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September 29, 2016

Acne may HELP us and our skin age slower

This small study in twins found chromosome telomere length longer in those who suffered from acne, which is an indicator of slow aging.  My theory is the greasier the skin, the more moisturized, and unfortunately more acne.

 
Birth control pills may increase depression risk
Even though manufacturers already warn women that BCP can increase mood swings and worsen depression, this study found women were 23% more likely to be on an antidepressant strengthening the link
 

High blood pressure in kids affects their thinking

In adults, many don’t notice effects of their high blood pressure hence “the silent killer”. But when children with high blood pressure were studied, they appeared to perform worse on cognitive tests.
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September 28, 2016

 

Zika might be transmissible through sweat

 

The Salt Lake City case where a gentlemen contracted Zika while taking care of his elderly father who died of Zika complications prompted the discussion of how one contracts Zika if not through travel, mosquitoes or sex.  Its been concluded the caretaker’s lack of glove use while wiping tears and moving his father was the cause of his infection and therefore Zika was possibly transmitted through tears and sex. A related study found Zika to be present in tears as well.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/09/28/Utah-doctors-say-Zika-may-be-passed-on-through-tears-sweat/9471475107478/

Secondhand smoke more dangerous than previously thought

Second hand smoke could put people at risk for lung disease, cancer and heart disease. But many don’t realize they are being exposed.  Blood levels of cotinine maybe more accurate than questionaires to determine one’s expsoure to second hand smoke.

http://www.wfmj.com/story/33268450/secondhand-smoke-more-insidious-than-thought

First “artificial pancreas” approved by the FDA for diabetes

The MiniMed 670G will measure blood sugar every 5 minutes and deliver or withhold insulin as needed.  This will help type I diabetics whose pancreas’ do not produce insulin appropriately to regulate their sugar.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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September 27, 2016

92% of the world breathes “unbreathable” air
 
The pollutants in the air exceed WHO limits and partiulates such as sulphates, ammonia, black carbon and mineral dust, just to name a few, have been cited as being responsible for many pollution-related deaths
 
 
Baby created with DNA from three parents
 
The child was born in Mexico to American parents who lost two children due to an inherited neurological disorder, Leigh Syndrome.  It is unsure if this means the child gets more Christmas gifts.  An American physician performed the procedure by removing the mother’s defective mitochondrial DNA with “healthier DNA” and then combining the father’s sperm to the egg.
 
 
Children’s concussions jump 70% in the last 5 years
 
More males appeared to get sports related concussions, but over the last 5 years more females were diagnosed.  Fall seems to have higher incidence due to football and the Northeast part of the country seemed to be harder hit. This study was based on medical claims submitted to Blue Cross Blue Shield which could skew results if the South utilizes other insurance carriers for their pediatric populations

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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Sex Found to Make Men Religious

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP

 

Many men already pray after they have sex.   “I pray my girlfriend doesn’t find out!”, “Please don’t let her get pregnant”, or even “I hope I didn’t get The Clap!!”

But this is something different.

In this study coming out of North Carolina University, researchers tested what happens to men when they receive oxytocin, known as the “love” or “cuddle” hormone.  Not to be confused with Oxycontin (an opiate), oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone secreted by the pituitary when when we snuggle or have a bonding experience. It helps women go into labor, lactate and bond with their baby.  It’s multiple effects are sometimes summarized as those that transcend us to a higher emotional level.  So it seems logical that test subjects receiving this hormone may want to be closer to the Lord.

And oxytocin is released during sex.  Now the men in this study were not subjected to acts of sex. They were merely given the hormone or a placebo.  Those who were given oxytocin were more likely to be spiritual and being “interconnected” with other people and living things.  Did they actually get on their knees and pray, I don’t believe so. But this study illuminates that rewards from sex could be more than just physical and emotional. They could be spiritual.

So the next time you want to convince your husband to go to church or temple, rather than calling his mother to guilt him into it, a little nookie, nookie might do the trick.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

 

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September 26, 2016

Disneyland trip could help dislodge kidney stones

Many of us with kidney stones are told NOT to ride a roller coaster as they could dislodge. In this new study, however, roller coasters, such as those at Disneyland/World/Six Flags could be just what the patient needs to help them to pass.

http://www.livescience.com/56261-kidney-stones-roller-coaster.html

Morning sickness hints to a HEALTHY pregnancy
It appears that those who experience the notorious nausea and vomiting were 50-75% less likely to experience subsequent miscarriage in those who had a first one.
90% of teens don’t get enough exercise
Exercise shouldn’t stop when PE isn’t required anymore, and its recommended that most teens get at least one hour of exercise a day.  Sex should not count. And strength building exercises help their bones as well.
 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/teens-dont-get-enough-exercise/

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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September 26, 2016

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“Medical Tattoos” can ease patient’s anxiety about their surgical scars

This small study looked at patient satisfaction of “medical tattoos” that could increase pigmentation in hypopigmented areas, or add color, or hide surgical scars.

http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20160923/medical-tattoos-help-hide-surgical-scars

Corroding pipes hide drug resistant bacteria

Even though water may be treated with chlorine at the treatment plant, bacteria such as Legionella, Mycobacteria, and Pseudomonas can lurk in the pipes and travel with the water as it enters homes.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/corroded-water-systems-in-u-s-filled-with-drug-resistant-bacteria/


FDA warns many seniors could be at risk for dangerous drug interactions

As many seniors take multiple medications and over the counter supplements they run the risk of serious drug interactions. The FDA recommends they be forthcoming with their medical provider, learn about drug interactions, keep a log of their medications and supplements and listen to their medical provider’s instructions on medication dosing.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

 

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict this week’s winners

Don’t gripe.  We’ve done pretty well in season’s past.  Here we go! Picks in bold.

WEEK 4

Thursday night BENGALS vs Dolphins – Groin and Concussions sink the Dolphins

Sunday

COLTS vs Jaguars: Hamstring

PANTHERS vs Falcons: groin injury

RAIDERS vs Ravens

LIONS vs. Bears

TITANS vs Texans

PATRIOTS vs Bills: Bills report a groin injury

Seahawks vs JETS

Browns vs REDSKINS: this was tight. both had groin and hamstring injuries

BRONCOS vs Buccaneers

RAMS vs Cardinals

SAINTS vs Chargers

COWBOYS vs 49ers: appeared to tie with hamstring, but 49ers had a hip injury

CHIEFS vs Steelers

Giants vs VIKINGS: Groin and concussion injury sink the Giants

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

WEEK 3

Reviewing the NFL Injury report (www.nfl.com/injuries) and using the Dr. Daliah methods (described below), one arrives at the following picks (winner predicted in bold and in caps):

CARDINALS vs Bills:  The Bills had a groin injury

VIKINGS – Panthers: The Panthers have hamstring injuries

BRONCOS vs. Bengals: close one but the hamstring injury among the Bengels gives it to the Broncos

LIONS vs Packers:  groin and concussion injuries hurt the Packers

RAVENS vs Jaguars :  A concussion sinks the Jaguars

BROWNS vs Dolphins: Miami’s groin injury sinks them

GIANTS vs Redskins:  Again, someone’s groin injury hurts the whole entire team

TITANS vs Raiders:  Two concussions and a groin injury can’t be ignored

SEAHAWKS vs 49’s:  San Francisco reports a concussion

RAMS vs Buccaneers:  This one’s close but the hip injury sinks Tampa Bay

STEELERS vs Eagles:  This one’s close but we have to follow the hamstring injury

CHARGERS vs Colts:  Again, tight but the Colts report a concussion

JETS vs Chiefs:  Ehinger’s concussion can’t be ignored

COWBOYS vs Bears:  Two concussions make this a Dallas win

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

WEEK 2

For years I’ve been dissecting the NFL Injury Report and predicting who would win during the playoffs and Superbowl. When you’re a doctor who loves football, its not that difficult.

So my success has prompted me to make the risky move of posting my strategy and results.  There are varying levels of theory, just like layers of the epidermis.  And each deeper layer of prediction should confirm the simpler ones.  But if I can’t scientifically deduce the winner, I wing it.

Method 1 – Number game

Let’s take for example Thursday night’s game between the Jets and the Bills.  According the NFL injury report, there were 6 injuries reported for the Jets and 8 for the Bills.  A novice may just say 6 is less than 8 so the Jets will win.  But as a physician, this is not good enough.   We need to also look at the types of injuries.

Method 2 – Anatomy counts

According to the NFL Injury report, the Jets sustained injuries to the calf, foot, shoulders and ankle.  The Bills sustained injuries to the foot, ankle, knee, shoulder, but also hamstring.  Yes, Kevon Seymor’s hamstring injury is very telling. Why?

Think about when you were playing football.  If you hurt a finger you still played.  If you sprained your knee, you toughed it out. But what happened when you sustained a groin injury.  You were leveled.  Probably couldn’t even get up.  So any injury involving the groin is physically devastating for a player, and from a psychological standpoint, the whole team.

If a groin injury specifically is not incurred and reported by the NFL injury report, then you look at the injuries closest to the groin.  A head injury is also very concerning so that will come after groin.  Hence the scale from most devastating to least in terms of injured body parts listed is:

Groin < head < hip< < glute < quad < hamstring  < abdomen < chest < knee < shoulder < calf < arm < ankle < foot < wrist < hand < finger < toe.  

The Bill’s hamstring injury is closer to the groin than any other injury hence the team wasn’t looking very good for Thursday night’s game.

If specific injuries are not listed, we can sometimes count how many did not participate in practice.

Method 3 – Colors 

In case of a tie….meaning both teams sustained equal numbers of groin injuries or subsequent proximal body parts, we look to the main colors of the Jersey.  Black, Blue, Green and Yellow will fare worse than White and Red, Brown. In medicine, Black may happen with necrosis, Blue is associated with hypoxia, Green- mucous, Yellow – gonorrhea.  White and Red are fairly routine and healthy colors in medicine (bones and blood).  Silver and Purple are colors that are fairly neutral as we usually don’t see those colors on a routine basis in medicine unless with hair.

Therefore, the color scale from most problematic to least is:

Black < Blue < Yellow < Green < Orange < Purple < Silver < White < Red.

Again this is only used if predictions cannot be made due to an anatomical tie.  Again I must stress we do not use the color method unless we are unable to predict using the NFL injury report.

With Thursday night’s game, the Jets wore white and the Bills wore blue.   But despite this method, the Bills were at a disadvantage with the hamstring injury all along.

So what will happen this Sunday?  Let’s use what we learned to predict the winners!!

(9 out of 14 not too bad……..)

49’s vs. Panthers  

3 Ankle injuries and 1 Hamstring vs. 1 Ankle Injury and 1 Hamstring

Prediction:  Panthers

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Raven’s vs. Browns

I see a thigh injury for the Ravens and all the Brown’s participated in practice

Prediction:  Browns

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Titans vs. Lions

2 Hamstring injuries vs. none listed.  We will have to assume that the Lions did not have such heavy weighted injures.

Prediction:  Lions

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Chiefs vs. Texans

No injuries vs 1 knee and 1 calf injury

Prediction:  Chiefs

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Dolphins vs. Patriots

1 Hamstring, 2 Knees and 1 ankle vs. none listed

Prediction:  Patriots

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Saints vs. Giants

Two quad inujries vs. 1 illness and 1 shoulder

Prediction:  Giants

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Bengals vs. Steelers

2 Ankles vs foot, ankle, knees

Prediction:  Bengals

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Cowboys vs. Redskins

1 Achilles, 2 Back, 1 Groin vs. 1 Groin, 1 Achilles, 1 Rib and 1 Glute (Glute is in the tushee, devastating)

Prediction:  Cowboys

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Buccaneers vs Cardinals

The hamstring injury sinks the Buccaneers

Prediction:  Cardinals

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Seahawks vs Rams

1 ankle vs 2 thigh injuries

Prediction: Seahawks

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Colts vs Broncos

Concussion and Hamstring vs. ankle and hip, and others

Prediction:  Broncos

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Falcons vs. Raiders

The Raiders had both a groin and concussion injury. not good

Prediction: Falcons

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Jaguars vs. Chargers

Hamstring and “not injury related” vs. Hamstring.  Hmm. Something’s up so….

Prediction: Chargers

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Packers vs. Vikings

A concussion was incurred by a panther’s player vs a Viking’s hip injury.

Prediction: Vikings

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We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician