Monthly Archives: November 2013

Fighting sleep?

As we age we sleep differently.  We continue to need the same amount of sleep, but our sleep patterns may change.  Sleep needs vary among individuals.  Some do well on five hours of sleep per night, others need 9 hours.  … Continue reading

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Boost your good cholesterol.

Yes, there is good cholesterol. Good cholesterol, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) , helps shuttle artery-clogging LDL to the liver for removal from the body.  There are a few ways to increase HDL.  Exercising daily (even walking 10,000 steps per day counts) … Continue reading

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Tanning beds illegal for youngsters?!

Yes.  Illinois is the sixth state to ban tanning beds for youth younger than 18 years.  This law will take effect on January 1, 2014.   The Dermatology Association  said in a news release that the law is based on “significant … Continue reading

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Flu vaccine decreases heart attacks!

JAMA recently combined the results of many studies which in over 6000 patients it was shown that  receiving influenza vaccination lowers the risk of cardiovascular events ( like heart attacks or strokes).  The benefit was even more pronounced in patients … Continue reading

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FDA suggests hydrocodone be changed to a more restrictive drug class

How does this affect you? Maybe it doesn’t.  But, if you’ve received a prescription for medication like Vicodin, Norco, or Lortab (as 131,000,000 prescriptions were written in 2011) this will affect you. The FDA’s decision to increase the restrictiveness of these … Continue reading

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Myths about diabetes

Myth:  Diabetics need to eat special diabetic foods. Truth:  Diabetic foods generally offer no special benefit.  Healthy foods are what diabetics should eat.  This includes foods low in fat, moderate in salt and sugar, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Myth:  … Continue reading

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Three types of diabetes. Do you have one?

Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes are three types of diabetes each with different risks, all with increased blood sugars. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, when the body’s immune system attacks itself.  In this case the body … Continue reading

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