June 29, 2014 |
Marc Winans had a right to feel uneasy. His maternal grandfather died of a heart attack at 55. His mother's brother made it to 57 before meeting the same fate. Several cousins on his mother's side also had heart disease - including a second cousin who died at 40. Yet Winans did not have especially high cholesterol levels, and at 38, the Jeffersonville resident was a nonsmoker and in good physical shape. Should he take statins as a precaution? The answer, he hoped, lay in a big white doughnut at Temple University Hospital.
May 13, 2012 |
My life just changed in a good way. In fact, in a great way. By gummi vitamins. Let me explain. I'm supposed to take a multivitamin, B complex, calcium, CoQ10, and Crestor. But the only thing I take is Crestor. Why? because I don't like taking pills, or I forget, and pills suck. That would be a medical term. So imagine my delight when I'm cruising the aisles in the food store, and I see a massive jug of gummi vitamins. I don't mean gummy, like my pie crust.
May 26, 2011 |
Milk does a child's body good, but choosing the right type can make a parent's head ache. As reports of childhood obesity rise, we asked registered dietitian Sarah Krieger, a children's hospital consultant in St. Petersburg, Fla., and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, to share guidelines she is giving families. Question: Why is milk important for children? Answer: It contains so many nutrients that children need to grow. Calcium is obvious, but milk is also high in potassium - it has more than bananas - phosphorus, protein, vitamins like B12 and D and magnesium.
May 9, 2011
Improving the dental care of elders who have dementia Nursing home residents with dementia often resist staff members who try to take care of their teeth. As a result, many have poor dental hygiene, which is associated with periodontal disease and other health problems. A small pilot study led by an assistant professor of nursing at Pennsylvania State University found it was possible to improve dental care by addressing residents' fears. Due to their cognitive problems, people with dementia may feel frightened or threatened especially easily.
March 31, 2011 |
A fear of falling knows no age or season, but this past winter and a recent physical exam reminded me that time and gravity conspire to make arms, legs, and hips snap like dry twigs. Advice about fighting back has been around for many years and ranges from performing balancing exercises and weight-bearing activities to popping pills that boost calcium, a necessary ingredient in maintaining overall skeletal health. Even so, the most recent science-based Dietary Guidelines for Americans notes that "a significant number of Americans have low bone mass, a risk factor for osteoporosis, which places them at risk of bone fractures.
April 10, 2008 |
Chia seeds are best known for providing the fast-growing greenery on little clay "pets," but it's time to start thinking of them as a supergrain. Chia reportedly contains more omega-3 fatty acids than flaxseed, more fiber than bran, and more protein than soy. One 3.5-ounce serving (about one-fourth of a cup) of Salba - the variety of chia used in a new study published in the November issue of Diabetes Care - gives you as much calcium as three cups of milk, has as much omega-3 fatty acids as 28 ounces of salmon, and is higher in antioxidants than blueberries, says Vladimir Vuksan, the University of Toronto researcher who led the study.
July 20, 2002
Research and hormone-replacement therapy Your editorial implies that it is a major failure of modern medicine that new information about hormone-replacement therapy is coming out only now ("Shock treatment," July 13), as if a deep, dark anti-woman cabal of gynecologists is suppressing this info. Modern medicine actually requires evidence, acquired with the painstaking tools of the scientific method and double-blind studies, before coming to a conclusion. We don't have the luxury of only embracing those ideas that fit our preconceived notions.
June 17, 2002 |
Anxiety about "bone health" has become epidemic over the last decade, especially among women. No wonder, considering all the celebrities with milk mustaches, government calcium-education campaigns, calcium-fortified foods, free bone-density tests, ads for bone-building drugs, and dire warnings about the hobbling and hunchbacking effects of osteoporosis. But while industry and advocacy groups would have you believe America is bad to the bone, the conventional wisdom about how to build strong bones and keep them that way is being challenged - and not just by vegetarians and animal-rights activists, who have long had a bone to pick with the dairy industry.
September 27, 1999 |
Clay Armstrong, a professor of physiology at the University of Pennsylvania, yesterday was named one of six winners of the Lasker Award, considered a top honor for American doctors and medical researchers. Armstrong was recognized for his role in discovering the biological equivalent of transistors and switches - a finding that has led to important new drugs for heart failure, blood pressure regulation, and kidney disease. Called "ion channel proteins," these switches channel the electrical signals that animate the human body - generating nerve impulses, contracting muscles, and regulating cardiac rhythm and hormone secretion.
September 8, 1997 |
When Katie Gerbner was a baby, she developed an allergy to milk. She outgrew the allergy, but developed something else. "A loathing for milk," said her mother, Anne, of Chestnut Hill. Like many teenagers, Katie, 14, avoids moo juice, even though - as she and every other kid has been told a million times - the calcium in milk builds strong bones. She does drink calcium-fortified orange juice and occasionally pops a calcium-laden antacid pill. Still, her mother wonders whether it's enough, especially now that a new government report says young teenagers need significantly more calcium than experts used to believe.