Enteric coated aspirin not as effective as bare, white tablet

A recent study has shown that the coating of buffered aspirin may conceal the drug’s heart-protective benefits. Researchers aimed to investigate the phenomenon known as “aspirin resistance,” a condition that has been hypothesized to affect 5 to 40 percent of the population. However, the authors did not find one case of true aspirin resistance among […]

Diabetic retinopathy tied to risk of heart disease

Type 2 diabetes is defined as insulin resistance. When the body is unable to process insulin, glucose will not be correctly absorbed into cells and will thus accumulate in the bloodstream. High blood glucose can lead to a wide array of cardiovascular complications, such as diabetic retinopathy (DR), heart disease, and stroke. A recent study […]

Say it ain’t so, Lance……Armstrong throws in the towel

Our heroes, one by one, fall back to earth. The Black Sox, Pete Rose, Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds, Joe Paterno, and now, Lance Armstrong. As an avid bicyclist, I always felt I could ride just a little bit faster and a little bit harder when I was wearing my Lance Armstrong U.S. Postal Service bicycle […]

Belly Fat and Blood Pressure – Related or Not?

In a post hoc analysis of the ACCORD Blood Pressure Trial, the amount of visceral obesity did not have an impact on cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes receiving intensive blood pressure treatment. In these patients, no association was found between the amount of belly fat and incidence of heart attacks or strokes. […]

Study finds that diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published findings from their recent study that reveal that diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer. Despite the findings, the agency is not setting guidelines on what level of exposure is carcinogenic. Such guidelines will need to be set by national and international regulatory agencies. Lung cancer accounted […]

Obamacare Sets Back American Health Care

Yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling sets back a long-term viable solution for American health care. But not for the reasons you might think. For-profit insurance companies were at the middle of the entire debate, and they shouldn’t have been. Here’s what really happened: 1. Some people couldn’t afford health care because private companies kept raising rates […]

AMA Supports Mammography Screening for Women over 40

Back in 2009, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a controversial recommendation that it is unnecessary for women under the age of 50 to get routine screening mammography. This announcement set off a frenzy of debate and this week, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates announced its support of routine […]

Eating the yolk has its benefits

According to the newest U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines, eating one egg a day, including the yolk, is no longer viewed strictly as an unhealthy habit. While the egg yolk is one of the most concentrated sources of cholesterol in the diet, there is recent debate over how high-cholesterol foods really impact blood cholesterol, […]

French surgeon sneaks into Syria to save lives

Dr. Jacques Bérès, a French surgeon who lives in Paris, snuck into Homs, Syria last month to tend to those who have been wounded during the revolt. The New York Times followed this story, where Dr. Bérès worked secretly in an abandoned house with limited equipment and personnel. He operated on 89 people, and all […]

Obesity Linked to Poor Vision Quality

Obesity is a serious health epidemic here in the United States.  The number of overweight adults in our country has nearly doubled in the last 30 years.  Most experts attribute this to overeating and a more sedentary lifestyle. Almost every Obesity related health issue has the potential to damage your eyes or your sight.  Excess body weight predisposes a […]