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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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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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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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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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Risks of NSAIDs You Should Know

March 24, 2015
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include over-the-counter drugs like Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and aspirin. A paper published in The American Journal of Accountable Care noted the frequent and serious complications that are all too typical for those who regularly use these drugs:   “A systematic review of 17 prospective observational studies found that 11% of...
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Infant Antibiotics = Childhood Obesity

March 19, 2015
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A recent study looks at “the impact of antibiotics prescribed in infancy (ages 0-23 months) on obesity in early childhood (ages 24-59 months).” The findings of the study (also reported in the Los Angeles Times) are that “early exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics was also associated with obesity” and that “cumulative exposure to antibiotics was...
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Sit Up to Deal with Stress

March 10, 2015
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An interesting study looks to see if “body posture also may be important to the initiation and modulation of emotions.” The study compared upright seated posture to slumped seated posture in responses to psychological stress. The results of the study showed that “upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear,...
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