Diet Sodas Raise Risk of Stroke & Dementia

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:15 By Jill Carnahan, MD, Contributing Writer Diet sodas are garnering negative attention yet again, and for good reason. A recent report from the ongoing Framingham Heart Study indicates that drinking as little as one can of sugar-free soda per day is associated with higher risks of stroke or developing dementia. Heavily…

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Sitting is the new Smoking

Another Study Ties Sitting to Mortality Risk by Alexandria Bachert MPH, Staff Writer, MedPage Today September 11, 2017 Sitting more than half the day, regardless of how much exercise people got otherwise, was associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality in a large prospective study of middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. Those spending…

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Bone Density Exam/Testing

Bone Density Test A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone. NOF recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine by a central DXA machine to diagnose…

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Why Is Osteoarthritis Increasing?

New study finds osteoarthritis is more than wear and tear by Leo Robert, Rheumatology Network August 20, 2017 Knee osteoarthritis has more than doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century after occurring at low frequencies since prehistoric times, a study has found. Writing online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from…

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Mediterranean-style diet may eliminate need for reflux medications

Date: September 7, 2017 Source: Northwell Health Summary: A plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet has been shown to provide the same medical benefits for treating laryngopharyngeal reflux as popular reflux medications, according to new research. A plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet has been shown to provide the same medical benefits for treating laryngopharyngeal reflux as popular reflux medications. This…

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Reducing inflammation without lowering cholesterol cuts risk of cardiovascular events

Inflammatory hypothesis confirmed: Landmark randomized clinical trial of high-risk patients finds that a drug targeting inflammation reduced risk of major adverse cardiovascular events Date: August 28, 2017 Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Summary: Investigators have announced results of a clinical trial culminating from 25 years of cardiovascular research work. The team reports a significant reduction…

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Health and Spirituality

July 27, 2017 Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD1; Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH2,3; Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH1,4 JAMA. Published online July 27, 2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8136 For centuries, physicians and other healers have witnessed how illness focuses attention on “ultimate meaning, purpose, and transcendence, and … relationship to self, family, others, community, society, nature, and the significant or sacred.”1…

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An Eye to Health: Diet and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

by William C. Ou, BS; Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD June 27, 2017 Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the developed world, with advanced AMD affecting approximately 2 million people in the United States.[1,2] AMD is characterized by damage to the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision. In…

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Saturated fat does not clog the arteries

This article explains how the theory of saturated fat clogging arteries is just plain wrong… Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions  Aseem Malhotra British Journal of Sports Medicine Volume 51, Issue 15 Coronary artery…

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Running for 1 minute per day may protect women’s bone health

Published Wednesday 19 July 2017 By Hannah Nichols New research from the University of Exeter and the University of Leicester, both in the United Kingdom, suggests that a single 1-minute bout of high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity is associated with better bone health in women. Such brief bursts of activity are equivalent to a run at a…

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