December 22, 2013 |
Daisy, a 3-year-old domestic short-haired cat, was brought to our clinic late last December because of a two-day history of vomiting, gagging, refusing food and water, and hiding under the bed. While being examined, the indoor cat assumed a hunched stance, with her neck somewhat outstretched. She was dehydrated, and her pulses were slightly weak. Her heart was racing, but she was breathing comfortably and her lungs sounded clear. Daisy's abdomen felt normal and did not seem painful when I palpated it. Her temperature, 102.5 degrees, was normal for a cat. During the exam, Daisy gagged a few times for no apparent reason.
October 28, 2013 |
As he reached the end of a grueling 20-hour drive that took him halfway across the country, Bob was dreaming of what he would do when he reached home. He wanted to stretch his legs, visit his elderly mom, buy himself a dozen fresh crabs, steam them, and sit down to watch the Eagles. Not necessarily in that order. For years, Bob had been what doctors might categorize as a train wreck. A recovering alcoholic, he had been used to consuming a liter of vodka every few days. He smoked heavily too, and by the time he had reached his 40s, his body showed signs of all that hard living.
April 4, 2013
WHAT WOULD you say if I told you that you could profoundly cut your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer? Significantly decrease your risk for Alzheimer's disease, too? And, better yet, that you could do all this without spending a single dime? Impossible, right? Wrong. All that and more may be possible simply by following the sage advice of Dr. Michael Mosley, a British medical journalist and co-author of The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting . The "Fast Diet" is all the rage in Britain and could take flight here as well.
March 26, 2013
DID YOU hear the footsteps last week? Are they coming for you next? The gargantuan CVS drugstore chain has ordered its nearly 200,000 employees to disclose personal health information - weight, height, body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar - or they will have a $600 penalty added to their annual health-insurance bill. CVS public-relations director Michael DeAngelis sees it differently, telling me that employees who take the survey will pay $600 less for health coverage.
March 20, 2013
1PROMOTES BRAIN HEALTH Researchers have long known that exercise promotes brain health. So, after doing your daily Sudoku puzzle, lace up your sneakers and get moving. 2 MAY PREVENT COLDS People who exercise regularly appear to get fewer colds. Exercise may spike the immune system, experts believe, helping to ward off colds. 3HELPS YOU HAVE A HEATHY PREGNANCY Exercising during pregnancy is beneficial to baby and mom. Most healthy women can exercise safely throughout pregnancy.
December 27, 2012
WHILE IT MAY seem obvious, too many Americans still resist accepting the simple truth that daily exercise would likely do more to improve their health than a cadre of specialists or the latest pharmacological miracle drug. That's right, and this activity can be something as simple as a 30-minute walk. And I don't mean power walking with weights in your hands - just walking at a rate that you can still talk comfortably. Besides, you already know exercise can make you look younger and more fit, and improve your mood, too. So what's stopping you?
November 14, 2012 |
My 5 diabetes super foods 1. BLACK BEANS High in fiber and folate to regulate blood sugar. Use in soups, salads, chili. A 1/2-cup is a serving. Inexpensive, too! 2. CHOCOLATE Many experts say dark chocolate may help control blood sugar. Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than any other food. Sorry, a serving's just 1 ounce. 3. ONIONS Sulfur and flavonoids give onions a double bang for the buck. Sulfur helps with heart disease, thins the blood and boosts good cholesterol.
August 11, 2012 |
A half-dozen medical students crowd into a lab at Jefferson Medical College as Jeffrey Joseph points to a graph of a patient's blood sugar. While healthy levels stay within a narrow range, this man's pattern is wildly erratic, peaking at four times the normal amount after a meal and plunging dangerously low during sleep. The graphs are from a diabetic named Brian who had his blood sugar, or glucose, continuously monitored over three days for a study, says Joseph, head of Jefferson's Artificial Pancreas Center.
June 9, 2012 |
What used to be called "adult-onset diabetes" — a leading cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, blindness, heart disease, and stroke among adults — is now a growing problem for American children, too. This health challenge, and how to deal with it, will be one of the hottest topics at this weekend's American Diabetes Association conference. An expected 16,000 health professionals, researchers, advocates, and vendors from around the world are gathering at the Convention Center to share the latest in diabetes research.
April 9, 2012 |
Several large studies have shown that people with diabetes are at especially high risk for Alzheimer's disease. Steven Arnold, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Memory Center, said diabetics are 50 to 100 percent more likely to get the fatal, memory-destroying disease. This has made researchers increasingly interested in the role that insulin, the hormone that's out of whack in diabetes, might play in Alzheimer's. In the brain, Arnold said, insulin is important for cell growth and releasing neurotransmitters that allow cells to communicate.