Category Archives: General Health

HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Diabetes, Hypertension, Thyroid Disease, Cardiac/Heart Disease, Cancer,

Drug Resistant Bacteria…..

In the last several months articles have been cropping up in the lay press about drug resistant bacteria (DRB). The problem occurs when an infection can not be adequately treated because the drugs available are not effective against the bacteria causing the infection.  The current problem affecting 20 states in the US  also stretches across the globe to the Middle East  causing physicians in Tel Aviv angst as elaborated in USA Today

Health care providers, make your patients aware of this problem. Colleagues, stop prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily. Patients, stop asking us for antibiotics because you know it will make you feel better.

Every one of us needs to be aware, concerned and help in controlling this major problem in health care today.

Irritable Male Syndrome? … Male Menopause

Ever heard of this problem, Irritable Male Syndrom or IMS?  I was educated by my sister who lives in Tampa, Florida. It is certainly not something that should be ignored.

According to Jed Diamond, IMS is a multi-dimensional problem that affects and is affected by hormonal, physical, psychological, emotional, interpersonal, economic, social, sexual, and spiritual changes. One of the reasons it is so difficult to understand and deal with is its complexity. In our 21st century world of high technology and specialization we tend to see problems in either or terms.

Read more at http://www.menalive.com/

Let me know your thought! Comments welcomed.

Daily Physical Activity Prevents Weight Gain

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Daily Physical Activity Prevents Weight Gain Only in Women With Normal BMI
MedscapeCME Clinical Briefs , 2010-03-26

March 26, 2010 — Daily physical activity is associated with less weight gain only among women whose body mass index (BMI) is lower than 25 kg/m2, according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in the March 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Approximately 60 minutes per day of moderate-intensity physical activity was associated with successfully maintaining normal weight.

“The amount of physical activity needed to prevent long-term weight gain is unclear,” write I-Min Lee, MBBS, ScD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues. “In 2008, federal guidelines recommended at least 150 minutes per week (7.5 metabolic equivalent [MET] hours per week) of moderate-intensity activity for ‘substantial health benefits.”’

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NYTimes.com: Lessons at Indian Hospital About Births

The New York Times

HEALTH | March 07, 2010
Lessons at Indian Hospital About Births
By DENISE GRADY
A small, underfunded hospital in Arizona, with about 500 births a year, is outperforming richer institutions when it comes to keeping Caesarean rates down.

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My Take: Technology sometimes need to take a back seat. While we have more data in our labor and delivery units from all of our technology we may not be improving outcomes. Natural birthing methods should be encourage whenever possible. The rush to deliver often produces increases in the cesarean section rate.

Medscape: USPSTF Recommends Obesity Screening for …

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USPSTF Recommends Obesity Screening for Children Ages 6 to 18 Years
Medscape Medical News , 2010-01-22

January 22, 2010 — The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen children ages 6 to 18 years for obesity and refer as appropriate to programs to improve their weight status, according to evidence-based guidelines posted online January 18 and to be published in the February print issue ofPediatrics. The statement, which is an update of the 2005 USPSTF statement about screening for overweight in children and adolescents, is accompanied by a supporting systematic review and commentary.

“Since the 1970s, childhood and adolescent obesity has increased three- to sixfold,” write chair Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Denver, and colleagues from the USPSTF. “Approximately 12% to 18% of 2- to 19-year-old children and adolescents are obese (defined as having an age- and gender-specific BMI [body mass index] at >95th percentile)….Previously, the USPSTF found adequate evidence that BMI was an acceptable measure for identifying children and adolescents with excess weight.”

The USPSTF evaluated evidence for the efficacy of pediatric weight management interventions that are feasible in primary care or referable from primary care. The task force also considered the evidence for the magnitude of potential harms of treatment in children and adolescents.

This evidence led the USPSTF to issue a grade B recommendation that clinicians screen children 6 years and older for obesity and provide obese children with intensive counseling and behavioral interventions designed to improve weight status, or that they refer them for such counseling and interventions.

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My Take: Improving the health of our youth will help improve our communities. Regular screening for obesity is needed at each health checkup. Parents need to encourage their youth to get regular exercise. Educators need to advocate for physical activity in schools. Health care providers need to screen and educate their patients.

Study: Ginkgo biloba has no effect on Alzheimer’s, dementia – USATODAY.com

*This article can also be accessed if you copy and paste the entire address below into your web browser.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-12-30-ginkgo30_ST_N.htm?POE=click-refer

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My Take;

Improving one’s memory should be done all during your life. Proven methods of reading and stimulating your mind throughout childhood, adulthood and beyond should be promoted daily. When early dementia sets in, it is really too late to undo change.


Washingtonpost.com: E. coli Tainted Beef in 16 States

E. coli-tainted beef infects 21 in 16 states

By Lyndsey Layton
Twenty-one people in 16 states have been infected in recent days with a potentially lethal strain of E. coli bacteria, after consuming beef in restaurants supplied by the same Oklahoma meat company, federal officials said.

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My Take:

Food safety is a constant ongoing problem in this country. Our children’s food in schools is not as safe as it could be. We should be demanding an immediate improvement in this precarious situation.

CALL TO ACTION: Write your congress person and demand action. Support those bills which work to ensure safty at al levels of our food chain. Establish greater funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Schools could learn lessons on food safety – USATODAY.com

Our Children Are Important!  Why isn’t something being done?

*This article can also be accessed if you copy and paste the entire address below into your web browser.
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2009-12-29-school-food-safety-standards_N.htm?POE=click-refer

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My Take:

Food borne illnessses (FBI) are prevalent. Imagine between 1998-2007 there were 470 outbreaks of FBI in the nations schools. This contributed to 23,000 children getting sick! Imagine ….. in the USA….. as a parent I AM CONCERNED!!!! A a physician I AM APPALLED! As a US citizen, I AM EMBARRASSED AND DISGUSTED!!!!

CALL TO ACTION: Contact your Representative and Senator in Congress and ask that the bill sponsored by Kristen Gillibrand, D-NY, be supported and pushed through ASAP.

All of our children are at risk,…. it is just a matter of time before they will be affected if not already.

Peace and blessings for the New Year!


Distance vision is all a blur to more of us

Distance vision is all a blur to more of us LA Times

A study finds that 17% more Americans have myopia than 30 years ago. Close-up computer work could be a reason.

By Shari Roan

December 15 2009

For an increasing number of Americans, life’s a blur. The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-myopia15-2009dec15,0,6467519.story

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My Take:

Healthy living includes getting regular exercise as well as good nutrition. It is important to get outside and reap the benefits of the sunshine and air around us. Constantly staring at a computer screen in a work module is not helping our bodies maintain the best of health.


Cancer Screening

Maintaining optimal health includes getting the routine, recommended cancer screening. As our technology improves so does cancer screening. This is a large area to cover in this website alone but it is a start.

Our goal is to keep you informed and updated on the latest recommendations. Many of your questions will be answered, some may not. For those unanswered questions we invite you to discuss those with us here.

Bienvenidos! Welcome!