Monthly Archives: June 2013

Four lifestyle changes decrease death risk by 80%!

Johns Hopkins study ( of over 6200 patients) found that four lifestyle chances reduce the chance of death from ALL CAUSES by 80 % over an eight-year period over those with none of the healthy behaviors. Drum roll please……. Mediterranean … Continue reading

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The “Pill” may lower cancer rates…

Researchers pooled information from 24 studies and found that oral contraceptive users had a 27% lower risk of ovarian cancer.  The longer the use of the Pill, the more protection noted.  (If the Pill was taken for 10 years or … Continue reading

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Warning: Consider stopping energy drinks. Here’s why…

Energy may be dangerous and yet drinks are becoming more popular. As a physician I need to be aware of their potentially harmful effects.  The list of supplements used in energy drinks is lengthy.   As a consumer, you may not … Continue reading

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Newsflash: Anger is bad for your health!

Anger may increase your risk of heart attack.  A study of nearly 4000 patients showed each increment of anger intensity increased the risk of heart attack in the two hours following an outburst.  If a patient is “moderately angry, so hassled it shows … Continue reading

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Prostate cancer test recommendations change

The American Urologic Association (AUA) changed their guidelines regarding screening for prostate cancer.  The AUA now recommends AGAINST all routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.  It also recommends against screening men older than 70, men younger than 40 and average-risk men between ages … Continue reading

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Rheumatoid arthritis

What is rheumatoid arthritis?  It’s an autoimmune disease (where your body fights itself) causing inflammation of the soft tissue lining the joints.  Joint swelling occurs because the immune system can’t distinguish itself from foreign invaders causing antibodies against itself. Are … Continue reading

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Do you have extra medicine lying around the house?

Storing expired or unwanted medications in the home poses a significant health risk to families.  In Kansas, state reporting shows 1 in 5 poisoning-related emergency department visits are in children 4 and younger.  Of these, 70% were caused by drug … Continue reading

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