August 2014

Active ImageMemo based on early, unpublished data; other studies show no danger

The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer.

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Active ImageProstate cancer therapy tied to cognitive decline

Study: Men on hormone therapy had trouble concentrating, multi-tasking

Up to 69 percent of men who receive hormone deprivation therapy for prostate cancer will experience some degree of cognitive impairment, such as in the ability to concentrate, a review of published data suggests.

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Active ImageRegimen is just as effective as statins, new research suggests

A regimen of supplements and lifestyle coaching is just as effective as statin medication for reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol, and more effective in helping people lose weight, new research shows.

To read the full story Red yeast rice, fish oil fight high cholesterol, click here.

Active Image 10 Healthy Aging Tips From Centenarians

 Relationships, An Active Mind, Humor Make The List In Centenarian Poll

Staying close to family and friends, keeping your mind active, and having a sense of humor are keys to healthy aging, centenarians say in a new poll.

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Active ImageExperimental Alzheimer's Drug Shows Early Promise

Experimental drug halts Alzheimer's progression in midstage study; 'fantastic' one expert says

For the first time, an experimental drug shows promise for halting the progression of Alzheimer's disease by taking a very new approach: breaking up the protein tangles that clog victims' brains.

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Active Image'Red Flags': 10 Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
For Some Symptoms, Best Bet Is to See Doctor Immediately

"Time is brain." The phrase is repeated like a mantra in the halls and classrooms of medical schools and hospitals throughout the country. The reminder to young trainees is that time is of the essence; the faster a diagnosis is made and treatment initiated, the less damage will have occurred.

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Lowering Fats in Your Diet

There are at least four great reasons to eat less fat:

  1. It can assist you in losing weight or maintaining your present weight because you will be eating fewer unnecessary calories.
  2. It can help reduce your risk of heart disease by reducing saturated fat. This will help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and heart attack or stroke..
  3. It can help you reduce your risk of cancer.
  4. Eating fewer high-fat foods means more room for fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans which means overall better health and well-being.

Reducing Fat In Your Diet


Here are a few suggestions to help get you started in reducing fat from your diet. These same suggestion can also help you to keep fat out of your diet in the future. Try one or two of these suggestions immediately and as you are successful increase until you have all of them covered.

  1. Eat smaller portions of lean meat, fish, and poultry.
  2. Cut off all visible fat before cooking.
  3. Use low-fat cooking methods: baking, poaching, broiling, BBQ, or use a George Foreman Grill.
  4. Remove skin from poultry.
  5. Eat less processed meats and when you do eat processed meats, purchase only low-fat luncheon meats, such as sliced turkey or chicken breast, lean ham, lean sliced beef.
  6. Use reduced-fat or nonfat salad dressings or use no dressing at all.
  7. If you must use a salad dressing consider using Balsamic vinegar, lemon alone, salt and pepper or salad seasoning. If you must use an oil-based dressing, use olive or canola oil only.   
  8. Use a little lemon juice, dried herbs, thinly sliced green onions, or a little salsa as a non-fat topping for vegetables or salads.
  9. Use non-fat or lower fat spreads, such as jelly or jam, fruit spread, apple butter, non-fat or reduced-calorie mayonnaise, non-fat margarine, or mustard.
  10. Use high-fat foods as little as possible, choose more low-fat and non-fat foods.
  11. Top your baked potatoes with plain non-fat or low-fat yogurt, non-fat or reduced-fat sour cream, non-fat or low-fat cottage cheese, non-fat margarine, non-fat hard cheese, salsa or vinegar or eat it dry.
  12. When absolutely necessary, use only small amounts of high-fat toppings, for example, use only 1 tsp butter or mayonnaise, or 1 tbsp sour cream, or 1 tbsp regular salad dressing.
  13. Switch to 1 percent or skim milk and other non-fat or lower fat dairy products (low-fat or non-fat yogurt, non-fat or reduced-fat sour cream).
  14. Cut back on cheese as much as possible. If you must have cheese then use only small amounts (1 oz or less) on sandwiches and in cooking or use lower fat and fat-free cheeses (part-skim mozzarella, 1 percent cottage cheese, or non-fat hard cheese).
  15. Try small amounts of these low-fat treats: fig bars, vanilla wafers, ginger snaps, angel food cake, jelly beans, gum drops, hard candy, puddings made with low-fat (1 percent) skim milk, non-fat frozen yogurt with a fruit topping, or fruit popsicles. Try pretzels or popcorn without butter or oil for an unsweetened treat.
  16. Better still eat more fruits and vegetables, they are healthy and can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
  17. Eliminate french fries and other fried foods as much as possible. If you have to have them limit them only to special occasions and have small servings.
  18. Save high-fat desserts (ice cream, pastries) for special occasions; have small amounts; share a serving with a friend.


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What Is Celiac Disease? 


Celiac disease is an allergy disease affecting the digestive system. It causes damage to the elements of small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People with celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten. Gluten is mainly found in foods especially in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten however, may also be found in some products we use every day and even some medicines.

When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. Tiny, finger-like protrusions lining the small intestine called villi are damaged or destroyed. Villi normally allow the predigested nutrients from food to be absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person can become malnourished regardless of the quantity or the quality of the food they eat.

Because our own body's own immune system causes damage to our villi celiac disease is considered an autoimmune disorder. It is also classified as a disease of malabsorption because of the injury to the villi nutrients are not absorbed. Celiac disease is also known by a few other names: celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. These are descriptive names which have been given to this condition over the years. Currently the favored name is simply Celiac disease.

Since Celiac disease is a genetic disease, it often passes from one member of a in family to another. Celiac disease may lie dormant until it is triggered or activated by having surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress. It occurs more frequently in women but also occurs in men. It can occur as early 6 to 24 months of age after the introduction of weaning foods however, the majority of people who become symptomatic will do so during late childhood or adulthood.  One in every100 whites of Northern European ancestry are at risk, Yet only 10% of these people will during their life be diagnoses with celiac disease. This suggests that most people with Celiac disease either remain undiagnosed or are asymptomatic.

Symptoms of Celiac disease may include one or more of the following symptoms:

•    Recurrent problem with excessive gas
•    Recurring abdominal bloating and pain
•    Chronic diarrhea
•    Pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
•    Weight loss / weight gain
•    Fatigue
•    Unexplained anemia (a low count of red blood cells causing fatigue)
•    Bone or joint pain
•    Osteoporosis, osteopenia
•    Behavioral changes
•    Tingling numbness in the legs (from nerve damage)
•    Muscle cramps
•    Seizures
•    Missed menstrual periods (often because of excessive weight loss)
•    Infertility, recurrent miscarriage
•    Delayed growth
•    Failure to thrive in infants
•    Pale sores inside the mouth, called aphthous ulcers
•    Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
•    Itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis

Does Everyone Have These Symptoms?

No! Many persons with celiac disease may have no symptoms. People without symptoms are still at risk for the complications of Celiac disease, including malnutrition. The longer a person goes undiagnosed and untreated, the greater the chance of developing malnutrition and other complications. The body is just not getting enough nutrients. Malnutrition is a serious problem for children because they need adequate nutrition to develop properly. Anemia, delayed growth, and weight loss may be indications of malnutrition.

Celiac Symptoms May Vary From Person To Person?

Celiac disease clearly seems to affect people differently. Some people develop symptoms as children, others as adults. Some people with Celiac disease may have no symptoms at all or may be unaware of their symptoms. In many people the undamaged part of their small intestine may keep them will, while other may not be able to absorb enough nutrients to prevent symptoms.

The length of time a person is breast-fed, the age a person started eating gluten-containing foods, and the amount of gluten containing foods one eats are three factors that are thought to play an important role in when and how sever Celiac symptoms may be when they do appear. The longer a person was breast-fed, the later the symptoms of Celiac disease will likely appear and the less severe their symptoms.

How Is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?

Recognizing Celiac disease can be difficult because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. In fact, sometimes Celiac disease is confused with irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia caused by menstrual blood loss, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. As a result, celiac disease is commonly under diagnosed or misdiagnosed.

In order to make the diagnosis, if symptoms suggest it, certain autoantibodies are tested. Antibodies are protective proteins produced by the immune system in response to substances that the body perceives to be threatening. Autoantibodies are proteins that react against the body's own molecules or tissues. Abnormal levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA), anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA) or IgA anti-endomysium antibodies (AEA) can help your doctor rule in or rule out Celiac disease. A referral to a GI specialist may be helpful.

What Is the Treatment?

The only treatment for Celiac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet. For most people, following this diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further damage. Improvements begin within days of starting the diet. The small intestine is usually completely healed in 3 to 6 months in children and younger adults and within 2 years for older adults. Completely healed means a person now has villi that can absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream.

In order to stay well, people with Celiac disease must avoid gluten for the rest of their lives. Eating any gluten, no matter how small an amount, can damage the small intestine. The damage will occur in anyone with the disease, including people without noticeable symptoms. Some people will not improve and may even get worse in spite of watching what they eat. In such situations a specialist should be consulted.

To learn more about a Gluten Free Diet, click here. 


Active ImageRestaurants Offering Gluten-Free Options

When Barbara Bonavoglia, 65, learned about four and a half years ago that she and her daughter, Lisa Mackie, 33, had celiac disease, she realized they would never eat regular pasta again. It was not an easy adjustment for Ms. Bonavoglia, who grew up on her family’s Italian-American fare.

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Active ImageHow to Treat the 5 Most Common Headaches shares a cheat sheet to identifying and treating your pain

It's critical to identify which type of headache you suffer from so that the correct treatment can be prescribed. In one 2004 study, 80 percent of patients with a recent history of self-described or doctor-diagnosed sinus headache — but none of the signs of sinus infection — actually met the criteria for migraine. And two-thirds of those patients expressed dissatisfaction with the medications they were using to treat their headaches. has a cheat sheet to help you put a name to your pain and how to treat it.

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The Healthiest Time to Toss it

From pills and pillows to mattresses and shampoo, here's a reality check on when to replace 14 common household items.

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Active ImageStroke Risk Higher In Women Who Sleep More Than 9 Hours Or Less Than 6 Hours Per Night

Getting too much sleep may be a more serious sign of stroke risk among older women than not getting enough sleep, according to a new study.

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Active ImageStudy Shows Removal Of Ovaries During Hysterectomy Is Risky, Often Unnecessary

There is not enough evidence to justify the routine removal of the ovaries during hysterectomy - a common practice that may convey as many risks as benefits for premenopausal women, a new analysis suggests.

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Active ImageDr. Mallika Marshall Offers Tips Beyond The Obvious "Eat Less And Exercise More"

Eating less and exercising more - but still having trouble shedding those excess pounds?

To read the full article Surprising Secrets Of Slimming Down, click here.

Active ImageThere are statin alternatives -- but check with a doctor first

Few things annoy a doctor as much as a patient making a decision to stop a medication without consulting the physician. That's just what happened, repeatedly, to Dr. David Becker, cardiologist at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. "I saw dozens of people in my practice. I'd run the cholesterol panels, and I'd say, 'Good job. You're staying on the Lipitor or Zocor,' " he says. But it turns out their good results weren't because of the cholesterol-lowering statins he had prescribed.

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Active ImageLowering cholesterol in kids starts with diet, exercise

But according to guidelines recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, statins may be needed to prevent harmful plaque buildup.

At first blush, the new guidelines on cholesterol control in children were shocking. Statins, one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for adults worldwide, could be prescribed for some children as young as 8, according to recommendations released last week by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Active ImageStudy: As Gas Prices Go up, Auto Deaths Drop

Researchers say today's high gas prices could cut auto deaths by a third as driving decreases
lifesaver for teens.

High gas prices could turn out to be a some drivers. The authors of a new study say gas prices are causing driving declines that could result in a third fewer auto deaths annually, with the most dramatic drop likely to be among teen drivers.

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Active ImageFDA, Pfizer Told of Chantix Safety Concerns a Year Ago

A physician and top smoking cessation researcher says U.S. regulators and a drugmaker brushed aside his concerns a year ago about possibly dangerous side effects from longer-term use of the stop-smoking drug Chantix.

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Active ImageLosing an Old Friend: Goodbye to Ciprofloxacin?

New Warning on Popular Antibiotic Affecting Patient Decisions

As you may have read, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will require manufacturers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics — the group that includes ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin, among others — to add a black box warning on the product label cautioning doctors and patients about the risk of tendon rupture with these agents.

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Active ImageAre you gonna eat that? How to curb food waste

We throw away about 14 percent of the grub we buy, studies suggest. Amidst growing concerns about rising food prices and global warming, many Americans are taking a closer look at what they do — and don’t — eat.

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Active ImageMoney May Give People The Incentive To Work Harder, But Their Personal Relationships May Suffer

Money may make the world go round, as the song goes, by encouraging the type of hard work and resourcefulness that leads to economic success. But money might also put a strain on personal relationships, a new study shows.

To read the full article Study: Money Affects Human Interaction, click here.

Active ImageWhat I Wish I’d Done Differently

Looking back on the last few years of my mother’s life, with 20/20 hindsight and the belated knowledge that came from four years of reporting about aging for The New York Times, my single biggest mistake was not finding a doctor with expertise in geriatrics to quarterback her care and attend to the quality of her life, not merely its length.

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Active ImageYou are What Your Mom Eats

What you eat during pregnancy may determine if your child stays disease-free, recent research suggests.

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Active ImageKids playing outside in summer sure can work up quite an appetite.

And what better way to satisfy it between meals than with snacks that are not only healthy, but that you and they can enjoy creating -- and having -- together?!

To read the full article Healthy, Fun Summer Snacks For Kids, click here.

Active ImageStudy Fuels Debate Over The Best Vaccination Strategy

Teenage girls who are sexually active and those who are not eventually all have the same risk for infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), new research suggests.

To read the full article Early Sex Doesn't Predict HPV Infection, click here.

Active ImageTiny grins light up reward centers that lead to quality care, study says

Any mother who's ever felt a jolt of joy at her baby’s first grin knows how intoxicating that can be.

Now, scientists at the Baylor College of Medicine say there’s more to the baby buzz than just a rush of happy feelings. Turns out that seeing your own child smile actually activates the pleasure receptors in the brain typically associated with food, sex  — and drug addiction.

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Active ImageMore Than Three in Four Patients Don't Understand What They're Told in the ER

More than three in four emergency room patients do not fully understand the instructions that doctors give them after their visits, new research suggests.

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Active ImageMen's Fertility Plummets in Late 30s, Early 40s

A new study shows that a man's fertility starts to fall in his mid 30s, providing more evidence that like women, men, too, have a kind of biological clock that can play a big role in a women's chances of getting pregnant.

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Active ImageArteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body. Healthy arteries are flexible, strong and elastic. Over time, however, too much pressure in your arteries can make the walls thick and stiff — sometimes restricting blood flow to your organs and tissues. This process is called arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

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Active ImageStudy Shows Portable Device Can Zap Migraine

A lightweight, handheld device helps migraine sufferers zap away pain, sometimes within two hours, according to a new study.

Called a transcranial magnetic stimulation device (TMS), it transmits magnetic pulses that interrupt the "hyper-excitability" of neurons in the brain, which some experts believe is to blame for launching the migraine.

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Active ImageMore and more doctors believe that health insurance companies are taking medical decisions out of their hands by dictating the medications a doctor can prescribe to patients.

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Active ImageFor older adults, motivation to stay active comes in many forms

Age is no excuse for inactivity — and neither are heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, bad knees or strokes, say folks over age 65 who responded to my recent column (Your Health, June 16) on lack of exercise among most older adults.

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Active ImageAt 5 months old, Marty Lesner isn't quite ready for aerobics.

But his mom has led him through a daily workout since he was 2 weeks old.

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Active ImageDr. Mallika Marshall Looks At Fast-Growing Health Problem In U.S. And Abroad

The incidence of asthma is on the rise, both in the United States and elsewhere - and at an alarming rate.

More than 20 million adults and children have it, federal statistics show.

To read the full story Spotting And Treating Asthma, click here.