August 2014


Active Image  Adjustable Breast
  Implants -- a Boon for
  Busts?

   What if you could change the size of your breasts
   at will?

   For women with adjustable breast implants, having

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Active Image  Your Heartburn's
  Connected to Your
  Hip Bone

  Millions of individuals who suffer from heartburn look
  to acid-suppressing medications such as Prevacid, Prilosec
  and Nexium for relief.

But for many who require the drugs, going off them entails severe consequences.

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For more information about Heartburn - Acid Indigestion, click here.

For more information about Gastroesophogeal Reflux - GERD, click here.

Active Image       Influenza Update

If you have already had the flu or have it now, you will be happy to know that as miserable as you might have felt or feel, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta is telling us that this year, so far, the flu and its problems have been extremely mild.

As a practicing physicians the line of persons with flu systems appears to be almost endless. According to the CDC there are at least 28 influenza viruses [10 influenza A (H1), one influenza A (H3), and 17 influenza B viruses] acting on us currently.

Unfortunately, the CDC says, "It is too early in the influenza season to determine which influenza viruses will predominate or how well the vaccine and circulating strains will match."


What Might You Expect?

What we are seeing in our offices are mildly sick individuals who are miserable. The most common symptoms are:

  • Fever (usually high but often low grade or even absent)
  • Muscle aches and headaches (mild to severe)
  • Fatigue and tiredness (often extreme but commonly mild to moderate problems)
  • Sore throat (sometimes mild and sometimes extremely painful)
  • Dry or productive cough (a major symptoms, mostly caused by post nasal drainage, see below)
  • Runny nose (more common in children than adults) and post nasal discharge in both adults and children.
  • Chills (not one of the more common symptoms)
  • A fair number of people are also experiencing stomach and intestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping or pain. Gastrointestinal symptoms appears to be occurring more commonly in children and less commonly in adults.

You don

Active Image  Breast Cancer Rates Fall Sharply

   The number of women diagnosed with breast cancerbreast cancer
    fell sharply in the United States in 2003 -- a decline researchers
  
 attributed to a parallel drop in the number of women taking
    hormone replacement therapy.

The analysis, presented at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, showed that, overall, breast cancer rates dropped by an unprecedented 7% from 2002 to 2003.

That means as many as 14,000 fewer women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 than in 2002, a year in which the American Cancer Society estimates there were 203,500 new cases, says researcher Donald Berry, PhD, a biostatistician at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

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To learn more about menopause and treating the symptoms of menopause, click here.

Active ImageIs Your Memory Normal?

Before you diagnose yourself with Alzheimer's disease, take heart: Experts say some memory lapses are actually normal.

They say that memory is the second thing to go as you get older. So what's the first? Umm, I forgot! And actually, by the time you reach the end of this story, you may remember only a fraction of it. Not to worry, you're not alone.

Experts say that mild memory loss is perfectly normal -- especially as we age. That's right, if you sometimes forget simple things, you're not necessarily developing Alzheimer's disease. There is a gang of people walking around just like you who occasionally misplace their keys, have that deer-in-headlights look as they search for their cars in parking lots, and can't recall the name of one new person they met at their last office party -- yes, the one from last night. And there's a reason for those character-themed floors coupled with the happy-go-lucky music in Disney amusement park parking garages.

To read the full article, click here.

For more information about Alzheimer's Disease, click here.

Active Image  Restaurant trans fat ban could shape
  consumer habits

   According to a recent report by the NPD Group, consumer awareness
   and concern about trans fat is not enough to motivate them to take action
   and eliminate the potentially harmful fat from their diets - especially at restaurants.

Indeed, the report reveals that out of the two thirds of consumers who are aware of trans fats, the majority believe that the foods they consumed at restaurants contained more of these than the foods they consumed at home.

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To learn more about arteriosclerosis, high fat hoigh cholesterol diets and heart attacks, click here.

Active Image  Low-fat diets cut breast cancer
 
 recurrence, says study

   Cutting fat intake to 20 per cent of the daily total calories could
   reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by about 25 per cent,
   researchers from the US have reported.

The Women


National Health Observances & Healthcare
Recognition Dates

During each month of the year we observe and honor certain health conditions and organizations.

During the month of January 2008 we will observe and honor the following organizations, click here. 

For more information on National Health Observances for the year 2008 check out the National Health Information Center.

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Active Image Old world red 
 wines may be 
 healthier

   The same ingredient that helps red wines
   become better with age may help people
                                  live longer by protecting against heart disease.

A new study shows dry red wines high in tannins, such as those made in southwest France and in Italy, have a greater protective effect than less tannic wines produced in other parts of the world.

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Active Image  Mix-ups in the
  medicine cabinet

  Prescription drug labels need a makeover to
  help patients understand how to take drugs
  properly.

So say researchers, including Louisiana State University's Terry Davis, PhD, and Northwestern University's Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH.

They say nearly half the low-income patients they studied misinterpreted at least one instruction on five common prescription drug labels.

If patients misunderstand drug labels, they may take drugs incorrectly, which can be dangerous.

"It was surprising how prevalent mistakes were regardless of an individual's literacy level," Wolf says in a Northwestern University news release.

"Just being able to read the label doesn't mean you'll be able to interpret it," he says. "Why are we not phrasing things properly on bottles?"

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Active Image    PMS still a major health
  problem

    PMS? Who cares you ask? No body talks about PMS any more why
    should we care?

   While it seems we hear less about PMS from the media and on the 
    news today, we can assure you that it is neither dead, buried nor gone
    from the lives of women. Although PMS no longer seems to be in
the news, it is a reality that millions of women still face on a monthly basis. PMS, or  premenstrual syndrome, is a medical problem which of often mistreated or under treated. While more physicians recognize the term today and even accept it as a medical problem, this does not mean that we have made much of a headway in solving this problem. The usual way most physicians deal with women who suffer from PMS is to prescribe one or another of the many drugs or hormones already on the market to eliminate PMS symptoms.

The problem however, is that PMS is really the tip of a nutritional iceberg. It is a symptom of an underlying nutritional deficiency syndrom which is more and more prevalent in America and throughout the Western world. PMS, coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure all have a common basis. While each outwardly looks and acts differently they all have the common thread of having nutritional deficiencies at their root. In women, PMS is often a forerunner to many of these conditions. When discovered early and treated correctly, through dietary and lifestyle changes, PMS can be a life saver as it allow the woman to modify her diet so they nutritional deficiencies which are causing it are corrected and hence break the cycle which can lead to the more serious consequences listed above.

The culprit in PMS is not "bad" hormones, nor is it a deficiency or excess of brain chemicals, as it is often described by well meaning but unsophisticated physicians, nor even genetics or a deficiency of Prozac or other tranquilizers or diuretics. Rather it is a product of the Standard American Diet or SAD as we like to refer to it, which is a diet high in refined and processed foods, refined sugars, fat but deficient in many essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients necessary for our body work in the way it is supposed to work, healthfully. PMS, is one of the symptoms as well as long term consequences of eating a diet which is deficient in essential nutrients.

While PMS on it own is neither lethal nor dangerous, it can lead to years of misery, emotional conflict, marital and sexual problems. It has been the underlying problem in many failed marriages, divorces, lost jobs, failure in school, business and in a host of other relationship problems. PMS not only affects the woman, but her partner, her children, her family, her friends and her coworkers.

PMS not only affects adult women, but more and more teenaged girls. It often plays a significant role in early sexual acting out, unwanted pregnancies, runaway behavior, poor grades in school, suicidal acts and attempts and a host of other problems teen age girls with PMS may be faced with. Both teenage girls and adult women often face issues of reduced self confidence, poor self image, depression, extreme dieting, and other destructive acting out that seem to occur for no apparent reason.

If it were not enough to have to face all of this those women, mothers

Active Image  Why Do We Crave
  Unhealthy Foods?

     Ever wonder why we seem to crave most the food
     that's worst for us?
 Could it be that we literally can't
     resist it?

    That's what neuroscientist Ann Kelly has been studying for more than a decade in her lab at the University of Wisconsin, CBS News correspondent Trish Regan reports.

To read the complete article, click here.

Active Image  Exercise May Cut
  Fatigue In Patients

    Facing fatigue from an immune system disease such as lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), or rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?  

You're not alone. Fatigue is common with those conditions. But walking, biking, or other low-impact aerobic exercise may reduce your fatigue, Australian researchers report.

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Active Image   A Tempting Solution to Our
   Big Fat Weight Problem

 Much as you might feel otherwise, exercise is not a punishment for being fat. But to make activity a daily habit, American women need to stop thinking of it as cod liver oil.

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To read more about weight loss programs which include an exercise component, click here.

Active Image Depressed? Eat a
 Balanced Diet Topped 
 with Omega-3 Fatty
 Acids

Last week, we were able to consume the recommended 2 servings of fish a week. I had three, because I had to take care of the left-overs one time. Unwittingly, I was doing something to ease my black mood, possibly more than the piece of chocolate that served as my comfort food.

A new study published in the December 2006 issue of Nutrition & Dietetics has shown that the combination of a nutritious diet, daily fish oil supplements and/or three oily fish meals, like salmon, sardines or fresh tuna, a week can help alleviate depression symptoms. These findings come from a review of data in all existing literature related to dietary manipulation, according to the researchers.

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Active ImageOnions, garlic linked to lower cancer risks

People who flavor their diets with plenty of onions and garlic might have lower odds of several types of cancer, a new study suggests.

In an analysis of eight studies from Italy and Switzerland, researchers found that older adults with the highest onion and garlic intakes had the lowest risks of a number of cancers -- including colon, ovarian and throat cancers.

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To learn more about Cancer Screening, click here.

Active Image  Tension headaches eased
  with acupunture, exercise


     Several types of nonpharmacologic treatment, including physical exercise, relaxation training, and acupuncture can provide long-lasting improvements for patients with chronic tension-type headaches, physical therapists in Sweden report.

Because the frequent use of pain medications can lead to chronic headaches, it is important that analgesics are discontinued as a first step in treating tension headaches, Dr. Elisabeth Soderberg and her associates report in the current issue of the Journal Cephalalgia.

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Active Image     Birth control credited 
  with drop in teen
  pregnancy

The dramatic declines in teenage pregnancy rates noted in the United States between 1995 and 2002 were largely due to improved contraceptive use, not to abstinence, a new study shows.

"The current emphasis of U.S. domestic and global policies, which stress abstinence-only sex education to the exclusion of accurate information on contraception, is misguided," warn doctors in a report just released online by the American Journal of Public Health.

To learn more about Contraceptions and Contraception Methods, click here.