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Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Patient Care

Vitamin D Deficiency

Lack may increase risks According to a new study, Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk for metabolic syndrome* after menopause. Researchers looked at 463 postmenopausal women with cardiovascular disease who weren’t taking vitamin D supplements. More than two thirds of the women had vitamin D levels lower than 30, which was considered insufficient. Of these women, 58% had metabolic syndrome, compared with 40% of women with sufficient vitamin D. When the vitamin D level was below 20, the odds of metabolic syndrome were doubled. This observational design can’t prove causation,...

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Drinking Too Much?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Patient Care

Drinking Too Much?

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day This week several news outlets, including the Washington Post, reported that a new international study concludes there are “no overall health benefits from moderate drinking” and the “threshold for low-risk drinking … is about seven beers a week for men and women alike.” The study was published on April 12 in The Lancet and was co-authored by 120 researchers based on “aggregated data from multiple studies of drinking patterns and health outcomes among nearly 600,000 people in 19 high-income countries.” The Post says,...

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Primary Care is Us

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Patient Care

Primary Care is Us

PCPs Are Becoming Rarer As Healthcare Business Models Change. On the front of its Sunday business section yesterday the New York Times reported that “in this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics… primary care” physicians are becoming “increasingly scarce.” The article examined how changes in the healthcare industry have changed how patients receive medical care and interact with physicians. Fortunately, our “business model” is growing and expanding to meet the complex needs of people who need and value more personal and comprehensive care that urgent...

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A dangerous weed

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Patient Care

A dangerous weed

For psychiatric patients, a link between marijuana and violent behavior Recreational drugs can wreak havoc on anyone’s life. But for those with mental illness, smoking pot could lead to aggressive behavior—and put their loved ones at risk. According to a new study published in September in Frontiers in Psychiatry, adults who persistently smoke marijuana following a psychiatric hospitalization are 2½ times more likely to commit violent acts, including assault, battery, or threats with a weapon, than those who do not use the drug. The study included 1,136 patients from ages 18 to 40 who...

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Teens starting with E-cigs?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Patient Care

Teens starting with E-cigs?

E-Cigarettes May Create More Smokers Than Quitters, Research Suggests. Bloomberg News (3/14, Wolf) reports that researchers at Dartmouth College’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that “vaping has led more people to start a real smoking habit, rather than avoid tobacco or quit in favor of e-cigarettes,” according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS One. The researchers used census data, published literature, and surveys to build a model which showed that while 2,070 cigarette smokers in the US quit in 2015 with the help of e-cigarettes, 168,000 adolescents who had never smoked began...

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Breast Feeding and Diabetes

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Patient Care

Breast Feeding and Diabetes

The 30-Year CARDIA Study Question Is the protective association between lactation duration and progression to diabetes supported by a biochemical evidence basis? Findings Among young white and black women in this observational 30-year study, increasing lactation duration was associated with a strong, graded 25% to 47% relative reduction in the incidence of diabetes even after accounting for prepregnancy biochemical measures, clinical and demographic risk factors, gestational diabetes, lifestyle behaviors, and weight gain that prior studies did not address. Meaning This study provides...

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