Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tips for Easy Healthy Recipes

If you would like an straightforward method to offer pleasure in an exceedingly healthy everyday life for your family then one in every of the right ways to try and do it?s by preparing home-cooked foods by the utilization of straightforward Healthy Recipes. You?ll considerably perk up the health gains by staying in to own [...]


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Sexual Activity and Satisfaction in Healthy Community-dwelling Older Women

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sport

Lobster trap entanglements are a common occurrence here in the Florida Keys. Sport is a sub-adult loggerhead who is yet another turtle to become entangled. On January 23 the commercial fisherman themselves brought Sport back to land where they met up with Florida Wildlife Commission for transport. Sue Schaf from FWC brought in this 113 [...]

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Massive Aquaresis After Tolvaptan Administration and Albumin Infusion in a Patient with Alcoholic Cirrhosis

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Monday, February 27, 2012

AJM's December 2011 issue is online

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11 Weight Loss Tips for 2011 (Recap)

We started off January with 11 individual weight loss tips for 2011, and now here they are, re-presented in one handy list.

  1. Make a weight loss plan. Write it out, and stick to it.
  2. Drink water for better weight loss. Keep yourself hydrated and healthy.
  3. Control your portions to reduce caloric intake. Reduce portions before you begin eating, so you are not tempted.
  4. Get moving with light physical activity to burn excess calories. Even fidgeting burns calories, so get up off the couch and do something.
  5. Join a weight loss support group. If you can't find one you like then work on developing your own unique support system.
  6. Exercise to burn fat. Set a goal, start slow, and increase your effort over time.
  7. Eat plenty of protein. It makes you feel fuller longer and nourishes your body.
  8. Keep a journal of your weight loss efforts. You might be surprised what you actually eat in a single day.
  9. Visit with your doctor about your weight loss goals. Remember that weight loss is not only cosmetic; losing weight can help you improve your health.
  10. Treat illnesses without letting them become an obstacle. If a cold or flu knocks you down, treat it and then get back on the plan.
  11. Reward yourself for weight loss successes. Find non-food motivators and use them to push yourself forward.

Weight Loss Surgical Center offers long-term weight loss support for patients who have had laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery. Many of the weight loss lessons that are usable by the general public are still important to lap band patients.

If you are interested in weight loss surgery as a powerful tool to help you lose weight, download our free kit of weight loss surgery information today.

 

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Informed Consent and CAM: Truth Not Optional

In three recent posts, Drs. Novella, Gorski and Atwood took the Bravewell Collaborative to task over a report on its recent survey of U.S. ?integrative medicine? centers. As Dr. Novella noted, So what is integrative medicine? When you strip away the rebranding and co-opting of features and treatments of mainstream medicine, you are left with [...]

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What is Science?

Consider these statements: …there is an evidence base for biofield therapies. (citing the Cochrane Review of Touch Therapies) The larger issue is what constitutes ?pseudoscience? and what information is worthy of dissemination to the public. Should the data from our well conducted, rigorous, randomized controlled trial [of 'biofield healing'] be dismissed because the mechanisms are [...]

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

?Obama Promises $156 Million to Alzheimer?s?But where will the money come from?? That?s easy: the NCCAM!

The quoted language above is part of the headline of this story in today’s The Scientist: Citing the rising tide of Americans with Alzheimer?s?projections suggest 10 million people will be afflicted by 2050?the Obama administration and top National Institutes of Health officials are taking action. On February 7, they announced that they will add an [...]

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A.M. Vitals: Fake Avastin Turned Up in Syria in 2009

Also: gauging the deadliness of bird flu; seven states sue over birth-control coverage; changing care for the elderly.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Welcome New Members

We would like to welcome our newest members that joined our family during the month of December: Amy Hopkins, Mary Crist, Stefan Goslawski, Katelyn Widmer, Joyce Gruber, Nancy Tatum, Bruce Jonas, Debbie Sue Jonas, Gail Kulikowsky, Bill and Zoe Hopkins, Allyson Felsher, Debra Meydag, Carla Siciliani, Henry Brent, John Kocinski and Ray Gabrish Thank you [...]

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Technology Is Great ? Except When It Doesn't Work

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boot Camp Exercises For Fat Loss

Have you known anyone that has been through fitness boot camps or watched them on t.v.? It does not take an costly fitness center membership and hours in the gym to commence losing fat. Losing stomach fat is actually much less difficult than most people imagine. The thing that comes to mind for most people [...]


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Heart awareness for newborns: Learn how a simple screen can save a life!

February is heart awareness month, a time when we encourage adults to reflect and make changes in their lives for healthier hearts. This is also a good time to raise awareness of congenital heart disease (CHD) and children who start their lives with heart conditions.
CHD is the most common birth defect, and it is present [...]

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Craig Hospital is the recipient of the prestigious El Pomar Spencer and Julie Penrose Award for the Outstanding Nonprofit in the state of Colorado

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Saying Goodbye

After more than three years of blog postings, we are no longer adding posts. Our original aim was to bring many medical humanities voices, perspectives, and projects to the attention of those who are working in the field. To that end we published 78 invited entries by almost as many different authors. Our posts always [...]

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Obesity briefs - Brain Proteins, School Food and Metabolic Surgery

Here are some news briefs on the obesity front from the weekend covering everything from a study about brain proteins' effect on weight to using bariatric surgery to treat metabolic diseases.

KC-Area Benefits Company Argues in Support of Bariatric Surgery Benefits: Midwestern Benefits Company Lockton has released a report encouraging employers to offer weight loss surgery benefits in addition to wellness programs.

Obesity regulating gene found? London researchers have identified a gene they claim regulates obesity. The gene was previously known to be linked to cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. This study found that it also influenced other genes that regulate BMI (body mass index), cholesterol and glucose and insulin levels. The study, which was pubished in Nature Genetics offers hopes for new treatments for metabolic diseases.

Overweight? It's all in your head:A story from the Weizmann Institute of Science, published in the May issue of Cell Metabolism, followed mice that were engineered to lack the protein tyrosine phosphatase epsilon (PTPe) and found that without PTPe, mice were better able to regulate their weight. They found that PTPe dampens signals from the hormone leptin in the hypothalamus, leading to reduced appetite and increased physical activity. Researchers know that obese people tend to have an exess of leptin in their blood.

The results of the study suggest that another part of the obesity puzzle involves leptin insensitivity and if scientists could inhibit PTPe, it could improve leptin response to reduce appetite and increase physical activity. Think about that next time someone says that you simply need to eat less and exercise more.

Can video games contribute to obesity? Danish and Canadian researchers watched teenage boys who played video games and compared them to similar boys who were not playing video games. If they played for an hour, video gamers would burn an extra 21 calories compared to the others, but when offered a snack, they would eat 80 more calories than the kids who did not play video games. 

Parents in Oman Worried about Childhood Obesity, School Lunches: Parents of children in Oman are fighting problems familiar in America: the impact of school lunches on childhood obesity. Specifically, they are looking to remove low-quality meats, french fries and fizzy drinks from private schoole menus.

Bariatric Surgery recommended for Metabolic Diseases: with recent recommendations from the FDA and the American Heart Association, lowering the Body Mass Index specifications for people to get weight loss surgery if they suffer from diabetes, the mainstream media is starting to pay attention. 

From the Orlando Sentinel:

One review study of 3,188 obese, Type 2 diabetics who had bariatric surgery found that 78 percent of them no longer had diabetes afterward, according to a 2009 report published in the American Journal of Medicine. And the disease still had not returned by the two-year follow-up.

Another randomized study of obese Type 2 diabetics, published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 73 percent of those who had gastric-banding procedures achieved remission of their diabetes, compared with only 13 percent using lifestyle and medication to treat their diabetes.

It is, however, important to note that one can never be rid entirely of diabetes and that remission is always a possibility. It is also important to note that while the article speaks of various bariatric procedures, surgeons at Weight Loss Surgical Center perform only laparascopic adjustable gastric banding, which does not involve cutting, stapling or re-routing of your digestive tract.

Alcohol addiction risk with gastric bypass: A study of a Sweedish database of bariatric patients revealed that bypass patients were twice as likely to need treatment for alcohol addiction. The article explains that bypassing part of the digestive tract allows for faster alcohol absorption and increased risk of dependency.

If you're suffering from the dangerous combination of obesity and diabetes, weight loss surgery may be an option to help. Learn more about diabetes and LAP-BAND Surgery today.

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Medical Humanities and Live Theater. See It Now!

an unusual opportunity to attend one or all of three plays that bear directly on individual experiences of illness, altered bodily states, and the cultural and social context in which those alterations occur.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Jane Doe

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On Pain as a Global Public Health Priority

Daniel S. Goldberg (East Carolina University) and Summer J. McGee (Center for Practical Bioethics & University of Kansas Medical Center) have a new article out in BMC Public Health entited Pain as a Global Health Priority. Like all papers in...

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Jersey?s Release!

A very happy day finally arrived for the Turtle Hospital and a sub-adult loggerhead who had� almost�a�three month stay with us!�This loggerhead named Jersey�was entangled in a lobster trap�line that�cut off�circulation to her�left rear flipper.�This entanglement was wrapped around the flipper long enough�to require an amputation of that flipper. After surgery, antibiotics, and healing time; [...]

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A.M. Vitals: Drug Counterfeiters Turn to Injectables

Also: self-insured organizations and the no-copays-for-birth-control conundrum; paying for the doc fix; bird flu researchers gather in Geneva.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Dr. Candyman: Your party hook-up

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MyRightSelf

Arthur Robinson Williams is a PGY2 Resident in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University. He earned his M.D. and a Master in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Center for Bioethics. Williams studied photography at Princeton University with Emmet Gowin, Mary Berridge, and Lois Conner. His work, sponsored by [...]

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

11 Weight Loss Tips for 2011, Part 6: Exercise

This is the sixth in an 11-part series of weight loss tips for 2011. Yesterday, we talked about support groups for weight loss. Today, we’re talking about exercise.

Today we’re going to step up our talk about physical activity and discuss how exercise can help you lose weight.

A crucial part to any weight loss program – even a surgical weight loss program – is exercise. If you’re trying to lose 100+ pounds, though, you may need to start slow with simple physical activities and work your way up.

I’ve found some interesting internet sources to help you get started. Try hundredpushups.com, even if you can’t make it through five pushups. They have a plan to get you moving from whatever your current ability allows to a regular 100 pushup routine.

Along a similar vein or ramping things up, you could try c25k.com, where they take you from the couch to a 5K run in 9 weeks.

100 pushups? 5 kilometers? Does it sound impossible?

It is if you don’t try. But these popular sites start with realistic goals and give you a structure to build and improve your exercise ability.

If you need a more personal approach, consider joining a gym AND meeting with a physical trainer. Commercial gymnasiums make a lot of money on those of us who pay our monthly dues but never show up. It may cost some extra money, but at least schedule an initial session with a personal trainer to teach you how to use the equipment. Once you’re comfortable with it you will be much more likely to come back again and again.

While sitting at the beginning of a weight loss journey, exercise can be intimidating, but there are plenty of resources available to help you start small and work your way to a healthier lifestyle.          

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 would like to learn more about what we do, download our free kit of adjustable gastric band surgery information.

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Informed Patient: New Push to Improve Care From First Responders

Of special concern are survival rates for cardiac arrest outside the hospital, which have remained low for years in all but a few communities.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Welcome New Members

We would like to welcome our newest members that joined our family during the month of December: Amy Hopkins, Mary Crist, Stefan Goslawski, Katelyn Widmer, Joyce Gruber, Nancy Tatum, Bruce Jonas, Debbie Sue Jonas, Gail Kulikowsky, Bill and Zoe Hopkins, Allyson Felsher, Debra Meydag, Carla Siciliani, Henry Brent, John Kocinski and Ray Gabrish Thank you [...]

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Dr. Hitchcock Joins Weight Loss Surgical Center

Dr. Thomas Hitchcock is now at Weight Loss Surgical CenterToday, we announced that Dr. Thomas Hitchcock has joined Weight Loss Surgical Center as our fourth surgeon on our team specializing in laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedures to help patients lose weight and keep it off.

Dr. Thomas Hitchcock is now performing LAP-BAND® Surgeries and follow-up care only at Weight Loss Surgical Center.

“Weight Loss Surgical Center is the only surgery practice in the Kansas City area that is currently specializing exclusively in adjustable gastric band surgery for weight loss,” said Dr. Hitchcock. "I believe that adjustable gastric bands are still the safest, most effective and the healthiest option over the long term.”

Dr. Hitchcock was involved with a variety of surgical procedures developed for weight loss through the years. He spent 3 decades helping people suffering from morbid obesity and has worked specifically with adjustable gastric band patients since 2004.

He is a Board Certified General Surgeon, a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Hitchcock joins Dr. Lawrence Drahota, Dr. Scott Ellison and Dr. Stanley Augustin with privileges to perform weight loss surgery for us at Blue Valley Hospital.

We have clinics in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita, Kan.; Springfield, St. Peters, Independence and Kansas City, Mo.; West Des Moines and Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Omaha, Neb., for initial consultations and long-term post-operative follow-up care.

You can find out if you qualify for the adjustable gastric band procedure and learn more it by taking the our free weight loss surgery seminar.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Saying Goodbye

After more than three years of blog postings, we are no longer adding posts. Our original aim was to bring many medical humanities voices, perspectives, and projects to the attention of those who are working in the field. To that end we published 78 invited entries by almost as many different authors. Our posts always [...]

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Against the Very Idea of the Politicization of Public Health Policy

Daniel S. Goldberg (East Carolina University) has a new article out in the American Journal of Public Health (First Look) entitled Against the Very Idea of the Politicization of Public Health Policy. Here is the Abstract: I criticize the concern...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Introducing Sully!

Sully was found about two miles offshore in Islamorada, Florida. She was found by Suelle Rodriguez and Bart Harts who were out on Captain Jeremy Pfaffendorf’s charter boat “A Little Tail”. Jeremy had Suelle and Bart fishing for mackrel, snapper, and grouper in the Florida Bay when they saw a loggerhead sea turtle struggling to [...]

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Lap Band Empowered Chuck to Exercise

In our recent interviews, Independence Lap Band patient Chuck told us that before his band, he used to go to the gym, but didn't make it to the exercise floor very often.

After his lap band surgery, though, he felt like he had a tool to empower him to walk, then run, then exercise on an elliptical machine. Then he moved on to weights, and now he says he is obsessed.

When his success story started, he thought he would be excited to get into 38" jeans, but he has long ago thrown those out, needing smaller sizes as he approaches 200 pounds, down from 317.

Even with all his success, Chuck says he plans to rely on his Lap Band to make sure he maintains his success while he works on toning his body.

If you need help losing weight and would like to start your own weight loss journey, request your initial consultation with Weight Loss Surgical Center today.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012