Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Skipping meals

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I eat only once or twice a day but my MD wants be to eat 4-5 small meals. Won’t that cause weight gain? I do not need to gain any more weight! (more…)

Resistance Training Beneficial for PostMenopausal Women

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

For your female members who find high-intensity strength training too difficult, a new study found that low-intensity training was just as effective for improving muscular strength and size in postmenopausal women. (more…)

Water and Weight Loss

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Water works! We all know to we are suppose to drink water … but do you know why it helps with weight loss? Here’s why.

Water, water, water. Doctors, nurses, nutritionists, fitness and health experts cannot emphasize enough the importance of sufficient water intake on a daily basis. Why is water necessary to promote health and help in weight loss? (more…)

I get a Sharp Pain in my Lower Back

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Dr. Lin: Dear Sharp Pain, any time I hear the word “shooting” I think of a nerve problem. If you do have shooting pain down the back of your leg that feels like an electric shock you could have some kind of nerve impingement in the lower back. Impingement can be caused from a number of things such as an injured disc, or tight piriformis muscle. (more…)

Prevention of Diabetes. Part 2

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Smoking, high blood pressure and high levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol accelerate the damage to the larger blood vessels of the heart, brain and legs. Dietary therapy and medications should be used to keep the LDL cholesterol level below 100 mg/dl in patients with diabetes. (more…)

Prevention of Diabetes. Part 1

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by healthy life habits. Most patients with type 2 diabetes are overweight and many studies have shown that modest weight loss, particularly in the early years of the disease, may significantly lower the blood glucose level or even cause it to return to normal. (more…)

Medical Chimeras: Of Mice and Men

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

According to Carlo Marra, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, infliximab is the first drug for arthritis that’s a chimera.
“Chimera” is the name Homer gave to his three-headed creature in the “Iliad” that was part lion, part goat and part serpent. Modern chimeras don’t spit volcanic fireballs like Homer’s mythological one, but they are every bit as interesting — and quite a bit more helpful to humans. (more…)

The Debate Over Drug Treatment

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Perhaps the biggest controversy over ADHD involves the use of stimulant drugs as the major component of treatment. The concern is understandable. These are potent drugs that have both short and long-term side effects. They can be addictive in teens and adults, but not in children. (more…)

Treating IBD

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

IBD treatment depends on how the disease affects the individual and on how well the individual responds to therapy. Drug therapy, surgery and nutritional therapies are the main methods of treatment. Physicians generally begin with the treatment that has been proven most effective in most cases, and monitor the results. The doctor and patient work together to develop a strategy that works best. (more…)

Living With a New Disease

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Although there is no cure for genital herpes, there are several steps one can take to potentially reduce the number and severity of outbreaks. Fever, the common cold, decreased immunity and any stressor have been shown to exacerbate outbreaks. (more…)