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Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, has once again succeeded in introducing new public health policies. In an effort to reduce the country’s increasing obesity rate, the New York City Board of Health approved a ban on sale of sodas and sugary drinks in container larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters on Thursday September 13th. This policy is a first of its kind in the country, but the spokesman for New Yorkers Beverage Choice opposes the decision and adds that this restricts the consumers freedom of choice. What are your thoughts about this policy? What measures can be taken to reduce obesity in this country?
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A population-based case-control study found that male patients who used marijuana had twice the risk of developing testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT) compared to men who never used marijuana. Although the exact mechanism of this association is not fully explained, it is postulated that germ cell function may be influenced by cannabinoids. Do you believe this is enough evidence to persuade against use of marijuana?
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A new study coming from Stanford University was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers looked at over 200 studies and saw no significant difference in nutritional content between organic and non-organic foods. However, organic food contained 30% less pesticides than non-organic food. There are critics suggesting that the study would have seen significant results if the correct statistical analysis was utilized. Are you familiar with the new dirty dozen (12 foods to eat organic)? Do you recommend them to your patients?
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A new Swedish study published in the Journal of Neurology, suggests that eating chocolate may lower the risk of stroke by 17% in men. Chocolate contains antioxidant properties which could reduce blood pressure, increase “good” (HDL) cholesterol, and improve blood vessel function. The participants who ate more chocolate in this study were better educated and led a healthier lifestyle than their peers. Therefore, researchers could not conclude that risk of stroke reduction was solely due to chocolate consumption. What are the warning signs of stroke that patients should be aware of?
A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that middle aged people have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases if they are more fit. It was previously believed that the chronic diseases was inevitable and were just delayed by maintaining a healthier lifestyle, but the results of the study showed that the rate of chronic diseases were significantly reduced in both males and females. A healthy lifestyle does not only mean exercising, but it also includes a healthy diet, not smoking, limiting alcohol use, having blood pressure and cholesterol levels within normal limits. What are the challenges that middle aged adults face that prevent them from living a healthy lifestyle and how can you encourage make the needed change?
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Coconut water is an excellent sports drink ― for light exercise
A new analysis of coconut water was reported during the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Many people are aware that coconut water is a good source of electrolytes. The American diet consists of high amount of sodium and not enough potassium. Drinking coconut water can restore the balance, by replenishing much needed potassium lost from exercise and necessary for recovery and muscle cramp reduction. What other foods/drinks do you consume that provide body with electrolytes and help to recover after exercising?
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Many of us eat cereal bars as snacks. A consumer report study by “Which?” analyzed 30 cereal bars and found that large number of contain at least 30% of sugar (20% of daily recommended allowance) and fat (included saturated fat). It is important to read and understand the nutritional information of products we consume. What are your favorite snacks? How often do you change your choice of snack based on the nutritional label?
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Billions of people worldwide will be affected with Alzheimer’s disease. Harvard Medical School professor, Alvaro Pascual-Leone is investigating NeuroAD Medical Device, now being used at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to treat Alzheimer patients. This device stimulates brain electromagnetically and is combined with cognitive training on a computer screen to activate certain brain connections. It might be more effective than medications we have today. What interventions (lifestyle changes, supplementation, and more) have you found to be effective to help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease?
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