0 19 October 2017

News Reports around World Describe Multiple Benefits The media has caught up to the potential health benefits of metformin, something discovered long ago.  Most don’t realize that the diabetic drug metformin is really a supplement,  that was discovered by the French in the 1920’s from the night shade family of plants. What caught the media’s attention was the FDA’s approval of the first human study to see if metformin can protect against the multiple diseases of aging. Prominent headlines around the world proclaimed: “New Anti-Aging Drug Could Extend Human Life Span to 120 Years” Metformin of course is not a new drug. It was approved in England in 1957 and made available to type II diabetics around the world shortly thereafter. It took the FDA a staggering 37 years to approve it in the United States. Here are some accurate quotes from worldwide news sources: “Although it might seem like science fiction, researchers have already proven that the diabetes drug metformin extends the life of animals, and the Food and Drug Administration in the US has now given the go-ahead for a trial to see if the same effects can be replicated in humans.

0 20 January 2016

  Endocrinology Melissa Mapes|Dec 2015|Endocrine News Medical technology is entering a brand new, super advanced era. To prepare these technologies — and themselves — for “real world” implementation, physicians and scientists need to be proactive. Healthcare technology has never been hotter. Collaborations among entrepreneurs, engineers, and providers have resulted in an explosion of innovative tools that are reshaping medicine as we know it. And this new technology could not be arriving at a better time — rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases are out of control. Combine that with the shortage of endocrinologists, and the situation is clear: We need faster, better ways to meet the demand for care. Some technologies are attempting to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery. Others are making it easier for individuals to manage their own wellness. Each tool tackles a different challenge from a different angle, and endocrinologists are oft en leading the medical community as early adopters. “For the first time, the healthcare system is becoming ‘wired’ in the ways we have come to expect in other industries,” says Aaron Neinstein,

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0 4 December 2015

  Published on Medscape: August 11, 2015 at 3:12 AM ·body transformation [Converted] A Veterans Affairs database study of more than 83,000 patients found that men whose low testosterone was restored to normal through gels, patches, or injections had a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from any cause, versus similar men who were not treated. The study also found that men who were treated but did not attain normal levels did not see the same benefits as those whose levels did reach normal. The study was published online Aug. 6, 2015, in the European Heart Journal. The findings may sway the ongoing debate over testosterone therapy’s benefits and risks, especially for the heart. Studies over the past few years have yielded mixed results, although part of that might stem from differing patient populations and research methods. For example, the new VA study excluded men with a history of heart attacks or strokes, although it did include those with existing heart disease. A much-cited VA database study that was published in JAMA in 2013 looked specifically at men with coronary artery disease; about 20 percent of the total st

0 19 October 2015

Fish lure A “provocative” new clinical trial reports that omega-3 supplementation, from dark-fleshed fish,  helps improve the body’s ratio of fatty acids and slows a biological process related to aging—the shortening of DNA sequences called telomeres. The study supports a 2010 observational study similarly linking higher levels of omega-3s to slower cell aging in heart patients.  So what might these results mean? One of the new study’s co-authors, 2009 Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, of the University of California-San Francisco, likened telomeres to the ends of shoelaces, without which the lace would unravel. Similarly, telomeres at the end of chromosomes protect cells during replication. With age, however, telomeres shorten; the length of telomeres is thought to be a marker of biological aging.  UPPING YOUR OMEGA-3’s. In the new study, published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, researchers tested omega-3 supplements in 106 overweight and sedentary but otherwise healthy middle-aged and older adults. The randomized, double-blind trial assigned one group to 2.5 grams daily of o

0 3 September 2015

You Really Are More Likely to Get Sick When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep, Small Study Suggests:  from the NJEM   Sleeping less than six hours at night is associated with an increased risk for developing a cold following rhinovirus exposure, according to a small, prospective study in Sleep. Some 160 healthy participants had their sleep measured by wrist actigraphy for 1 week and were subsequently quarantined and given nasal drops containing rhinovirus 39. Over 5 days, roughly 30% of participants developed a cold, defined as viral infection plus total mucus weight of at least 10 g or a total adjusted nasal clearance time of 35 minutes or more. After adjustment for potential confounders, participants who slept fewer than 6 hours a night were at roughly four times greater risk for developing a cold compared with those who got over 7 hours of sleep. The authors speculate that their results “may have been due to increased susceptibility to infection and/or increased illness expression among those infected.”

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0 5 June 2014

Men are all about fixing things – whether it’s a washing machine on the fritz or that ’68 Chevy he got for a steal last summer. But when it comes to their health, men often are a bit less resolute. To help jumpstart awareness and inspire a few new positive habits, Men’s Health Month is celebrated every June, anchored by a Congressional health education program and prompting screenings, health fairs, media appearances and other health education and outreach activities nationwide. Here at Cenegenics Jacksonville, we want to make sure you’re aware of the top health concerns men face.

    Heart health: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, killing some 307,000 each year. That figure represents one in every four make deaths. Also, while a stroke actually happens in the brain rather than the heart, it’s associated with heart health in that a primary cause of stroke is atrial fibrillation, a common form of sustained heart rhythm disorder that can lead to blood clots and strokes. Upward of 2.8 million men suffer strokes each year. COPD: According to the American Lung Association, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in Americ

0 27 May 2014

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. It’s an annual, month-long promotion initiated by the National Stroke Association and made official with declaration by then-President George H. Bush back in 1989 – and with good reason. Each year, upward of 130,000 Americans lose their lives to strokes. That’s one out of every 19 deaths nationwide. But the most heartbreaking factor among these deaths is that many are fully preventable. In fact, of the 795,000 fatal and non-fatal strokes suffered by Americans each year, some 80 percent could have been prevented. Cenegenics Jacksonville wants to make sure you know the risk factors associated with strokes and the preventative measures you can take to protect your health. And first among the facts you need to know is that a stroke, contrary to common belief, happens not in the heart, but in the brain. A stroke occurs when the normal flow of blood is interrupted, depriving the brain cells of oxygen. These brain cells can begin to die within minutes, and can lead to lasting brain damage, long-term disability or death. The reason strokes are so closely associated with heart health is that a leading cause of stroke is atrial fibrillation, a common form of sustained heart rhythm disorder in which erratic electrical signals

0 7 May 2014

Each May, the medical and healthcare community, including scores of survivors, observes National Stroke Awareness Month – and with good reason. Each year, some 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and 130,000 die. That figure represents one death from stroke every four minutes nationwide and makes stroke the fourth leading cause of death in Americans across all ethnicities. And for those who survive, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in America. Unfortunately, stroke also is one of the most misunderstood medical conditions. Cenegenics Jacksonville wants to make sure you know the facts from the myths: Myth: Strokes happen in the heart. Fact: A stroke is actually a brain attack. It happens when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to the brain. As a result, brain cells die and the abilities controlled by the affected area of the brain are lost. These abilities may include speech, movement and memory. Myth: Strokes only affect the elderly
Fact: Anyone of any age, including children, can suffer a stroke. Contributing factors can include a family history of stroke, obesity, high cholesterol, certain medical conditions like diabetes, or lifestyle choices