids now are allergy-free thanks to a scary treatment - tiny amounts of the very food that endangered them.

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Finding Religion at the End of Life: Patients of Faith Seek Lifesaving Care
Study Shows Religion Often Guides Final Decisions


Having entered hospice care, Ruth Holt, 81, said her faith will not motivate her to seek more aggressive treatment for her terminal colon cancer.

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Active ImageSome Odd, Others Bizarre - These Items Are Not Just for Foodies Anymore

In the industry they're known as exotic or specialty produce, but consumers might think of these fruits and vegetables as unusual, uncommon or simply strange.

To read the full article 13 Weird Fruits and Vegetables: Exotic Produce, click here.

Active ImageUS births break baby boom record, topping 4.3 million; 40 pct of babies born out-of-wedlock

Remember the baby boom? No, not the one after World War II. More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than any other year in the nation's history — and a wedding band made increasingly little difference in the matter.

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How Does My Risk For Heart Disease Change As I Get Older?

Our risk of heart disease increases every day as we age. The older you are, the higher your risk.

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Active ImageCheck the Neck for Heart Risk
New Study Shows Neck Width May Reveal If You're a Heart Attack Candidate


When a doctor determines your risk for heart disease, he or she might look at your weight, cholesterol level and blood pressure. But soon, they may also look at your neck.

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Less Salt Will Cut Heart Disease Rate
Study Shows Small Cutback in Salt Intake Will Reduce Heart Disease Cases


You'd better start reading the sodium amounts on food packages.

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Red or White: Could one Prevent Breast Cancer?


No matter if it is Merlot or Chardonnay, neither wine is going to decrease the risk for breast cancer. This is the conclusion of a new study that evaluates the effect of red versus white wine on breast cancer risk.

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Love Handles put Squeeze on Lungs


There’s yet another reason to eliminate love handles. A new study links abdominal obesity to decreased lung function. Excess weight around the waist is already associated with diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and other health problems collectively known as “metabolic syndrome.”

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Active ImageAre Prostate Cancer Tests Worth the Trauma?
Common Prostate Cancer Test Means Unneeded Treatment, Study Says; Some Docs Disagree


New research is adding fuel to a fiery debate over who should be  be screened for prostate cancer.

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Active ImageHow to Know When You're a Booze Hound
'Rethinking Drinking' Uses Interactive Tools to Warn Users of Their Alcohol Habits


Whether you're a college student prone to binge-drinking or a professional who regularly drinks a glass of wine with dinner, specialists are encouraging drinkers of all kinds to pause and consider whether their imbibing could be a precursor to alcoholism.

To read the full story Do You Drink Too Much? How to Know When You're a Booze Hound, click here.

Active ImageMore Men Are Urged to Take Drug Against Prostate Cancer

Millions of middle-aged American men who get tested regularly for prostate cancer but show no signs of the illness might benefit from taking a drug that substantially lowers their risk of getting the disease, according to new guidelines issued by two leading medical groups that treat prostate cancer.

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Small Changes Can Decrease Risk of Stroke

Making simple changes to your lifestyle could dramatically decrease your risk of having a stroke.

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Vitamin D and Fighting Cold & Flu?

A dose of vitamin D every day could be the trick to fight the common cold and cases of the flu.

To read the full story Vitamin D Fights Cold & Flu?, click here.

Active ImageDoctor-tested tips to help you breathe easier, sneeze less and sleep better

Allergies are the result of an immune system run amok. They develop when your immune system overreacts to a normally harmless substance such as pollen, cat dander or dust.

To read the full story 10 ways to minimize the misery of allergies, click here.

Active ImageHealth Guidelines Ignored Before Pregnancy

Study Shows Many Women Don't Follow Guidelines On Diet And Nutrition

Few women follow lifestyle and nutritional guidelines before becoming pregnant, even when pregnancy is contemplated to some degree, a new study shows.

To read the full story Health Guidelines Ignored Before Pregnancy, click here.

Active ImageSurvey Shows Smokers Would Quit To Protect Critters From Secondhand Smoke

Smokers are motivated to quit the habit to protect their pets from secondhand smoke, a new survey shows.

To read the full story Risk To Pets Motivates Smokers to Quit, click here.

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Drink for Your Heart but Abstain for Cancer?

Large Study Shows Drinking a Few Times a Week Can Increase Your Risk for Some Cancers

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Active ImagePeople Who Lower or Keep Anxiety Levels Steady Up to 60% Less Likely to Have a Heart Attack or Die

Here's another reason to learn relaxation techniques. Researchers have found that lowering or keeping anxiety levels in check dramatically cuts the risk of heart attack or death in people with heart disease.

In a study of more than 500 heart patients, those who reduced or kept their anxiety levels steady were about 50% to 60% less likely to have a heart attack or die compared with those who experienced an increase in anxiety levels.

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Active ImageStudy Shows Stress on Anniversary of a Parent's Death Can Raise Risk of Sudden Death

 If the anniversary of the loss of a loved one is approaching, try to prepare for the grief you will experience. That's the advice of doctors who found that the psychological stress associated with that date may raise your own risk of dying suddenly.

"The anniversary of the death of a close family member, especially a mother or father, is an important trigger of sudden death, especially in males," says researcher Ivan Mendoza, MD, of the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas.

To read the full story, Sudden Death Linked to Grieving, click here.

Active ImageFew of us embrace the signs of aging skin--those fine lines and creases that creep up after 30. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and using a moisturizing sunscreen will help preserve complexions, but they won't make a 50-year-old look 35. And for those who want a dramatic age reversal, there are plenty of medical solutions
Active ImageStudy Showing Vytorin Does Not Improve Heart Disease Prompts Return To Older Statin Drugs

Leading doctors urged a return to older, tried-and-true treatments for high cholesterol after hearing full results Sunday of a failed trial of Vytorin.

Millions of Americans already take the drug or one of its components, Zetia. But doctors were stunned to learn that Vytorin failed to improve heart disease even though it worked as intended to reduce three key risk factors.

To read the full story, Doctors Rethink New Cholesterol Treatments, click here.

Active ImageNot all fish is safe to eat raw, chefs caution

As Japanese sushi conquers restaurants and homes around the world, industry experts are fighting the side-effects of the raw fish boom: fake sushi bars, over-confident amateurs, poisoned consumers.

Once a rare and exotic treat, seaweed rolls and bites of raw tuna on vinegared rice are now familiar to most food fans. So familiar, in fact, that many hobby cooks in Europe and the United States like to make them in their own kitchens.

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Active ImageDon't even think about putting your purse on the kitchen counter

Location, location, location: Store owners aren't the only ones concerned with finding the perfect spot in which to situate their stuff. Researchers in a wide variety of fields know that how you organize your environment
Active ImageDecision expected by summer on vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider whether to expand use of a vaccine intended to prevent cervical cancer to women aged 27 to 45, the vaccine maker said Wednesday.

Gardasil, made by Merck & Co., currently is approved for use in girls and women aged 9 through 26 to block four types of human papilloma virus, which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.

To read the full story FDA to consider HPV shot for women up to 45, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Constant chest compressions triple survival in out-of-hospital cases

A new approach to cardiac resuscitation designed to maintain nearly constant chest compressions triples the rate of survival of "out-of-hospital" cardiac arrest, study findings suggest.

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Active ImageA stressed one can be worse than being single, new study suggests

A happy marriage is good for your blood pressure, but a stressed one can be worse than being single, a preliminary study suggests.

That second finding is a surprise because prior studies have shown that married people tend to be healthier than singles, said researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad.

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Active ImageResearch Shows That Men Are Likely To Eat More Meat, While Women Eat More Vegetables

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then Mars is a land where the refrigerators are stocked with meat and frozen pizza and Venus has a bounty of yogurt, fruits and vegetables, a new study suggests.

The study of eating habits of adults - called the most extensive of its kind - was a telephone survey of 14,000 Americans. It confirmed conventional wisdom that most men eat more meat than women, and women eat more fruits and vegetables.

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Active ImageTurning the Tables May Not Be Best Solution, Experts Say

On Tuesday, one day after being sworn into office, New York Gov. David Paterson and his wife Michelle appeared before the press to defuse the issue of their past infidelity to one another.

"I betrayed a commitment to my wife several years ago, and I do not feel I've betrayed my commitment to the citizens of New York state," Paterson said during the press conference. "I haven't broken any laws, I don't think I've violated my oath of office, and I saw this as a private matter."

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Active ImageDoctors are overprescribing antibiotics for common sinus infections and related conditions, possibly in the false belief they may help in cases where symptoms are protracted, researchers reported on Friday.

Bacteria can cause rhinosinusitis -- an inflammation of the sinuses -- but a virus such as the common cold is often a more likely culprit so antibiotics seldom work, the researchers reported in the journal Lancet.

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Active ImageBreast cancer patients who are overweight have more aggressive disease and are likely to die sooner, U.S. researchers reported on Friday.

A dangerous type of breast cancer, known as inflammatory breast cancer, was seen in 45 percent of obese patients, compared with 30 percent of overweight patients and 15 percent of patients of healthy weight.

To read the full article Overweight women have worse breast cancer: study, click here.

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Active ImageStudy Shows Youngsters Use Inhalants As "Gateway" To Other Illicit Drugs

A newly released federal government report points to an alarming trend - that preteens and young teens who use drugs chose inhalants as a "gateway" drug to other illicit drugs.

The findings released at the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition's latest news conference reveal that among young drug users, 12- and 13-year-olds sniff common household chemicals to get high, often before moving on to marijuana or abusing pain pills.

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Active ImageUp 12% Among Gay/Bisexual Men; 7th-Straight Year Of Increases After Being Nearly Eliminated

A raging epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases in gay/bisexual men drove U.S. syphilis rates up 12 percent in 2007 - the seventh-consecutive year of syphilis increases.

Meanwhile, a CDC study found that tests for another common STD -gonorrhea - miss one in three infections among men who have sex with men.

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Active ImageStrong Smells, Loud Noises Also Cited As Headache Triggers

It isn't clear whether frequent headache sufferers can predict the weather, but most believe weather changes trigger their headache pain.

In a survey conducted by the National Headache Foundation (NHF), three out of four people who had frequent headaches reported weather or barometric pressure changes as triggers.

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Active ImageBetter Mood May Be as Close as Your Next Workout

It's about that time of year when the sight of wool makes your skin crawl
Active ImageHow you respond to eating cues can affect how much you weigh

Most people probably think they stop eating when they're full. They don't realize that feeling satisfied comes from a combination of signals, including how good the food tastes or how quickly certain hormones get released into the body. It may also depend on where they live.

To read the full article Stop when you're full? You must be French, click here.


Active ImageSoldiers coming home with permanent hearing damage and ringing in ears

Large numbers of soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears, prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.

Hearing damage is the No. 1 disability in the war on terror, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and some experts say the true toll could take decades to become clear. Nearly 70,000 of the more than 1.3 million troops who have served in the two war zones are collecting disability for tinnitus, a potentially debilitating ringing in the ears, and more than 58,000 are on disability for hearing loss, the VA said.

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Active ImageCDC Survey Finds 5.8M Older Adults Reported Falls In 3 Months; 1.8M Hurt Themselves

When Shirley Keegan started falling, life as she knew it took a tumble, CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports.

"Its very frightening," she said. "You don't know you are gonna fall, very unexpected and as you are going down you are saying 'oh no,' you know, and in your mind your saying 'oh no.'"

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released today found that over a three-month period, 1.8 million adults hurt themselves from falling.

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If you are concerned about falling and injuring your self? If you have episodes of dizziness (vertigo),  any loss of function due to back or lower extremity pain, you should
Active ImageExpert Offers Tips On How To Keep Your Back Pain-Free

Back pain is among the most common medical problems. Millions of Americans deal with it daily.
But structural issues with bones, muscles, and more are only part of the back-pain equation.

Chiropractor Todd Sinett, author of "The Truth about Back Pain," explained the roles of other factors, nutrition and emotion, and offered tips for keeping backs pain-free, on The Early Show's Saturday Edition.

To read the full article Putting Back Pain Behind You, click here.

Active ImagePsychologist Says More Men Help With Housework and Those That Do May Get More Sex

American men still don't pull their weight when it comes to housework and child care, but collectively they're not the slackers they used to be. The average dad has gradually been getting better about picking himself up off the sofa and pitching in, according to a new report in which a psychologist suggests the payoff for doing more chores could be more sex.

To read the full article Men Who Do Housework May Get More Sex, click here.

Active ImageStudent Josh Sommer Is Determined to Rid the World -- and Himself -- of Cancer

In 2005, Josh Sommer, then 18, had just started college life at Duke University when he found out he was dying.

"It was just utter shock," Sommer said. "I guess the best way I could describe it is the same feeling I felt after 9/11. Just total helplessness, hopelessness, not knowing what I should do next. I have a tumor in my head and not only that, it's in a difficult location within the center of my head."

To read the full article Racing to Find the Cure for His Own Cancer, click here.

Active ImageLow-intensity aerobic exercise can increase energy levels and decrease fatigue, finds a new study.

Researchers at the University of Georgia found that when a group of sedentary people were exposed to low-intensity aerobic exercise for 20 minutes three times a week for six weeks, their fatigue levels dropped by 65 per cent and their energy levels rose by 20 per cent.

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Active ImageManorexia. Orthorexia. Diabulimia. Binge Eating Disorder. All are dangerous variations on the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia, and have become buzzwords that are popping up on Web sites and blogs, on television and in newspaper articles. As celebrity magazines chronicle the glamorous and the suffering, therapists and a growing number of researchers are trying to treat and understand the conditions.

To read the full article Starving Themselves, Cocktail in Hand, click here.

Active ImageThose took a more active role had higher blood pressure, study says

People who take a proactive role in their healthcare may be better-informed, but that may not necessarily translate into better health, results of a study hint.

In the study of 189 adults with high blood pressure, researchers found that those who wanted a greater say in their healthcare tended to have higher blood pressure and cholesterol than patients who let their doctors have most of the control.

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Active Image11 states waive fees for worst mistakes, but most will charge you or insurer

When Kevin Baccam of Urbandale, Iowa, went in for hernia surgery in August 2005, he expected to come home with a scar on the right side of his groin.

But the 33-year-old school district controller actually wound up with two scars in the delicate region
Active ImageDr. Emily Senay Reports On The FDA's Investigation Of The Drug Heparin

Every day thousands of Americans rely on the blood thinner Heparin to survive. Now that drug is under suspicion for 21 deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions. Baxter International, a major manufacturer of the drug, has stopped selling almost all forms of Heparin.

To read the full article Blood-Thinning Drug Under Suspicion, click here.

Active ImageFlavonoid-rich diets may help reduce heart disease

Foods rich in flavonoids -- from apples and pears to dark chocolate and red wine -- may help shield postmenopausal women from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke, a new study shows.

Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds, found in many plant-based foods, and have been hypothesized to protect the heart by reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol and reducing inflammation, Dr. Pamela J. Mink of Exponent, Inc., and colleagues note. But studies investigating heart health and flavonoid levels in the diet have had mixed results, they add in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers used three newly available databases from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the flavonoid contain of foods, the researchers analyzed results of food questionnaires on diet from 34,489 postmenopausal women participating in the Iowa Women's Health Study.

Mink and colleagues specifically examined the association between the amount of flavonoids the diet and heart disease and death over a 16-year period. The new information allowed the researchers to look at both total flavonoids and seven different subclasses of the plant compound.

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Active ImageBabies learn from adults' emotional behavior

Very young children pick up cues on how to behave by watching adults' emotional interactions and by "eavesdropping" on their conversations, a new study shows.

"You might want to be very careful about the emotions you're communicating to other family members if your toddler is around," Dr. Betty Repacholi of the University of Washington in Seattle told Reuters Health.

Babies as young as one year old will change their behavior in response to another person's emotional state, if they are the target of emotional cues such as facial expression or tone of voice, Repacholi and her colleague Andrew N. Meltzoff note in the March-April issue of the journal Child Development.

But it hasn't been clear how infants will respond when an emotional social interaction doesn't directly involve them. To investigate, Repacholi and Meltzoff performed two experiments.

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Active ImageCorn oil products can claim heart benefit

Manufacturers of corn oil and foods containing the fat can now promote their products as a way to possibly reduce the risk of heart disease, U.S. health regulators said in a letter released on Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration, responding to a request from ACH Food Companies Inc., said there was enough evidence to support such a qualified claim, as long as consumers were not misled.

ACH Food Companies, a division of Associated British Foods, asked the agency last year to allow corn oil and related products to carry the heart benefits claim. Its products include Mazola corn oil, Karo light corn syrup and Argo corn starch.

Based on FDA's consideration of the scientific evidence submitted with your petition, and other pertinent scientific evidence, FDA concludes that there is sufficient evidence for a qualified health claim, provided that the claim is appropriately worded so as to not mislead consumers," the FDA said in a March 26 letter to the company.

The FDA allows food manufacturers to make health claims on certain products when scientific studies support them.

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Active ImageRare, semi-identical twin discovered
Twins can be identical, fraternal and apparently semi-identical, scientists now report.

Researchers discovered twins who are identical on their mom's side of the equation but share only half their genes from dad.

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Active ImageFood allergies: One bite can be deadly

Caryl Schivley says her son, Brenton, was always very careful about what he ate -- until last September 1, when he was at a friend's house and took a cookie from a bowl on the kitchen table.

"He took a bite of the cookie and he said to his friend, 'I shouldn't have eaten that,'" said his mother. Severely allergic to peanuts, the 16-year-old from western Massachusetts made the dire mistake of not asking about the ingredients. Within minutes he developed a severe allergic reaction to the cookie, which contained peanuts.

Within an hour, he was dead.

"He should have asked [about the ingredients] but he didn't," Caryl Schivley said.

A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests Brenton's case may not be unique. Researchers analyzed 31 allergy deaths, finding most who died from food-related reactions were teenagers or young adults and were away from home when they ate the item that killed them.

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Active ImageBerries May Give Anti-Cancer Boost
Eating berries may make gastrointestinal cancers less likely, two new studies show.

The studies were presented Sunday in Chicago at the American Chemical Society's national meeting.

Both studies included tests on rats, not people.

The first study comes from scientists including Gary Stoner, Ph.D., of Ohio State University's internal medicine department.

In a lab, they prepared an extract made from black raspberries and added it to the diet of rats that had been exposed to a cancer-causing substance.

Those rats developed up to 80 percent fewer colon tumors and 40 percent to 60 percent fewer esophageal tumors than rats exposed to the same carcinogen that hadn't received the raspberry extract.

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Active ImageFlavonoid-rich diets may help reduce heart disease

Foods rich in flavonoids -- from apples and pears to dark chocolate and red wine -- may help shield postmenopausal women from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke, a new study shows.

Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds, found in many plant-based foods, and have been hypothesized to protect the heart by reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol and reducing inflammation, Dr. Pamela J. Mink of Exponent, Inc., and colleagues note. But studies investigating heart health and flavonoid levels in the diet have had mixed results, they add in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers used three newly available databases from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the flavonoid contain of foods, the researchers analyzed results of food questionnaires on diet from 34,489 postmenopausal women participating in the Iowa Women's Health Study.

Mink and colleagues specifically examined the association between the amount of flavonoids the diet and heart disease and death over a 16-year period. The new information allowed the researchers to look at both total flavonoids and seven different subclasses of the plant compound.

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Active ImageCocoa May Boost Heart Health

There is more sweet news about chocolate. A cup of cocoa a day may help drive heart disease away, researchers say.

Overweight adults who drank a specially processed cocoa beverage significantly improved their blood vessel function in just two hours.

Improved blood function, in turn, mitigates the risk of cardiovascular disease, says researcher Valentine Yanchou Njike, M.D., of the Yale Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Conn.

Njike credits flavonoids, a group of antioxidant compounds also found in fruits and vegetables. The more flavonoid-rich foods you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease, he says.

Studies have shown flavonoids appear to benefit blood vessel function by influencing the body's production of nitric oxide, which helps regulate blood vessel tone.

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Active ImageHealthy Savings On Hospital Bills

CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports.

Last May, Detroit landscaper Steven O'Shea was cutting a tree when he slipped. As he fell, right on his chainsaw, it sliced into his arm,

"Right up to the bone. It went through all the muscle, the tendon," O'Shea says.

O'Shea, who is uninsured, praises the surgeons who saved his arm. But the bill they sent would have cost an arm and a leg. The total: $39,000 for a three-hour operation.

"I was outraged when I looked at that bill. I opened up the envelope and thought 'where in the world do they come to this figure,'" O'Shea says.

Like millions of Americans, O'Shea also found his bill confusing

Active ImageRating The Low-Fat Diet

Contrary to previous findings, the traditional low-fat diet recommended by the American Heart Association is just as heart healthy as a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil and nuts.

That news comes from Katherine Tuttle, M.D., of the Providence Medical Research Center and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash.

Tuttle's team studied 202 people who had suffered heart attacks in the previous six weeks and found that people on either diet were two-thirds less likely to suffer another heart attack, stroke, or other heart problems or die than people who continued to eat their usual diet.

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Editorial:

This is good news. Whether you chose a "traditional" low fat diet as suggested by the AMA or enjoy a Mediterranean style diet is less important than lower the total fat and total saturated fat intake an a daily basis. In a sense the only difference between a low fat diet and a Mediterranean style diet is the amount of olive oil verses other forms of fats. The problem we perceive is that most American -based low fat diets include relatively large amounts of processed and refined foods while the typical Mediterranean diet, at least as eaten in the Mediterranean areas of the Europe have relatively little processed and refined foods other than pasta and in most Mediterranean countries the pastas are whole grained.

In the US especially one may well have a tendency to use white, bleached pastas, canned tomatoes and a host of other refined and processed "low-fat" foods. While this may not be as "bad" as a full on high fat diet with its processed and refined foods, it is likely that it still is relatively deficient in important vitamins and minerals and hence is ultimately a deficiency diet.

Whether you chose a more Mediterranean -style diet, a traditional AMA-style diet or a combination of both (one is not limited to chose between them and can eat one, on one day and the other on another day) the goal is not just to make it low fat, but to make it high in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, more fish avoiding butter and margarine and when fat is desired such as in salad dressing or for cooking olive oil, safflower or canola oils are best.

Active ImageArtery risk looms in seemingly healthy patients

People diagnosed with clogged arteries have a one-in-seven chance of dying, having a heart attack or stroke, or of being admitted to the hospital within a year, even if they feel fine, researchers reported on Tuesday.

While clogged arteries are well known to cause heart attacks or strokes, the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to put such a precise number on the risk and to show how soon a life-threatening event may come.

Feeling well does not mean a patient is protected.

"Don't be deceived," Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a Cleveland Clinic cardiologist and one of the study's authors, said in a telephone interview.

"There is a pretty high chance they will come back with a problem with their vascular system," Bhatt said. "They might feel they have been cured, but the underlying buildup of plaque is still ongoing."

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Active ImageMore Fruit May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

Eating lots of fruit and little meat may help prevent precancerous colon polyps, a new study shows.

The take-home message: "Eat more fruit, eat less meat, and don't stop eating your vegetables," Gregory Austin, M.D., M.P.H., tells WebMD.

Austin is a gastroenterology fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his colleagues studied the dietary patterns of 725 adults who got colonoscopies.

In a colonoscopy, doctors guide a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera through the colon, looking for abnormalities including colon cancer and polyps. Some polyps can become cancerous.

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Study Shows High-Fruit, Low-Meat Diet Might Help Prevent Precancerous Polyps

Active ImageStudy: Chinese Restaurant Food Unhealthy

The typical Chinese restaurant menu is a sea of nutritional no-nos, a consumer group has found.

A plate of General Tso's chicken, for example, is loaded with about 40 percent more sodium and more than half the calories an average adult needs for an entire day.

The battered, fried chicken dish with vegetables has 1,300 calories, 3,200 milligrams of sodium and 11 grams of saturated fat.

That's before the rice (200 calories a cup). And after the egg rolls (200 calories and 400 milligrams of sodium).

"I don't want to put all the blame on Chinese food," said Bonnie Liebman, nutrition director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which did a report released Tuesday.

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Active ImageTeach Your Children To Be Optimists

Positive Thinking Is A Skill That Needs To Be Cultivated

There are people whose outlook on life always tends to be optimistic and others who can't help but be pessimistic even when things are going well.

Researchers don't know why, but Karen Reivich, resiliency researcher and co-director of the Positive Psychology Center at University of Pennsylvania, says that optimism can be instilled in children.

Optimism, Reivich said, is a critical skill, but only 42 percent of kids believe they will achieve goals.

To read the full article Teach Your Children To Be Optimists, click here.

Editorial:

Optimism and good mental health are as much learned as they have any genetic component. If there is a history of depression, anxiety, suicide in the family then it becomes even more important. Teaching your children to be emotionally healthy is the best gift you can give them. It not only gives to the child but also  to yourself and to the entire community.

Active ImageTips To Battle Bad Breath

International Guru Of Good Breath Shares His Secrets

Bad breath can be a huge problem for people who have it and often they don't even know it's a problem.

Dr. Harold Katz, a dentist, is the founder of California Breath Clinics, and the international guru of good breath. He came to The Early Show to tell people how they can keep their mouths smelling good.

Katz said that bad breath isn't really caused by what people eat, but by sulfur compounds.

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Active ImageChickenpox Vaccine Loses Effectiveness in Study

The chickenpox vaccine Varivax has changed the profile of the disease in the population, researchers are reporting.

In a study appearing Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers confirm what doctors have already known

Active ImageChiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure

Study Finds Special 'Atlas Adjustment' Lowers Blood Pressure

A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests.

"This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. "And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems," adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.

Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can't feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.

X-rays showed that the procedure realigned the Atlas vertebra -- the doughnut-like bone at the very top of the spine -- with the spine in the treated patients, but not in the sham-treated patients.

Compared to the sham-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).

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Active ImageDitch the Itch

By Carly Young
LifeScript Staff Writer

When it comes to itchy skin, the words uncomfortable and annoying don

Active ImageSoft drinks associated with diabetes, report finds

A review of published studies shows a clear and consistent relationship between drinking sugary (non-diet) soft drinks and poor nutrition, increased risk for obesity -- and increased risk for diabetes.

There is no denying that sugar-loaded soft drinks are having "a negative impact on health," Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, said in a telephone interview.

Having analyzed and reviewed 88 studies on the issue, Brownell and his colleagues conclude that recommendations to curb soft drink consumption on a population level are strongly supported by the available scientific evidence.

Results of a study of more than 91,000 women followed for 8 years provides one of the "most striking" links between soft drinks and health outcomes, the investigators note in the American Journal of Public Health.

In the study, women who drank one or more sodas per day -- an amount less than the U.S. national average -- were twice as likely as those who drank less than one soda per month to develop diabetes over the course of the study.

When diet soda replaced regular soda in the analysis, there was no increased risk, "suggesting that the risk was specific to sugar-sweetened soft drinks," note the authors.

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Editorial:

This article is important for parents to read and understand. If your child is overweight, if you have a strong family history of diabetes, heart disease or stroke than your child is at increased risk and should you should encourage (even ban) them from drinking sugary soft drinks.

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Active ImageChained to your desk? Beware blood clots

Office workers glued to computer screens are at greater risk of deadly blood clots forming in their legs than long-distance air travelers, the author of a New Zealand study on thrombosis said Monday.

The study found that 34 percent of patients admitted to hospital with blood clots had been seated at work for long periods, its leader, Prof. Richard Beasley of New Zealand's privately funded Medical Research Institute, told The Associated Press.

Deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the legs. The condition can be fatal if part of the clot breaks off and blocks a blood vessel in the lungs. The condition has been linked to long-haul flights and dubbed "economy class syndrome," because passengers traveling coach often do not have the space or opportunity to stretch enough to reduce the risk of blood clotting.

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Office workers face higher risk of DVT than airplane passengers, study finds

Active ImageStudy shows why exercise boosts brainpower

Exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans.

The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging scans to help document the process in mice -- and then used MRIs to look at the brains of people before and after exercise.

They found the same patterns, which suggests that people also grow new brain cells when they exercise.

"No previous research has systematically examined the different regions of the hippocampus and identified which region is most affected by exercise," Dr. Scott Small, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York who led the study, said in a statement.

Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers said they first tested mice.

Brain expert Fred Gage, of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, had shown that exercise can cause the development of new brain cells in the mouse equivalent of the dentate gyrus.

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Active Image10 myths about the pill busted

By Caroline Tiger
Health.com

One day you're told that birth-control pills sap your sex drive and make you fat. The next day they're hailed as an easy way to eliminate your period and lower the risk of ovarian cancer.

The constant mixed messages and the sheer number of birth control choices is enough to send you running and screaming toward the nearest condom display. Maybe that's why a recent Health.com poll found that women have trouble separating birth control truth from "truthiness," the Orwellian tendency to believe something regardless of the facts.

Here are 10 myths about the pill and other birth control methods, and why they're not true.

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Editorial:

Finally someone looks at the "facts" and not the "frights." Birth-control pills have many years been maligned. These same myths have been spread from person to person and in articles since the first very first birth-control pills hit the market. The big issue is "Do you want to get pregnant or not?" if you do not, if you are not a smoker and not over 35 years of age, the first two being the most important, then birth-control are safe and reliable with a 97% rate of preventing unwanted pregnancies, when taken correctly.

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Active ImageGreen Tea May Fight Lung Cancer

Green tea may fight lung cancer and could inspire the creation of new lung cancer drugs, scientists report.

But it may be too soon to count on a cup of green tea to curb lung cancer. So far, the scientists have only tested green tea extract against human lung cancer cells in test tubes, not people.

The researchers included Qing-Yi Lu, PhD, of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Lu and colleagues exposed a sample of human lung cancer cells to a decaffeinated green tea extract. The lung cancer cells marinated in the green tea extract for up to three days.

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Green Tea Extract Tweaks Lung Cancer Cells In Lab Tests

Active ImageWeight Loss Surgery Risk: Brain Damage

After weight loss surgery, some patients risk brain damage from vitamin B-1 deficiency, researchers report.

Too little vitamin B-1

Active ImageUnraveling The Cancer-Poverty Connection

As the chief surgical resident at the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Dr. Harold Freeman could have written his own ticket, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric reports. Instead, he decided to set up shop at Harlem Hospital in 1967.

"It was a very big shock for me," he said, because all of his training was suddenly useless for so many of his cancer patients. It was simply too late.

"Half of the women at Harlem Hospital were incurable when they walked into the doors of the hospital," Freeman says. "The thing they had in common was that they were poor."

To read the full article Unraveling The Cancer-Poverty Connection, click here.


Editorial:

An interesting article but if one reads between the lines and one might think that lack of information, poverty, lack of finances, lack of access to medical care are the prime causes of cancer. This is not true. They are the prime causes of finding cancer "too late."

The causes of cancer, other than a possible genetic predisposition, can be in part or totally related to poor nutrition, exposure to toxic chemicals and carcinogens, and stress. Cancer is one of many stress-related disorders. To prevent cancer as with diabetes, hypertension and the other common causes of illness and death we need to really look at lifestyle, educating people and changing the medical system for one that is reactive to one that is preventive.

Dr. Freeman is done a great service, but it is only half the job. Waiting until cancer already exists and then finding it early enough to increase survival rates is too little too late. Until we, you and me, you as reader and me as physician and the entire medical system decide that prevention and NOT getting cancer is our goal we will always be worrying about early recognition, surgery, chemotherapy and reduced quality of life. If we can change the medical system from reactive to preventive there could be a day when our children look back and think about cancer as we not think about small pox and non-existent medical condition that no one has to worry about.

Until that day your job should be to understand what early diagnosis means and to understanding the signs and symptoms of cancer to recognize early even before your annual physical examination. And to continue to have annual physical examinations to make sure that we miss nothing.

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Active ImageDealing With Springtime Allergies

Winter officially ends next week and besides bringing warmer temperatures, spring also brings pollen.

Trees, grass and flowering plants reawaken in the spring, and as part of their reproductive cycle, send pollen into the air.

The Early Show medical contributor Dr. Emily Senay said that some of the pollen enters our bodies and is recognized by our immune systems as a foreign substance, which causes antibodies to produce histamine to destroy the pollen. Histamine irritates the eyes and respiratory system.

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Dr. Emily Senay Tells You How To Survive Allergy Season

Active ImageFDA Issues New Warnings on Anemia Drugs

FDA Issues Stern New Warnings for Doctors to More Carefully Prescribe Widely Used Anemia Drugs

Federal health officials issued stern new warnings Friday for doctors to more carefully prescribe widely used anemia drugs that can increase the risk of death and other serious problems in patients with cancer and kidney disease.

At issue are drugs sold under the brand names Procrit, Epogen and Aranesp. These drugs are genetically engineered versions of a natural protein, erythropoietin, that increases the number of red blood cells.

Anemia is common with certain forms of kidney disease, especially once a patient is on dialysis, and when cancer patients take chemotherapy.

But the Food and Drug Administration pointed to recent studies that found using too much of the drugs increased the risk of death, blood clots, strokes and heart attacks in patients with chronic kidney failure. In other studies, patients with head and neck cancer had more rapid tumor growth if they used higher-than-recommended doses.

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Active ImageViews on Abortion Grow Less Polarized

Voices in Debate Becoming More Moderate

Public opinion on abortion has taken a gradual and surprising turn -- toward moderation.

Basic opinions are unchanged: Fifty-six percent of Americans say abortion should be generally legal and 42 percent say it should be generally illegal, almost precisely matching the averages in ABC News/Washington Post polls since 1995.

But more now take the middle two positions -- that abortion should be legal in most cases, but not all, or illegal in most cases, but not all. Seventy percent take one of those two views, the most ever -- 39 percent on the "mostly legal" side, 31 percent "mostly illegal."

That leaves 28 percent who now take the more extreme positions -- that abortion should be legal or illegal in all cases (16 and 12 percent, respectively) -- the fewest ever in ABC/Post polls, down from a high of 43 percent in 2004, and nine points below the long-term average.

The number of Americans who say abortion should be legal in all cases, 16 percent, is down 11 points from its peak of 27 percent in 1995. At the same time, the 12 percent who say abortion should be flatly illegal is down eight points from its high, 20 percent in 2001 and 2004. As these have fallen, "mostly legal" and "mostly illegal" responses have risen.

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Active ImageStress Makes Teen Acne Worse

Study Shows Acne More Severe in Teens During Times of High Stress

The largest study ever conducted on acne and stress levels confirms what many have suspected for years: Stress can make acne worse among teenagers.

Researchers found teenagers who were under high levels of stress were 23% more likely to have increased acne severity.

Stress has long been thought to aggravate acne, but researchers say this is the first large-scale study to confirm the relationship and look at possible explanations.

"Acne significantly affects physical and psychosocial well-being, so it is important to understand the interplay between the factors that exacerbate acne," says researcher Gil Yosipovitch, MD, professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in a news release.

Yosipovitch says the results suggest stress-related inflammation may be to blame for the breakouts.

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Active ImageWhat Your Dentist Knows About Your Health

From predicting heart disease, diabetes, and premature birth to revealing leukemia, eating disorders, and vitamin deficiencies, your teeth and gums say a mouthful about your health.

The eyes may be the window to your soul, but for a look into your physical health, open wide: Your teeth and gums say a mouthful.

Receding or inflamed gums, cavities, tooth loss, gingivitis, and other dental dilemmas in adults can indicate the presence of serious health problems -- including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, vitamin deficiencies, and even the risk of having a premature or low-birth-weight baby. These dental problems can result from poor dental hygiene such as not brushing well or not flossing regularly. But even by following your dentist's golden rule, you may still be hurting your overall health.

"Every time you brush your teeth, especially if there's any inflammation in the mouth, it puts some bacteria into your bloodstream," says Honolulu periodontist Michael P. Rethman, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. "This isn't good, but it is normal."

That may explain a recent jaw-dropping study in the journal Circulation that links any of five common dental problems with an increased risk of heart disease. The kicker: Dental problems proved to be stronger predictors of heart disease than more traditionally used risks factors such as low "good" cholesterol, high triglycerides, or high levels a clotting factor called fibrinogen.

And it doesn't end there.

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Active ImagePower up, slim down

Choosing a bagel over a peanut butter sandwich isn't the kind of life-altering decision that, say, changing your e-mail address is. But your pick could have heavy fitness repercussions. Grab a lame prerun snack and you'll be dragging to the finish. Reach for the wrong food when you put down those weights and next time you pump iron, you could be crashing harder than a disgraced beauty queen after an all-nighter. The simple truth is what you eat influences your performance in key ways. That's why we pored over a stack of scientific studies and picked the brains of a half dozen experts

Active ImageMassage: It's real medicine

By Kristyn Kusek Lewis
Health.com

Having your honey rub your back is sweet, but it's tough to compete with the hands of a pro. A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person. And now research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more. Maybe that's why hospitals are making it a standard therapy.

"All of our surgery patients are offered the treatment -- I call it 'service with a smile' -- and it's a mandatory weekly prescription I give myself," says Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital--Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a member of the board at LLuminari, a health-education company.

Our advice: Enjoy your hands-on time with your sweetie, but set aside some time for a real massage, too. Here are some feel-good reasons:

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Active ImageStroke mortality rises on weekends

If you have a stroke, try to have it between Monday and Friday.

A Canadian study released Thursday found that patients hospitalized for the most common kind of stroke on weekends had a higher death rate than those admitted on weekdays.

The "weekend effect" has been identified before in other conditions such as cancer and pulmonary embolism.

But this is the first major study to look at it in relation to ischemic stroke, which is caused by a clot that blocks blood flow in an artery in or leading to the brain.

"If the 'weekend effect' occurs in a socialized health care system (like Canada's), it is likely that the effect may be larger in other settings," said Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, director of the Stroke Research Unit Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study.

The study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, looked at all ischemic stroke hospital admissions in Canada from April 2003 to March 2004.

It found that about a quarter of the 26,676 patients admitted to 606 hospitals over that time period were brought in on Saturdays and Sundays.

"After adjusting for age, gender and other medical complications, researchers found that patients admitted on the weekend had a 14 percent higher risk of dying within seven days of admission compared to patients admitted during the week," the American Heart Association said in a statement.

The "weekend effect" was even greater when patients went to a rural hospital instead of an urban one, and when the doctor in charge was a general practitioner instead of a specialist, it said.

Researchers said the higher death risk might be linked to a relative lack of resources or expertise in hospitals during weekends. But they did not elaborate and said more study was needed.

No one with stroke-like symptoms should hesitate to seek medical treatment on weekends, they added.

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Active ImageMouse study may explain teens' 'raging hormones'

This might help explain why teenagers act like, well, teenagers.

Researchers reported Sunday that a hormone produced by the body in response to stress, that normally serves to calm adults and younger children, instead increases anxiety in adolescents.

They conducted experiments with female mice focusing on the hormone THP that demonstrated this paradoxical effect, and described the brain mechanism that explains it.

If, as the scientists suspect, the same thing happens in people, the phenomenon may help account for the mood swings and anxiety exhibited by many adolescents, they said.

"Teenagers don't go around crazy all the time," said lead researcher Sheryl Smith, a professor of physiology and pharmacology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, in a telephone interview.

"But it really is a mood swing where things seem fine and calm, and then the next thing is someone's crying or angry," she added. "And I think that's why people have used the term 'raging hormones."'

Smith's team reported the research in Sunday's issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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Active ImageSelenium, Vitamin E Ward Off Prostate Cancer

Supplementing with a popular mineral and vitamin combo may help reduce prostate cancer risk better than taking either supplement separately, according to a new study. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study concludes that taking selenium together with high-dose vitamin E can significantly lower men's risk of developing prostate cancer. However, subjects in the study who took either selenium or vitamin E separately were not found to enjoy a significantly lower cancer risk. The study was conducted by researchers at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Active ImageMen on antidepressants drink less often

Antidepressant medication may help depressed men cut down on their drinking, but the same may not be true of women, a new study suggests.

In a survey of more than 14,000 adults, Canadian researchers found that respondents with major depression tended to drink more than non-depressed men and women. However, this was not the case for depressed men who were on antidepressant medication.

Among women, on the other hand, those with depression drank more regardless of whether they were taking an antidepressant.

It's not clear that the medication helped depressed men cut down on their drinking, or that it failed to help women, according to the researchers. It's possible, for instance, that doctors are more likely to warn male patients against drinking while taking the drugs.

"We do not know whether antidepressants have different pharmacological effects on men and women, whether depression differs by gender, or whether the differences in the process of being treated for depression account for this discrepancy," study co-author Dr. Kathryn Graham, of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Ottawa, said in a statement.

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Active ImageMom's gum disease ups risk of premature birth

Pregnant women with periodontal (gum) disease are at increased risk for delivering their infants prematurely, according to a pooled analysis of 17 studies involving 7,151 women, 1,056 of whom delivered their infants preterm or at a low birth weight.

Drs. Jean-Noel Vergnes and Michel Sixou of the Dental School in Toulouse, France found that mom's gum disease increased the risk of early birth or having a low birth weight infant nearly threefold.

For preterm birth alone, periodontal disease increased risk 2.27-fold, while it more than quadrupled the risk of having a low birth weight infant.

While the current study supports a periodontal disease-prematurity link, the authors say, the strength of the association they found should be interpreted with care, given that the higher quality studies they analyzed tended to show a weaker link.

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Active ImageStudy: Ibuprofen Works Best For Kids

300 Children With Broken Bones, Bruises, Sprains Studied At Canadian Hospital

Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains.

Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital.

The youngsters, aged 6 to 17, were randomly assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups. But starting an hour after taking the medicine, children who got ibuprofen reported substantially greater pain relief than the other two groups.

Children rated their pain on a 100-point scale before and after taking the medicine. At 60 minutes afterward, scores for children who got ibuprofen had dropped 24 points, compared with 12 points for the acetaminophen group and 11 points for the codeine group. The differences remained at 120 minutes.

Also at 60 minutes, about half the ibuprofen children reported what doctors considered "adequate" pain relief, or scores below 30, compared with 40 percent of the codeine children and 36 percent of the acetaminophen group.

There were no major side effects although one child was accidentally given an overdose of codeine and was removed from the study. That child was treated and monitored but showed no ill effects, the researchers said.

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Report: FDA Eyes Kids' Cold Drugs

Common children's cold and cough medicines are coming under scrutiny from federal drug regulators, who say the remedies and their recommended doses have not been studied enough in children, a newspaper reported.

Dr. Charles J. Ganley, a top Food and Drug Administration official, said the agency was "revisiting the risks and benefits of the use of these drugs in children," especially those younger than 2 years old, The New York Times reported in Friday's editions.

Most over-the-counter cold and cough medicines have been insufficiently tested in children, said Ganley, the director of the FDA's office of nonprescription drug products.

"We have no data on these agents of what's a safe and effective dose in children," he told The Times in an interview.

The FDA said it could not yet determine whether new regulations would result from the safety review, according to the newspaper.

A group of pediatricians and public health officials asked the agency Thursday to bar drug manufacturers from marketing such remedies as Toddler's Dimetapp, Infant Triaminic and Little Colds to children under 6.

A recent study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that more than 1,500 children under 2 had experienced serious health problems and three died after taking common cold medicines in 2004 and 2005. The American College of Chest Physicians last year recommended avoiding using cough and cold medicines in children, especially young ones.

In above-normal doses, cold medicines can lead to heart arrhythmias, and some have been linked to hypertension and stroke when taken in high doses, The Times reported. In rare cases, children have had medical problems after taking recommended doses, the article said.

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The number of overweight children and teenagers has more than tripled in the last 25 years. They are at higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other problems.

Registered dietician Elisa Zied, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, has advice to turn the trend around in her new book, "Feed Your Family Right."

On The Early Show Monday, Zied began a three-part series on food and families with a look at keeping kids at healthy weights.

Zied told Tracy Smith the book had its roots in her high school years, when she was 30 pounds heavier than she it now and her weight was always fluctuating.

"My family struggled with our weight," Zied recalled, "and now, as a mother of two, I realize how tough it is to raise healthy children.

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Senay: More Studies Show Men's Ability To Father Healthy Kids Diminishes With Age

When people discuss biological clocks, they're likely to be referring to women.

But, reported The Early Show medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay Monday, evidence is mounting that men have one, too.

She summarized it for co-anchor Harry Smith by saying, "Male menopause, no. A biological clock, probably yes.

"There's no timeframe after which men no longer make sperm the way women go through menopause and they cease to be fertile at all. But, I think a lot of men assume that because they make sperm throughout their lives that they have the equal ability to conceive healthy children in their 70s, or even beyond in some cases, as they do in their 20s and 30s. And the science is really starting to build and mount that that's just not the case."

There's evidence, Senay pointed out, that age can make it harder for men to produce sperm that's able to conceive a child. And perhaps more importantly, various studies have suggested that the risk of birth defects rises the older the father is.

A fairly recent study suggested that men over 40 are nearly six times more likely to father an autistic child than men under 30. Schizophrenia may also be more prevalent in children fathered by older men. A link between the mother's age and Down syndrome has long been suspected.

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