OBESITY PROBLEM CONTINUES TO LOOM LARGE OVER THE HEALTH OF ADULT AMERICANS
In the fight against one of America’s most pernicious health problems, battles have been won. But according to new findings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the war against obesity is ongoing despite years of sustained efforts and billions of dollars spent. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is released…Read More >>
Accidental Discovery Leads To Possible Cure For Anemia
Recently in this column, we covered the health topic of sepsis – a serious infectious disease of the blood that is responsible for up to one million deaths in the U.S. – and the new research that has led to identifying a gene that could lead to its treatment. Now, comes promising new research into…Read More >>
Benefits of Low Blood Pressure
New Study Suggests Shift In Thinking About How Low Blood Pressure Should Go? For decades healthcare providers had a carved-in-stone formula for what constituted normal blood pressure for people over 60: 140 or even 150 over 80. However, a comprehensive new study released by the federal government suggests that going much lower – 120 and below…Read More >>
Food May Be Addictive, New Study Says
For years now the idea that food can be addictive in the same way as alcohol or drugs has been dismissed by the medical community. There was very little evidence to reach such a conclusion, and the complexity of eating disorders that are accompanied by multiple environmental factors also made scientists skeptical. After all, who…Read More >>
Is Your Heart Older Than You?
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 75% of American adults have hearts that are chronologically older than the rest of their physiology. “Too many U.S. adults have a heart age years older than their real age, increasing their risk of heart disease and stroke,” said CDC Director Tom…Read More >>
Water – Not Enough Or Too Much of a Good Thing?
Two new studies have turned the medical spotlight on the consumption of water, and specifically how much and when is optimal for your health. In these dog day afternoons of our unusually hot summer, one health message resonates more than any other: Drink plenty of water. To be more specific, a kind of mantra has…Read More >>
Sleep Deprivation in Hospital Leaves Patients Yearning for Home Sweet Home
The systemic healthcare problem of patient sleep deprivation in hospitals seems counter-intuitive. After all, what do patients have to do but to rest and recover? That, however, is the problem. While statistics are hard to come by, anecdotal information from patients – including healthcare providers who find themselves on the other side of the equation…Read More >>
Can Meditation Have an Age-Delaying Effect?
Since 1970 life expectancy around the world has risen dramatically with people on average living more than 10 years longer. What’s not changed is the slow decline of the brain, a process that begins in the mid-to-late-20s when its volume and weight begin to decrease. As this occurs, the brain can begin to lose some…Read More >>
Is PTSD Linked to Genetics?
Decades after they fought in the Vietnam War, a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry medical journal indicates that U.S. combatants in the conflict – all told, some 270,000 Vietnam vets – continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, with one-third of those having a current, major depressive disorder. Some of the veterans…Read More >>