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Immunology Breakthrough Has Big Implications

In May, the Wall Street Journal published an article that describes a new breakthrough in the field of immunology. The breakthrough is that antibodies work inside of cells as well as outside of them.  This discovery has huge implications for antiviral treatments and gene therapy...
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Tasty Guilt Free Dessert

Lemon Peel Ricotta Crème Recipe – South Beach Diet This healthy dessert recipe comes from Dr. Agatston’s famous book, The South Beach Diet.  His diet has been scientifically validated to help with metabolic syndrome, diabetes and pre-diabetes.  His diet is also...
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Weight Loss Recently Shown to Improve Symptoms and the Frequency of Atrial Fibrillation.

This recent article which was well executed, shows that in obese subjects with atrial fibrillation (a common problem which is associated with significant risk for stroke),  weight loss results in less burden of symptoms and severity of symptoms. There were a few important points...
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Statin Use For The Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

A review of statin use for the prevention of cardiovascular disease shows very positive support for the use of statin medication. My readers know that I am very much in favor of lifestyle changes to lower cardiovascular risk and this is always the preferred first strategy. This...
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Obama Administration Changes Midstream The Affordable Care Act

The Hens Are Coming To Roost The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (now the Affordable Care Act) was such a voluminous law that we were told “We have to pass this law in order to see what is in it”. Wasn’t that Nancy Pelosi’s argument for passage?  To that advice I would...
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Study Demonstrates Effectiveness of a New Generation of Anticoagulants

This recent article demonstrates that the new generation anticoagulants are as effective as our old gold standard but with less bleeding risk. The study compared a new Xa inhibitor with our present standard of care — low molecular weight heparin plus warfarin/Coumadin...
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Doctor-Patient Relationship Breakdown Leads to Physician Dissatisfaction

The following statistics are from the 2013 Physician Outlook and Practice Trends, a report published by Jackson Healthcare. Physician discontent appears to be creating a void in the healthcare field. Physicians are preparing to leave medicine early either through retirement or a...
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Moral Hazard Anyone?

This article is a response to a story in this Weekend’s Wall Street Journal (June 15-16, 2013) which explains that Detroit is quickly heading to bankruptcy. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324688404578545373282545626.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection The...
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Is Health Insurance Worth It?

Current health insurance options don’t make sense for many Americans. Why pay high premiums for services that you don’t even use? Health insurance does make sense for catastrophic events like a traffic accident injury that could bankrupt you if you aren’t...
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Can You Spot the Antioxidants?

Play the game at every meal! This breakfast of fresh fruit, nuts, coffee, a protein shake, and LifePak Nano vitamins jump starts my nutrition to ensure a great day.
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How The Supreme Court Doomed PPACA To Failure

In this excerpt from Regulation: The Cato Review of Business and GovernmentThomas Lambert of the Cato Institute perfectly sums up why we have such expensive healthcare in the United States.  When third party payers (Medicare and Insurance companies) pay for nearly all of the...
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