August 2014

Active ImageThe results of a new survey indicate that 48 percent of physicians between 50 and 65 years of age are planning to reduce or end their clinical practice in the next 1 to 3 years. The findings also suggest that many older physicians believe that their younger counterparts do not have the work ethic they do.

The survey, which was conducted by Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a Texas-based physician search and consulting firm, suggests that many older physicians are simply unhappy with the changes that have taken place in medicine over the years.

To read the full article How to Figure Out When Therapy Is Over, click here.

Active ImageSmokers can add a new health risk to the ever-growing list of hazards posed by their habit: the unsightly and often painful skin condition known as psoriasis.

American and Canadian investigators who analyzed data from the long-running Nurses Health Study find smoking increases the risk of psoriasis by 78 percent when compared to never smoking. The link is long-lasting too. Former smokers have a 37 percent higher risk overall, and the risk doesn
Active ImageStudy shows gains in strength and endurance, but best timing still debated

If stretching ranks among your list of health priorities somewhere below turning down the volume on your iPod, a new report may give you extra incentive to reach, bend and twist.
The study found that a regular stretching program may actually enhance performance, making people stronger and increasing their endurance.

To read the full article Stretching may offer extended benefits, click here.

Active ImageHaving someone who cares may be more important than medical factors

Having someone to drive you to cancer treatments or make sure you are eating may be even more important than tumor size or other medical factors in predicting cancer survival, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

They found patients with a below-average quality of life before getting treatment for lung cancer
Active ImageDoctors Recommend Limiting Television To 2 Hours A Day And Forbidding TV While Eating

A new childhood obesity study links watching lots of TV to high blood pressure in obese children.

The researchers advise parents to heed recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about limiting kids' TV time.

The AAP doesn't recommend TV for children aged 2 or younger. The AAP recommends no more than one to two hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs for older children.

To read the full article TV Tied To Blood Pressure In Obese Kids, click here.

Active ImageGet Tips on How to Effectively Manage Your Child's Sleep Patterns

With after-school practices, TVs in the bedroom and an online social life that allows them to be connected 24/7, it's no wonder that 60 percent of high school age children admit to being sleepy during the school day.

Henry Elliman, 15, has a shelf full of trophies that only hint at how busy he is. "I am on the soccer team, I play tennis, I play the piano and of course schoolwork."

To read the full article Sweet Dreams Make for Smarter Teens, click here.

Active ImageNo Impact on Cancer Death, New Research Suggests

We have been bombarded over the last couple of years with scientific articles suggesting that vitamin D is the key to improving many aspects of our health, including reducing the risks of dying from cancer.

An article in this week's Journal of the National Cancer Institute reminds us that perhaps we should be a bit cautious in embracing vitamin D as "the answer" before we do more research.

To read the full article Vitamin D No Magic Bullet for Cancer, click here.

Active Image90,000 Americans Get Potentially Deadly Infections From Drug-Resistant Staph Germs, CDC Says

More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph "superbug," the government reported Tuesday in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ.

Deaths tied to these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS, said one public health expert commenting on the new study. The report shows just how far one form of the staph germ, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has spread beyond its traditional hospital setting.

To read the full article "Superbug" Deaths In U.S. May Surpass AIDS, click here.

Active ImageWhen aging hampers memory, some people's brains compensate to stay sharp. Now scientists want to know how those brains make do
Sample ImageConsumers should never put Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats on an elevated surface or leave children unattended, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns.

About 1 million baby seats sold at major U.S. retailers are being recalled after the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 28 reports of serious head injuries, including three skull fractures, after young children fell out of the seats when they were placed on tables.

Improper use of the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats, manufactured by South African company Bumbo International, could lead to serious head injuries if placed on any elevated surface. Young children could arch their backs, flip out of the seat and fall onto the floor, the agency warned Thursday.

To read the full story Baby seats recalled, click here.

Active ImageWomen who have undergone hysterectomy, or removal of the womb, are at higher risk of urinary incontinence that needs to be corrected by surgery later on, a 30-year Swedish study has found.

The risk is especially high for women who have given birth to more than one child vaginally, the researchers wrote in the latest issue of The Lancet journal, urging more caution.

To read the full story Hysterectomy raises incontinence surgery risk, click here.

Active ImageExtreme Stress Taking A Toll On Health, Relationships, And Work, Survey Shows

Nearly a third of U.S. adults report "extreme stress" in a new survey from the American Psychological Association. Stress didn't come as a surprise. Most participants indicated that stress is a natural part of life.

But the survey shows that participants are suffering physically, emotionally, professionally, and personally as a result of stress.

To read the full story Nearly 1 in 3 Adults Feel Extreme Stress, click here.

Active ImageMore Than Half Are More Stressed Now Than Five Years Ago: Report

Americans may be significantly more stressed than they were five years ago, and concerns over home mortgage rates could be a big part of the problem.

The American Psychological Association's (APA) 2007 Stress in America poll, released Wednesday, showed that nearly half of Americans -- 48 percent -- believe that their stress levels have increased during the past five years.

To read the full story Mortgage, Terror Woes Figure Big Stress, click here.

Active ImagePopular medications should not be used for kids under 6, health experts say

Julie Eshelman always believed that the decongestant liquid she gave her young daughter for a cold was helpful.

The girl, now 7, used to come home from day care with the sniffles.
Active ImageDr. Holly Phillips Explores Symptoms And Treatments For The Male Change

Yes, men do have drops in hormone levels like women. For men it's testosterone, for women it's estrogen. The big difference is, for women menopause signals a time when they stop ovulating, when they can no longer have babies. Men through their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, it's a different situation.

Most people think of menopause as a mid-life change women go through, complete with hot flashes and mood swings. But men can also go through some of those changes.

To read the full article Male Menopause? No Myth, click here.

Active ImageGene Tweaks and the Male Pill: Contraception of the Future?
Researchers Hint at the Way We Won't Be Making Babies in the Future

The Pill. Condoms. Intrauterine devices. They are staples of modern birth control. And while they represent some of the best options that men and women have at their disposal today to prevent pregnancy, each is decades old -- and comes part and parcel with a number of its own drawbacks.

To read the full article Gene Tweaks and the Male Pill: Contraception of the Future?, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Many accept it as fact even if own observations suggest otherwise

People are influenced by gossip about others, even when it contradicts what they see with their own eyes, suggests a new study.

Past research has found that gossip
Active ImageStudy of 1,000 Pairs of Gay Brothers Seeks Genetic Clues That May Help Explain Homosexuality

ulio and Mauricio Cabrera are gay brothers who are convinced their sexual orientation is as deeply rooted as their Mexican ancestry. They are among 1,000 pairs of gay brothers taking part in the largest study to date seeking genes that may influence whether people are gay.

The Cabreras hope the findings will help silence critics who say homosexuality is an immoral choice.

To read the full article Study Seeks DNA Clues on Homosexuality, click here.
Active ImageWhether you're trying to avoid peanuts or dairy products, experts offer strategies for dining safely at restaurants.

Having a food allergy used to mean dining out was limited to carrying your plate from the kitchen to the porch or, at best, eating at the home of a close friend or relative who could guarantee your food offenders were nowhere in sight.

Today, however, eating out is a lot easier -- and safer -- for the 2 million Americans who suffer with a mild, moderate, or even a severe food allergy. One reason: Restaurants are more aware and more prepared.

To read the full article Food Allergies: Tips for Eating Out, click here.

Looking for Oats When Dining Out

Oats area highly nutritious food, with power to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke significantly. Adding oats to your diet has many benefits.

Oats, A Breakfast Food For Your Heart

For the most part oats are easiest found for breakfast in the form of oat meal, granola or  muesli cereals. On occasion a restaurant may also serve oat bread or oat muffins. On a very rare occasion a restaurant may serve oat meal pancakes.

Oats may be used in baking cookies (oatcakes) as well as a variety of other baked goods (e.g. bread made from a mixture of oatmeal, with or without other flours) and in cold cereals, such as the ingredient in oatmeal, granola and muesli.

Oats may also be consumed raw and cookies with raw oats are becoming popular.

Oatmeal is usually made from crushed or rolled oats and often served with cream, butter or small amount of salt. If you ware watching your cholesterol, use as little butter as possible and non-fat or low fat milk. In many restaurants oatmeal may be served with brown sugar. There is no problem here unless you are watching your weight or do not wish to use refined products.

For an extra taste treat ask the waiter to have strawberries, blueberries or what ever berry or fruit is in season added on top or along side. Finally you can add almonds, cashews or other nuts before cooking or upon reaching your table.

We suggest asking if the oat meal is being made from instant or quick oatmeal. While instant (quick) oat meal is overall less nutritious than oat groats or whole oats, steel-cut oats, Irish oats, rolled oats, or old-fashioned oats, if there are no other choices it is still better then bacon and eggs.

To learn more about The Benefits of Oats, click here.

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Active ImageBut the debate over the impact of birth order gained new urgency this summer when the results of a new study were announced: Firstborns' IQs tend to be higher than those of their younger siblings.

Does that mean later-born kids are destined to be less accomplished and successful? Studies like this don't tell the whole story -- and neither do birth-order stereotypes. Here's how to bring out the best in each child:

To read the full story Does birth order matter? What every parent needs to know, click here.

Active ImageStudy links desire for cocoa to type of bacteria living in digestive system

If that craving for chocolate sometimes feels like it is coming from deep in your gut, that
Active ImageMore than half of name-brand products have detectable levels

Lipsticks tested by a U.S. consumer rights group found that more than half contained lead and some popular brands including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior had more lead than others, the group said on Thursday.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by the Bodycote Testing Group in Santa Fe Spring, California, found that 61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm).

To read the full story Lipsticks contain lead, consumer group says, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Both Overweight And Lean Women With Hypertension More Likely To Develop Disease

Women may have a new reason to control their blood pressure: to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Researchers today reported that women may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if their blood pressure rises substantially over the years.

Based on the findings, "women with increasing blood pressure levels should have their blood sugar (glucose) levels monitored," David Conen, M.D., says in a news release.

To read the full story Rising Blood Pressure Tied To Diabetes, click here.

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Linoleic Acid Also Protective, Study Suggests

An orange a day may keep the wrinkles away.
In one of the first studies to examine the impact of nutrients from foods rather than supplements on skin aging, researchers reported that people who ate plenty of vitamin C-rich foods had fewer wrinkles than people whose diets contained little of the vitamin.

To read the full article Vitamin C May Slow Skin Wrinkling, click here.

Active ImageDo you agonize too much?
Simple ways to spot the signs and find better ways to handle life's most common stressors

To read the full article Stress less: 16 worry cures, click here. 
Active ImageFlu season is almost here, and a new study finds that skipping that annual flu shot could have serious consequences for older people.

The 10-year study of seniors included those from the Portland area. It found that vaccination against influenza was associated with a 27% decrease in the risk of hospitalization for influenza or pneumonia
Active ImageTests Suggest Less Mental Decline for Current Generation of Elderly

Senior moments notwithstanding, elderly people are smarter today than they were less than a generation ago, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when it comes to mental acuity, 74 is the new 59.

They compared performances on a battery of intelligence tests between a group of contemporary 74-year-olds and another group of people who took the tests 16 years earlier, when they were also 74.

To read the full article Today's Seniors Are Smarter, click here.

Active ImageIn Survey, Many Menopausal Women Say Vaginal Symptoms Are A Problem

Menopausal symptoms dim the sex lives of many women, according to a new online survey.

Murray Freedman, M.D., and colleagues from the Medical College of Georgia evaluated the survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive in late June and early July. They presented their findings yesterday in Dallas at the North American Menopause Society.

To read the full article Menopause Symptoms May Hamper Sex, click here.

Active ImageScientists Believe That the Appendix's Purpose Is to Produce, Protect Good Germs for Your Gut

ome scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That's the theory from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific journal this week.

To read the full article Appendix Protects Good Germs, click here.

Active ImageKnow a Harsh Critic? Their Negative Views May Skew Your Opinions, Marketing Study Suggests

Negativity may be catching among consumers, especially among those with a personal connection, a new study shows.

The researchers, who work at Indiana University, make three main points in their paper:

People tend to abandon their positive views of a new product when they find out that others dislike that product. People become even more negative about a new product when they find out that people they were about to meet with dislike that product. The flip side isn't true: Positive views aren't as persuasive.

To read the full article Negativity May Change Your Mind, click here.

Active ImageThe six most common tooth-damaging habits, and how to avoid them.

No one wants to have nasty breath, or big dental bills. Nonetheless, there are several very common habits that can produce both of those unpleasant results. And they can also leave your smile looking more Pirate of the Caribbean than Christie Brinkley.

To read the full story Tooth-Busters, click here.

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New research suggests that social isolation alters the immune system at the genetic level, raising the risk of serious disease. Oh, and the definition of loneliness might surprise you.

We all know about heartache. For some, feeling alone can be physically painful. And a strong body of recent research has established that it
Active ImageExperts say a variety of new techniques are increasing the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis.

You wake up feeling fine. You grab your morning coffee -- and maybe a doughnut -- and head for the shower. But not more than five minutes pass when suddenly you get a shock.

What's different? You find a lump in your breast. And even though studies show up to 80% of all breast lumps are harmless, you still feel threatened and want to know you'll be OK.

Fortunately, that's a lot easier now, thanks to advances in diagnostics -- a variety of options that pull together not only the specifics of your breast lump, but also look to your personal and family history, your age, even the results of a previous mammogram, to ensure you have the quickest and most accurate diagnosis possible.

To read the full story Advances in Diagnosing Breast Cancer, click here.

Active ImageResearcher: Diners Thinking They're Eating Healthy Items Often Ingest Extra Calories

A restaurant's image might influence what people eat when seeking a healthy meal, and the effect may not always be beneficial, according to a Cornell University researcher.

Brian Wansink, author of the book "Mindless Eating," co-authored a study of what customers choose at some popular fast food places. He spoke about it on The Early Show Tuesday.

To read the full story Fast Food "Halo" Hurting Consumers?, click here.

Active ImageU.S. Women Not Doing Enough To Lower Their Risk, Survey Shows

U.S. women could stand to upgrade their cancer prevention efforts, a new poll shows.

The poll, which included 800 women, comes from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Prevention magazine.

"Our findings should serve as a wake-up call to women," Jennifer Irvine Vidrine, Ph.D., assistant professor in the health disparities research department at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, says in a news release.

To read the full story Poll: Female Cancer Prevention Falls Short, click here.

Active ImageWorking Out at Home a Time-Effective, Cost-Effective Route to Better Results

Who doesn't hate going to the gym? I personally know that even some of the most gung-ho fitness fans -- old and young alike -- drag when it comes to their daily trip to the gym.

Face it: It takes time to go to the gym, to work out and to take care of all the other necessary duties that accompany this endeavor.

To read the full story Your Home Is Your Gym, click here.

Active ImageBiological Differences, as Well as Variations in Play, Could Be to Blame

While concussions are on the rise among all young athletes in the United States, girls may run a higher risk of suffering concussions than their male counterparts engaging in the same sports, researchers say.

Concussions result from a blow to the head that causes the brain to slam against the inner wall of the skull. Bleeding or tearing of the nerve fibers causes symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness and amnesia.

To read the full story Female Athletes Bear Brunt of Concussions, click here.

Active ImageHealth Officials Advise Against Giving Cold and Cough Medicine to Toddlers

Very young children simply should not take some commonly used cold and cough medicines, federal health officials say in recommending that the "consult your physician" advice to parents on the labels be dropped.

The preliminary recommendation, from Food and Drug Administration safety officials, would apply to decongestant use in children under 2, and antihistamines in those younger than 6, according to agency documents released Friday.

To read the full story FDA Officials: Cold Meds Not for Kids, click here.

Active ImageResearchers Say All Types of Alcohol Add Equally to Risk of Developing Breast Cancer in Women

All types of alcohol wine, beer or liquor add equally to the risk of developing breast cancer in women, American researchers said Thursday.

"This is a hugely underestimated risk factor," said Dr. Patrick Maisonneuve, head of epidemiology at the European Institute of Oncology in Italy, who was not connected to the study.

To read the full story Alcohol Boosts Breast Cancer Risk, click here.


Once again, this editor has to stand on a soap box and shout to his readers that article like this while most likely factual are often only part of the story. While there may be merit in recognizing that alcohol to excess has a relationship to breast cancer, or in fact all cancers, this set of facts may be only part of the story. It might be smart to stop and ask, "Why are these women drinking to excess?" Simply stating that drinking to two drinks a day increase a woman

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In a world of fad diets and ever-changing ideas on how to get thin, Gary Taubes is not just another diet guru but a journalist who has covered science for the past 30 years.

It was Taubes who wrote the eye-opening -- and controversial -- New York Times magazine cover story five years ago that asked the near-blasphemous question: "What If Fat Doesn't Make You Fat?"

To read the full story Carbohydrates Make You Fat, and Perhaps Sick, click here.


This article is somewhat confusing to me so it may require a bit of clarification particularly of its terminology. While the general idea stated is reasonably and correct, we must make it clear that a blanket statement that assumes all people are the same is wrong. I have long been a proponent of the fact that our evolution and development control our genetics. Clearly humans have evolved in three definable groups: 1) meat eater (or carnivores), 2) vegetarians, and 3) people who eat combinations of meat and vegetables (omnivores). Over time with the creation of cities and states intermarriage has confused the genes and enzymes they produce so that while we can to a great degree breakdown the majority of people into one of these three groups, few people really understand to which group they belong to.

The author if this article initially wrongly uses the term "complex carbohydrates," (I am not sure exactly who misused this term Mr. Taubes or Ms. Marbrey) when in fact they were talking about refined carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates do not kill. Complex carbohydrates are the whole unadulterated form of grains, vegetables and fruits. The culprits are the refined or processed form of carbohydrates. Overeating carbohydrates, whether refined or complex, could at times also be a factor in obesity. What is not discussed or clear in this article is that complex, whole unprocessed, grains, vegetables and fruits, especially if they are vine ripened (picked when ready to be picked) and grown in appropriate well nutritioned soil are vitamin and mineral rich and are needed by our body for healthy chemical reactions which are essential to our overall health and well-being.

Today it is extremely difficult to find healthy whole grains, fruits and vegetable that are not picked before they are ripe, or are not grown in soil that is loaded with chemicals or poor to begin with, and finally do not have sugar, preservatives and other additives added to them. The largest part of carbohydrates you will eat are refined and hence DO increase blood sugar levels and do contribute to obesity. But still not everyone who eats these adulterated foods will become obese. Some people can eat refined carbohydrates as their genetics are capable of handling them and maintaining a healthy blood sugar. The problem is most people cannot do this and hence the rising rate of obesity pointed out by Mr. Taubes do to refined and carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are essential as they are the major source of natural vitamins, minerals and micronutrients which are required by our body to keep it healthy and alive. Do not give up eating carbohydrates, just do your best to make sure they are healthy carbohydrates, whole, vine ripened, and fresh.

JournalistTakes on the Conventional Wisdom About Diet and Disease

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Today in America, the obesity conversation is very loud.

Every day, Americans are inundated with the latest statistics, weight-loss products and information about how healthy -- or unhealthy -- they are.

We know that in the United States too many adults (about 66 percent) and children and adolescents (about 33 percent) are overweight or obese. Most of us would like to be able to change our diets and increase our physical activity level and lose weight -- but achieving this isn't easy.

To read the full story Why Americans 'Tune Out' Obesity Talk, click here.

Simple Lifestyle Changes, Not Crash Dieting, Are the Key to Weight Loss Success

Active ImageStressful Jobs May Make for Depressed Workers, Study Shows

On-the-job stress and unsupportive workplaces may foster depression, a new study suggests.

The study comes from psychiatry researchers including Emma Robertson Blackmore, PhD, of New York's University of Rochester.

They interviewed more than 24,300 workers in Canada in 2002 about the workers' depression symptoms. Based on the interviews, the researchers concluded that 4.6% of the workers qualify for a diagnosis of major depression.

To read the full story Job Stress May Be Depressing, click here.

Active ImageExperts tell WebMD about situations in which another medical viewpoint may be priceless. A medical diagnosis isn't always black and white. Indeed, it's often clouded by shades of gray. Some diseases begin with symptoms so subtle or common that they confound even experienced doctors. Other times, a patient knows exactly what's wrong but can't decide which treatment is best.

Enter the second opinion. It's never a bad idea to seek a second opinion, but if you receive one of these five diagnoses, it's practically a must.

To read the full story 5 Diagnoses That Call for a Second Opinion, click here.