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Live Long and Prosper Newsletter September 2014

This newsletter was compiled from the latest research on health and longevity, by David Donohue, MD, FACP.

Nutrition
1.   Therapeutic applications of herbal medicines for cancer patients.
   Well most herbal medicines strike out when subjected to the jaundiced rigour of Evidence-Based Medicine. But there are a few stand-outs. In particular, if I ever get lung cancer or perhaps others, I will start furiously googling "Pan-Asian medicine plus vitamins". One legit appearing study showed impressive results.
August 29, 2013

2.   Dark Chocolate: An Obesity Paradox or a Culprit for Weight Gain?
   Dark chocolate has lots of promising antioxidant phytochemicals that chocolate-loving researchers love to tout and chocolate-loving NIH staffers love to fund. Fortunately, some compelling clinical data point to slight benefits on blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight. I am a fair trade 80-85% cacao junkie myself.
September 5, 2013
Exercise
1.   Low-risk lifestyle, coronary calcium, cardiovascular events, and mortality: results from MESA.
   The more of these you did the lower your death rate: * don't smoke, * maintain a healthy weight, * healthy diet, * regular exercise. What is newish here is that they also found the coronary calcium score correlated with death as well. This is a test you can choose to pay for, as a measure of the plaque in the arteries around the heart. Mounting evidence suggests it can be predictive of your risk for heart disease and death. Of course, a simpler test is to ask yourself how well you are doing with respect to the 4 behaviors above.
September 8, 2013

2.   Usefulness of step counts to predict mortality in Japanese patients with heart failure.
   If you are Japanese and have congestive heart failure (CHF) then walk more than 4,889 steps per day or die!! Well no. Actually you face 2.28 times the risk of death if you are in the group who takes that many steps or less. We can postulate that exercise might reduce death in CHF patients, and it might benefit the rest of us.
September 15, 2013
Lifestyle
1.   Physical activity and other lifestyle factors in relation to the prevalence of colorectal adenoma: a colonoscopy-based study in asymptomatic Koreans
   People who exercise more have half the risk of colon adenomas (nasty pre-cancerous polyps).
August 31, 2013

2.   Depressive symptoms are a risk factor for all-cause mortality: results from a prospective population-based study among 3,080 cancer survivors from the PROFILES registry
   Cancer survivors who get depressed have double the rate of mortality compared with non-depressed cancer survivors.
August 31, 2013
Prevention
1.   Lifestyle and cancer prevention in women: knowledge, perceptions, and compliance with recommended guidelines.
   Study of American women - "Only 9.9% of women who reported eating a healthy diet met minimum fruit and vegetable recommendations; 39.7% of women who reported regular physical activity met the minimum recommendation."
September 27, 2013

2.   High concentrations of a urinary biomarker of polyphenol intake are associated with decreased mortality in older adults.
   People with higher levels of polyphenol in their urine had 30% lower death rate. So add some polyphenols to your urine! You could grind them up and just add to the toilet for lots of healthy toilet goodness. Well assuming there might be an ounce of causation in this relationship, maybe your best strategy is to eat some polyphenols so they end up in your urine. "From whence" you query? Berries, artichokes, coffee, flax meal, dark chocolate, tea, apples.
November 5, 2013
Safety
1.   Touch as an Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Process in Couples' Daily Lives: The Mediating Role of Psychological Intimacy.
   Touching one's boyfriend/girlfriend correlated with better well-being 6 months later. Let that be a lesson to us all.
August 22, 2013

2.   '…I've Found Once the Weight Had Gone Off, I've Had a Few Twinges, But Nothing Like Before'. Exploring Weight and Self-Management of Knee Pain.
   Knee pain very much improves with weight loss.
August 22, 2013

3.   When is acute persistent cough in school-age children and adults whooping cough?
   Do you have an active persistent cough for 2 weeks? According to this New Zealand study, there is a 10% chance you have whooping cough.
August 28, 2013
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Medication
1.   Heart rate at rest, exercise capacity, and mortality risk in veterans.
   We are familiar with elevated blood pressure being a risk factor for heart disease and stroke and death. But what about the heart rate (number of beats per minute)? It turns out this too is a predictor of cardiovascular disease when elevated. For each increase of resting heart rate of 10 beats per minute, the investigators observed an 11% increase in mortality.
January 8, 2014

2.   Relationship between obesity and obesity-related morbidities weakens with aging.
   Older people have less health benefits from having a lower BMI, than do younger people.
February 5, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Flu Shots Are In!

Our regular and high dose flu shots have now arrived.  Our flu clinics are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9-12 and from 4-5pm. No appointment necessary during these times. Please stop by!

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