Saturday, February 17, 2007

What Are the Medical Journals Saying?

This weeks brief synopsis from the medical journals

Poverty and Heart Disease

It has been said that the best diagnostic predictor of a persons health status is their income. Unfortunately this concept was upheld by The Center for Disease Control (CDC). They found up to a 2 fold difference in heart disease (the #1 killer in America) between States. The highest incidence of heart disease was found where States clustered the lower Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys where there is more poverty and social isolation. If you live in West Virginia, you are twice as likely to have a heart attack than a resident of Colorado.
MMWR Weekly

Treat Lice With a Hair Dryer

Applying hot air for 30 minutes can eliminate head lice infestation. Investigators tested 6 different methods for delivering hot hair to the scalp in 169 persons with head lice (pediculosis). The most successful was the LouseBuster, a custom-built machine that delivered air that was slightly cooler than that of a standard blow dryer. Hot air for 30 minutes killed nearly all lice eggs and 80% of lice. All patients treated were louse free one week later and no adverse effects of treatment were observed.

Still No Fountain of Youth

Although it had been speculated that supplemental dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and testosterone may hold the key to a fountain of youth, a study has largely debunked this idea. In a 2 year, placebo-controlled, randomized double blind study in elderly men and women, (the very best form of scientific study) researchers found that physical performance, body composition, bone mineral density, glucose tolerance and quality of life were not improved with DHEA or testosterone supplements. Since humans have been searching for the fountain of youth for centuries, it is unlikely this study will impact the huge anti-aging industry, but the readers of EverythingHealth will be informed.
The New England Journal of Medicine

Calcium and Health

The most recent published medical literature reiterates the health benefits of eating 1200 mg a day of calcium. Average calcium consumption is far below the amount recommended for optimal bone health. Dietary sources are the preferred means of obtaining adequate calcium. Here are some food sources for Calcium:

Almonds, dry roasted - 1/4 cup.... 100mg
Beans, refried, canned- 1 cup.... 190mg
Broccoli, fresh,cooked - 1 cup.... 180mg
Cheese, American - 1 oz.... 175mg
Cheese, Cheddar - 1 oz.... 200mg
Figs, dried - 10figs.... 270mg
Fruit juice w/calcium - 1 cup.... 225-300mg
Ice Cream - 1/2 cup.... 285mg
Milk, whole/skim - 1 cup.... 300mg
Sardines in oil - 3oz.... 370mg
Soybeans, cooked - 1 cup.... 175mg
Turnip greens - 1 cup.... 200mg
Yogurt,low fat - l cup.... 340-450mg

North American Menopause Society

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1 comment:

Linda Fairchild said...

I like the unexpected - consistency isn't one of my strong points, so I find it hard to take food supplements every day. Michael Pollan's NY Times magazine article "Unhappy
that Dr. Brayer discussed recently made me very happy! Her simple chart here shows how easy it is to get 1200 mg of calcium every day by eating yummy and energizing real food. Thanks for that.

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