Sunday, June 28, 2015

Welcome Kacie!

We are delighted to welcome Kacie Campbell, PA-C to our practice!  We are certain you will find Kacie, as we do, to be an uncommonly compassionate and competent provider!


Kacie is a graduate of Lock Haven University’s Physician Assistant Program. Before beginning her Physician Assistant studies, she received an undergraduate degree in Biology and played field hockey at the University of Delaware. She currently resides in Philadelphia and is originally from Hershey, PA.  Outside of the office, Kacie loves to try new fitness classes, experiment with cooking and baking, and is a fan of all sports. As a healthcare provider, she places great value on the patient-provider relationship and aims to build an environment of trust and compassion.

Farewell Abbe!



We are sorry that Abbe Jackson, PA-C, has left our practice for family reasons.  We are excited about her new life!  We wish to thank Abbe for her three years of excellent care for her patients.  She was a wonderful provider and we will miss her.   

Meanwhile we have been joined by Kacie Campbell, PA-C to our practice...

Monday, June 8, 2015

Live Long and Prosper Newsletter June 2015

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


Nutrition
1.   Nut consumption and 5-y all-cause mortality in a Mediterranean cohort: The SUN project.
   Another study of a Spanish population, based on their responses to questionnaires. "Participants who consumed nuts ≥2/wk had a 56% lower risk for all-cause mortality than those who never or almost never consumed nuts". Wacky numbers keep materializing for nuts - 56% mortality benefit seems almost absurd. Eat your nuts!
July 1, 2014

2.   Higher diet quality is associated with decreased risk of all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality among older adults.
   A comparison of mortality rate based on adherence to different food strategies. Again the Mediterranean Diet score showed the strongest correlation, with a 27% reduction in death rate for the top fifth of Mediterranean Dieters vs. the bottom fifth.
July 8, 2014

3.   Muscle mass index as a predictor of longevity in older adults.
   People 55+ who have more muscle mass have 20% lower death rate than those who have the lower amounts. No proven benefit, but it seems prudent to bulk up!
July 8, 2014


Exercise
1.   Yoga for improving sleep quality and quality of life for older adults.
   People over 60 who did yoga twice weekly for 12 weeks had improved sleep and reported better quality of life.
July 12, 2014

2.   Daily sitting time and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis.
   People who sit for long periods of the day have increased death rate. A little sitting is not harmful but as people sit more time, each additional hour appears to be more harmful. The authors "estimated a 34% higher mortality risk for adults sitting 10 h/day" These were not randomized trials so we cannot be sure that sitting causes the earlier deathsor not.
July 26, 2014

3.   Life style and longevity among initially healthy middle-aged men: prospective cohort study.
   A new way to think of longevity is to measure the % of people who make it to 85 years or older. This study of middle aged men found that "Among non-smokers with high physical fitness, 48.8% reached the age of 85 years, compared to 27.9% among non-smokers with low physical fitness". So by becoming physically fit, a middle aged man puts himself in a category that is twice as likely to live to be 85.
September 11, 2014

Lifestyle
1.   How height is related to our health and longevity: a review.
   "shorter people are less likely to suffer from age-related chronic diseases and more likely to reach advanced ages"
August 2, 2014

2.   Waist-to-Height Ratio Is More Predictive of Years of Life Lost than Body Mass Index.
   Waist circumference is a more important measure of health than BMI. "This study supports the simple message 'Keep your waist circumference to less than half your height'"
September 10, 2014

3.   Life style and longevity among initially healthy middle-aged men: prospective cohort study.
   A new way to think of longevity is to measure the % of people who make it to 85 years or older. This study of middle aged men found that "Among non-smokers with high physical fitness, 48.8% reached the age of 85 years, compared to 27.9% among non-smokers with low physical fitness". So by becoming physically fit, a middle aged man puts himself in a category that is twice as likely to live to be 85.
September 11, 2014

Prevention
1.   Cardiovascular risk profile of high school students: A cross-sectional study.
   How well are US high school students doing at living healthy lifestyles? Not well. "Physical activity was insufficient in 81% of students. The daily consumption of soup, salad or vegetables, and fruit was, respectively, 37%, 39% and 21%. A minority (6%) took ≤3 and 77% took ≥5 meals a day."
September 17, 2014

2.   Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Persons With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: An Updated Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
   New synthesis by the respected USPSTF, based on all research to date: "High-intensity combined lifestyle counseling" reduces diabetes by 42-45%, when given to people with 1 or more cardiac risk factor or early pre-diabetes. Most medical offices in our area are not geared up to do this kind of counseling. You could counsel yourself by working hard at exercise and diet. Find a buddy to help you.
September 19, 2014

3.   A High Dietary Glycemic Index Increases Total Mortality in a Mediterranean Population at High Cardiovascular Risk.
   Much has been made of high glycemic index (sugary) diets. This study found that people who are in the top 25% of eaters of sugary foods, have over double the death rate compared with those who are in the bottom 25%.
September 25, 2014

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