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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?

For more information, please visit Youth Health Magazine.

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Authors Of The Last Study Backing Dr. Oz’s “Magic Weight Loss Cure” Retract Their Research

measuring-tape-around-apple-10042494The study that supports the use of green coffee bean extract for weight loss and was promoted in Dr. Oz’s Show as the “Magic weight loss cure”, has been retracted by its authors. They explained that the sponsors of the study, the green coffee bean extract manufacturer, could not assure the validity of the data. Moreover, the company, Applied Food Sciences Inc., has been charged by the Federal Trade Commission for using the results of the flawed study to make baseless claims. What are your thoughts about weight loss products and specifically green coffee bean extract? What other products are you uncomfortable recommending?

For more information, please visit Huffington Post.

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Animal Study Shows High-Fat Diet is More Harmful to Males than Females

classic-hamburger-sandwich-100188767Based on a new study published in the journal Cell Reports, the biological response to high-fat diet in male and female brains are not the same. According to the study, the brains of male mice became inflamed and their heart were damaged after given a steady high-fat meals, while nothing of that happened to the female mice. Interestingly, female brains have been found to produce anti-inflammatory chemicals that kept them from getting harmed by high-fat diet. However, further studies are still needed to prove these results on humans. How much do your dietary recommendations vary in men and women? What are your thoughts about this research?

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Egg-Rich Diet Not Harmful in Type 2 Diabetes

eggs-on-white-background-100229881A new study has revealed that eating eggs does not have bad effects on cholesterol level in people with type 2 diabetes. In contrast, egg-rich diet has more benefits than harm. The study, conducted in Australia and presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes 2014 Meeting, has found that eating 2 eggs per day for 6 days per week for 3 months did not show a significant change in the cholesterol level comparing to eating less than 2 eggs a week for the same period. On the other hand, the high-egg group showed a trend toward HDL improvement. Moreover, egg-rich diet was reported to be more enjoyable and hunger-fulfilling. What are your favorite egg recipes?

For additional information, please visit WebMD.

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How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains

kids-playing-soccer-10078413A new study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has found that exercise improves the cognitive ability in children. By performing 70 minutes of physical activity in two-hour session daily for nine months, the 110 children enrolled in the test group has showcased substantial improvements in the assigned cognitive tests at the end of the program in comparison to the corresponding control group. Based on these new findings, how would you pursue your patients to incorporate regular exercise in their lifestyle, and to encourage their children to do so?
For more reading, please visit The New York Times.
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Exercise Alone May Help Those With Type 2 Diabetes

Lifestyle modification has been the corner stone in both preventing and treating type 2 Diabetes. However a recent Dutch study, published in the Journal of Radiologyconcluded that exercise alone may benefit type 2 DM patients with no other additional modifications; such as diet. The study included 12 subjects that were willing to do moderate exercise for six months. Outcomes were measured using an MRI that assessed heart function and the amount of visceral fat before and after the exercise. Results revealed that there were no changes in heart function, despite the significant decrease in visceral fat around the heart, liver and abdomen. How do you encourage your patients to exercise regularly?

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Using smart phones as a healthcare aid

Smart phones are being used as an aid to diagnosing mind and body conditions. Many health care professionals are encouraging the use of these apps to track disease activity.  However, some patients are using smart phones as a health care professional replacement. How do you feel about the use of smart phones for these activities?

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Computer Exercises Can Help Reduce Alzheimer’s Symptoms

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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Sun-style tai chi is shown to improve exercise endurance in patients with COPD.

A clinical trial published in the European Respiratory Journal evaluated the effect of Sun-style tai chi in 42 patients with COPD. After 12 weeks of treatment, patients who practiced tai chi walked further and longer, had better balance and reported an improvement in quality of life compared to the group that did not practice tai chi.  When do you recommend tai chi to your patients? What suggestions do you offer your patients with COPD?

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Thin or normal weight patients with diabetes may have higher mortality rate than overweight patients with diabetes.

JAMA published a meta-analysis of 5 longitudinal cohort studies looking at the association of weight status with mortality in patients with new-onset diabetes. More than 2,500 patients newly diagnosed with diabetes were evaluated in this study. The study found that the death rate in obese patients was lower compared to thin patients, 1.5% and 2.8%, respectively. Diet and exercise have always been recommended for overweight patients, what recommendations do you have for non-obese patients?

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