Monthly Archives: July, 2012

Stressed? Boost Heart Health by Smiling

A study to be published in the upcoming issue of Psychological Science, reports that smiling during stressful periods of time, as simple as it may sound, can reduce the intensity of the body’s stress response and protect the heart. Psychological scientists found that forcing muscles to express a smile after stressful activities would lower heart rate compared to people who held neutral facial expressions. How often do you recommend patients to smile to alleviate stress and help their heart?

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Add Curcumin to Your Diet To Cut Risk of Diabetes

A Thai study published in the Journal of Diabetes Care found that curcumin, a compound in tumeric, may reduce patients’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Patients with pre-diabetes assigned to curcumin took 6 capsules of ‘curcuminoids’ a day and after 9 months, 0 patients out of 119 patients progressed to type 2 diabetes while 19 out of 116 patients taking placebo did. Curcumin is thought to fight inflammation and oxidative damage. What are some of the typical ways in which you recommend patients to add turmeric to their diet?

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Shift work linked to increased cardiovascular events.

The BMJ recently published a meta-analysis evaluating vascular events in more than 2 million workers whose work schedule was not a regular daytime schedule. The study found that shift workers had an increased risk of myocardial infarction, coronary events, and ischemic stroke. How do you counsel your patients who work night shifts to stay healthy?

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Omega-3 fatty acid does not lower heart risk for patients with diabetes.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a large study that looked at the rate of cardiovascular events in about 12,500 patients with diabetes or prediabetes who are consuming omega-3 fatty acids. The study found that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids did not significantly reduce cardiovascular deaths in patients with type 2 diabetes. What is your experience with omega-3 fatty acids in diabetic patients?

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Sports drinks are not necessary to hydrate an average person during exercise.

The BMJ recently published an article questioning the needs for the consumption of sports drinks in individuals who are exercising less than 45 minute. Sports drinks aid hydration and fuel active muscles in athletes and the general public in extreme conditions. Otherwise, drinking water and consuming electrolytes found in our diet would be enough.  What are you current recommendations regarding physical activity, electrolytes and hydration?

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Diets rich in antioxidants may be associated with lower pancreatic cancer risk.

In a cohort study published in the journal Gut, researchers analyzed food diaries of more than 23,000 patients aged 40 to 74. The study found that patients whose diets had higher amounts of vitamins C, E and selenium had a decreased risk in the development of pancreatic cancer. What are your favorite dietary sources or products containing antioxidants?

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Fragmented or interrupted sleep may be associated with placement in assisted-living facilities.

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently published a prospective cohort study that found that women who had interrupted sleep and lower sleep efficiency had higher odds of being placed in assistant-living facilities. Although this study only shows an association, sleep disturbances are linked to numerous diseases. What best practices do you recommend your patients in terms of getting a good night rest?

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Promising Therapy Combats Food Allergies in Children

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined children with food allergies and the use of immunotherapy. Children allergic to eggs would receive small quantity of egg white powder that would increase overtime. After 22 months 75% of the children were considered ‘desensitized’. With food allergies on the rise what do you recommend for families with children with food allergies?

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We’ll Be Back!

Due to our attendance at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, we will be back online on Friday July 20.

Hope to see you in Florida!

Moderate alcohol use associated with decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A prospective cohort published in the BMJ found that Swedish women who drank three glasses per week of wine, spirits, or beer three times a week for 10 years lowered their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 52%.  Women who drank more than four glasses of alcohol per week lowered the risk by 37%.  A standard glass of alcohol was approximately a pint of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.7ounces of liquor. If your patients do not consume alcohol, what other foods contain similar ingredients that may offer health benefits?

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