Monthly Archives June 2014

Man Up: June is Men’s Health Month!

MAN UP.  TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH Men face unique health challenges, and one of the most dangerous is their reluctance to seek health care. In fact, according to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), men are 24 percent less likely than women to have seen a doctor in the past year.   Men’s Health Today A snapshot of men’s health in the United States shows that they sometimes experience different, but no less serious, health problems than women. Heart disease, cancer, and accidents (unintentional injuries) are the top causes of death for men. The most commonly diagnosed cancers among
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Warning Signs of a Stroke: When to act FAST by Dr. Michael Horan

A stroke happens when part of the brain is damaged because either an artery in the brain gets blocked with a clot (preventing the flow of critical oxygen and nutrients to the brain tissue) or a blood vessel bursts leading to a bleed into the brain. Risk Factors for Stroke? Things that increase the risk of having a stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, and lack of physical activity. Major Signs of a Stroke? •   Facial asymmetry: one side of the face looks lower than the other •   Arm weakness
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MIPC Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Caloric Intake

In a recent commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard Medical School obesity researcher David Ludwig, MD, PhD suggested a radically different model of obesity. Instead of obesity being caused by simply an imbalance of calories in and calories out, Dr. Ludwig suggests that diet composition (specifically high levels of processed carbohydrates) combined with genetic and lifestyle factors lead to hormonal changes that increase fat storage and decrease circulating nutrients, triggering persistent hunger that eventually leads to weight gain. While seemingly intuitive, medical science has been having trouble accepting the proposition that quality of food matters; and that
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