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Eating peanuts might actually reduce the incidence of developing peanut allergies, according to a new studypublished in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study which began in 2006 followed 640 children over four years, at  a time when current pediatric practice was to keep high-risk children away from peanut products for the first three years of life.…

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Mass media’s interpretation of medical reports is often suspect. Who wants to buy a newspaper with headline, “Not Much Is New.” The new proposed dietary guidelines do make some changes, but they don’t exactly live up to the recent headlines suggesting that eating cholesterol-rich foods doesn’t matter. Here are some essential points: ~ Cholesterol in…

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Within 24 hours, the topic of platelet rich plasma came up twice. A friend of mine said that a nurse who he sees at his gym had suggested he might try Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for chronic pain following a torn biceps tendon and he wondered what I (mind you, a retired gastroenterologist) thought. That…

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“The thought of your pain is the source of my own, simultaneously the hope of our reunion is the source of my strength.  Please be patient, give your pain to God.  I know you would want me to remain strong.  That is exactly what I am doing.  Do not fear for me, continue to pray…

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In my first article, I discussed a strategy for working on nutritional changes. Now we can move forward to discuss the mindset that helps determine your future success when you face your goals. THE MINDSET This is the foundation of your fat loss process. It starts with your mindset, your attitude, your acceptance. • Define your prioritiesWhy…

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This past weekend my husband David and I took our son Sandy to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to watch a Duke basketball game with my parents-in-law Drs. Sam Katz and Cathy Wilfert.  They have been two big Duke’s basketball fans since they moved to N. Carolina in the 1968 to join Duke University Medical School,…

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More and more long-time marrieds are calling it quits. The aging baby-boom generation, perhaps valuing self-expression more than tradition, is leading the way in later-life divorces. Today, one in four divorcees is over the age of fifty. In 1990, the number was one in ten. A study on “The Gray Divorce Revolution” by sociologists at…

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Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) As we are in the peak days of winter and have less and less natural light, it’s important to talk about SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. There are two types of SAD, namely fall onset SAD and spring onset SAD. The fall version usually affects an individual in late fall or early winter and…

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This is a tasty salad full of nutritious ingredients, especially the sweet potatoes! Ingredients:  2 lbs sweet potatoes1/2 lb of garbanzo beans (not canned). If you can get the ones with the skin (called kala channa from an Asian store, it is even healthier) 1 red onion cut into fine pieces (optional) Salt to taste 2 tablespoons…

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Measles was thought to be virtually eliminated in the U.S., reaching an all-time low of 37 cases in 2004. However, it’s in the news again. Dr. Thu Tran’s father-in-law, Dr. Sam Katz, developed the vaccine in the 1960s and infection rates decreased steadily. Unfortunately, a later-discredited study linking vaccines to autism caused some parents to withhold these vaccines from…

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