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The doctor will “tweet” you now

by Kenneth Lin M.D.

Doctor TweetsThere’s a lot of evidence that to prevent many serious health conditions, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and stroke, making healthy lifestyle changes are just as good, if not better than, taking medications.

Lifestyle changes may consist of stopping unhealthy behaviors such as tobacco and excessive alcohol use, or starting healthy behaviors such as moderate daily exercise and eating adequate amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. Read the rest of this entry»

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A Path To Happiness And Success: Put An End To Name-Calling

by bwilde

Oftentimes, after doing something stupid or foolish, we tend to call ourselves, “Moron!,” “Idiot!,” “Jackass!,” and other names that are a whole lot less polite.

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Drinking Tea Ups Arthritis Risk

by Kristie McNealy M.D.

An interesting study out out of the US has found that women who drink tea have an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.  The study, which looked at data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study database, examined the effects of coffee and tea consumption on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Read the rest of this entry»

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Vitamin D may be vastly overrated

by Kenneth Lin M.D.

Vitamin D seems to be all the rage in medicine these days. A family physician colleague commented to me last week that the laboratory test for vitamin D deficiency is becoming the most frequently ordered test in his practice. This clinical bandwagon is likely a response to data from multiple recent studies that found low vitamin D levels in the majority of children and adults of all ages.

While vitamin D has always been thought to play an important role in keeping bones strong, researchers are suggesting that low levels may increase one’s risk for a variety of diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Read the rest of this entry»

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Simple Blood Test May Predict Age at Menopause

by Kristie McNealy M.D.

With many women putting of motherhood while they establish careers and fulfill other goals, the question of exactly when a woman’s biological clock will stop ticking is an important one that just might be answered by the results of a study out of Tehran. Read the rest of this entry»

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How To Succeed At Destroying Relationships Without Really Trying

by bwilde

Many of us have become very successful at destroying relationships. What starts out bright and beautiful, full of joy, passion and promise, eventually becomes dark and ugly, full of animosity and negativity.

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What Would You Do if it Was Your Mother Doctor Pullen?

by Dr Edward Pullen

Substitute you, Father, Wife, Child, etc for Mother here, and this is a question I am commonly asked in the office.  It’s also a question that I answer in different ways depending on the situation. Read the rest of this entry»

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Postpartum depression in dads? Believe it

by Kenneth Lin M.D.

Although it’s long been accepted that as many as 1 in 10 new mothers experience symptoms of postpartum depression, due to some combination of hormonal changes and changed life circumstances, until recently, few people, including physicians, gave much thought to whether new fathers were vulnerable to depression as well. Read the rest of this entry»

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Hemicrania Continuum

by Dr Edward Pullen

I saw a patient a couple of weeks ago who had what sounded to me like trigeminal neuralgia, except that the severe one-sided head pains she was having lasted several minutes to an hour each episode, and recurred many times a day.  The sharp, severe head pains of trigeminal neuralgia usually last only a second or two, maybe a few seconds, but not minutes to an hour. Read the rest of this entry»

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Walk for Healthier Babies

by Kristie McNealy M.D.

If you read my post about how the risks of special educational needs skyrocket with early birth, you’ll understand just how important it is that we do everything we can to bring more pregnancies safely to term.

Learning problems are just one of the many ways that preterm birth can impact a person for a lifetime. In fact, every year in the UK, 3,000 babies die before they reach their first birthday, and prematurity is the single leading cause. Read the rest of this entry»

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