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Black Tea Lowers the Rate of Blood Pressure Variation: A Randomized Controlled Trial

A recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports an association between black tea consumption and  high blood pressure reduction during the night. In this trial, 111 participants were studied and assigned to either consume 3 cups of black tea per day or flavonoid-free caffeine-matched beverage. Blood pressure readings along with other vital signs were monitored throughout the day. Results of the study conclude that compared to control group, the subjects that consumed black tea had significant reduction in their blood pressure. What beverages to you typically recommend to reduce blood pressure? What other lifestyle changes can patients consider to improve their cardiovascular health?


For additional information, please go to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Imported Cucumbers

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention made an announcement yesterday of a recent Salmonella outbreak possibly caused by infected cucumbers supplied by Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacán, Mexico and distributed by Tricar Sales, Inc. of Rio Rico, Arizona. 73 cases have been reported across 18 states and of these identified cases, 27% have lead to hospitalization with no reported deaths. The CDC is working with the Food and Drug Administration as well as local state officials to identify additional cases and bring awareness to communities. The CDC strongly encourages consumers to take precaution to minimize the risk associated with infected produce. Further information regarding food safety and Salmonella information can be found on the CDC’s main website. What precautions do you advise to patients when they purchase produce? How do you keep patients informed on new infectious disease outbreaks?

For additional information, please go to CNN

Food Poisoning: What You Need to Know

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 48 million people are effected by food poisoning each year. The CDC’s 2012 report card on food poisoning states that majority of these cases were caused by Campylobacter, which is commonly found in chickens and raw, unpasteurized milk. On Monday the Environmental Working Group published its latest version of the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables highly prone to pesticides. The US Department of Agriculture, CDC, and other organizations have increased efforts to teach the public about food safety and stress awareness on proper food preparation and storage. How often do you educate patients about food safety and sustainability? What other resources are available to the public for food poisoning reports and information?

For additional information, please go to CNN

Popular Cinnamon Stunt Can Have Serious Lung Effects

The Cinnamon Challenge” is a rising trend, especially amongst teenagers, which may lead to serious life-altering consequences. The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics published an article today regarding the dangerous effects of ingesting a spoonful of dry cinnamon powder. In 2011, U.S. poison control centers reported 51 cases related to the challenge and 122 calls linked to the “abuse and misuse” of cinnamon. As many teens flaunt their encounter with the spice on social media websites, physicians report that a growing number of individuals are admitted to the emergency department with inflamed or collapsed lungs. Ingesting dry cinnamon powder can lead to burn and irritation of the mucous membranes that line the digestive and respiratory tracts, eventually progressing to aspiration pneumonia. Physicians want to bring this issue to the public’s attention and limit the number of cases in the future. What are your thoughts on this rising trend?  Have you encountered any cases of the “cinnamon challenge”?

For additional information, please go to US News

Drinking One Cup of Beetroot Juice Daily May Help Lower Blood Pressure

In the United States more than 70 million people are diagnosed with high blood pressure, a major risk factor to cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarctions and strokes. The American Heart Association (AHA) journal, Hypertension, published the results of a small trial which assessed the clinical effects of drinking one cup of beetroot juice a day. Each serving contains about 0.2g of nitrate, which promotes vasodilation and therefore reduces blood pressure. The study subjects drank 250mL of beetroot juice and were monitored over a 24 hour period. Results show that the subject’s blood pressure readings had decreased about 10mmHg. The AHA and USDA are trying to encourage the public to increase their daily intake of vegetables in order to incorporate healthy amounts of nitrate in their diets. What other vegetables and/or foods do you recommend for their ability to reduce blood pressure?

For more information, please go to American Heart Association

Stem Cells to Relieve Low Back Pain?

In a new study presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine, researchers explore alternative treatment for lower back pain by harvesting and re-injecting the body’s own bone marrow into spinal discs. Twenty-four individuals were injected with their own bone marrow aspirate cellular concentrate (BMAC) and were assessed for clinical improvements. Results of the study were inconclusive as several subjects reported relief after a few months to a year while others reported no improvement at all. However, researchers are optimistic that this pilot study will encourage future controlled clinical trials to further explore the use of stem cells for lower back pain relief. What do you currently recommend to patients with lower back pain? What are your opinions on the use of stem cells for pain relief?

For additional information, please go to Health Day

Egg White Protein May Help High Blood Pressure

189_egg_in_the_shade_rtgA new study presented this week at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), provided evidence that egg whites have the potential to reduce blood pressure. Researchers discovered that the protein peptide, RVPSL, contains angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor properties similar to that of conventional blood pressure lowering medications. This new evidence allows for further research on effects of the egg white peptide on human health. What other foods do you recommend to your hypertensive patients? How often do you incorporate egg whites in your diet?

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New Link Between Heart Disease and Red Meat Consumption

ASG209216 recent study performed by the Cleveland Clinic research team provides new evidence about red meat consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Intestinal microbiota metabolize L-carnitine (a compound largely found in red meat) into trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) which was found to promote atherosclerosis. Researchers assessed the carnitine levels in 2,595 subjects consisting of vegetarians, non-vegetarians and vegans. Results show that both baseline and plasma TMAO levels were much lower among the vegetarians and vegans. Results also concluded that individuals with high levels of TMAO are at greater risk for developing CVD. These new findings open doors of opportunity for further clinical research for CVD prevention. How often do you incorporate red meat in your diet? What is the likelihood that results of this study will decrease your consumption of meat?

For additional information, please go to  Nature Medicine

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How to Stop Diabetes From Starting

20121105_003The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released statistics which compared the evidence of prediabetes in individuals over the age of 20 from 2005-2010. By 2010, one in three U.S. adults (an estimated 79 million persons) had prediabetes. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an estimated 89% of individuals were unaware of their condition. The CDC hopes to bring awareness to the growing population and implement  lifestyle programs which include dietary changes, increase physical activity, and modest weight loss to prevent progress of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. How do you bring awareness to younger patients regarding their risk of prediabetes? How do you encourage them to follow a healthier lifestyle?
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Sleep On It: How Snoozing Strengthens Memories

While we anticipate final exams, deadlines at work, hectic mornings, and late nights sometimes it’s easy to forget to include enough sleep in our busy schedules. Providing our bodies an opportunity to rest and conserve energy is essential for mental and physical health. Scientists and researchers have found that proper amounts of sleep helps to strengthen the memories we form throughout the day. How much of a priority is sleep in your daily schedule? How do you encourage others to have a healthy sleep regimen?


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