August 2014


preventioncouple 163x170.jpgPrevention, Screening and The Real Story

Medical journals, newspapers and TV news reports publish story after story about advice that people can wait longer periods of time to have cancer screening tests. These articles often suggest that regular screening and preventive testings can be postponed for years, or even entirely avoided for both men and women.

Sadly there is another truth, one not often seen or presented as part of these stories. In recent years you may well remember reading stories regarding the practical risks and lack of benefits now being attributed to yearly routine cancer screening tests. The Annual Pap Smear was a regular event. Most women would go annually to see their primary care medical doctor or their gynecologist for a pap smear, breast exam and referral for their annual mammogram. Now the media tells us that prestigious medical committees or organizations are publishing studies that tell women that it is perfectly acceptable to put off these exams for two, three or even five years.

While it is hard to argue with studies done by major organizations and experts, is it really the right thing to do for you? In recent years the medical professionals, have told women that breast-self exam is useless, mammography and pap smears may lead to expensive and even unnecessary painful and even dangerous post testing, false positive and bring more fear into the lives of women who participate. Each of these articles almost always contain a statement of how putting off these routine procedures can save dollars. The assumption is that it reduces health care costs, but with health care organizations making record profits, and since health care costs have not really dropped significantly, I often question where the money saved actually goes?

As a physician I want to listen to and value these studies. Most of these studies at least on the surface appear to be well done and offer some value. However, my practical reality of day-to-day medical practice and years of experience in dealing with people and not just numbers, leaves me screaming inside as to the damage these new recommendations could end up doing.

These new recommendations are heavily influencing women to postpone some potentially life saving procedures, I am very uncomfortable with this outcome. My patients specifically come to me to take care of their needs and help them not only prevent but also catch early problems that would ultimately if undiagnosed, create misery, confusion and true risk to their life and well-being. They want to trust of my expert advice and I will only give the very best advice to them, since I feel they deserve this.

I have actually started writing this article nearly 100 different times. Each time I see an article telling the world that it is okay to live in a bubble, to not worry about real risks and problems and to accept being talked out of taking care of them selves. I have no statistics to offer to prove my point or to assure my patients that I am more correct than these major academic organizations. I am not a prestigious teaching physician. I am not the head of a well-known hospital or medical center. I am in a sense a lone practitioner who simply takes the very best care of and sincerely cares about his patients as unique, valuable and deserving individuals.

I have no great words of wisdom to offer, I simply have more than 42 years of medical practice experience on the front line working with women. The vast majority of my patients choose to prevent and not to live in fear of having life changing medical conditions such as cancer of the breast, uterus, ovaries, vulva or any other organ or bodily system take over their life.

I feel fortunate that, here on the front line, I do not see a great deal of cancer or other lethal health problems in my patients, yet cancer and other major health problems are not at all uncommon.

What I do see is that the great majority of women with breast cancer often have found it by themselves. They often did so when they detected a lump in their breast that was not previously present. How do I know this, because it is the most common way we as physicians see breast cancer’s detected. The difference between those caught early which are 100% curable and those caught late which ultimately require radical mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation is the fact that most of the women with early tumors found their cancers either randomly or during monthly breast-self exams. The other group of early cancer patients are those who did come in for yearly breast exam and/or mammography.

I cannot imagine how any articles could say that it is better to wait,. But unfortunately they do and this not only makes me angry, but it makes me question what the underlying intent of these studies and subsequent articles are. Are they to protect women or to protect the insurance companies profits? No one can tel me that waiting until cancer is in an advanced stages saves anyone any money or in fact suffering, anxiety or pain either.

I have practiced medicine long enough to know, and as my professor of Statistics told me on my first day at UCLA School of Public Health, “Tell me what you want me to prove and I will design the study to prove exactly what you want to prove for you and anyone reading it.” While I hate to say things like this, since most medical practitioners and academic organizations are honest and really care about their patients, the truth is studies are paid for by someone and as we have just seen in our last presidential election, truth is often in the eye of the person with the dollars.

I have added an article to this month’s HolisticGynPS.Com newsletter that would at first glance appear to be out of place, a story regarding the decrease in the death rate from ovarian cancer done in England. Ovarian Cancer Deaths Fall By 20%, England.

Why should we, here in America, care about what is happening in England? The answer lies in a short statement mid-way through this article, “.. the fall in deaths could be because we are getting better at detecting and treating ovarian cancer.” The author cites improvements in scanning procedures, surgery and chemotherapy treatments. The decrease in deaths in England, is occurring because they are getting better at detecting and treating ovarian cancer, not because they are delaying detection.

The takeaway here is that in order to prevent deaths from ovarian cancer we must first detect it while it is early enough. How can ovarian cancer or breast cancer for that matter, be detected if we are telling women to stay home, stop self exams and wait longer and longer to come in to their doctor to be seen, screened and checked?

Cancer is always time sensitive! Even if it may take years for some cancers to develop, during this time the cancer will likely go unrecognized until one of two things happens, 1) the woman develops signs and symptoms which could mean that her cancer has advanced, or 2) the woman or her doctor finds it early enough to start treatment before the woman’s life and well-being are at risk.

Telling women to wait for years, to not go in for regular check ups, while an early or worse advanced cancer might be allowed to grow, can only suggest that, “the inmates are running the asylum.” To me waiting seems to be a fool’s delight, it may make some people very happy and believe that this saves lots of money, but others will not fare so well. True we might spend more money offering preventive services and we are likely to get lot’s of normal test results, to which I say, Hurray!!!, For every woman I have ever known hearing the words, “Everything is normal, you are safe” almost always rings joyful in their heart and soul.

Everyone out there can believe what they desire. Too many times this doc has heard from specialists, “Sorry! It is just too late to do her any good!” This is a message I would like to never ever have to hear again. I invite my patients to come to see me or go to another doctor every year and get checked. Don’t just go for a pap smear and mammography, do make sure to also get your blood pressure checks, look for an unexpected anemia, check for skin cancers, check for blood in your stool, get a complete yearly exam and know that you are working to prevent diabetes, heart disease and cancers. Stop listening to those who can tell you that you can wait. It would be a horrible shock to be told by specialists that you did not come in soon enough.

This might ultimately break the system, but truthfully, if you care about the system why not elect representatives who can help fix this already broken system? Let’s find people who can support and improve early detection, believe in the benefits of screening and early treatment, rather than simply leave more and more lives hanging in the wind. Health issues are always time sensitive!

midlifewalking141x170.jpgMoving 6,000 or more steps a day -- no matter how -- adds up to a healthier life for midlife women. That level of physical activity decreases the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome (a diabetes precursor and a risk for cardiovascular disease), showed a study published online this month in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.

To read the full article Daily Steps Add Up for Midlife Women's Health, click here.
sick136x170.jpgWhen you wake up feeling under the weather, the last thing you’re capable of doing is thinking clearly. But if it’s a weekday, the decision you have to make—call out or head in—is as stressful and confusing as the time you had to figure out what to do with your boss’s Facebook friend request.

To read the full article 5 Times You Should Call in Sick to Work, click here.
birthcontrol155x170.jpgA dramatic new study with implications for next month’s presidential election finds that offering women free birth control can reduce unplanned pregnancies -- and send the abortion rate spiraling downward.

To read the full article Free Birth Control Cuts Abortion Rate Dramatically, Study Finds, click here.
ovariancacouple146x170.jpgDeaths from ovarian cancer among women in England have fallen by 20% over the last ten years, says a new report from the National Cancer Intelligence Network released on 20 November.

To read the full article Ovarian Cancer Deaths Fall By 20%, England, click here.
womandreaming170x156.jpgWith the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" still flying off the shelves, women are discovering the power of sexual fantasy, some for the first time.

To read the full article More Women Harness Power of Fantasy, click here.
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If your goal is to lose weight, no one will tell you to drink more soda. But Pepsi Special, a new fiber-infused soda from Pepsi-Cola, has been marketed as being able to block fat and reduce hunger. And some nutritionists are calling foul.

To read the full article Can Soda Help You Lose Weight?, click here.
itchyscalp130x170.jpgGive your dry skin the moisture it craves.

Flaky, itchy, dry skin can plague you all year, and it’s often worse in winter. But whenever it happens, you only want relief, and you want it fast.

To read the full article 6 Quick and Easy Dry Skin Relievers, click here.
feelinggoog140x170.jpgWhat words would you associate with being old? I asked a few people recently, and here are just some of the words they used: fuddy-duddy, not fresh, decrepit, sad, wrinkly, tired, stiff, brittle, unhappy, invisible, obsolete, diminished, fat, fragile, cranky, and marginalized.

To read the full story Are Your Thoughts Making You Old?, click here.
healthreforminsurance150x170.jpgPresident Obama's re-election guarantees that the health reform law will continue rolling out.

A WebMD survey after the election found that many readers want to know what impact the law will have on their health care costs.

To read the full story Will Health Reform Cost Me More?, click here.
affordablecare170x130.jpgOne Big Winner in Tuesday's Vote: Health Reform

One of the biggest winners Tuesday night was health reform. Now that President Barack Obama has won a second term and kept a Democratic majority in the Senate to back him up, Republicans have lost any chance at repealing his biggest domestic initiative.

To read the full story One Big Winner in Tuesday's Vote: Health Reform, click here.
ObamaHealthReform122x170.jpgNow that President Barack Obama has won a second term, the Affordable Care Act is back on a fast track. Some analysts argue that there could be modifications to reduce federal spending as part of a broader deficit deal; for now, this is just speculation. What is clear is that the law will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and doctors.

To read the full story A Consumer's Guide to Health Reform, Post-Election, click here.
testiculartrauma170x170.jpgGenital Harm More Common Than Dental Injuries, Study Shows

Think twice before making fun of your friend for going to the hospital after getting hit in the crotch with a soccer ball.  According to a study published in the Journal of Urology, these accidents are more common than you’d imagine.

To read the full story Genital Harm More Common Than Dental Injuries, Study Shows, click here.
thanksgiving170x150.jpgThanksgiving, GratitudeSaid to Boost Emotional Outlook

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving sounds like a cliche. But evidence is mounting that counting your blessings can make you happier. Think of it as an emotional reset button, psychologists say - especially in tough times like these.

To read the full article Thanksgiving, gratitude said to boost emotional outlook, click here.
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Coffee May Protect Against Endometrial Cancer

Ladies, here's another reason to defend that coffee habit you just can't kick. A new study found that java may protect against endometrial cancer, which begins in the lining of the uterus. It is the most common type of uterine cancer.

To read the full article Coffee May Protect Against Endometrial Cancer, click here.
thanfulwoman170x128.jpgThankfulness Linked to Positive Changes in Brain and Body

Grateful? Write it down. Think about it. Talk about it. 'Tis the season of thanking, and not only will you spread those positive vibrations to those around you, your health will benefit, too.

To read the full article Thankfulness Linked to Positive Changes in Brain and Body, click here.
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  Sugary Drinks: A Health Risk for Women

Drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day may expand a woman’s waistline and increase her risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to this study.

To read the full article Sugary Drinks: A Health Risk for Women, click here.

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Foods That Make You Glow from Head to Toe


While we want to look good at the beach, it's important to feel good too. Here, experts tell us the best foods to make us glow from head to toe (hint: they'll also help you shed a pound or two!) to make putting on a bathing suit a fun experience.

To read the full article Foods That Make You Glow from Head to Toe, click here.
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  Women More Likely to Have 'Broken Heart Syndrome'

Females are seven to nine times more likely to suffer "broken heart syndrome," when sudden or prolonged stress like an emotional breakup or death causes overwhelming heart failure or heart attack..

To read the full article Women More Likely to Have 'Broken Heart Syndrome', click here.

atrophicvaginitis220x160.jpgOne of the more uncomfortable and problematic conditions women might face, atrophic vaginitis. As menopause approaches, estrogen levels fall and the lining of the vagina begins to thin creating an easily solvable problem if dealt with early. For more information on Preventing and Treating Atrophic Vaginitis, click here.

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Multivitamins Cancer, Heart Disease, Death


In recent years article have suggested that multivitamins may play a role in increasing the risk of cancer, heart disease or death in women. Is this true, should you stop taking multivitamins, not yet, for more information on Multivitamins Cancer, Heart Disease, Death, click here.
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America's Healthiest Mall Food

   
After zooming from one end of the mall to the other, don't you deserve a quick bite? Of course. Does it have to be greasy fries, gooey cinnamon buns, or some other equally fattening, sodium-loaded calorie bomb? No way!

To read the full article America's Healthiest Mall Food , click here.
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  Eating Too Much Salt Can Be Dangerous!

You or someone you love may have a problem with salt. If it is you, than pay attention to the recommendations in this article. If it is someone you love, then recognize that you can protect them by going Easy on the Salt!, click here for more information.

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Osteoporosis is a major health problem but many women are unaware of the risks they face and the problems these risks can offer up to them if they do not prepare for and prevent osteoporosis. For more information on what you should but do not know: Women Unaware of Risk for Debilitating Fractures, click here.
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Study Finds Vitamins E and C Don't Reduce Cataract Risk in Men


Long-term use of vitamin E and C supplements doesn't reduce the risk of age-related cataracts in men, a new study finds.

To read the full article Vitamins E and C Don't Reduce Cataract Risk in Men , click here.


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High Cholesterol in Middle Age May Not Raise Dementia Risk for Women

For years, doctors have been saying that keeping your cholesterol levels in check as you age is good for your brain as well as your heart, but a new study suggests the connection between cholesterol and dementia later in life isn't quite so clear-cut.

To read the full article High Cholesterol in Middle Age May Not Raise Dementia Risk for Women, click here.

child-abuse130x100.jpgChildhood Abuse Increases Risk Of Adult Diabetes

Were you the victim of physical or sexual abuse as a child? If so, you may have a 26 to 69% greater risk of type 2 adult diabetes, according to an article today on HealthFinder.gov.

To read the full article Childhood Abuse Increases Risk Of Adult Diabetes, click here.


seasonalaffective130x100.jpg12 Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder

The time of year is approaching that people may begin to experience the symptoms of seasonal depression, commonly known as season affective disorder with the appropriate acronym of SAD.

To read the full article 12 Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder, click here.


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Wandering Mind May Lead to Unhappiness

Researchers Say People Are Most Happy Having Sex, Exercising, Socializing, Mainly Because Such Activities Help Keep the Mind From Wandering

To read the full article Wandering Mind May Lead to Unhappiness, click here.


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One year ago a government panel changed the recommendations for breast cancer screening, from yearly to ever two years. Most professional organizations have disagreed with this and most have not followed suit. The question now being asked is where does this leave women? Should they change what they do, or should they stay with the older, more well entrenched, recommendations and continue to have yearly mammography?
ladyskin-1.jpgIt is now Autumn and the weather is turning colder and dryer, if you have dry and unsightly skin you will want to read this article. Along with fall and winter often comes dry, irritated and unsightly, skin. Now even though the worst of the winter you won’t have to suffer unsightly and uncomfortable skin. In the following article we will tell you how to banish dry skin and give your autum-winter skin care regimen a boost.
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There are times when not feeling good is clearly caused by something we ate, the weather, or too much physical activity. But what happens when symptoms are caused by more significant health problem? When should symptoms not be ignored because they herald major health issues. Here are ten symptoms women should never ignore and why they should not be ignored.
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Prevention Is Really An Act of Love


So you feel healthy and you want to stay healthy. What is it that you need to do to maintain excellent health and well-being? Certainly diet, exercise and lifestyle are important but equally as important is early diagnosis of possible life or at least, well-being threatening conditions.
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The doctorsand media has been misleading women about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for years, and they are going to do it again.

Brace yourselves, another round of misleading information about Estrogen and Progesterone Hormone Therapy is about to hit the media. Before you get upset, before you get too confused, don’t stop using HRT read this article, first before doing anything.

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Experts: Alcohol More Harmful Than Crack or Heroin
Substance Abuse Ranked According to Harm to User and Society


Alcohol abuse is more harmful than crack or heroin abuse, according to a new study by a former British government drug advisor and other experts.

To read the full article Experts: Alcohol More Harmful Than Crack or Heroin, click here.

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Dr. Marie Savard Responds to Viewers' Questions After Oct. 19 Study Results


An ongoing Women's Health Initiative study released results last week showing postmenopausal women who took a combination of estrogen and progestin therapy had a higher chance of getting aggressive forms of breast cancer and may even be at a higher risk of death because of the disease.


To read the full article
Getting Answers After HRT Linked to High Cancer Risk , click here.

Another opinion on this topic Misleading Information, click here.

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Oral cancers in women rising, HPV sometimes a factor

Pat Folsom, 54, knows the importance of preventive medicine. As a health care worker, she goes for scheduled checkups.

To read the full story Oral cancers in women rising, HPV sometimes a factor, click here.

Active ImageMeasure for measure, a way to cut calories

The holiday season brings with it an overabundance of advice on how to avoid gaining weight in the face of all those festive meals, cocktail parties and plates of cookies brought in by co-workers.

To read the full story Measure for measure, a way to cut calories, click here.

stressaspirations130x100.jpgI'm dreaming of a right-size Christmas

The daydreams start about this time every year: I imagine a Thanksgiving feast followed by post-turkey touch football on the beach; my children beside a picture-perfect Christmas tree and glowing menorah, gleeful over their gifts and good fortune; a rollicking New Year's dinner party with friends; and generally lots of togetherness and good cheer.

To read the full story  I'm dreaming of a right-size Christmas, click here.

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Predicting Heart Disease Risk

Consumers are well aware of the dangers of oxidative stress, if the number of juices and teas advertised as containing antioxidants is any indication. But what is the best way to measure oxidative stress – and to fight it?

To read the full story Predicting Heart Disease Risk, click here.

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Bypassing the Blues


Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients who were screened for depression after surgery and then cared for by a nurse-led team of health care specialists via telephone reported improved quality of life and physical function compared to those who received their doctors' usual care.

To read the full story Bypassing the Blues, click here.


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Being thankful ... you’re not like mom and dad: Holidays can provide lessons about love amid quirky family dynamics

Thanksgiving  and Christmas brings the annual mix of happy anticipation and dread as we gather at the old homestead for a day of food, celebration and family politics.

To read the full article Being thankful ... you’re not like mom and dad, click here.

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Study: Cut Global Warming, Save Lives Slashing; Carbon Emissions Would Reduce Heart, Lung Diseases, New Studies Show

Cutting global warming pollution would not only make the planet healthier, it would make people healthier too, newly released studies say.

To read the full article Study: Cut Global Warming, Save Lives, click here.

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Can Food Lower Your Cholesterol?
Dr. Jennifer Ashton Tests Our Knowledge of Cholesterol and a Heart Healthy Diet


Almost 99 million adults in the United States have what is considered borderline or high cholesterol.  In time for Christmas, CBS's  Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Harry Smith talk about foods and cholesterol.

To read the full article Can Food Lower Your Cholesterol?, click here.

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Treating trauma victims may cause its own trauma

They listen to tales of life's worst moments, but they can't go home and tell their spouses about what they've heard. Sometimes no amount of schooling is enough to shield them from taking on some of their patients' suffering.

To read the full article Treating trauma victims may cause its own trauma , click here.

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A Dream Interpretation: Tuneups for the Brain

It’s snowing heavily, and everyone in the backyard is in a swimsuit, at some kind of party: Mom, Dad, the high school principal, there’s even an ex-girlfriend. And is that Elvis, over by the piñata?

To read the full article A Dream Interpretation: Tuneups for the Brain, click here.

suicides130x100.jpgSuicides in the downturn raise worries about recession’s real cost

Coroner John White is presiding over a sad tally in this northern Indiana county, tracking rising numbers of suicides he believes are linked to the lingering recession.

To read the full story Suicides in the downturn raise worries about recession’s real cost, click here.

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Do Teen Sports Increase Risk of Teen Drinking and Violence?
Young Men Who Participate in Team Sports May Be More Likely to Fight, Drink


Conventional wisdom has always been that team sports build character, cooperation, and leadership skills. But new research suggests that being on the school football team may also be hurting your teen, especially boys.

To read the full story Do Teen Sports Increase Risk of Teen Drinking and Violence?, click here.

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Diet Sodas May Be Hard on the Kidneys
Women Who Drink 2 or More Diet Sodas Daily Double Their Risk of Kidney Function Decline, Study Shows


Diet soda may help keep your calories in check, but drinking two or more diet sodas a day may double your risk of declining kidney function, a new study shows.

To read the full story Diet Sodas May Be Hard on the Kidneys , click here.

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Chew Away Hunger With Sugar-Free Gum

People who chewed sugarless gum in the morning reduced their calorie intake at lunch by 68 calories.

To read the full story Chew Away Hunger With Sugar-Free Gum , click here.

Active ImageWhy memory lane is such a mortifying stroll
Your brain is wired to keep mental souvenirs from times you'd rather forget


Researchers hope gaining a better understanding how the brain stores memory will eventually help scientists figure out how to block disturbing memories, such as those suffered by people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

To read the full story Why memory lane is such a mortifying stroll, click here.

Active ImagePatients Are Seeking 1st, 2nd Opinions on Internet, But Some Doctors Are Leary of Misinformation with Self-Diagnosis

With so much medical information online, many Americans are playing doctor, much to the dismay of "real" doctors.

But now, instead of shunning the Internet, some physicians are embracing it, CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports.

To read the full story  "Webnosis" the Wave of the Future?, click here.

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From Sweat to Blushing: Top 6 Body Betrayals
Some People's Uncontrolled Physical Reactions Can Dominate their Lives and Careers


For 30 years Wendy Allot had no control over the color of her face. "I'm a big time blusher," said Allot, 46, of Kirkland, Wash. "I could turn so red that it almost became a purple hue. It was not attractive or adorable -- it was humiliating."

To read the full story From Sweat to Blushing: Top 6 Body Betrayals, click here.

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Study: New Test Flags Gluten Protein Gliadin in Food, Works Faster Than Current Method

Scientists have developed a new test that could speed up identification of gluten, a trigger for people with celiac disease.

Gluten-free foods are already on the market. But gluten can lurk in products that people might not expect. People with celiac disease have to avoid gluten completely, and gluten testing isn't required of U.S. foods.

To read the full article Celiac Disease: Faster Gluten Test, click here.

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Makers touting health benefits, but experts call ad campaign 'troubling'

Sure he takes some ribbing from his brothers. But that doesn't stop Chicago marketing executive Jonathan Schmit from slugging down Pink Lemonade Metamucil twice a day.

"I'm a triathlete. I take all kinds of supplements, so it would be silly not to do this for that part of my health," said Schmit, 36. "I'm like, 'Come on guys. This is a way to get fiber in your diet.' "

To read the full article Laxatives break out of their regular role, click here.

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Concerns about the size of genital organs are often unwarranted.

Most humans are concerned about the size of objects. For many, big is beautiful up to a point after which, it may become ugly. For others, small is beautiful again up to a point after which, it becomes unacceptable. Only a few of us have no views on size.

To read the full article Does size matter?, click here.

Active ImageStudy finds obese kids have arteries like 45-year-olds'

The arteries of many obese children and teenagers are as thick and stiff as those of 45-year-olds, a sign that such children could have severe cardiovascular disease at a much younger age than their parents unless their condition is reversed, researchers said Tuesday.

To read the full article Study finds obese kids have arteries like 45-year-olds, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Stiffer Arteries May Predict Decline in Mental Skills With Age

How flexible are your arteries? It might make a difference in how sharp your mind stays with age.

A new study links stiffer arteries to lower memory and concentration test scores as adults age.

To make your arteries more flexible, go for a healthy lifestyle, suggest the researchers. They included Shari Waldstein, PhD, of the University of Maryland in Baltimore County.

To read the full article Stiff Arteries May Stifle Aging Mind, click here.


Active ImageFor years she hid the credit card bills from her husband: The $2,500 embroidered coat from Neiman Marcus. The $900 beaded scarf from Blake in Chicago. A $600 pair of Dries van Noten boots. All beautiful items, and all perfectly affordable if she had been a hedge fund manager or a Google executive.

Friends at first dropped hints to go easy or rechannel her creative instincts. Her mother grew concerned enough to ask pointed questions. But sales clerks kept calling with early tips on the coming season
Active ImageNormally the body can fight off infections and other assaults from the environment by launching an attack by the immune system. But somehow tumors are allowed to develop unchecked.

Now British researchers are helping to explain why. Their study shows tumors are full of cells normally responsible for telling another component in the body when it is okay to shut down the inflammatory response. Inflammation is the key way the body fights off infection or other invaders. Regulatory T cells step in after the need for inflammation has passed, such as when you get a minor cut or scrape, telling macrophages, which normally cause the inflammation, that it
Active ImageStem cell discovery opens new doors, but don't shut the others just yet

In the Middle Ages, the alchemists believed someday they
Active ImageObesity among factors blamed for rise in deaths from clogged arteries

For decades, heart disease death rates have been falling. But a new study shows a troubling turn
Active ImageSection Of Brain That Processes Pain Thicker In Migraine Sufferers

Researchers have identified specific differences in the brains of migraine sufferers linked to the processing of sensory information, including pain.

In earlier research, Harvard Medical School investigators used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show structural differences between the brains of people with and without migraines.

To read the full article Migraine Sufferers Have Different Brains, click here.


Active ImageStudy: Ill-Fitting Shoes Are a Major Reason for Diabetes-Related Foot Amputations

More than 80,000 foot amputations are performed every year on people with diabetes. Most of these are preventable, and one of the culprits for amputation is right below your nose: your shoes.

According to a new study, 63 percent of diabetic patients wear the wrong size shoes, putting them at higher risk of developing foot ulcers, which can lead to amputations.

To read the full article If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, click here.


Active ImageWomen who suffer from a painful condition called fibromyalgia might be able to ease their symptoms by simply getting up and getting moving.

In a new study, researchers found women who participated in regular exercise were more likely to report improvements in areas like social functioning, mental health, fatigue, and depression. They were also more likely to gain a greater sense of self-worth.

To read the full article Painful Condition Responds to Exercise, click here.


Active ImageHigher rates of emphysema, chronic bronchitis, Chinese research suggests

Women who smoke are at greater risk than male smokers of developing lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, new research from China suggests.

Such illnesses, known collectively as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are the second leading cause of death in mainland China, Dr. Fei Xu of Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing and colleagues note.

To read the full article Female smokers at greater risk for lung disease, click here.


Active ImageCongress Could Create A New Class Of "Behind-The-Counter" Drugs

Call it cutting out the middleman - except the middleman is your doctor.

The idea: allow some prescription drugs to be sold without a prescription, provided pharmacists like Cheri Garvin, the CEO of Leesburg Pharmacy, who CBS News transportation and consumer safety correspondent Nancy Cordes spoke with, perform a quick consultation.

To read the full article Prescription Drugs, Without The Doctor?, click here.


Active ImageSchool District Orders Parents to Appear in Court for Failure to Immunize

A Maryland school district has ordered parents of more than 2,300 students to court Saturday for failure to immunize their children. The parents could face fines and jail time if they do not appear.

The students, in grades five through 10, will be required to report to court with their parents. While students can expect to be vaccinated before they leave the courthouse, parents will be lectured to by Circuit Court Judge Philip Nichols Jr. on the necessity of vaccination. Those who fail to appear face fines of $50 a day and up to 10 days in jail.

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Active ImageThe holidays are almost here, but along with the good food and decorations come some hidden dangers for people with allergies and asthma.

Asthma and allergy triggers can lurk in everything from those yummy homemade dishes to Christmas trees, and understanding the risks ahead of time is the best way to avoid a flare up during the festivities.

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Active ImageCould a drug you take to lower your cholesterol be keeping you up at night? Maybe
Active ImagePeople who munch when they're lonely or blue tend to lose the least weight

Emotional eaters
Active ImageNew Studies Link Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Sharper Mental Skills

Eating at least 10 grams of fish per day may make for a sharper mind, new research shows.

That news comes from Norway, where people often eat fatty fish such as salmon, lean fish such as cod, and processed fish such as fish "fingers."

In a Norwegian study, about 2,030 people in their early 70s reported their fish consumption and took various mental skills tests.

People who reported eating on average at least a third of an ounce of fish per day -- 10 grams -- outscored those who skimped on fish, regardless of factors including age, education, and heart health .

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Active ImageKey Factors May Predict Which Kids Have Type 2 Diabetes As Adults

 It may be possible to predict which kids are most likely to mature into adults with type 2 diabetes - and to nip that risk in the bud.

A new study spotlights two key strategies:

1. Start early. Watch for type 2 diabetes risk factors beginning in childhood.

2. Manage weight for a lifetime.

The goal is to head off a condition called metabolic syndrome, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.

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Active ImageLow-fat regimens such as South Beach lowers cholesterol, study says

The high-fat Atkins diet can cause long-term damage to blood vessels, as well as some of the inflammation linked with heart and artery disease, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

In contrast, low-fat regimens such as the South Beach and Ornish diets lowered cholesterol and appeared to benefit artery function, they said.

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Active ImageHeart Failure Patients Taking Yoga Classes Improved Inflammation Levels, Quality of Life

At a meeting where new drug combinations and cutting-edge heart treatments are usually the discussion du jour, one researcher presented new findings on how a 5,000-year-old approach to health may hold special benefits for today's heart failure patients.

Lead researcher Dr. Bobby Khan and colleagues at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta studied the addition of an eight-week course of yoga to standard medical therapy in a group of 19 heart failure patients to see if such a regimen would be safe and beneficial.

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Active ImageSome Physicians Doubt Increase in Artery-Clogging Plaque Formation

New research citing an increased risk of heart disease among women who take -- or who have ever taken -- birth control pills is reigniting debate over the true connection between the birth control drugs and cardiovascular ills.

Researchers from Ghent University in Belgium looked at 1,301 apparently healthy women between the ages of 25 and 55 who had previously used oral contraceptives, half of whom used them for 13 years or more. What they said they found was that women who had used the pills had an unexpected increase in the presence of artery-clogging plaque in key blood vessels in the heart and legs.

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Active ImageStudy says nursing isn't the culprit, but smoking has droopy side effect

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Active ImageNonmelanoma Skin Cancer May Be Rarer In Some Women Who Drink Coffee With Caffeine

America's most common cancer may be rarer among postmenopausal women who drink coffee.

The researchers who report that news are talking about nonmelanoma skin cancer.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be more than a million new cases and fewer than 2,000 deaths from nonmelanoma skin cancer in the U.S. in 2007.

To read the full article Coffee To Fight Skin Cancer?, click here.


Active ImageSure, Most Of Us Keep Too Many Balls In the Air At Once, But What's The Price We Pay?

All the latest studies say multitasking makes us less efficient and productive, not more. But as demands on our time increase, we go ahead and do it anyway.

Psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, a cognitive behavioral specialist, came to The Saturday Early Show to explain how we can survive multi-tasking and retain our sanity.

Seethe video within article.

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Active ImageAutism 'Epidemic' Largely Fueled By Special Ed Funding, Shift In Diagnosing

A few decades ago, people probably would have said kids like Ryan Massey and Eddie Scheuplein were just odd. Or difficult.

Both boys are bright. But Ryan, 11, is hyper and prone to angry outbursts, sometimes trying to strangle another kid in his class who annoys him. Eddie, 7, has a strange habit of sticking his shirt in his mouth and sucking on it.

To read the full article The Autism Explosion, click here.


Active ImageWhy Public Denials May Only Fuel Conspiracy Theories

Iraq and 9/11, sex trafficking, flu vaccines, widespread autism. Cognitive biases color our view of these and other issues and can affect our policy choices.

Because they are well-, but not widely understood, I'd like to briefly mention three of the most common ones and some related new and troubling research about denials.

To read the full article Deny All You Want, They'll Still Believe, click here.


Active ImageStress Disorders More Common In Women

A recent article published by Psychological Bulletin suggests that men and women respond to stress very differently. The article states that while men experience more traumatic events than women, women are more likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than men.

Men and women respond to trauma and stress differently. The researchers suggest that it may however be the criteria used to diagnose PTSD that may help explain why the PTSD rates are higher in women.

PSTD is an anxiety disorder which can developed after an individual experiences some kind of traumatic event. The symptoms PSTD can include flashbacks or a re-experiencing of the trauma, sleep problems, nightmares, panic attacks, and depression. These events can trigger strong emotional reactions and it is these emotional reactions which often differ between men and women. "So even though men may experience more traumas, they don't seem to have the same emotional responses to traumatic events," the researchers say.

Because of these decreased emotional responses men are less likely to experience anxiety or depression, instead they are more likely to report behavior or drug problems after trauma. Men are also more likely to become irritable, angry, or even violent after experiencing a traumatic event.

The article examines the work of a group of researchers who reviewed 290 studies, conducted between 1980 and 2005, to determine who is more at risk for potentially traumatic events and PTSD — men or women. As suggested above the results pointed out that while men have a higher risk of experiencing traumatic events, women have higher rate of PTSD. The review found that women were more likely to have experienced sexual assault and child sexual abuse, but less likely to have experienced accidents, nonsexual assaults, disaster or fire, combat or war, or to witness death or injury. The researchers suggested that sexual trauma may cause more emotional suffering and be more likely to cause posttraumatic stress disorder than other types of trauma.

The article also suggested that women still had higher PTSD rates than men when both sexes were compared on the same type of trauma. For example, female survivors of motor vehicle accidents were more likely to report symptoms of PTSD than male survivors. They concluded from this that since women experiencing more than one type of trauma this may make women more prone to PTSD than men. "The data suggest that the female victims will have brought to the table a much greater risk of abuse and sexual assault prior to the accident; this could place them at higher risk of developing PTSD after the accident even though the current accident may not have caused all the symptoms," says researchers David Tolin, PhD, of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Another research suggested, "Understanding that responses to trauma vary by gender as well as by individual should help experts develop better tools for diagnosing posttraumatic stress disorder in both men and women."


Comments by Wellness On the Web Editor, Allen Lawrence, M.D.

The above article provided some interesting information but neglects to consider some extremely important factors. Women tended to experience more personally directed violence and trauma, that is trauma directed at them personally rather than simply accidental or environmental. Child abuse and sexual abuse are extremely personal and are usually done either at a very early age or through over powering, lie-threatening violence. While one cannot dismiss the trauma that might occur in an auto accident, or during a work-related injury or even during way, these tend to be more random acts of violence and not specifically directed at the person. True this is entirely subjective as an individual may interpret the experience as personal but comparing child abuse or rape to a random event clearly one can suggest that the sexual violence is much more personal and life-threatening in the moment.

Genetically, men were hunters or farmers, miners and warriors. Men were raised from childhood to know that they lived in dangerous times and that there were always dangers and treat of life and limb about them. Women, on the other hand, while they also knew this, lived in a more cloistered and protected environment. The had their husbands, sons and male villagers to protect them. They spent their days performing nurturing tasks such as child-bearing, child-raising, cooking, gathering, cleaning, maintaining the home. While danger was always possible it was rarely imminent. The opposite of course was true of men, where danger from injury or marauding bandits or tribes was an everyday potential. Over ions of generations the nervous systems of men and women developed differently. Not one better than the other, just differently. It is likely that it is because of these differences that women experience trauma differently than mem. It is also likely that the difference in the types of trauma personal versus random or impersonal could make a difference.

The nervous system of men and women are different. This is a reality that we all recognize. The fact that women have greater difficulty experiencing PTSD should only tell us that the types of trauma women face are significant and that we as a society must do something to take responsibility for allowing abuse against any child, male or female and rape against anyone also male or female. The results of this study while important for creating new testing devices and even forms of therapy are great, BUT more importantly they suggest that as a society were are doing a very poor job with dealing with abuse and rape. It we understand how and why men and women are traumatized and we do something about this, then we will have less PTSD and less issues regarding testing for and diagnosing it.

PTSD is really nothing more than stress, possilble to an extreme but still it is about stress and the stress reaction. Like stress PTSD, if not resolved can lead to Stress-Related Disorders. For more information about Stress and Stress-Related Disorders, click here.

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Fruit, vegetable extracts could boost immunity

Phytonutrients from fruit and vegetables, delivered as a dietary supplement, boosted the immune system of healthy adults, as well as protecting against DNA damage, says a new study from the US.

Many consumers are failing to meet the target of five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, with recent studies have shown that the average consumption of people in developed countries is three portions a day.

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Omega-3-rich fish linked to lower prostate cancer risk

Men who eat one portion of salmon per week are 43 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who eat no salmon, says a study from Sweden that links the apparent benefits to the omega-3 content of the fish.


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Statin Use Associated With Lower Overall Mortality Rate

Veterans on statin therapy, prescribed for a variety of reasons, live an average of two years longer than nonusers, despite having a greater risk of mortality, investigators report in the October issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

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