Health Pearls

We Summarize Latest Medical and Scientific Studies


It’s easy to be overwhelmed with medical information in the media.

It is often written with the intent of being big on headlines but short on important details. We present that information in a reliable manner so you can be well-informed. We also summarize medical conference news

We hope all the pearls we will be gathering will help you on your journey to good health and happiness!


Quit Smoking! How To Increase Your Chances of Success

Quit Smoking!  How to Increase Your Chances of Success While traveling to three large cities in China, I noticed there were many more smokers than in the United States.  Mostly men seemed to light up cigarettes everywhere, even in the supposedly nonsmoking areas of the hotel.  This year, 2014, marked the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon…
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July Health News: New Guidelines for High Risk HIV Population Management; FDA Reclassification of Sunlamp Products; HPV Vaccine and Blood Clot Risk

*  1.  Prophylactic Antiretroviral Drugs for HIV High Risk  Population – New Guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO)* **In the newly released Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care for Key Populations, WHO strongly recommended for the HIV high risk groups to take antiretroviral medication such as Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis…
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Is It Snoring? Or Is It Sleep Apnea??

Loud snoring isn’t just a nuisance, it can be a significant health issue. About half the time, it predicts the presence of sleep apnea, in which the snorer stops breathing for a short period, many times per hour. As the muscles in the back of the throat relax during the night, they collapse and impede…
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How to Take the “Lag” out of Jet Lag

Have you ever suffered from jet lag?  It can be miserable—sleepless nights and severe fatigue during daytime hours when you are supposed to be wide eyed and ready to take on the world.  It is especially difficult if you work overseas frequently.  Having just returned from a trip to Asia myself, I offer these tips…
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More June Health News: OTC Acne Treatment, Adolescence and Indoor Tanning, Probiotics, Aspirin and Pancreatic Cancer.

1.  FDA Warning on OTC Acne Medications:  Many teenagers I see as patients have been using various over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne medications such as lotions, gels, cleansing pads, face washes, face scrubs etc… These products save them from having to see dermatologists or their primary care doctors.  They tend to be cheaper than products prescribed…
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The Air Is Thinner Up There — What Does That Mean?!

Each year in the United States 30 million people travel to altitudes above 6500 feet to ski, hike, marvel at the scenery or just relax. Nature’s beauty at that altitude is amazing, but warrants precautions before and during the visit. HIGH ALTITUDE PHYSIOLOGY – What do we mean by, “The air is thinner up there?” Whether…
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June Health News – The News is Bad for Red Meat and Soda, Good for Seafood and Veggies

1.  Red Meat Consumption and the Increased Risk of Breast Cancer: Women, how much red meat do you eat a week?  For years, many scientists have tried to link red meat consumption to a variety of cancers including breast and colon.  I have patients who eat only “organic” red meat to avoid the allegedly high…
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Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy and Strong

Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy and Strong You can do many things to keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong.  Make sure they have a healthy diet, brush every day with fluoridated toothpaste, and see a dental professional regularly.  However, it is especially hard to keep tooth decay from developing in the teeth of very…
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Menopause 2014: An Update from the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting 2014

Although the existence of “Andropause” is very controversial in the medical community, there is no doubt that every woman goes through menopause, whether surgically induced or as a natural consequence of aging.  In the United States, the average age of menopause is 51 years of age.  So to balance out my last article on Andropause,…
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I Have Ticks In My Colon?!

Well, not ticks, but ‘tics’ – or diverticuli. What are tics, anyway? This is a question that I am often asked following a colonoscopy when they are commonly found. Diverticuli are basically a pouch or sac off the colon wall created by herniation of the inner lining of the colon. They pop out through a…
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