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Preventive Care

Apr 20, 2017

The Best Diet

Six Cardinal Rules when attempting to lose weight and/or reduce the risk of heart and other diseases Read more Tags: nutrition, diet, weight loss, heart, controversial diet, USDA, hypertension, obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, cognitive, early signs, dopamine deficit, dopamine, lifestyle, Mediterranian Read more articles about: diet
Mar 27, 2017

Prevent 2/5 Cancers

About 40% of cancers could be prevented were people to stop smoking and overeating, limit alcohol intake, exercise regularly and get vaccines that target cancer-causing infections (e.g., HPV, Hepatitis B).  For more information on this, pleaase explore: the International Union Against Cancer's, "UICC Population Survey of Cancer-related Beliefs and Behaviours" (PDF), the World Cancer Campaign, “Today’s children, tomorrow’s world” or contact wcc@... Read more Tags: cancer, lifestyle, lifestyle choices, prevention, diabetes, wellness, smoking, overeating, alcohol, exercise, diet and exercise, risks in surgery, surgery, live longer Read more articles about: Preventive Care
May 26, 2016

Prevention's Underinvested, Yet Fails to Save $

Curative, Preventive and Now Precision Medicine Will Consider Individual Variability Medical research has largely been focused on curative medicine–"medicine yielding better drugs, medical devices, and clinical procedures. [Where as] Prevention science—the systematic application of scientific methods to the causes and prevention of diseases in populations—has yet to receive the necessary investment and support required to reduce the growing... Read more Tags: preventive, curative, precision, primary prevention, secondary prevention, tertiary prevention, Precision Medicine, high deductible, screen, Diagnosis, behavior modification, prevention science, preventable noncommunicable diseases Read more articles about: Preventive Care
Mar 11, 2016

Heart's Not Healthy? Recouping Tips

When it comes to health, the better-informed patient does better—Duh! What is a patient to do to reverse or ameliorate heart failure, that is, besides taking meds? Read more Tags: low health literacy, heart failure, strict blood pressure control, mortality, retrospective cohort, older, lower socioeconomic status, high school education, coexisting illnesses, blood pressure control, blood pressure, kidney disease, hypertension Read more articles about: Preventive Care
Oct 15, 2015

The Real Cost of Not Immunizing

Measles is back and people will be getting ill, harmed or worse because someone is refusing immunizations. OTOH, routine childhood immunizations may reduce the risk of leukemia. [1] Read more Tags: immunization schedule, immunizations, leukemia, communicable disease, prevention, social distancing, unvaccinated, vaccine safety, immunologically naive, hospitalizations, herd immunity, fear, autism, MMR, measles, Wakefield, ultra-orthodox Read more articles about: Preventive Care
Oct 14, 2015

Obesity in Kids

Adolescent obesity is a growing problem that causes consternation for all and for which there are few if any durable treatments available.  Non-treatment, however, is no option. Read more Tags: sustained weight loss, bariatric surgery, lap-band, metabolic syndrome in children, metabolic syndrome, BMI Read more articles about: obesity / overweight
Mar 30, 2015

Lifestyle Choices Matter in Health

That good lifestyle choices help prevent cardiovascular diseases and otherwise "enhance health….is a compelling reminder that health is the shared responsibility of individuals and communities." Read more Tags: adverse lifestyle choices, lifestyle, BMI, cardiovascular, risk, hypertension, death and disability, health, smoking Read more articles about: Preventive Care
Mar 9, 2014

Obesity/Overweight Prevention/Treatment

Obesity is a contributor to or a cause of chronic medical and/or surgical conditions including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, recurrent trauma and arthritis. Here are a few of the more ponderous facts: Read more Tags: weight loss, weight gain, weight management, weight bias, overweight children, obese children, comprehensiveness, intensity of treatment, outcome, Mind, exercise, nutrition, Do It program, MEND, bacteria, microbiome flora, fecal transplant, stool transplant Read more articles about: obesity / overweight
Mar 6, 2014

Obesity Management Meds

Weighing the effectiveness of drugs in managing obesity First, What is Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, (in this case, in kids)? Read more Tags: childhood obesity, public health, prevention, diabetes mellitus, diet and exercise, food intake, metabolism, thermogenesis, dieters, stay thin, metformin, body mass index, BMI, reduction in BMI, lifestyle interventions Read more articles about: obesity / overweight