May 22, 2018

“Missing microbes ’cause’ childhood cancer” (BBC NEWS)

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is more common where children are exposed to fewer bacteria

Missing microbes ’cause’ childhood cancer_101658923_f0173874-destruction_of_leukaemia_blood_cell_illustration-spl.jpgEarly exposure to microbes may help protect children against a type of leukaemia, says a UK scientist.
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May 5, 2018

NYTimes: The Best Medicine = Meaningful to Our Patients

Another sensitive medical piece in the newspaper, this one about grasping our patients’ goals for their treatment and their lives. Living your own life well can teach you that:

“I can’t imagine a better reason to be treated as an outpatient than a daddy-daughter dance,” I told them. “Whatever it takes, we’ll find a way to make it happen.”

As we get older and spend more years practicing medicine, doctors and nurses tend to get better at identifying the subtleties of illness, and our decisions and recommendations become more accurate. But more important than that, because we’ve lived more of our own lives, I hope we also recognize when what’s meaningful to our patients trumps anything medical that we can offer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/well/live/doctor-patient-medicine-cancer-treatment-leukemia-meaning.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

May 1, 2018

More Bad News About Carbohydrates

A diet high in refined carbohydrates is associated with earlier menopause, whereas one high in good fats like omega-3 is linked to much later menopause than an average diet.

How your diet could influence the age of your menopause_101103529_pasta_gettyimages-945098118.jpgA study finds a diet rich in oily fish may help to delay natural menopause, while carbs hasten it.
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April 30, 2018

Cold Showers: From Hippocrates to Neurobiology

The Father of medicine prescribed cold baths for many of his sick patients. The Romans and Turks built bath houses, where health seeking citizens would go from a hot sauna-like room to a tempered room where they gradually finished sweating and finally climb or dive into an ice cold swimming pool. Modern Scandinavians, presumably following Viking traditions, cut holes in the ice and more or less briefly immerse themselves in frigid midwinter waters, with or even without a preceding sauna.

I read an interesting interview in the Harvard Buisnesss Review in the seat behind the copilot of a very small Cessna on my way back to Bar Harbor from the #HarvardWriters2018 workshop.

Dutch researcher Dr. Geert A Buijze and colleagues demonstrated that a daily cold shower, even 30 seconds of ice cold water at the end of a more typically soothing warm one, decreased workers’ sick time by 29%.

The explanation, he speculates, could be that cold water induces shivering and raises cortisol levels, which in turn increases energy and stamina. It could also have something to do with activating brown fat, or maybe it’s even a placebo effect, but, as we now know, even the placebo effect is reasonably well explained by modern neurobiology.

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April 28, 2018

BBC News: Five things you might be surprised affect weight

The BBC posted a nice review of some of the reasons behind rising obesity rates in our cultures: From gut microbes to the real reason eating dinner late causes weight gain.

Five things you might be surprised affect weight_100945010_twinsfacing.pngWhy do some struggle more to lose weight than others?
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March 9, 2018

Food Preservative for Schizophrenia? | Psychiatric Times

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/schizophrenia/food-preservative-schizophrenia/?rememberme=1&elq_mid=512&elq_cid=1758157&GUID=2364CC00-4E85-4481-8890-98987D3FED4E

March 8, 2018

Hundreds of Canadian doctors demand lower salaries — Health — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

http://bangordailynews.com/2018/03/08/health/hundreds-of-canadian-doctors-demand-lower-salaries/

March 4, 2018

Pumping Steroids Reduces Asthma Attacks

We know that doubling inhaled steroids early in asthma deteriorations doesn’t ward off severe attacks. Quadrupling the dose reduces the attacks by 19%.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1714257?query=featured_home

March 2, 2018

BBC News: Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research suggests

Diabetes is actually five separate diseases, research suggests_100238003_gettyimages-538364990.jpgScandinavian researchers say a new classification would mean better treatment for patients.

February 25, 2018

NYTimes: Doctors, Revolt!

When Dr. Bernard Lown, author of “The Lost Art of Healing” is the patient.

“What I learned when a famous 96-year-old physician became my patient.”

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