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Fox News Founder, Roger Alies, dies at age 77

Three days after his 77th birthday, Roger Alies died Thursday morning. The cause of death is unknown.

The former chairman of Fox News allegedly suffered a fall 8 days prior at his Florida home. On Wednesday TMZ reported his condition was worsening as he became unconscious and comatose Wednesday night.

His wife released the following statement, “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning.”  “Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.”

The founding CEO of Fox News Channel resigned last summer in the wake of numerous sexual allegations.

Prior to launching Fox News in 1996, he was an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and helped launch and head CNBC.

This is a developing story.

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Val Kilmer Credits his Throat Cancer Recovery to Prayer and Love

Image above from the Hollywood Reporter

 

Earlier in the month Val Kilmer revealed he had been battling throat and possibly tongue cancer. This week he reveals he is in remission and credits the prayers and love from his fans.

The 57 year old actor, well known for his successful roles in Batman and Top Gun, had been hospitalized for a “bleeding of his throat” back in 2015.  He was seen in public later that year with a tracheostomy tube indicating he had throat surgery and/or a need to open his airway. When he made a statement this month revealing his cancer diagnosis, he reported a “healing” of cancer, a term used commonly in Christian Science.

He appears to be in remission and in a statement released this week he states, “I am very grateful for the prayers and good thoughts from around the world.” He continues, “People that know I am a Christian Scientist make the assumption that I have somehow endangered myself. But many many people have been healed by prayer throughout recorded history. And many many people have died by whatever was modern medicine.”

Christian Science embraces and emphasizes the mental component in illness, which can create an illusion of being sick. Christian Scientists believe the illusion and sickness can be overcome by prayer.

Daily Mail posted Val Kilmer’s following statement:

 

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The specifics of Val Kilmer’s treatment for  his throat cancer has not been revealed.  However he did state that multiple doctors did pray for him in the hospital.

This is a developing story.

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

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Lawmakers in California and Wisconsin Aim to Criminalize “Stealthing”

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The new disturbing trend of “stealthing” has been called “rape” by California lawmaker, Rep. Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens). She aims to introduce legislation in bill AB1033 to classify the act of secretly taking off one’s condom during sex as sexual assault.

Democratic Representative Melissa Sargent of Wisconsin is also introducing legislation in her state, hoping to outlaw it as well.

Rep. Sargent’s bill would allow the “consensual” definition to change once a condom is secretly removed during consensual sex.  If in the middle of the act sex becomes non-consensual, it becomes assault.

In a news release Rep. Sargent stated, “This behavior is predatory and disturbing, and people should know we not only find it reprehensible, but that we won’t tolerate it. Ignoring it is simply not an option.”

“Stealthing” occurs when one removes his condom in the middle of sex without their partner’s consent.

One man spoke anonymously as to why he performed such an egregious act.  “Because it feels better with no condom on.”

However, a study published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, found men will “stealth” to “promote their seed”.  Alexandra Brodsky, a Legal Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center, investigated this practice and found multiple online communities of gay and straight men openly discussing this practice, swapping tips for how to remove a condom during sex unbeknownst to the partner/victim.

This type of assault traumatizes the victims and puts them at risk of unwanted pregnancy and/or dangerous sexually transmitted illnesses.  It violates multiple civil and criminal laws and in Switzerland a man was convicted of rape for “stealthing” during sex.

Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, had been accused of “stealthing” during a sexual encounter in 2010.  To date, no cases have been tried in the United States.

This is a developing story.

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National Blood Donation Week Looking for Organizations to Host Blood Drives

September 4th – 10th is National Blood Donation Week.  September 8th this year will be National Blood Donation Day.

In efforts to help replenish this country’s blood bank supply, we created this campaign to help United Blood Services, American Red Cross and blood banks throughout the country meet their local needs.

Last year, Governors from over 33 states made individual state Blood Donation Days and some such as Arizona made Blood Donation Week and Alaska created a Blood Donation Month!

This awareness provides opportunities for people and their coworkers and neighbors to help donate something that’s free and lifesaving!!!

Those willing to donate blood or those wishing to host a blood drive are urged to contact us here under Comments or at http://www.doctordaliah.com/national-blood-donation-day-.html.

One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives! Imagine what the whole country could do!

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And you can start helping now!! Blood is needed year round!!

For more on last year’s NBDW see:  https://doctordaliah.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/blood-shortage-crisis-multiple-states-unite/

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Which Doctor is Better for You- Older or Younger?

The question of whether an older physician is better than a younger one has been debated for years.  Older doctors bring years of experience, wisdom, consistency and predictability to their care.  Yet younger doctors bring with them a knowledge of the latest, state of the art treatments, in addition to energy, willingness to please and enthusiasm for the profession.

Yet a study out of Harvard Medical School led by Dr. Anupam Jena attempted to answer the question.  They reviewed Medicare data for 700,000 hospital admissions from 2011 to 2014 to scour for which physicians were deployed, their ages and what happened to the patients.

The findings published in the British Medical Journal were the following:

In the first 30 days of admission, if the patients were under the care of a….

  • Physician under 40, mortality rate was 10.8 %
  • Physician between 40 and 49, mortality rate was 11.1%
  • Physician between 50 and 59, mortality rate was 11.3%
  • Physician over 60, mortality rate was 12.1%

However an interesting finding was those physicians who saw large volumes of patients maintained stable mortality rates, meaning their skills did not diminish with age and large volumes of patients were “protective”.

Although the difference was ever so slight, it raises the question if younger physicians provide more quality of care or if older physicians fall victim to fatigue and burnout.

As a physician who trained and worked with doctors of all ages, I witnessed the older, seasoned ones brought wisdom and experience that couldn’t be taught in medical school while younger physicians brought to the table the latest study findings, industry guidelines, treatments and procedures.  No patient seemed to suffer as a result of a provider’s young or older age.

The concern however many have is that medicine a generation ago was performed with the intellect and creativity of a physician who took care of you and your family for years.  Recent politics, however, changed the medical landscape, emphasizing less healthcare spending,  “watch and wait” and “follow the guidelines”.  Medicine is an art and is many times based on instinct.  And those individual physicians who execute it as such, despite their age, will provide the best care for their patients.

 

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Caffeine Can be a Killer

In April, a South Carolina high school student collapsed in class and later died.  The coroner’s report, revealed this week, cited caffeine as the cause.  The caffeine induced a cardiac arrhythmia, abnormal heart rhythm,  and 16-year old Davis Allen Cripe tragically died within an hour.

What’s shocking is the amount of caffeine he ingested was not very high.  According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, Cripe drank, within a two hour period, a large Mountain Dew, an energy drink, and a cafe latte from McDonalds. The teen had no medical problems or family history of heart issues.

A large Mountain Dew contains 54 mg per 12 fluid oz.  So a 20 oz drink would be close to 100 mg caffeine.

Energy drinks, depending on the brand, contain approximately 80 mg of caffeine per can.

A cafe latte from McDonalds, medium size, contains 142 mg of caffeine.

This in total would equal approximately 320 mg of caffeine ingested within a two hour period.

The lethal dose of caffeine in adults range from 150-200 mg/ kg body weight.  So a 70 kg adult could consume a toxic level of caffeine at 10 grams (10,000 mg).

So 320 mg of caffeine is well below the toxic level.  But what caffeine could do could be the more dangerous part.

Caffeine has been known to induce arrhythmias.  Its a stimulant, hence it can affect the heart’s electrical conductivity that manages the organ’s pumping  action.  Once the electricity is disrupted, the heart muscle fails to have a predictable, rhythmic stimulation, hence cannot pump effectively.

Caffeine also causes vasoconstriction, so blood flow to the heart could be compromised, potentially inducing a heart attack.

In 2014, researchers from Barcelona found energy drinks to be linked to rare cases of heart attack and arrhythmia.

A cup of coffee averages 95mg of caffeine whereas an energy drink contains 80mg.  But the latter is consumed much quicker than a hot cup of Joe that needs to be sipped, hence the consumer takes in a larger load of caffeine in a shorter amount of time.  This could be too much too fast for the heart.

The following is a chart of average caffeine content in common drinks:

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Image from Business Insider

 

 

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Vaping Linked to Bladder Cancer

Image above from Medical News Today

A study has linked smoking e-cigarettes to higher risk of bladder cancer.

Dr. Sam Chang of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, reported in an American Urological News release, “We’ve known traditional smoking raises bladder cancer risk, and given the surge in popularity of e-cigarettes, it’s imperative we uncover any potential links.”

Chemicals in cigarettes and electronic cigarettes, such as nicotine, are excreted through the urine. Researchers examined the urine of e-cig users vs. those of non-smokers and found 92% of those who vaped had at least two of the five chemicals tested.

The University of Minnesota in 2015 identified chemicals commonly found in e-cig vapor to include:

 

Formaldehyde (human carcinogen)

Acetaldehyde (carcinogen related to alcohol drinking)

Acrolein (highly irritating and toxic)

Toluene (toxic) NNN, NNK (tobacco carcinogens related to nicotine)

Metals (possible carcinogens and toxicants)

In a second study, researchers looked at bladder tissue to see what nicotine and some of the chemicals in vapor could do.  They found nicotine, nitrosamines and formaldehyde not only damaged lining but blocked the DNA repair, hence increasing risk of bladder cancer.

Although exact causes of bladder cancer are unknown, tobacco smoke has been the single greatest risk factor.  Other risk factors for bladder cancer include diets rich in fried foods, arsenic, radon, occupational exposure to aromatic amines in textile, rubber and paint plants, and some medications such as pioglitazone used in diabetes.  Being exposed to a worm causing schistosomiasis can also put one at risk for bladder cancer.

Symptoms of bladder cancer include blood in the urine (hematuria), difficulty urination due to obstruction, pain/burning with urination (dysuria), and sometimes no symptoms at all.

Bladder cancer is treated by surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or immunotherapy.  The earlier its diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.

According to the American Cancer Society they project for 2017:

  • About 79,030 new cases of bladder cancer (about 60,490 in men and 18,540 in women)
  • About 16,870 deaths from bladder cancer (about 12,240 in men and 4,630 in women)

How many of these being related to electronic cigarettes is unknown.

 

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