Friday, October 30, 2015

DocTalk October 26, 2015

The doctors are in the house!

Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic

Dr Sean Petherbridge Keith Nicholl Medical Centre


This week we had a great lineup of issues and questions.


Oct 27

What is in the office?

-hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations
-restless leg syndrome

-any way to ward off sinus infections

-itch eyes is it a sign of allergies?

-calf to knee pain Shereen was right

-bleeding nose randomly any thoughts

-mega indigestion is this a bad sign for a middle aged woman

-Colon Cancer how do we know?

Hide the Salami

They took your gluten. They took your sugar. And now they're coming for your bacon. The World Health Organization announced that"bacon, sausage and other processed meats cause cancer and that red meat probably does, too." The decision by the WHO panel was not unanimous and it's certain to be met by resistance. A silent protest (other than the chewing sounds) already seems to be underway. These days, it's hard to know what to believe when it comes to eating healthy. Luckily, that salami you just bought will stay fresh until they decide processed meats are actually good for you.

+ Bloomberg: How red meat joined the 478 other things that might give you cancer.

-hypertension what is it?
USPSTF, AAFP Finalize Hypertension Screening Recommendations for Adults
October 15, 2015 03:37 pm News Staff – The aging of the U.S. population brings with it multiple effects on the nation's health, not least of which is a steady rise in the prevalence of hypertension. As front-line clinicians, family physicians recognize that with that increase comes a significant jump in patients' risks for heart attacks, strokes, and kidney and heart failure.
To help guide physicians in their efforts to minimize those risks through early detection and management of elevated blood pressure, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) just released its final recommendation statement( on screening for hypertension in adults. After reviewing the evidence,( the USPSTF found that screening patients ages 18 and older for high blood pressure has a profound and positive impact on important health outcomes -- an "A"
-hairloss and the drugs that might help should we be concerned?

-hormones and weight gain really?
-seems calcium is something we need to think more about!
Calculator shows that 89% of users aren’t getting enough calcium, a key nutrient for good bone health
Dubai, UAE (October 26, 2015) – Embargoed until 05:00h CET
New findings released on World Osteoporosis Day by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) show that 89% of those who used the new IOF Calcium Calculator - which is based on Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations* - were calcium deficient. The free online tool helps people calculate their approximate daily calcium intake based on their typical weekly diet.
Calcium is a major building-block of our bone tissue, with 99% of the body’s calcium stored in the skeleton. Along with vitamin D, protein and other micronutrients, adequate calcium intake helps young people build strong bones in order to maximize their bone mass potential and older people maintain their bone health as they age.
Calcium recommendations vary worldwide, with recommended intakes based on age and gender. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), young people aged 9-18 should have a calcium intake of 1300 mg/day, while postmenopausal women and men aged over 70 should be getting at least 1200 mg per day.
The Calcium Calculator results, based on 6,908 users from 83 countries, showed that:
  • The average calcium intake was 594 mg per day. Even if an additional 300 mg is added to this total to account for any calcium obtained through sources not included in the calculator the users would still be deficient
  • Men and women had almost equal percentages of insufficiency (89% vs 90% respectively), with no significant difference across the age groups
  • 11% achieved sufficient calcium intake levels
  • 29% of respondents had previously been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia
Of the 98 people from the Middle-East and Africa region who used the Calcium Calculator, 94% were calcium deficient.

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