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The most heart healthy diet (Viewed: 6205)
Posted by Dale Peterson on June 6, 2014 @ 4:22 am

A study released this week (Sala-Vita A. Effect of a Mediaterranean diet intervention on 3T MRI-monitored carotid plaque progression and vulnerability: A substudy of the PREDIMED trial. EAS 2014; June 2, 2014; Madrid, Spain.) reported that individuals :: continue


Beware of Iodophobia (Viewed: 3316)
Posted by Dale Peterson on May 27, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

The Importance ofIodine: Articles warning of iodinedeficiency in pregnancy recently appeared in the medical journals Pediatrics, Lancet, and Thyroid.The Thyroid article (Thyroid.2013:23:523-528) reported that average thyroid levels dropped by 50 % between :: continue


Enough is Enough (Viewed: 2623)
Posted by Dale Peterson on May 26, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

An article appeared in April 2014 bemoaning the fact that the incidence of herpes zoster (shingles) in adults over the age of 65 increased by 39 % between 1992 and 2010. No reason for the rise was identified, but it was noted that the introduction of :: continue


A Salty Debate (Viewed: 2354)
Posted by Dale Peterson on May 13, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

Salt (sodium chloride) is one of the dietary staples that physicians and dieticians love to hate. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals consume no more than 1500 mg of sodium per day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend :: continue


An Aspirin and a Glass of Wine a Day? (Viewed: 3467)
Posted by Dale Peterson on May 9, 2014 @ 11:23 am

How Much Alcohol is Needed for Good Health? During an office visit recently I was asked, "Should I be drinking one or two glasses of wine every evening to stay healthy? Ironically, upon checking my email messages later in the day I found a link to an :: continue


Gum and Heart Disease (Viewed: 2338)
Posted by Dale Peterson on April 16, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

Gum Disease and HeartDisease: An association between gum disease and heart disease has been proposed for many years, but this has notbeen confirmed by research. Therelationship was formally acknowledged by the American Heart Association in an April 2012 :: continue


Screening Mammograms Remain Controversial (Viewed: 2446)
Posted by Dale Peterson on April 9, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

I am frequently asked my opinion of screeningmammography for early detection of breast cancer. Mammograms are not entirely free of risks. Amammogram is an x-ray of the breast, and x-ray exposure is a known risk factorfor cancer development. This risk :: continue


Have you eaten your broccoli today? (Viewed: 2430)
Posted by Dale Peterson on April 9, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

Chronic inflammationis one of the mechanisms that cause premature aging and diseasedevelopment. It is the primary factorleading to plaque buildup within arteries and it is also the initial step inthe development of most cancers. Anydisease ending in "itis" :: continue


Are You a Satisfied Patient? (Viewed: 2370)
Posted by Dale Peterson on April 9, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

The title of an editorial caught my eye this week. It was "Patient Satisfaction IsOverrated. Why, I wondered, wouldphysicians feel that patients need not be satisfied with their care? After reading the article I could understand why the authorfeels the :: continue


Dangers of Overtreating Blood Pressure (Viewed: 2708)
Posted by Dale Peterson on April 9, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

High blood pressureis a recognized risk factor for stroke and other circulatory diseases. This makes blood pressure lowering withmedications one of the top priorities of physicians. Unfortunately, there are also risksassociated with the use of anti-hypertensive :: continue


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