Health Pearls

We Summarize Latest Medical and Scientific Studies

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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!

October Health Pearls

October Health News 1.  Primary Care Utilization and Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality Among Medicare Beneficiaries, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2013; 159(7):  437-445. Senior citizens who see a primary care physician more often (5-10 visits over an 11 year period versus 0-1 visits during the same period) are less likely to develop colorectal cancer and less likely…
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Think Pink, Breast Cancer Screening: MRI or Mammogram?

  “ Think Pink. “ Pink is everywhere in October, from the White House to NFL primetime, during breast cancer awareness month.  For many of us, breast cancer is very personal and we have seen the toll it takes on our loved ones.  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and currently the…
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Hormone Replacement Therapy and Heart Disease

In recent years I have seen men have their testosterone levels checked more often than their cholesterol profile. What’s more interesting is the amount pharmaceuticals have invested to create testosterone supplements for men with “low T”: there are gels and rubs and various other products. But what about women? The last anyone talked about our…
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September Pearls

 1. Preventable Adverse Events (PAE) at U.S. hospital are the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.  A new study in the Journal of Patient Safety, conducted by John James of the advocacy group Patient Safety America, estimates that PAEs cause as many as 440,000 patient deaths a year in U.S. hospitals, far…
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Public Health Mythbusters: Is there a risk in getting vaccinated?

This is the third round of our Public Health Mythbusters series where we will address another major health concern: risks associated with vaccinations. Flu season is coming up, and you may notice more coverage in the news regarding the ongoing vaccine debate. We will not only tackle the apprehension about the flu shot, but also…
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What’s New with Flu (2013-2014) Vaccine?

You’re probably more aware than you care to be that influenza is a highly infectious viral illness.  It causes moderate to severe illness in all age groups around the world.   Common symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat and congestion.  In recent years, averages of 20,000 preventable deaths and 200,000…
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Public Health Mythbusters:Do everyday appliances increase our risk for cancer?

Researched and written by Nisha Puntambekar and Andrea Vaught This is the second round of our Public Health Mythbusters series where we address another major health concern that has been appearing more frequently in the news: cancer risks associated with common household items. We have all read the articles about microwaves and cell phone usage…
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August Health Pearls

August Health News 1. Taller women have an increased risk of cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 2013; 22(8):  1353-63. As part of the Women’s Health Initiative study, which followed 144,709 women, all postmenopausal, ages 50-74, researchers found that for every 4 inches of height over 5 feet, the risk of cancer rose by 13%.  “Height was…
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Nutrition and The Brain – Part 3

Over the past few weeks, you’ve read about how the brain benefits from physical activity (Part 1), from adequate sleep and healthy food (Part 2).  Now in Part 3, you’ll read about exercise for the brain itself.  This part includes information from Dr. Kirk Erickson’s talk at the conference and from Dr. Neal Barnard’s new…
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UPDATE ON VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Vitamin D Update: VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY AND CARDIOVASCULAR RISKS IN DIFFERENT RACES.                      (July 10, JAMA)  This study, conducted over 8.5 years by Dr.  Cassianne Robinson Cohen of the University of Washington in Seattle, showed a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular diseases in white and Chinese…
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