Tag Archives: Conditions and Diseases

Exposure To Pollutants In First Two Years Of Life Might Lead To Autism

smog-10016053A new study by Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has revealed that children who were exposed to air pollutants during their first two years of life are more likely to develop Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The study, which was presented in the American Association for Aerosol Research annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, has explained that the risk is related mainly to two pollutants: chromium, which is released by combustion processes and metal industries, and styrene, the product of poly styrene plastics and resins. What are your thoughts about air pollution? What should be done to prevent its negative effects, especially on children?

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A new drug approach that could lead to cures for wide range of diseases

Researchers from Oregon Health Science University have developed a new technique  using drugs called “pharmacoperones” which could cure a wide range of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, parkinson’s, cystic fibrosis and diabetes, that are caused by misfolded proteins.  The new drugs have the ability to enter cells and fix the misfolded proteins so they can be routed correctly, thus restoring their functionality. This technique was demonstrated in mice and researchers are planning human testing to see if they would have the same promising results. What do you think of this technique? Are you optimistic about it ?

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Changing hospital lighting to help hospitalized patients

Published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, preliminary research suggests hospital lighting may affect the comfort of hospital stay. The study was performed on 23 women and 17 men and measured the effects of lighting on patients’ mood, sleep, and pain. Patients who had lower lighting for 24 hours slept poorly, experienced more fatigue, and experienced more pain. The investigators hypothesize that changing the lighting patterns in the hospital may regulate sleep-wake cycles and ultimately have better patient outcomes. An inexpensive way to bring comfort to a hospitalized patient, adjusting lighting patterns may make the hospital stay less disconcerting. How does natural or artificial lighting affect your mood? What specific devices do you recommend to your patients to regulate your sleep/wake cycle and their mood?

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Effects of red ginseng extract on sleep in healthy volunteers.

IMG_1237Researchers at Kwandong University studied the effects of red ginseng on sleep in 15 young healthy male volunteers. They discovered that red ginseng can reduce duration of wakefulness between sleep times, reduce lightest stage of non-REM and increase total sleep time. What are favorite recommendations to improve sleep?

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Facebook peer groups may be useful for HIV education.

478_5One hundred twelve homosexual men were studied in a randomized controlled trial to determine whether social networking communities can increase HIV testing. Researchers randomly assigned the participants to two Facebook communities. One community sent information on HIV prevention and testing while the other community sent information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Overall, the researchers found that men in the HIV prevention groups were more likely to interact with their leaders through messages on Facebook’s chat and also more likely to request and return HIV test kits. How have you utilized social networking tools in your practice?  Do you believe it has helped you reach out more effectively to your patients?

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Red Meat is Tied to Poor Colon Cancer Outcomes

Red meat consumption is in the news again. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology evaluated the association between high consumption of red or processed meat and colon cancer prognosis. Researchers found that people who consume 10 servings of red or processed meat per week before diagnosis, are at a higher chance of dying from colon cancer than people who consume 2 servings per week. Based on all the negative recent press about red meat, have more of your patients asked you how to make changes to their diet?

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Cheating Ourselves of Sleep

NY Times recently published an article about the harmful effects of sleep deprivation from the compilation of studies done in the past. Nowadays, millions of people are sleeping less than eight hours a day, which can affect the body negatively in many ways. Studies have shown those who have inadequate sleep may have lower memory and learning ability. People with less sleep and poor quality of sleep also present with less creativity, productivity and emotional stability. Other physical health problems caused by not enough sleep include cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, metabolic and cognitive problems. Since summer is in session, everyone is more active and outgoing. How are summer activities affecting the amount and quality of your sleep?

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More Evidence That Adding Nuts is a Healthy Choice

Researchers are exploring the benefits of consuming a small portion of nuts per day with a low-calorie diet. There have been some speculation as to whether or not nut intake would increase the risk of obesity. However, studies have shown that incorporating nuts in diets may help improve high blood pressure, diabetes and lower the risk of death. Researchers and physicians recommend only a handful of nuts a day is needed to provide optimal health benefits. What other high fat foods do you routinely recommend to your patients?

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Exercise is associated with reducing brain shrinkage in patients 70 years or older.

A longitudinal observational study published in the journal Neurology associated exercise in the late 70s with the reduction of brain shrinking. Researchers at Edinburgh University concluded that physical activity was associated with less atrophy and white matter lesion. These findings suggest that exercise may be neuro protective and lead to a decrease in cognitive decline. How much exercise do you recommend to your patients on a daily basis? How do you think this information will affect the elderly population at risk of dementia?

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Daffodils may be useful in treating depression

A new study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology looks at ways in which daffodils may help to treat depression. One of the most difficult aspects of psychopharmacology is discovering compounds that can pass the blood brain barrier. A scientific research group from the University of Copenhagen has discovered that compounds from Crinum and Crytanthus from a South African species of snowdrops and daffodils can effectively pass the brain’s defensive barrier. What are some of your recommendations for someone with symptoms of depression?