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!

More May Health News…

1.  More patients will die from pancreatic cancer than from breast or prostate or lung cancer.  My mother in law Dr. Cathy Wilfert was a medical student at Harvard University in the 1960s and she told me the students in her class heard about pancreatic cancer but never personally witnessed a case.  Now, it seems…
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Water Exercise – For Memorial Day and Year Round

Perhaps you think of pool exercise as being only for skilled swimmers or for those needing rehab for a joint. Well, think again! Swimmer or not, water is a great medium for athletes to cross-train, those with joint or weight-bearing issues to exercise, and for everyone to have a fun time. As someone who spends…
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May Health News

1.  Type 2 Diabetes:  Two Meals or Six Meals? As a type 2 diabetic, haven’t your physicians often advised you to eat multiple small meals instead of 3 big meals to better regulate your sugar level?  That has been how I counsel my diabetic patients.  Well, you might have heard of a recent study from…
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A Few Words on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus – MERSCoV

The latest word from the World Health Organization about MERS – a virus that is new to humans – is that there is no broad risk to the public. People are concerned because it is caused by a coronavirus, the same type of virus that caused the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in 2003…
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The NERVE! Chickenpox Returns as Shingles

I’m prompted to write this having seen a new case of shingles each week for the past month – not too surprising with 1 million cases occurring yearly in the US. Since we have treatment that works better the sooner the patient seeks care, it’s important for people to recognize it. The varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox…
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Andropause: Truth, Fiction, or Both? A lecture from the American College of Physicians (ACP) Annual Meeting 2014

Much controversy surrounds the concept of a possible male menopause.  Dr. Kristen Gill Hairston, an associate professor in endocrinology from Wake Forest School of Medicine gave an excellent summary of the symptoms of low testosterone, medical evaluation and possible treatments at the ACP (American College of Physicians) annual meeting.  She cautions that only patients who…
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The Forces of Nature: Life, Gravity, Time and Prolapse

Co-author Joanna Hess, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist at Restore Motion Editor’s Note: In honor of Mothers’ Day, we thought we’d discuss a common problem that can affect all women, although it is more commonly seen in those who have given birth — one of the less rewarding consequences of motherhood. “Something is falling out!” You’re in…
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Coffee – More Anti-Oxidants To Go With My Chocolate

For those of you who read my blog on chocolate, you may be starting to wonder about my dietary habits. Coffee and chocolate are daily staples and I suspect that I am getting a hefty amount of caffeine per day. My dark chocolate habit, albeit moderate, likely results in 10 mg of caffeine being ingested.…
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Pollen Vortex — Part 1 of 2

Have you heard that this winter’s polar vortex is turning into the spring’s pollen vortex?  It’s true!  In my office, every spring we gear up for the high pollen count spring season.  This year, we have a fun name (pollen vortex) to accompany the misery. The medical term for “hay fever” or pollen allergies is…
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A Break from Myanmar’s Diary…More April Health Pearls…

1.  Is smoking marijuana harmful to the brain function of young people?  In what way might it harm their brain?  A collaborative study between Northwestern University’s medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical school showed how casual smoking of marijuana in the age group 18-25 can change the areas of the brain affecting emotion…
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