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Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS

Should the Supplement Industry Have Stronger Regulation?

Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS | November 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
Perhaps supplements should be listed as drugs rather than a food. It would allow for stronger regulation.
Wendy Kramer

DNA = Donors Not Anonymous

Wendy Kramer | November 25, 2015 | Health News
I can't help but wonder when the sperm banks and egg clinics will start acknowledging that there is no such thing as guaranteed donor anonymity.
Medical Discovery News

No Evidence Homeopathy Works

Medical Discovery News | November 25, 2015 | Science
While conventional medicine is now commonly accepted, complementary and alternative medicines have persisted throughout history. Homeopathy is the oldest form of CAM from Europe.
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Should Your Blood Pressure Be Lowered to 120?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | November 24, 2015 | Healthy Living
Studies show, and my patients confirm to me, that most doctors don't do this, yielding BP readings that are misleadingly higher. If your SBP is over-read this way, you are at greater risk of over-treatment and harm than were the study patients. The risk of harm may be higher in the real world than in the study.
Allan S. Vann

Alzheimer's and Driving

Allan S. Vann | November 23, 2015 | Healthy Living
No one can determine the exact moment when a person with AD will no longer be able to drive safely. It seems irresponsible to wait until a preventable accident or tragedy occurs before taking away the car keys. An AD diagnosis should mandate removal of a driver's license ... if not immediately, then certainly within a period of a few months.
Peter Diamandis

Plugging Into Your Brain

Peter Diamandis | November 22, 2015 | Technology
Over the past few decades, billions of dollars have been poured into three areas of research: neuroprosthetics, brain-computer interfaces and optogenetics. All three areas of research are already transforming humanity and solving many of the problems that seem to have stumped our natural evolutionary processes.
Dr. David Samadi

Men: Watch Out for Male Menopause

Dr. David Samadi | November 21, 2015 | Healthy Living
Women are not the only ones who end up developing menopause later in life. That's right -- men get menopause too. When men get menopause, it is actually called andropause. The symptoms of andropause are quite similar to the symptoms that women experience before or during menopause.
Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS

Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment

Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS | November 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
We have an opportunity to eliminate hepatitis C by taking appropriate and timely steps. We as a society should be willing to pay for the current HCV therapies -- for all patients -- by providing additional resources and giving the attention to hepatitis C that it deserves now. If we can do this, hepatitis C may be a nonissue by 2035.
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

Why Don't Women Get the Truth About Mammograms?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie | November 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
Like forecasting, breast cancer screening and diagnosis aren't perfect -- especially in younger women. But that alone shouldn't lead us to stop using them. I, for one, would hate to get caught unaware in that storm.
Dr. Lisa Young

5 Sensible Tips to Keep From Becoming an Obesity Statistic

Dr. Lisa Young | November 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
While lots more needs to be down on a policy level -- subsidizing fruits and vegetables, capping oversize portions, taxing soda and junk food, and limiting food marketing to children -- there are lots of things YOU can do to keep from becoming an obesity statistic.
Berkeley Wellness

10 Natural Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

Berkeley Wellness | November 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
Chronic pain can be tough to live with, but these 10 daily habits may help you ease your discomfort and enjoy your life.
Robert S. Bobrow, M.D.

Why Low-Fat Diets Make You Fat (And Unhealthy)

Robert S. Bobrow, M.D. | November 18, 2015 | Healthy Living
You are not necessarily what you eat. You would think that ingesting something would raise its levels in your body and for most nutrients this is true. Ingesting vitamins raises your vitamin levels. Indulging in sweets ups your blood sugar, but unless you are diabetic, only to a point. Then the body regulates it.
Brigitte Amiri

One of the Nation's Largest Catholic Hospital Systems Says It Can Deny Women Emergency Care Because of Its Religious Affiliation

Brigitte Amiri | November 18, 2015 | Politics
I suppose it shouldn't really have come as a surprise. But there it was in black and white in a recent court document: Trinity Health, one of the largest health care systems, saying that because of religious exemption laws, its Catholic affiliation allows it to violate the law and refuse to provide pregnant women with emergency medical care.
Marlynn Wei, MD, JD

Who Should Help Pay for Yoga?

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD | November 17, 2015 | Healthy Living
Let's hope that our health insurers and legislative policymakers realize that coverage of yoga is a natural next step.
Frankie Rendón

Kid-Friendly Oral Health: To Eat or Not to Eat

Frankie Rendón | November 19, 2015 | Healthy Living
Within recent years, dentists have reported an alarming influx of children -- sometimes even as young as 18 months -- suffering from tooth decay or gum infection. Often, these conditions require invasive surgery, resulting in the loss of numerous baby teeth.
Caroline Beaton

Birth Control Pills May Cause Bad Breath -- And Worse

Caroline Beaton | November 17, 2015 | Healthy Living
Former president of the American Association for Dental Research, Dr. Robert Genco, calls periodontal disease -- an advanced form of gum disease that affects half of Americans -- a public health concern. "[It] is one of the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases in our population."
Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS

Medical Complications of Eating Disorders

Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS | November 17, 2015 | Healthy Living
In addition to increased understanding of medical issues associated with eating disorders among medical professionals, patients, families and non-medical treatment team members (therapists, dietitians, etc.) can champion for the use of basic strategies to identify and treat eating disorder complications in medical settings:
Nancy Brown

Tracing Cause of Every Stroke Can Help Save Lives

Nancy Brown | November 18, 2015 | Healthy Living
The No. 1 risk factor for a second stroke is simply having had a stroke. The really frightening part is that a second stroke is 16 times more likely to be fatal. Of course, without knowing what caused that first stroke, it's tougher to prevent a second stroke.
Leslie Gerwin

How to End the 'Obesity Epidemic' in America: Stop Talking About It

Leslie Gerwin | November 16, 2015 | Healthy Living
To "cure" obesity we to end our obsession with policies for facilitating weight loss. Rather, we need to commit to enabling all Americans to experience the benefits of healthy living.
Hannah Postles

Diabetes Nearly Killed Me - Because I Didn't Understand It

Hannah Postles | November 13, 2015 | UK Lifestyle
I wanted to share what happened to raise awareness of how dangerous diabetes can be. I had it and I didn't know. I knew low blood sugar could be immediately bad and high blood sugar posed risks in the long term. But I didn't realise it was possible to get so ill so quickly.
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