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Health pearls

We live in an era of maybe “too much" medical information. As most of us know, medical information and opinions can drastically change over time. 

In Health Pearls, we will try to summarize some recent scientific studies for you in the hope that the information will help you lead a more healthy life. However, we hope we won’t have to oscillate back and forth, telling you one week to stop doing what we were advising the prior week! We do not claim to be experts in all medical fields but rest assured that we do practice what we preach.

We hope all the pearls we will be gathering will help you on your journey to good health and happiness!

Thu



Osteoporosis: a Review of Bone Loss and Nutrition
written by Aruna Nathan, M.D.
on Sunday, 10th March, 2019

*Osteoporosis, a Brief Overview.* Let’s talk about a process that we should think about when we’re young so we can try to prevent unfortunate events as we age.  First, here are a few important definitions. Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone mass leading to fragility of the bones and increased fracture risk. Osteopenia is its less severe sidekick and sarcopenia is loss ...

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Social Connections as The Secret of Happiness
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 26th December, 2018

Are you alone at this time of the year, or do you plan to spend time with your family and friends? Do you know of the loners in your neighborhood or your work places?  If you have, like me, many holiday gatherings to go to, count yourself very lucky.  You might complain how you do not have enough time to “relax,” with all the running around getting gifts for family members ...

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Valsartan Recall: An Ongoing Saga
written by Lakshmi S. Sastry, M.D.
on Monday, 17th December, 2018

We got a frenzy of portal messages from our patients in the last few weeks wondering why the evening news on television announced a recall of high blood pressure meds they take. They thought changing Valsartan (a commonly used blood pressure medication that is part of the ARB family) to other blood pressure medications should have done the trick. They were already familiar ...

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Why Is Weight Loss So Difficult - A Scientific Explanation
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to a Smithsonian sponsored talk by Dr. Hall, who is a Senior Investigator at NIH and chief of one of the research programs at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases that reaches across different branches of the institute. It was the first talk in a series called “Pulse on Modern Medicine”. The ...

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Just Keep Truckin'
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

You may have heard recently that lack of exercise is a greater risk factor for death than high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking. I was curious to see whether this was a sensational headline or if there was good data to back up the claim. The article referred to in the popular press was posted on the open network of the Journal of the American Medical Association ...

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Big News From the FDA Today Regarding e-cigarettes
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

Well, we’re finally seeing some action on e-cigarette use in youth! It’s a few years too late, but hopefully we can catch up. E-cigarettes are a form of ENDS, or electronic nicotine delivery systems. [LINK: /article/electronic-cigarette-update--more-potential-for-addiction-and-poisonings/#sthash.kGkISvFW.dpbs%20-%20article%20re%20e-cigs] We reviewed some pros and cons of ...

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Have you noticed there are so many numbers on your menus?
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Sunday, 5th August, 2018

Over the past few years, and more commonly in the last few months, you may have noticed calorie counts on menus. Federal requirements for this information have been in the works for years, with some cities and states leading the way. New York City was at the forefront with implementation in 2008. Since these rules mainly affected chains of restaurants, having different requirements ...

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Low Dose Aspirin as Preterm Birth Prevention; Low Levels Alcohol Consumption & Brain Health; Grilled Meat & Elevated Blood Pressure
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 23rd June, 2018

*Low Dose Aspirin May Lower Rate of Preterm Birth (PTB)* A recent study, released on June 15, 2018,  by researchers from the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, showed how baby aspirin use significantly lowers the rate of preterm birth in patients less than 34 weeks pregnant. In this study, consisting of 2543 women ...

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Basic Strategies for Stress Management
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

  Everyone deals with stress in his or her own way.  Some of us seem to have as busy and as stressful a life as others, yet we seem to have little or no anxiety or depression, whereas others in similar situations suffer significantly.  Some of us, when feeling stressed, develop “bad” habits, like drinking alcohol or using other drugs, or engaging in binge eating.  ...

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Safeguard Yourself from Ticks and Mosquitoes
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Tuesday, 15th May, 2018

With warmer weather and longer days, we spend more time outside.  This brings plenty of opportunities to improve our health with exercise and events in the great outdoors.  The great outdoors also exposes us to more insects such as ticks and mosquitoes that can threaten our health.  We need to be preparing for protection.  This article was inspired by the very well written ...

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