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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Potato Consumption Linked to Gestational Diabetes

Women who eat more potatoes are more likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy, a study recently published in BMJ reports.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Does an Aspirin a Day Keep Prostate Cancer Away?

Men taking an aspirin a day for cardiovascular protection had a 39% lower risk of dying of prostate cancer, researchers analyzing data for m a large-scale study recently reported.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Lower Dose of Radiation Works Just as Well in Treating Prostate Cancer, Researchers Say

"Hypofractionated" radiation therapy, using fewer treatments at a higher dosage with lower total radiation, could become the new standard of care for prostate cancer, a British researcher reports.

Friday, January 8, 2016

List Making: One Way to Deal with Anxiety

Could a list making app cure anxiety? Could list making software alleviate dementia, not just by helping someone get through the day, but by actually increasing brain power?

I'm an advocate of drugless therapies wherever they work. One that simply had not occurred to me, until I read a study about it (whatever that says about me), is dealing with anxiety by making lists.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A Different Way of Treating Diabetic Feet

Diabetic foot infection mostly healed.
Most diabetics assume they will never get a foot infection. After all, germs are carried by dirt, and if you change your socks and don’t walk around in moldy gym shoes all the time, who would expect to get an infection?

The reality is, unfortunately, that diabetic foot infections are an eventuality for many diabetics who have neuropathy, even those of fastidious foot care habits.

Eccentric Exercise and Diabetes

Eccentric exercise is a potential preventative for type 2 diabetes. By "eccentric," I don't mean unicycle riding or extreme ironing or wrestling alligators, but rather any kind of exercise in which muscles stretch as they exert force. This is exercise like lifting a weight from a position down and in front of you or pushing down on a pedal.

The Diabetic Weight Loss Dilemma

Every diabetic experiences some version of this story of the central dilemma of diabetic weight loss: Doctors tell diabetics that losing weight will improve or even cure their condition. Doctors then proceed to give diabetics a variety of medications that lower blood sugar numbers but add pounds or kilos at weight-check time. With diet and exercise and Herculean (or Sisyphan) effort, diabetics can lose weight, but it comes right back. Fortunately, there may be a herbal approach to ending the cycle.

What to Look For at Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

If you're not a pot user but you are interested in marijuana for medical applications, you probably don't know what to expect at medical marijuana dispensaries. You may be surprised to learn that one strain of pot doesn't work for everything. In fact, there may be different kinds of marijuana that either hurt or help your condition. Here's a quick guide to what to expect from a legal marijuana dispensary, by health condition.