Monthly Archives: July 2013

Diabetes is rampant. Here are some important statistics and risk factors…

In the past 20 years the prevalence of diabetes among US adults grew by 45%.  The greatest increase is among seniors aged 65 and over. The increase in diabetes is not especially surprising, but the magnitude of the increase is … Continue reading

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Tips to guard summer skin care against premature aging

Wrinkles? Age spots?  Leathery skin?   Simple precautions can help. Be aware that there are some factors which are inevitable. natural gravitational pull on the skin and loss of subcutaneous fat (which may make the skin seem to sag) and loss … Continue reading

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Plan B “morning after pill” soon available over the counter

There has been significant legal turmoil over the handling of Plan B.  And, most recently the Justice Department and President Obama have decided to allow this contraceptive to be purchased at the pharmacy without a prescription. Plan B is a medication … Continue reading

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Hepatitis C. What? Should I get tested?

Hepatitis C is a virus infecting the liver.   It may cause serious liver damage or even death. How do you get it?  It is spread by exposure to hepatitis C (HCV) infected blood or body fluids.  High-risk patients are those … Continue reading

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Do asthma and exercise go together? Yes. Here’s how…

Asthma affects 300 million people worldwide.   Research pooled nearly 700 patients and found that physical training lasting for at least 20 to 30 minutes, two to three times a week, for at least six weeks improves physical fitness in patients … Continue reading

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Pregnant? You need a Tdap!

Tdap is a vaccine–containing tetanus and pertussis.  A new immunization schedule recommends that a dose of the Tdap vaccine be given to all women during each pregnancy, whether or not she has received the vaccine before.  This is a change! … Continue reading

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Cold sores. What works to stop them?

An epidemiology and biostatistics student (what a mouthful!) answered the question of –how effective is therapy for preventing recurrence of cold sores due to herpes labialis? Cold sores are commonly caused by herpes simplex virus type 1.  More than 90% … Continue reading

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