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Omega-3 Fish Oil: Bad for the Prostate?

Consuming large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may not be right for everyone: Researchers have observed a link between the intake of omega-3 —found in fish-oil supplements and fresh tuna, salmon, and trout–and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Scientists found a strong association between high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and a 43 percent… Read more »

Randy Travis Suffers Stroke

Country singer Randy Travis, 54, has been admitted to a Texas hospital after suffering a stroke, a complication due to a recent bout of cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.  Mr. Travis underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain, according to news reports. Cardiomyopathy (a weakening of the heart muscle) occurs when the heart… Read more »

AMA Classifies Obesity as a Disease

The 21st Century is still young, yet it has already been labeled as the century of chronic disease. The epidemic of obesity and diabetes will likely cause life expectancy to decline, and the Lancet recently reported that obesity causes more deaths than famine. These developments are why the American Medical Association’s (AMA) new decision to… Read more »

National BPA Protections May Come This Year

The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass), would ban BPA (Bisphenol A) in food packaging and reusable food containers. Scientists consider BPA to be an “endocrine-disrupting compound” because the body responds to it like estrogen. Multiple studies link BPA to precocious puberty, neurodevelopmental problems, cardiovascular disease and Type 2… Read more »

The Dangers of Smoking Alcohol

It seems some people are always looking for a new way to get drunk. Now, some teens and college students resort to smoking alcohol rather than drinking it. The idea is to get bombed and save calories—thus the term “drunkorexia.” Using various techniques, smoking or “vaporizing” alcohol delivers it to the bloodstream via the lungs,… Read more »

A Rosy Future for Hepatitis C Treatment

Most people with hepatitis C don’t know they carry the virus and that they are susceptible to cirrhosis, liver cancer–even liver transplant. But with a diagnosis, there is hope. Hepatitis C is curable, unlike such other common blood-borne viruses as hepatitis B and HIV. And recent advances in hepatitis C treatment mean more customized therapies… Read more »

Vegetarian Cafeteria Tackles Childhood Obesity

The Active Learning Elementary School in Flushing recently became the first public school in the country to offer solely vegetarian food in the student cafeteria. The initiative is part of a citywide effort to promote healthy habits that counteract childhood obesity. The hope is that other schools will also re-evaluate their meal plans and adopt… Read more »

Why Some Women Choose Preventive Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie recently underwent preventive mastectomy, she revealed today in a New York Times op-ed piece. The actor/director underwent the procedure because the combination of a “faulty” BRCA1 gene and a family history of cancer put her at high risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Preventive mastectomy (also called prophylactic or risk-reducing mastectomy)… Read more »

The Cinnamon Challenge: A View from the ER

As a physician who has helped teens in the Emergency Department because they took “the cinnamon challenge,” I have witnessed the dangers of this stunt. The consequences are not pretty. And yes–it can kill you. The so-called “challenge” involves trying to swallow a tablespoonful of cinnamon powder in under 60 seconds without drinking anything. Without… Read more »

What’s Your Emergency Preparedness Plan?

When a disaster hits, we often hear about heroic efforts to save lives during the emergency. Whether responding to an attack, an accident, a natural disaster—even a mishap that doesn’t make headlines—it’s inspiring when one person who’s in the right place at the right time makes all the difference. Preparation is key, because we never… Read more »