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Today’s Health Headlines

 

Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for pediatric pedestrians 

160,000 injuries occur and 6000 fatalities occur annually.  Let’s make this year a safe one!

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Protein shakes and supplements may DECREASE heart disease risk

Even though we need to be cautious in those with renal issues, it appears the whey protein may lower blood pressure, and in this study they found cholesterol and triglycerides to drop as well.

 
 

Deadly complication of Measles more common than previously thought

The virus can spread to the brain and cause subacute sclerosing (SSPE) in 1 in 1400 in kids under 4 and 1 in 600 in infants.

Michael Douglas states Val Kilmer is battling cancer

Although Val Kilmer has denied cancer rumors, Michael Douglas has stated his friend has been battling the same illness he had, throat cancer.

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

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Michael Douglas claims Val Kilmer has throat cancer

Michael Douglas, 72, battled throat cancer in 2010. During a Q&A with Jonathan Ross, media personality of the UK’s Jonathan Ross show, he revealed that his friend, Val Kilmer, who is 57, is currently fighting the same cancer.

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Douglas stated, “Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him.”  “My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately.”

Although sources have not been able to confirm, fans have been concerned since early 2015 when Val Kilmer was allegedly hospitalized for a “bleeding of his throat”.  His rep released a statement saying the actor was being evaluated for a “possible tumor”, but later that month Val Kilmer denied the rep’s statement and told fans on Facebook he had a complication for which he was being treated.

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In late 2015 the actor was seen with a tracheostomy tube. These tubes are placed after a tracheotomy, an opening of the windpipe to allow air to get through the lungs, bypassing the throat.  The tube was removed and a month later Val Kilmer posted a picture on Facebook, smiling and looking well.  Again he denied having cancer.

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Michael Douglas’s statement regarding his friend brings the spotlight back on one of the scariest forms of cancer yet.  Although not common, The National Cancer Institute estimates 1.1 percent of adults will be diagnosed with pharyngeal cancer within their lifetime.  Throat cancer can involve the base of the tongue, the nasopharyx (connecting to the back of the nose), the oropharynx (throat), the tonsils, and/or the larynx (voice box).  It is often diagnosed in its later stages since early symptoms mimic common medical complaints such as sore throat, hoarseness or a continual need to clear one’s throat.  These symptoms, if not resolving, should be evaluated for throat cancer as well as any weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, inability to swallow, and/or a change in voice.

Smoking, alcohol, and HPV infection have been linked to causing throat cancer. The earlier its diagnosed, the better the prognosis. It can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  Michael Douglas states he he was treated with chemo and radiation and by 2011 was in remission.  He was very fortunate and early intervention is key.

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

 

 

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Halloween: Scary because its Deadly

Ghosts, goblins, Mommy yelling – Halloween can be pretty scary.  But the candy, the costumes, decorations and running door to door threatening all your neighbors of a “trick” makes it one of the most exciting days of the year!
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Unfortunately, the more fun and immersed into the festivities, the more dangerous for our little ones.  160,000 injuries occur on this day each year, and even scarier, Halloween is the deadliest for pediatric pedestrians with 6100 fatalities reported annually by the National Safety Council.  No holiday should end so tragically.

In addition to this, parents need to be aware of fire and choking hazards.  We therefore recommend the following to keep our kids safe.

  1.  Make sure your child’s mask allows him/her to see clearly.  If not, replace with non-toxic makeup, that is tested a few days before on a small area of skin on their arm to ensure they are not allergic.  The makeup should be washed off before bedtime.
  2. Use bright colored costumes. If your child insists on a dark costume, such as Batman, put a belt of glow sticks around him or add reflective tape to their costume and trick or treat bags
  3. Make sure all costumes and hats are flame resistant and teach your kids how to avoid tripping over jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
  4. Use the sidewalk.  Your child will want to zig zag across the street when they see everyone else doing it.  You need to be the parent like me who yells at everyone to get back on the sidewalk.
  5. Watch out for drunk drivers.  Many are coming back from a “trick or drink” party and could be impaired.
  6. Make the “no eating candy until you get home” rule.  Allows you to check the candy for open wrappers and steal your favorite treats when the child is taking his/her potty break
  7. Teach your child to not enter a stranger’s home – even if it is in full decoration
  8. Stay in a group and follow your children. You can leave a safe distance behind while still supervise. And its fun when we parents compete for who can yell at our kids the loudest.

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And drivers, be wary of trick-or-treaters even before it gets dark, drive slowly and pay attention!  Let’s make this Halloween a safe one!!

 

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

 

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Protein shakes may REDUCE heart disease and stroke

For years we’ve been debating on whether protein shakes and supplements raise or lower blood pressure.  This week a study from the University of Reading found that they actually decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke. The key appears to be the whey protein found in milk which has been previously found to lower blood pressure.

In this study the researchers gave 38 pre- and   participants two shakes a day for 8 weeks and found systolic and diastolic blood pressure (the pumping and filling pressure, respectively) to decrease within the first 24 hours of consuming the shakes.  Systolic BP appeared to drop close to 4 points and diastolic, 2.5.  These drops in blood pressure can have positive cardiac effects. Moreover they found in this study that cholesterol and triglycerides (fats in the blood) dropped as well.

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According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adult have pre hypertension (blood pressure between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg) or hypertension (blood pressure over 140/90).  Ways to lower one’s blood pressure include:

low salt diet (less than 2300 mg/ day or lower per one’s medical provider)

exercise – 30 minutes a day

weight control

avoiding alcohol and excessive caffeine

avoid smoking

ensure adequate sleep

…and if one’s blood pressure is elevated, a thorough examination by one’s medical provider will include an investigation of other causes.

Protein shakes and supplements are not without their risks.  Some cause bloating, abdominal pain, kidney disease, lack of nutrients if supplemented for a meal, weight gain and heavy metal accumulation.  However this study sheds light on how a component of the popular supplement could be helpful in protecting the heart, and may spawn further must needed research.

 

More information on the study could be read here:  http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-10-protein-supplement-heart-disease.html

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

 

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Even if indicted, Hillary Clinton could still become President

With election day rapidly approaching, the nation is in a state of confusion over what happens after November 8th now that new developments surrounding the Hillary Clinton email scandal are being investigated by the FBI.  The investigation into the sexting allegations by Anthony Weiner with a minor produced a laptop owned by the defendant and his estranged wife Huma Abadin, Hillary Clinton’s closest adviser.  We’re told that thousands of emails were found on the laptop and are being currently reviewed by the FBI.  If they find Hillary Clinton to have committed wrongdoing, the indictment may or may not come before election day.  So the question remains, What happens if Hillary Clinton is elected President and then becomes indicted?

 

Let’s first look at the definition of indictment.  An indictment is a formal charge or  accusation against an individual suspected of committing a crime.  The key word here is “charge”.  An indictment does not mean conviction.  Legally a felon can run for office and become President.  The Constitution does not state a felon cannot run.  According to Article II Section 1, it describes a candidate must be a natural born citizen of the US and be 35  years or older but does not discuss criminal background.

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.

Once in office and convicted, Article II Section IV spells out the removal from office.

The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

So technically a Presidential candidate can become indicted, and still successfully run and hold office if they have not been convicted.

What if Hillary Clinton gets indicted after the inauguration?  The House of Representatives can impeach her and the Senate would hold the hearings.  With President Bill Clinton, the House of Representatives impeached him, however the Senate later acquitted him after a 5 week trial.

Would the DNC ask Hillary Clinton to step down?  Security clearance could be an issue and the Democratic Party may not want the first year of Hillary’s Presidency to be riddled with hearings and trials.  If so, they may have VP Candidate Tim Kaine step up to the plate.  However this could be a very unpopular decision as there are millions of Democrats who support Hillary despite the years of controversy.

So in essence, unless the DNC asks Hillary Clinton to step down, or the former Secretary of State is indicted and found guilty prior to January 20th, if she wins the election November 8th she can still become President.

 

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

Posted in Health, news, Sports

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

We’ve done pretty well in season’s past.  Here we go! Picks in bold.

 

Week 8

Bengals (too many groin injuries listed for the Redskins)

Falcons (same reason with the Packer injury report)

Patriots

Jets

Texans – but too close to call

Chiefs

Seahawks

Raiders – but too close to call

Broncos

Cardinals

Cowboys

 

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

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Did Anthony Weiner just win Trump the Presidency?

Anthony Weiner’s sext could have exposed Hillary Clinton’s Achilles heel

 

As if this election couldn’t get any crazier, FBI director James Comey dropped a bombshell 11 days before the election notifying Congress that he is “supplementing” his previous testimony as new developments regarding emails involving Hillary Clinton had been brought to his attention one day prior.  These emails were discovered during an investigation of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) of New York over text messages sent to a 15-year-old girl. Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abadin had apparently shared one of the investigated devices with her then husband.  Abadin has been one of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers, and any emails obtained from her server could reveal the former Secretary’s of State’s evidence of mishandling of classified materials.

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Media is a frenzy, campaigns are in chaos, and Anthony Weiner, once again, regains the spotlight.  How one ex-politician routinely makes ludicrous headlines is confusing enough, but how a Presidential election could be steered stemming from his alleged sexting is beyond what anyone would have imagined.

A struggling Trump campaign just received a much needed vitamin infusion and his supporters for the first time in weeks see a light at the end of the tunnel.  Hillary Clinton immediately called a press conference asking the FBI to reveal more details. We’d all like to see more details, sans any more pictures of Anthony Weiner…. please no more pictures.

 

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