Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

There’s new evidence that Silicon Valley’s favorite diet has benefits that go beyond weight loss

Silicon Valley’s favorite diet is called intermittent fasting, and it involves abstaining from food for anywhere from 16 hours to several days.

Although you can eat basically whatever you want on the diet, intermittent fasting has been linked with weight loss that’s on par with traditional diets.

But fasting may have health benefits that go beyond losing weight, according to a new study: It could make for a healthier blood pressure and increased insulin sensitivity.

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USPSTF: Prostate Ca Screening Should Be Individual Decision

USPSTF: Prostate Ca Screening Should Be Individual Decision

Universal screening not recommended for high-risk groups

In finalizing its draft recommendations for prostate cancer screening in men ages 55 to 69, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has put itself broadly in alignment with guidelines from other organizations.

The USPSTF now recommends that for this age group, the decision to be screened for prostate cancer with prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based testing should be an individual one, reported USPSTF Vice Chair Alex H. Krist, MD, MPH, of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and colleagues in JAMA.

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Experts Find “Clear Evidence” of Cancer from Cell Phone Radiation in NTP Study

Experts Find “Clear Evidence” of Cancer from Cell Phone Radiation in NTP Study

Eleven experts convened by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) over a three day period to review the draft technical reports from the NTP’s cell phone radiation studies concluded that there is “clear evidence” that exposure to cell phone radiation caused a rare cancer in the hearts of male rats, and “there is equivocal evidence” in the hearts of female rats.

The expert panel also reported “some evidence” that cell phone radiation exposure caused brain cancer in male and female rats and cancer of the adrenal glands in male rats.

Additionally, “equivocal evidence” of cancer risk was reported in the pituitary, adrenal, and prostate glands and pancreas and liver in male rats and adrenal glands in female rats.

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Reactive arthritis: Preliminary microbiologic analysis of the human temporomandibular joint

Purpose: The presence of Chlamydia trachomatis has been previously shown in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This study investigated whether the presence of other bacteria associated with reactive arthritis (ReA) can be identified in the TMJ.

Materials and Methods: Posterior bilaminar tissue removed during TMJ surgery from 26 patients (24 F, 2 M) was evaluated for the presence of C trachomatis, Mycoplasma fermentans, Mycoplasma genitalium, Campylobacter jejuni, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella spp, and Shigella spp by highly specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays.

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Simultaneous Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Mycoplasma hominis and Mycoplasma arthritidis in Synovial Fluid of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis by Multiplex PCR

BACKGROUND:
It has been recognized that infectious agents, such as different bacteria and viruses, may play a role in the developing of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recently, the mycoplasma species has been implicated in the pathogenesis of RA.

AIM:
The aim of this study was to design a multiplex PCR for rapid and simultaneous detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Mycoplasma hominis, and Mycoplasma arthritidis in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong.

Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong.

UPDATED: With Dean Ornish’s Response

A critique of the diet guru’s views on high-protein diets, followed by a response from Ornish and a reply from the author

Last month, an op–ed in The New York Times argued that high-protein and high-fat diets are to blame for America’s ever-growing waistline and incidence of chronic disease. The author, Dean Ornish, founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, is no newcomer to these nutrition debates. For 37 years he has been touting the benefits of very low-fat, high-carbohydrate, vegetarian diets for preventing and reversing heart disease. But the research he cites to back up his op–ed claims is tenuous at best. Nutrition is complex but there is little evidence our country’s worsening metabolic ills are the fault of protein or fat. If anything, our attempts to eat less fat in recent decades have made things worse.

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