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Why Do we Celebrate Birthdays? Your Birthday Questions Answered.

The concept of celebrating birthdays and blowing out candles is an ancient one.  But many want to know why we sing “Happy Birthday to You”, why we blow out candles, why do we have a cake, which is the most common birthday, etc……here’s the scoop.

When did the birthday celebration originate?

Birthday celebrations during early civilizations coincided with astrology.  In later centuries, religious groups were slow to adopt birthday celebrations in fear of adopting pagan rituals.

According to WCCO TV:

Pagans thought that evil spirits lurked on days of major changes, like the day you turn a year older.

The ancient Greeks believed that each person had a spirit that attended his or her birth, and kept watch. That spirit “had a mystic relation with the God on whose birthday the individual was born,” says the book The Lore of Birthdays.

Why do we have birthday cake?

According to, cultures have been using celebratory breads and cakes for centuries.  But the modern day birthday cake might have originated in Germany during the 1400’s.

Cakes might have been made with dough and sugar, but some would be have rings, coins and buttons thrown in.  If one received the piece with the ring, marriage would be in their future.  If they chose the piece with coins, financial luck was in their future.

Why do we use and then blow out candles?

Ancient cultures would add candles to foods for various reasons, i.e. the smoke would ward off evil spirits.  But it wasn’t until the 1700’s when Germany would adorn birthday cakes with candles for children’s cakes, called Kinderfeste.  Each candle represented a year of the life with additional candles put on for future years.

What are the most popular birthday cake flavors?

A PR Newswire survey, reported by 97.3 The Dawg, found the following flavors to be in the top ten birthday cakes:

  • Chocolate
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate chip
  • Vanilla or yellow cake
  • Red velvet
  • Marble
  • Carrot
  • Lemon
  • Coconut
  • Funfetti

Not sure why cheesecake is on there, let alone #2??!

Why do we give gifts?

It’s believed the tradition of giving gifts was another attempt to ward off the evil spirits as guests coming to the celebration were asked to bring good thoughts and gifts.

Where did the song “Happy Birthday to You” come from?

According to Wikipedia, in 1893 a school principal, Patty Hill and her sister, Mildred, composed a song entitled “Good Morning to All”, the same melody as our modern day “Happy Birthday to You.”

Wikipedia then describes:  The complete text of “Happy Birthday to You” first appeared in print as the final four lines of Edith Goodyear Alger’s poem “Roy’s Birthday”, published in her book A Primer of Work and Play, copyrighted by D. C. Heath in 1901, with no reference to the words being sung.[23] The first book including “Happy Birthday” lyrics set to the tune of “Good Morning to All” that bears a date of publication is from 1911 in The Elementary Worker and His Work, but earlier references exist to a song called “Happy Birthday to You” including an article from 1901 in the Inland Educator and Indiana School Journal.

What is the most popular birthday gift?

In the past it could be a plate of food, the cake, a song, or an ash tray made in art class.  Currently, the most popular gift is a gift card.

When is Dr. Daliah’s Birthday?

June 16.  Yeah!  Happy Birthday to me!

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Which month has the most birthdays?

Various studies have found August, September and October to be the busiest birthday months (probably because their parents snuggled during the winter season).  But one Harvard study looking at babies born between 1973 and 1999 found September 16th to be most popular birthday.

Which day the least popular birthday?

For obvious Leap Year reasons, less people have their birthday on February 29 than any other day of the year.  However, the month of January per VizWiz below have the least amount of birthdays.

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

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National Blood Donation Day and Week in its planning stages now

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

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


For more on last year’s NBDW see:



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Health Headlines

Tuesday September 13


Youth soccer injuries double

Although soccer is becoming more popular, emergency rooms and finding surges of young players (below age 17) presenting with concussions.


Teen hunger increases risky behavior

7 million teens suffer from “food insecurity” and may be driven to dangerous behaviors including selling drugs and sex.

Gentle light waves may replace defibrillators

A new technique using gentle pulses of light could eventually replace the electrical-shocking defibrillator.  Researchers found by implanting genetically engineered cells that respond to light they could “shock” them with light waves.


Lunes, Monday September 12

globulo or celula de sangre – blood cell

Junk food damages blood cells

Scientists found those with a high burger and bun diet had more than double the red blood cells with cancer-linked mutations.  Diets rich in antioxidants appear to help our red blood cells.

A vaccine for thrush is in the works

The NDV-3 vaccine has shown good results in human trials and appears safe.  This would be indicated for those with chronic thrush.

4th person carrying a worrysome superbug is a child

In this case she was infected with another pathogen that caused her to have travelers diarrhea but upon culture she was found to also carry the E. Coli with the mcr-1 gene (allowing the bacteria to be drug resistant to the strongest of antibiotics).  How these patients are picking up and becoming colonized by the drug resistant bacteria is being investigated.

Viernes, Friday September 9th

El calmante, sedativo, sedante – sedative
Close to 1/2 of all Americans take a sedative, pain killer or stimulant
And the majority of these are prescription medications.   Some take stimulants during the day and then need a sedative at night.  We need to be wary of their medication soup.
1 in 22 college students smoke marijuana close to daily
Many students felt pot was safer than alcohol and admitted to becoming stoned more often.  I guess it makes English 101 more tolerable.
Exercises decreases risk of alcohol related death
150 minutes of weekly exercised appeared to “wipe out” the risk of cancer associated with alcohol and lower all-cause mortality.  I’m not buying this completely but it doesn’t hurt to still maintain a healthy lifestyle


Jueves, Thursday September 8th

latido del corazon irregular – irregular heartbeat

Atrial Fibrillation can affect other body parts, including the kidneys

This makes sense.  A Fib can affect multiple parts of the body and in this study they found a 5 fold increase in heart failure and patients were 1.6 times more likely to have kidney disease (though that could be due to underlying blood pressure issues )

Health care providers may be spending more time on EHR than actually talking to patients.
It’s a definitely a trick to balance good documentation and spending proper time with the patient.  “After a total of 430 observed hours for the group, researchers from the American Medical Association found that 29 percent of total work time was spent talking with patients or other staff members and another 49 percent was spent on electronic record keeping and desk work.

Alcohol dependence could be reversed by treating brain cells

I’ve never seen a drunk mouse, but in this study they let rats self administer alcohol and then inactiviated brain cells in their amygdyla.  The rats forgot if they wanted alcohol or not.  Could have some cool applicatons in humans.

un monton de noticias de hoy – a lot of news today 

Miercoles, Wednesday siete de Septiembre 
Frequent sex in older men found to increase risk of heart attack and stroke
Interestingly, in this study the sex had to be reported as “enjoyable”.  So my hubby doesn’t have anything to worry about.  For women, however, there was a health benefit!  Yee-hah!!
Electric fans may actually hurt, and not help elderly during extreme heat
Elderly people respond to heat differently and the decreased amount of sweating may be vital for their cooling process.  In this study they found higher heart rates and higher core temperatures in older individuals tested with an electric fan.

Zika found to hang out in tears
In animal studies they found that Zika spread to the eyes.  Could be another source of infection, so don’t share contact lenses.
WHO recommends extending safe sex practices in Zika affected areas to 6 months
Obviously this is response to Zika hanging around longer in bodily fluids than we thought

Cesarean birth linked to higher obesity than siblings born vaginally
Children born by C-section  were 64% more likely to become obese than their vaginally delivered siblings.  It could be a link to mothers requiring C-section if they have gestational diabetes.  My guess, the obstacle course needed to get out burns more calories than we think……..
Vitamin D Supplements reduce severity of asthma attacks

Although it didn’t improve the strength of the lungs, supplements of Vitamin D (not only sunlight) appeared to help to decrease the number of hospitalizations and ER visits in asthmatics.

Martes, Tuesday September 6th

 sistema inmunológico – immune system

Doing Crossfit two days in a row could be hazardous to your health

A day of recovery in between workouts may be recommended to prevent suppression of immune function

Montelukast, Singular asthma medications for children may induce psychotic episodes

Of the many side effects reported, depression and suicidal thoughts were among them.

One in three heart attacks are misdiagnosed initially

This study found 1/3 of people with STEMI (ST elevation Myocardial Infarction) or NSTEMI (Non-ST elevation Myocardial Infarction) to be misdiagnosed initially, moreso if they were female, older in age, or suffering from heart failure.

Viernes, Friday September 2

reducir el dolor – to reduce the pain (can also use desminuir el dolor)

Yoga and acupuncture proven to reduce pain

And spinal manipulation, tai chi, and massage.  They studied what we already knew 🙂

As Zika cases rise so appears cases of Guillain-Barre 

This study reinforces the link between the two, and also stresses the urgent need for a vaccine.
Although sex after heart attacks usually can be safe, patients are not warned or prepared for the sexual dysfunction that may occur

Jueves, Thursday September 1

un vaso de vino – a glass of wine (not vase!)

A large glass of wine a night could decrease fertility

Don’t throw out the birth control yet.  This study looked at wine and beer and its affects on fertility, decreasing it by 18% if 2 beers or a large glass wine was drunk per day. They believe its interfering with hormones and some are hinting at damage to the baby egg.

Tranquilizers and opioids – a deadly mix

Sedatives/anti-anxiety medications such as the benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium) could be deadly when mixed with a narcotic/opioid, a common occurrence in overdoses.

New “game-changing” drug may stop Alzheimer’s progression

Aducanumab antibody injections were found to break up and induce removal of amyloid-beta proteins that deposit in the brain.

1 in 6 younger Americans want to die before age 80

Study authors think its because many have negative views about old age.  Ya think?  I’ve got plans……Sitting on the couch reading my Robbins.


Miercoles, Wednesday August 31, 2016

recomendaciones – recommendations
WHO updates recommendations on how to treat “nearly untreatable” gonorrhea
The WHO advises against fluroquinolones and recommends the combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone.  If either used alone, they warn it could increase gonorrhea’s resistance.

Taking statins for high cholesterol found to reduce erectile dysfunction by 43%
We know that erectile dysfunction can be a sign of coronary artery dysfunction.  But this study surprised researchers by finding a huge improvement in ED symptoms in those subjects who took statins for three months.

Ebola virus found to hide out in semen for over 16 months

In one man, the virus was found to persist in his semen for 565 days.  This is not the first evidence of persistence of the Ebola virus, but this new finding will change the recommendations on safe sex practices  after an Ebola infection.

Martes, Tuesday August 30, 2016

seguro para el corazon – safe for the heart

E-cigs NOT safer for the heart than regular cigarettes

In this small study, researchers measured aortic stiffness after vaping vs tobacco and found vaping for 30 minutes resulted in the same cardiovascular changes as 5 minutes of cigarette smoking.

Researchers identify the first US bacteria strain with “superbug genes”

These are mobile genes that allow it to become  resistant to multiple antibiotics including “last resort” antibiotics such as colistin and carbapenem .

Zika update:  Mosquitoes can infect their offspring with Zika

Mommy Aedes Agyptii mosquitoes can infect the baby eggs with Zika, hence exterminating just the mosquitos flying around may not do the trick.

Drugs used to fight cancer and hepatitis C may kill Zika
In petri dish “mini-brains” these drugs showed some promise fighting off the virus and/or slowing Zika damage.

Lunes, Monday August 29, 2016

apnea del sueno, or apnea del dormir – sleep apnea

CPAP machines may not help those with sleep apnea prevent heart attack or stroke

This was shocking in that the stress hypoxia invokes on the heart has been proven in the past to increase heart and stroke risk.  However they think that maybe in this study the test subjects didn’t wear the CPAP long enough or maybe heart disease is usually so far advanced that CPAP, once sleep apnea is diagnosed, may be too little too late.  CPAP is still vital in sleep apnea treatment and more studies may need to consider earlier intervention.

Increase in boys being born with genital disorders in the UK
Reports are surfacing that hypospadias, cryptochidism, and drops in sperm counts may be due to exposure to chemicals in foods and plastics.

FDA Recommends all blood donations get screened for Zika

A good move to prevent Zika transmission, as 4/5 people with Zika decline having symptoms, but blood banks now need to brace for more of a drop in donations and pints that satisfy criteria to be sent to hospitals


Viernes, Friday August 26

pastilla – pill

Insulin in pill form may be coming soon

Researchers think they found a way to help the insulin withstand the harsh stomach acid by using a trademarked lipid vesicle to encapsulate the pill.

Cancer set to surpass heart disease as leading cause of death

Many people are still affected with heart disease, but because we health care providers are so damn good at intervention and prevention (with cholesterol and diabetes treatments) less percentage are dying from it than once did.

Zika was found to hid out in the vagina and also live in baby’s bloodstream for longer than originally thought. Originally researchers thought Zika would die within a week of infection. Now they are finding it to persist longer (in semen possibly 6 months) and wonder if babies could become infected during birth.

Jueves, Thursday August 25

Corazon – heart

Those diagnosed with asthma later in life have increased risk of heart disease

In this study early onset asthma was not linked to heart disease. They believe it could be linked to air pollution and declining lung function.

Staying slim prevents 8 types of cancer

These include liver, gall bladder, meningioma, multiple myeloma, pancreas, stomach, ovary and thyroid.

The older we get, the happier we get

Now you know why I’m smiling all the time.  We also seem to stress less about the little things.


Miercoles, Wednesday August 24

Gemelos – twins

Twins found to have a longer lifespan

Many of us don’t like our siblings. but we may want to get along with them.  In  this study, one’s close relationship with their twin helps them live longer. And identical twins were found to live longer than fraternal twins who lived longer than the rest of us.

MRI’s show Zika damages fetal brains far beyond microcephaly.

The damage appeared to leave a calcification in an unusual location of the brain and this could be “stamp” to help identify early Zika infection.


Martes, Tuesday August 23

Azucar – sugar

AHA recommends children consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day

The American Heart Assoication also recommends children under 2 receive NO added sugar, and teens drink no more than ONE 8 oz sugary drink per WEEK

Hating one’s job in their 20’s may mean poor health in their 40’s

In this study as job satisfaction increased, so did the effects on health.

Having dense breasts may warrant annual mammograms

This study suggest tailor screening for women a better opton as those with higher breast density and higher risk of breast cancer may benefit from screening more often than what’s recommended by the US Task Force.

Lunes, Monday August 22
Piojos – Lice
“Super Lice” present in 48 states
These lice are “super” because they have become resistant to standard treatments.  They are no more infectious than other lice.

Yellow Fever epidemic has killed 400 in Africa

Due to a vaccination shortage, a new epidemic has emerged through Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  It also has spread to Kenya and China.   Yellow fever is also mosquito transmitted, potentially fatal, causing injury to the liver (hence jaundice – “yellow”) and the kidneys.
Many of us did this on call despite the risks, but the CDC reminds us how lack of proper washing, sleeping in our contact lenses and multiple other bad habits can cause keratitis, corneal scarring and/or corneal ulceration.

Viernes, Friday August 19

Calculos biliares  or  piedras de visicula – gallstones

Having gallstones linked to higher risk of heart disease

In this study, researchers looked at 250,000 US adults and found that those with gallstones had a 17% increase risk of heart disease.  Risk factors for both are shared, such as obesity, type II diabetes and high cholesterol, so not too big a surprise.

Zika may affect adult brains as well

Again not shocking, but in this study the researchers looked at mice and found Zika to affect both adult and fetal neural stem cells.  They theorize that infection of these cells may be related to some of the Guillain-Barre cases.

Fatty fish may lower the risk of diabetic retinopathy

Two servings of fatty fish a week was found to lower the risk of diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness.

Jueves, Thursday August 18

Tranfusion de sangre – blood transfusion

First cases of Zika transmission by blood transfusion reported in Brazil

The donor had alerted the blood bank when he developed symtpoms two days later of rash and fever, but the blood was already processed and delivered to two hospital patients, both of which subsequently tested and found positive for the same strain.

Calcium supplements linked to higher risk of dementia in some women

Over the years, calcium supplements have received a bad rap in that they’ve been found to increase heart attacks, kidney stones, “early death” and now dementia (increased risk by 2X).  Though nutritional intake of calcium is not associated with the same risks, many women don’t get enough calcium to protect their bones.  More research needs to be done.

Being anemic at time of stroke increases risk of death

Not too big a surprise. This was found to be the case in both thrombotic and hemorrhagic stroke.  But it reminds us to try to correct an anemia if possible and even better, prevent a stroke.

MIercoles, Wednesday August 17

edad – age

Latinos age “slower” than other ethnicities

This UCLA study found that despite the increase risk of diabetes, Latinos have a “30% lower risk of death” and a longer life expectancy than other racial groups.  Felicidades!

“Game of Thrones” Heroin hits the streets

Officials believe this potentially lethal drug, that has caused overdoses in the Northeast, is heroin laced with fentanyl.  Tyrion Lannister would be intrigued…….

Having Malaria may help Ebola victims survive

Researchers found in this study those with malaria when infected with Ebola has a 20% less chance of dying.  One theory is the parasite that causes malaria may help boost the immune system.


Martes, Tuesday August 16

Fuerza – strength

Today’s men are not as strong as their dads

This study found millennial’s grip and pinch strength to be 20 pounds  of force less than men of the 1980s.  MacGyver was so rad…..

Taking acetaminophen during pregnancy could increase child’s risk of ADHD.

The main ingredient in Tylenol has been the go-to medication for pregnant women for pain due to its safety profile. Now a study links acetaminophen to increase risk of emotional and behavioral issues in the children if taken during pregnancy.

Viruses are more infectious in the morning

This study found viruses to be 10X more successful if they infected their host in the am implying our body clock can affect our susceptibility to pathogens.

Sitting too long increases risk of heart disease and diabetes
Compared to the 1960’s, only 20% of jobs now require activity.  And many of us sit 6-8 hours a day.  The AHA recommends we get off our tushees.

Lunes, Monday August 15

Botella de agua – bottle of water

Refillable water bottles could be dirtier than our “toilet seat” or dog’s mouth “toy”

In this study they found the average CFU/sq cm (colony forming units per square cm) of bacteria to be over 300K lurking in a reusable water bottle with slide tops topping 900 K. They harbored gram positive cocci, and stainless steel is recommended over plastic.

9/11 Ground Zero linked cancer cases triple in less than 3 years

The WTC program has been monitoring and treating more than 48,000 people who survived or responded to the 9/11 attacks and an additional 16,000 are apart of a program with the NY fire department.  As of the end of June 2016, 5440 people have been diagnosed with over 6300 cases of cancer, some more than one type.

Babies born addicted to opioids has risen 300% in 15 years

The babies are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and experience seizures, respiratory difficulties, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability and feeding difficulties.

Viernes, Friday August 12

parapléjico – paraplegic

paralisis – paralysis

Robotic “exoskeleton” helps paraplegics gain mobility

Through virtual reality training – researchers were able to help 8 paralyzed individuals regain some sensation and movement, although they couldn’t support their own legs.

Zika found to live in semen for at least 6 months

Two men infected with Zika were found to still have it present in their semen 181-188 days after initial infection.  So if the CDC recommendations are to abstain or use condoms for 6 months (under the assumption it could last for  90  days) someone needs to update the memo.

WHO recommends 12 1/2 hours of moderate exercise a week

The 150 minutes a week previously recommended may be way to little.  They recommend to combat heart disease, stroke amd cancer (breast, colon) and diabetes, we should be exercising moderately 12-18 hours a week or 6-8 hours of vigours exercise a week.

Jueves, Thursday August 11

Los dientes – the teeth

Brushing our teeth may help reduce risk of colon cancer

This study finds the fusobacterium that colonize the mouth and worsen gum disease, may travel to the colon and worsen tumors or polyps and accelerate the growth.

Increased risk of suicide in those who suffered a “serious” infection

Those hospitalized for hepatitis or HIV infection appeared to be at highest risk.  Reminds us to ensure not only medical servcies available upon discharge but also mental health servcies.

Apathy seems to a huge obstacle to fighting Zika

Recently a report out of Puerto Rico revealed that residents felt Zika was “just another tropical disease.”.  Now with Florida reporting 22 local cases, officials are on “high alert” while a poll shows 65% of Americans are “not at all worried”.

MIercoles, Wednesday August 10

Pierna – leg

Brazo – arm

Zika infection during pregnancy linked to limb deformities of the baby
Seven babies with suspected Zika infection presented with arthrogyposis, a deformity of “crooked joints” where the muscles develop incorrectly causing contractures and lack of mobility of fingers, wrist, elbow, ankles, knees, hips, etc.  Most of these babies also presented with microcephaly.

Drunkorexia: skipping meals to save calories for binge drinking

40% of young adults admitted to doing this, putting them at risk for alcohol intoxication and malnutrition.

Researchers identified the protein cryptochrome, which represses the inflammatory pathway when we sleep, possibly leading to new ways to treat arthritis.


Martes, Tuesday August 9th

Fuma Ud? – Do you smoke?

Ciagarillos – cigarettes

Marijuana – marijuana and other slang terms


More than 33 million Americans admit to smoking marijuana
This number is double over the last three years, but then again, as states legalize marijuana use, more may feel comfortable to admit it.  But what’s interesting is 40 million people smoke cigarettes, so future trends see marijuana surpassing cigarette use.

Botox may travel to other parts of the body
Although I’m a fan of 2-for-1 deals, this is concerning because, well its a toxin.  Researchers are now considering finding an agent that “stays put”.
Students who played online video games daily appeared to perform better in math, reading and science, though a direct cause could not be established.


Lunes, Monday August 8th

Pulmones – lungs

Heavy drinking increases LUNG problems

In this study they found heavy drinkers had less nitric oxide in their exhalations.  Nitric oxide protects the lungs against harmful bacteria.

1 in 4 people share sexts

One would think its common sense that anything texted/posted/sexted could be made public, but this article highlights that 25% of sexts can be shared and males are more likely to share than females.

New asthma pill shows promise

This one targets eosinophilic airway inflammation to prevent airway restriction.

Viernes, Friday August 5

Obesidad – obesity

Peso – weight

Obesity ages the brain by 10 years

Yesterday we were told being underweight could be linked to Alzheimers. Today we’re told the brains of overweight people demonstrate white matter similar to individuals 10 years older. Since the font is smaller in this second study, I’ll go with this one.

Vitamin D found to drop when birth control stopped

Following Detroit women who took birth control, researchers it elevated their Vitamin D by 20% and dropped back to their baseline (which was in the low range) once the pill was stopped.  This suggests a link between Vitamin D and estrogen.
Although little information has been released regarding the mothers, we are told they contracted their Zika during travel.  13 babies thus far in the U.S. have been born with Zika-related birth defects.


Jueves, Thursday August 4

Vacuna – vaccine
Human trials for Zika vaccine begin this month
80 volunteers will receive the DNA-based vaccine at the end of this month and if all goes well with funding, phase 2 trials and FDA approval, we could have a vaccine available by early 2017, best case scenario.
Being “skinny”may increase risk of Alzheimer’s
As I eat my Ho-Ho, let me explain this one.  This study looked at individuals between 62 and 90 and those who were underweight appeared to be more at risk of having amyloid plaque buildup.  Much more research needs to be done on this as obesity has in the past been found to increase risk of Alzheimer’s.  Guess we have to be “just right”.
Sickle cell trait not linked to increase death
Most of us already knew this but one unique finding was having sickle cell trait increased risk of overexertion injury in soldiers.



MIercoles, Wednesday August 3

Impotencia – impotence,  or one can use Problemas con ereccion (Problems with erection)

Study finds no link between erectile dysfunction drugs and prostate cancer

Although a study last year found the phosphodiesterase inhibitors type 5 (PDE-5) to increase recurrence risk of prostate cancer, this study found no link to inducing it.

Douching nearly doubles the risk of ovarian cancer

And the risk seemed stronger in women without breast cancer in the family.  Researchers are unsure if it has to do with the chemicals disrupting the natural balance or an overgrowth of harmful bacteria

Women who have had both an appendectomy and their tonsils removed appear to be more fertile

I’m going to take stab at this one…..maybe its because chronically inflamed tonsils decrease the ability to become pregnant?  Ovaries like anesthesia?  I’m stumped….



Martes, Tuesday August 2

Carne – meat

We’re getting close to creating a blood test for “cancer”

In our professional career we wish to one day run a blood test and tell the patient if they have cancer, any cancer, or not.  Well researchers have come one step closer when they discovered 788 cancer biomarkers over a period of 5 years, which can help expedite diagnosis and treatment as they can specify which cancer they come from.

Animal protein deadly, plant protein healthy
This study shows an increase risk of death in those who consume red meat, but a decrease mortality in those who eat plant proteins such as legumes, nuts and whole-grain breads.  Yum.
Flu shot may not work as well in obese individuals
In a study in rats, lean rats who were vaccinated and exposed to severe flu did better than obese rats, and adjuvants may be needed to boost immune response.


Lunes, Monday August 1

Esta amamantando?  Are you Breast Feeding?
Zika spread by mosquito finally here in the US
Four Florida cases of Zika were not caused by sexual transmission nor travel from a Zika endemic area.  Florida officials are now testing local mosquitos and assuming the Zika-carrying mosquitos such as Aedes Agyptii are spreading the virus on our mainland.
Breastfeeding within an hour provides baby’s “first vaccine”
According to UNICEF, not only is the skin to skin contact and antibodies immediately health-rewarding but “delaying breastfeeding by two to 23 hours after birth increases the risk of dying in the first 28 days of life by 40 per cent. Delaying it by 24 hours or more increases that risk to 80 per cent.”

Cockroach milk – the next superfood
Who knew cockroaches lactate?  But researchers claim the milk of cockroaches are the most nutrient and calorically dense substance on the planet.

Viernes Friday July 29

Bienvenidos a los nuevos estudiantes!!!!   Welcome new students!

Second-hand marijuana could be worse for your heart and blood vessels than second- hand tobacco smoke

Researchers found blood vessels in rats  recuperated 3X slower when second hand marijuana was inhaled than tobacco smoke.  Our blood vessel function is similar to rats.

Many over-the- counter supplements have serious side effects
Consumer Reports found multiple potentially dangerous ingredients in OTC supplements such as green tea extract, herbal viagra, kava etc and highlight the serious side effects they can cause.
Bartenders may sustain phototoxic reactions when lime juice hits their skin while working out in the sun.  Many medications patients take can also produce photoallergic reactions and providers need to warn patients of these risks.

Jueves Thursday July 26th

Miscarriage – aborto espontanao, or aborto natural
Zika linked to miscarriage
Although we assumed the Zika virus could cause miscarriage, Dutch researchers investigated a case where the virus replicated in the fetal stem cells, and the CDC has reported two women in the US have miscarried after a Zika infection.

FDA warns us not to feed our dogs peanut butter, raw meat, raisins, and many other common foods.
Some peanut butter could contain the sugar substitute xylitol which can be deadly in dogs, fatty foods can cause Fluffy to get pancreatitis, and this article discusses many culprits.  We should also remind patients to pick up any dropped pills, i.e. Tylenol could be toxic to our dogs.

E-cigs release chemicals that are “possibly carcinogenic”

Last year we learned that the heating coil chemically changes the vapor to release formaldehyde.  In this article the researchers site propylene glycol and glycerin known to be “possibly carcinogenic” among 29 other chemicals that are inhaled with the electronic cigarette vapor.


Miercoles Wednesday July 25th
Epidemic – epidemia
Columbia announces Zika epidemic is “over”
Despite the fact Columbia had close to 100,000 cases and they are monitoring 17,000 current pregnant cases, the country is reporting its epidemic is “over” but is now entering an “endemic” period. This declaration eases up on the recommendation of women postponing pregnancy and they will continue to prepare for microcephaly births and watch for a resurgence.

FDA changes fluoroquinolone warnings due to side effects

Due to reports of nerve damage and tendon rupture, the FDA urges we don’t use medicines such as Cipro or Levaquin for sinusitis, bronchitis and UTI’s unless the infection is “serious”.
Man with first US double hand transplant 7 years ago wishes he never had it done
Although three subsequent patients appear to be doing better, this gentlemen, who lost his limbs in 1999 to sepsis, said he still can’t feel and use his hands and wishes he never had the procedure done.

Martes Tuesday July 24th

Binge-watching television could increase risk of death 

This study suggests an increase risk of pulmonary embolism after hours of watching internet streaming sites. So for those of us who need to catch up on Game of Thrones, take it one show at a time and move around.

Pediatric accidental ingestion of marijuana on the rise

The average child studied was 2 1/2 years old and symptoms reported included dizziness, agitation, lethargy, vomiting and seizures.  This has prompted legislation to child proof edible packaging.

Viagra may help slow down dementia
Whether its the increase blood flow to the brain, or increase in exercise, Sildenafil and Taldalafil may succeed where other dementia drugs did not.

Lunes Monday July 23

Whistle/buzz – Silbido/zumbido 

1 in 10 of us suffer from tinnitus

Ringing, buzzing, and chirping in the ears doesn’t just affect the elderly. It affects all age groups and for many lasts all day long.  Interestingly, our smart phones can help, providing “sound therapy”.
Smart drug “Provigil” may decrease effectiveness of birth control
Modafinil has been used by many to stay alert and help with concentration. But previous studies have found it to decrease creativity and others branded as “smart pills” such as Ritalin, may decrease short term memory.  They are also studying if it causes birth defects in pregnant women.  Hopefully this “smart pill” enhances one’s decision to use protection.
Personality change may be first sign of dementia
“Mild behavioral impairment” may be the first sign of dementia, including lack of interest, change in temperament, and short term memory loss.

Viernes Friday July 22

How much do you drink? –  Cuanto bebe? or you can ask Bebe Alcohol? Cuanto?

Even one glass of alcohol a day will increase risk of cancer
This study found alcohol increased risk of 7 types of cancer including (stomach, esophagus, colon, breast, liver, larynx, and oropharynx), with growing evidence surrounding prostate, skin and pancreatic cancer.
Sorry for the buzzkill this weekend 🙂
Light smokers are 3X more at risk for hemorrhagic stroke.
And heavy smokers were found to be 8X more at risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage.


Jueves Thursday July 21

Stitches (sutures)puntos (or you can use suturas)

Smart sutures could give providers medical information from healing wound

If our wounds could talkl!!!  Tufts University researchers develop biocompatible threads that can measure pH, temperature, strain, stress of a healing wound as well as other markers such as glucose. The applications of this could be infinite.

First Zika case in Florida that might have come from infected mosquito

Most of the cases reported in the US are people infected from Zika after travel or by sexual contact.  Neither might have occurred in this Florida patient, hence suggesting Zika carrying mosquitos may be in Florida.

Asthma could be prevented and /or “cured” with new gene discovery
 Researchers explain ADAM33 is a gene that makes an enzyme that can “go rogue” and trigger airway inflammation.  Switching this gene off could potentially prevent asthma attacks.

Miercoles Wednesday, July 20

Xrays – radiografias

Radiologists now have no increased risk of radiation-related death

Whew! As opposed to pre-1940 when many radiologists were at increased risk of melanoma, leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, safety guidelines protect our providers to the point that compared to psychiatrists, there was no increased risk.

Nasal vaccine for Chlamydia  may be in the works.

Yes, nasal.  But BD584 with its success in rodents, may offer an easy way to vaccinate against one of the most common STI’s.

1 out 5 teens are diabetic or pre=diabetic

This alarming report highlights the urgency to screen kids for diabetes and instill good eating and exercise habits.


Martes Tuesday July 19

Period/Menses – “Regla” or can use “ciclo menstrual”

Components of the female athlete “triad” could be health risks in and of themselves
This triad includes eating disorders (or low energy availablity), amenorrhea (or menstrual problems) and bone loss. The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning us to look for it sooner as any one of these can cause long term health issues.
High-fat diet found to REDUCE risk of breast and colon cancer, heart attack, diabetes but…..
This study is alluding to the fats in a Mediterranean diet (nuts, fish, avocados) and not saturated trans fats found in butter.
Fracking may trigger asthma flare-ups
This 8 year study from Pennsylvania found that people who lived near fracking sites were requiring asthma treatments 4 times more than those not living near drilling sites.

Lunes Monday July 18

Stroke – Derrame or embolico

9 out of 10 Strokes are preventable

Many risk factors for stroke appear to be in our control.  These include controlling high blood pressure, decreasing smoking, controlling diabetes, waist to hip ratio (well this one is a toughy) and decreasing alcohol among many others.

Gonorrhea may soon be “untreatable”
The combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone is showing less efficacy over time as previous studies have shown and the CDC has reported that the bacteria that causes Gonorrhea (N. Gonorrhoeae) is showing increasing resistance and may eventually be untreatable.

Zinc lozenges may not “cure” the common cold but decreases its length by 3 days

Previous studies looked at “low dose” zinc (under 75mg) but dosages over 80 mg were found to decrease cold length by three days and appeared to work better in lozenge form as opposed to pill form.

Viernes Friday July 15

 ¿Me has echado de menos?  Did you miss me??  (also you can say …..Me extranaste)

I was going to wait till the next school year but so many of you have been in complete despair without the updates, so here we go.

Remember, these are quick 3 second listings to keep you up to date on the latest in case your patients ask you for more information.  It is encouraged that you on your own read up on the subjects, but never mandatory.  This is here to help and I’m glad many of you find it useful.

New York reports first Zika case of female – male transmission.

A female had traveled to a country in which she was exposed to Zika.  Prior to her being symptomatic, she returns to New York and has unprotected sex.  She eventually becomes symptomatic with fever, rash body aches, and days later the gentlemen, who had no other sexual activity, becomes symptomatic as well.

Red meat consumption linked to kidney failure

Steak, burger, pork, etc, it all counts.  The more red meat one eats, the higher the risk of kidney failure. Researchers encourage swapping your portion of red meat for poultry or fish. Fish?  If it doesn’t Moo, it’s not meat…but they have a point…..

Pokemon Go causing accidents

It’s true.  I’ve tripped over my cats twice.  The biggest craze this week is the game Pokemon Go where you interact with your phone and environment to find the yellow thing.  I’m only on level 2 but one player farther ahead than I am, crashed his car into a tree while playing.

Posted in Health, news, Politics

How does Hillary Clinton’s Health Measure Up to that of Other US Presidents

This week Hillary’s health came under more intense scrutiny when she fainted as she left the 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday.  Her campaign revealed she had been battling pneumonia and she admitted she hadn’t taken the diagnosis seriously enough stating she didn’t think it was “that big a deal”.  Among this, the former Secretary of State has been reported to be taking a blood thinner, have had a history of blood clots, be fighting seasonal allergies and has been managing hypothyroidism.  Debate has ensued whether Hillary has had multiple fainting spells throughout her campaign thus stirring up controversy regarding her ability to be President of the United States if she won the election in November.  Assuming she doesn’t have an underlying heart condition that may be causing her fainting spells, how does Hillary Clinton’s health measure up to past US Presidents.

George Washington – I cannot tell a lie….

It is believed that George Washington suffered from diphtheria, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, dysentery, possible sterility, tonsillitis, and epiglottitis.  He appeared to have  many issues with the back of his throat.  Syphilis has been debated but then again many people at the time had syphilis (Abraham Lincoln supposedly had syphilis when he was younger).

George Washington had one original tooth left by the time he became president.

His teeth were not made of wood…..instead made of hippopotamus/walrus/elephant ivory or transplanted teeth.

The tooth loss could have been from the mercury oxide that was used to treat his smallpox and malaria.

During one of his battles its been said he had to ride on a pillow on his saddle while being ill with fever.  It is believed that the dysentery, left his bottom so much in pain that he needed a pillow.

In 1799, George Washington died of presumed epiglottis, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.  His end was a painful one as doctors burned and blistered him to draw out the humors.

James Garfield “Did the doctors kill this President”

James Garfield was shot twice (once in the arm and once in the back) on July 2, 1881.  The bullets and wounds supposedly were not lethal but the un-sterile technique used (the practitioners used their fingers to find the bullets while he lay at the train station) caused him to have infection and his doctors supposedly restricted his eating since they thought the bullet pierced the bowel.

They fed James Garfield by rectal enema.   He was fed beef bouillon, egg yolks milk, whisky and opium through his rectum.  It was considered a “Nutritional enema”.

Interestingly, Alexander Graham Bell devised a metal detector made of a battery and several metal coils positioned on a wooden platform, connected to an ear piece to help find the bullet.  Unfortunately, the attempt was unsuccessful. James Garfield died 80 days later.

Thomas Jeffersonahead of his time…….

Thomas Jefferson lived until he was 83.  He was not a vegetarian but ate less meat than others and increased his vegetable intake.

His sleep habits were also good – 5-8 hours of sleep in a “reclined” position.   “Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.”

He was against tobacco, and moderately used alcohol. “…you are not to conclude I am a drinker. My measure is a perfectly sober 3 or 4 glasses at dinner, and not a drop at any other time. But as to those 3 or 4 glasses I am very fond.”

Its been postulated he also had Aspergers…….


William Taft –  Poster child for sleep apnea and the “Atkins diet”.

 President Taft weighed over 300 lbs, supposedly would nod off during the day and during meetings with world leaders.  He was presumed to have narcolepsy from suffering from sleep apnea.

His doctor put him on a low carb diet and he lost 60 lbs


Franklin D. Roosevelt –  as if polio wasn’t enough…..

In addition to being a victim to polio, cerebral hemorrhage and very high blood pressure, its been postulated that FDR had malignant melanoma above his left eyebrow….possibly the cause of his hemorrhage when it spread to the brain.


Abraham Lincoln – was he suicidal?

Firstly, lets discuss the myth that Abraham Lincoln had Marfan’s Syndrome.  We now understand he didn’t but actually had a genetic disorder, MEN2B  which gave him a Marfanoid appearance (tall, lanky, long limbs), large lower lip, history of constipation, bumpy lips, “pseudodepression”, and his mother possibly suffered the same disorder.

Was Lincoln suicidal?  The poem, Suicide’s Soliloquy was believed to be authored by Abraham Lincoln.

Why did it take Abraham Lincoln 11 hours to die from his fatal wound? ……Doctors actually relieved the intracranial pressure, and appeared to do an amazing job considering the time.  Unfortunately he fell unconscious immediately, and they never were able to revive him.

Woodrow Wilson – Was he always in charge?

In October of 1919, Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke.  After his medical incident its believed his wife Edith ran the country while he was bedridden.  He died in 1924, three years after leaving office at the age of 67.


Dwight D. Eisenhower – if your heart’s not in it…..


In 1955 he suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack). He originally thought he suffered from indigestion.  Recovery time was much slower than modern day and he was kept on bed rest for months.  He was considering resigning.  Months later he regains his strength and plans to run for a second term.


John F. Kennedy – did his back brace kill him?

Why was JFK was so “tan”? He suffered from Addison’s disease and along with this suffered from chronic back problems.  He required  multiple injections and medicines on a routine basis.

His back brace may have cost him his life……Historians believe he didn’t slump over after the first shot (prevented by the brace) and was therefore sitting upright when the second shot hit his head.


JFK appears to be in his back brace that day.  If the first shot caused him to fall over, historians believe he could still be alive today, avoiding the second fatal shot to his head.


Other reported maladies affecting some U.S. Presidents include:

Ulysses S. Grant – throat cancer

Chester Arthur – Bright’s disease

Teddy Roosevelt – detached retina

Herbert Hoover – GI Cancer and GI bleed

Richard Nixon – phlebitis, blood clots

George HW Bush – hyperthyroidism/Graves disease

In short, Presidents are not always in the finest of health and may suffer the same maladies their constituents do.  Washington has always found a way to keep this from the public and may continue to despite today’s technology.


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

Posted in Health, news

Blood Shortage Crisis – multiple states unite


Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP

As summer ends, many us are relieved to see the end to the heat and for me personally, the kids returning to school.

But the end of summer is not a relief for some.  In fact, its not a relief for any of us.  The blood shortage crisis that plagued our country in the beginning of the summer has gotten worse.  And blood supplies for many blood banks, hospitals, medical centers are now at critical levels.

Adding fuel to the fire, the Zika crisis is preventing many people who usually donate blood to wait at least a month, following the February FDA deferral recommendations.  And today we learn that two Florida counties have halted blood donation entirely due to a confirmed local transmission of the virus.

National Blood Donation Week was created for this reason.  The first full week of September, the 4th – 10th is National Blood Donation Week culminating on September 10th for National Blood Donation Day.  Created by Dr. Daliah Wachs, a family physician, nationally syndicated radio personality and assistant professor at Touro University Nevada, National Blood Donation Week unites all states and blood banks all across America. In 2014 she joined forces with United Blood Services and American Red Cross to create Nevada Blood Donation Day, and its success led to the creation of the campaign to create state blood donation days in every state.

States who proclaimed Blood Donation Days include:




New Mexico


North Dakota

North Carolina

Rhode Island


















New Hampshire



South Dakota





Arizona Governor Ducey proclaimed Arizona Blood Donation Week, as did Governor Pence for Indiana.

Alaska proclaimed the whole month of September Blood Donation Challenge Month.

Please help fight the Blood Shortage

One pint of blood can potentially save three lives.  So a campaign such as this could save millions.  Many blood donors can donate every 56 days and if one is donating platelets (clotting factors) they could donate roughly every week with a max of 24 weeks.

Blood donation only takes about 10-15 minutes and all blood is screened prior to delivery to the blood banks.

When disaster strikes, the blood that is on the shelves had been processed days before.  Hence blood needs to be donated and ready before a crisis.  Since the shelf life of donated blood is approximately 42 days, blood donations are urged year round!  The average healthy person can easily donate 3-4 times a year.

Any all all blood types are welcome.  A, B, AB and O blood types will be gratefully received by blood banks throughout the US.  If you can host a drive or donate blood, please visit any of the following websites: and follow the link.  There are many blood banks available with their link if one wishes to donate blood or even host a blood drive.

Dr. Daliah

Daliah Wachs, MD is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician who hosts the nationally syndicated show on iHeart Radio and GCN Network, The Dr. Daliah Show.