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A Different Kind of Drug Problem

October 15th, 2017
The world has a drug problem! It’s getting so bad that the United Nations held a special meeting last September to discuss it - only the fourth time ever the UN called a high-level meeting on a global health issue. This time, the delegates discussed antibiotic-resistant infections, the superbugs impervious to our current arsenal of germ-fighting drugs. Drug-resistant bacteria, as well as drug-resistant parasites, viruses and fungi, have been lurking for a while. One superbug has been popping up, even…

Rating the Country’s ‘Fittest Cities’

June 15th, 2016
You’ve probably heard this advice about fitness: To get more exercise, get a dog. You’ll be forced to go on walks. For cities, that adage might include get more dog parks. The number of dog parks per capita is one of the indicators used in the American Fitness Index to determine fitness scores for the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The annual index is from the American College of Sports Medicine and the…

Proven Diabetes Prevention: Lifestyle Modification and The Elderly Advantage!

October 26th, 2015
Surprising research demonstrates the elderly have an advantage in preventing Type 2 diabetes by making lifestyle changes. Over 60 and at risk for diabetes? Your age may be an advantage. A few years ago, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) rolled out a national program designed to combat one of our country’s most insidious health problems: diabetes. A year-long program designed to help participants make lasting lifestyle changes, the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) provides practical solutions on how to…

Hyped About Hypertension Control

July 13th, 2015
If you’re like me, you’re one of the estimated 70 million American adults who have hypertension – or high blood pressure. That works out to 29 percent or one in every three American adults. While many of those millions are able to control their blood pressure, some with lifestyle changes alone, and some with the help of medication, I’m one of those who is struggling to lower their numbers. I thought that maybe…

No Bark, No Bite: Pets at Work

July 6th, 2015
Ours is a pet-friendly workplace, as are about 20 percent of all companies in the United States, according to a survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) -- and that number is growing. It’s about time American companies realized the many benefits of having furry friends on the job. Stress reduction is the most obvious and most talked about benefit, but there are others. In their…

A Pain in the Butt

June 29th, 2015
Getting a colonoscopy is not something most of us want to think about. But as we reach age 50 (earlier if there’s a family history of colon cancer or other issues), it’s an imperative screening test that we all need to have. I will tell you this - the test itself is not bad at all. A shot of propofol, a little nap, and boom. It’s over. It’s the preparation for the test…

The Ginger Gene: Testing proves redheads need more anesthesia

June 15th, 2015
It was just a typical visit to the dentist. An old filling had cracked and needed to be replaced. No biggie, right? Well, five shots of Novocain later, I’m thinking it’s kind of a biggie. Not the actual repair, but rather the fact that apparently my body thinks its immune to Novocain, a wonder drug that allows modern man to have dental work done without an ounce of pain (minus the shot to get it in there, of course). I’m…

Matters of Men’s Health!

June 8th, 2015
 “Man is his own worst enemy.” So says Marcus Tullius Cicero, 1st Century BC Roman  philosopher, statesman and writer. Maybe the Romans in Cicero’s time were as  hesitant to see their doctors as contemporary men are today! Although men are  getting better, women are still 33 percent more likely to visit a physician for a health-  related issue. That’s according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC). Men also tend to wait until a problem is serious…

Be Aware of Brain Attack! How to Recognize the Symptoms of a Stroke.

May 11th, 2015
It’s May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month. Because strokes are a serious medical emergency, the health care community often refers to it as a “brain attack,” comparing it in urgency to a heart attack. The statistics from the National Stroke Association vary slightly from those of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), but the bottom line is strokes are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, and most of them can be…

Here’s My Beard: Ain’t It Weird?

May 8th, 2015
Not since the days of George Carlin’s famous Hair Poem have beards been so popular. They’re back in fashion again; although, there might be an unfortunate aspect to facial hair that the medical community is acknowledging in a rather public manner. According to recent news reports, beard swab tests in New Mexico revealed that the subjects’ facial hair held a host of bacteria more commonly associated with urinary tract infections or rest rooms. “I'm usually not that surprised; I was…