Like Sex Organs, Hearts May Have A Gender, Too A new study finds that men's and women's hearts age in different ways. The study may someday lead to new ways to treat heart failure in both sexes. But until that time, these findings once again call attention to the fact that research and clinical trials are far too male centric. Read more.
My Take – The title is a bit odd, but this is an important article, especially for my female readers.
Flu or Cold? Here's How You Can Tell Them Apart It's flu season, and cozy nights indoors create the perfect place for families to share germs. The influenza virus is most commonly spread by sneezing, coughing or touching contaminated surfaces. But how can you distinguish between the flu, and the less debilitating common cold? By reading this.
ACSH Talks Science Outreach with Western Food Growers Earlier this month, ACSH President Hank Campbell was invited to Hawaii to speak about the issues involved in bringing agricultural science to a public that is increasingly removed from its food. Here's what was discussed, and how it went. Read more.
Exercise To Prevent Heart Failure: How Much Is Enough? We've heard from experts that exercise is the best medicine in order to stay healthy. The recommended dosage of daily exercise is 30 minutes. However, that may not be enough, according to some new research. Read more.
CDC Addresses Antibiotic Problems in Nursing Homes Here's a sobering public health statistic: Up to 75% of nursing home residents -- which translates into millions of elder adults -- are being administered antibiotics incorrectly. To combat the problem, the CDC is recommending the implementation of new guidelines. Read more.
Small Study Finds Benefits, Drawbacks Of Total Knee Replacement A small study--50 patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery vs. 50 controls getting PT alone--showed a significant benefit for the surgery. But complications occurred with surgery. Some of the nonsurgical patients elected surgery later. While not definitive, surgery works well for most with knee OA. Read more.
My Take – The article notes “Prior to the introduction of total knee replacement in the 1970s, patients with advanced knee osteoarthritis frequently became housebound; now such patients can remain mobile.” Since I’ve had both knees replaced – and at the same time - I can speak with some degree of authority. The pain before my surgery was so severe, and my movements were so impaired, I would have ended up in a wheelchair. Of that I have no doubt! After surgery I was able to continue working with a large degree of pain relief and move with careful confidence. I can’t kneel except with pads, and even then it hurts, but I can function pretty much normally as otherwise. Everyone’s different, but at some point the pain becomes so severe a person just can’t stand it any longer. Remember, the pain – severe pain- is 24/7, and at that point surgery will be very attractive.
For Cancer Care, Is Exercise the New Chemo? The evidence is stacking up that regular exercise could play a key role in protecting the body against cancer. But new information sheds light on the benefits of physical activity during cancer care, giving doctors and patients a new perspective on treatment options. Read more.
Drunk Driving Is Bad, Sleepy Driving Is Not Safer Sleep driving can be risky just as drunk driving to anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car. The best one can do is be alert, be safe, and be aware of your surroundings. Read more.
For Lower Back Pain, Less Meds May Mean More Relief According to a recent report in JAMA, lower back pain sends over 2.5 million Americans to hospital emergency departments every year. Such pain, when not due to radiculopathy (sciatica, for example) might be treated with several different drugs, or a combination of pharmaceuticals. Read more.