Monday, December 19, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Call for Papers: Delivering Health Care in Severely Resource-Constrained Settings (Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics)

Call for Papers Narrative Symposium: Delivering Health Care in Severely Resource-Constrained Settings Edited by Paul Farmer, MD, PhD and Sadath Sayeed, JD, MD Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish an issue devoted to personal stories about the experiences of delivering...

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Infographic on inactivity, health risks and obesity

From, this infographic is a bit dramatic, but it has some interesting information about the negative health consequences of sitting all day.

The most staggering claim in the inforgraphic is the item on obesity rates doubling for people who have desk jobs. Also, note that the piece is well-cited, with a whole bunch of useful resources at the bottom if you're interested in more detailed reading.

Sitting is Killing You
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Irregular Night-Shift Work Associated With Higher Diabetes Risk

Even after controlling for weight, women who worked rotating night shifts had a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than their counterparts with more regular work schedules.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lessons from My First Patient

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These ABCs will help your baby stay safe while sleeping

Recently, there have been a lot of TV programs and newspaper stories discussing infant safe sleep, especially the debate about co-sleeping. Despite much research, we still aren?t sure why some babies die during co-sleeping and others don?t. Every infant death is tragic and involves a unique set of circumstances.
Here?s what we do know: between 2005 [...]

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

11 Weight Loss Tips for 2011, Part 11: Reward Yourself

This is the final entry in an 11-part series of weight loss tips for 2011. Yesterday, we talked about what to do when you are sick while trying to lose weight. Today, we’re talking about appropriate ways to reward your efforts.

If you have a 100-pound weight loss goal, you may feel like a failure after losing only 5 pounds in a month. That is why it is important to look for small victories in a variety of ways and reward yourself along your weight loss journey.

Even if you have a difficult time creating and maintaining a weight loss plan, at the very least you should give yourself small goals that will lead you to the larger goal. If at the end of the first month you’ve lost 5 pounds and acknowledge that you attained your 5-pound monthly goal, you will not be as likely to be disappointed in the distance left toward your 100-pound total goal.

Don’t forget, also, that it is not just about the scale. If you’re diabetic, give yourself some glucose monitoring goals. If you have hypertension, give yourself some blood pressure reading goals. Give yourself some goals related to fitting into a certain pair of pants or by measuring different parts of your body for comparison.

Once you have established those benchmarks, you should set rewards or celebrations to motivate yourself, but be careful to not celebrate with food.

Though it seems like a cultural obligation to celebrate, everything with food, it really is not appropriate to celebrate weight loss with food. Here are a few other rewards for yourself when you meet a milestone goal:

  • Go to a movie
  • Take the scenic drive home from work
  • Buy a piece of jewelry to mark the occasion
  • Get a massage
  • Buy some clothes that fit now

Use your own likes and interests (and budget) to create a list of non-food rewards that will keep you motivated throughout your journey. Reward yourself every step of the way, and before you know it, you’ll have rewarded yourself all the way to your final weight loss goal.              

At Weight Loss Surgical Center, we help people lose weight with Lap Band and Realize Band Surgeries. If you would like to learn more about these bands, download our free kit of information about Lap Band and Realize Band Surgery.

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Prev: Weight Loss Tip 10: Treat Illnesses Appropriately

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It?s Fine to Compensate Bone-Marrow Donors, Court Says

The court agreed that technology has changed to make bone-marrow donation far more akin to donating blood or sperm than a kidney.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

11 Weight Loss Tips for 2011, Part 8: Keep a Journal

This is the eighth in an 11-part series of weight loss tips for 2011. Yesterday, we talked about protein for weight loss. Today, we’re talking about keeping a journal.

Let’s start with an exercise. Think about everything you ate yesterday. Think about what you had for breakfast. Think about your lunch. Then think about your dinner. Did you have any snacks in between? Do you think you remember enough information about portion sizes and quantities that you could tell me how many calories you ate?

Probably not.                 

When you journal, you actually record what you ate, when you ate it and the details of what you ate so that you can look back on how well you stuck to your plan.

Remember your plan from Part 1 in this series? Journals work great with plans.

You could actually pre-journal based on your plan. You could plan out your meals for the day or week, and you could keep it easy on yourself by sticking to the plan and just putting checkmarks in your journal, or you could make it more difficult on yourself by having to edit your entries if you veer off course.

What would you put in a journal?

Anything you wanted. Anything you find helpful.

The basic reason is to make sure you are eating consciously. You might not realize how many calories or carbs a certain dish has. Journaling with those numbers requires you to look at the nutrition label or do some research to see how what you think you’re eating actually matches up to what you are eating.

You could keep track of only a couple simple numbers with each meal to give yourself broad insight into what you put into your body. Track your calories to see if you’re keeping  your daily total low. Track your carbs, especially if you are diabetic, as carbs affect your blood sugar.

You could also track physical activity, glucose numbers, weight. Track anything you want to track and are willing to do over time.

At Weight Loss Surgical Center, we help people lose weight with adjustable gastric band surgery and a special focus on long-term support after surgery. If you’re ready to lose some serious weight and get support from our weight loss professionals, schedule your initial consultation today.

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Next: Weight Loss Tip 9: Visit your Doctor
Prev: Weight Loss Tip 7: Eat Protein

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Top 5 Movie Mustaches

Our list spans multiple genres of classic films!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Gaby Released!

Gaby was rescued by a lobster boat captain on October 5 when he found her entangled in a lobster trap line.� This is a testament to our 25 years of educating the community about sea turtles�when captains know to call us for permission (sea turtles are protected species) and bring turtles in for medical care [...]

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Must Hospital Cafeteria Food Be Healthful?

Half of the 16 hospital cafeterias studied offered no healthful entrees.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

How the breastfeeding team supported me and helped my baby

Our daughter Ella?s birth was a planned C-section at 34 weeks ? 6 weeks early ? due to a complicated prenatal diagnosis. The day of Ella?s birth, we held our breaths as Ella took her first. The highs were high and the lows were low, and it often seemed that just when we had a [...]

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SurgeXperiences 323 to go to Unbounded Medicine

We most gladly welcome the return of Dr Jon Mikel to the blogosphere. He has volunteered to host SurgeXperiences 323 on 30 May at his blog “Unbounded Medicine“. Jon is no stranger to the medical/surgical blogosphere and was one of the very first few hosts of SurgeXperiences back in Aug 2007 when he hosted SurgeXperiences [...]

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