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Deprescribing to Improve Quality of Life

May 21, 2015
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One of the more dangerous challenges for older people living in the United States is the potential risks brought on by “polypharmacy” or the drug reactions related to taking multiple drugs. According to one study “inappropriate polypharmacy in older patients imposes a significant burden of decreased physical functioning, increased risk of falls, delirium and...
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Workplace Exercises Reduce Pain

May 19, 2015
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Many people complain about musculoskeletal pain at work. Working machinery, lifting, even sitting can contribute to pain in your back, neck, legs, feet, etc. A recent study found that a workplace exercise program provides “statistically significant pain reduction in the neck, cervical, upper, middle and lower back, right thigh, left leg, right ankle and...
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No More Annual Mammograms?

May 14, 2015
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A Canadian study looked at the impact of annual mammograms for women 40+ to see if the practice of annual mammograms increased their chances of detecting and surviving breast cancer. After a 25-year follow up, researchers found that “annual mammography in women aged 40-59 does not reduce mortality from breast cancer beyond that of...
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Muscle Relaxant and Antihistamine Dangers

May 12, 2015
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Seniors can face greater dangers from certain drugs than younger people do. The amplified negative side effects can result in emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalization and even death (mortality). A new study looks at veterans (65 years and older) to determine the potential dangers of skeletal muscle relaxants (55,566 patients) and antihistamine drugs (60,058...
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Too Many Drugs?

May 8, 2015
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There is a trend in medicine know as polypharmacy, which is the use of multiple drugs (as many as five or more) to address a specific health issue. A recent study found that while this approach may help patients achieve specific test results, it may not be the best for the patient’s health: “Clinicians...
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5 Ways Men Can Prevent Heart Attack

April 9, 2015
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A Swedish study of over 20,000 men ages 45-79 found five “low risk behaviors” that can substancially reduce the risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction – MI). “Low-risk behavior included 5 factors: a healthy diet moderate alcohol consumption no smoking being physically active having no abdominal adiposity (waist circumference less than 95 cm or...
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Vitamin D for Kid’s Better Breathing

April 7, 2015
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An important study examined how the lack of sufficient vitamin D impacts the lung function in children. Researchers tested children ages 5-18 and found that “the mean forced vital capacity (breathing in) was 53.4 mL, and the mean forced expiratory volume (breathing out) in 1 second was 48.2 mL lower for children with insufficient...
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Mobile Phones & Brain Tumors?

April 2, 2015
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The issue of whether mobile phones can increase your risk of a brain tumor is still being debated. A recent study from the journal Pathophysiology found that “mobile phone use increased the risk of glioma” (a very common type of brain/central nervous system tumor) by 30%. Like many innovations, the dangers are often times...
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Physical Activity Prevents Low Back Pain

March 31, 2015
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While almost any job can expose workers to the potential for low back pain, desk jobs seem to be one of the more pervasive. Sitting most of the day in front of computers can take their toll on both back and neck muscles. A recent study looked at how daily physical activity can alleviate...
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Teen Dating Violence

March 26, 2015
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A new study surveyed high schools students across the U.S. to determine the frequency of Teen Dating Violence (TDV) both physical and sexual. In the past 12 months, twice as many women experienced TDV as men with the following breakdown: Women Physical Violence Only – 6.6% Sexual Violence Only – 8.0% Both Physical &...
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