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Life Line Screening: Friday Roundup Blog Post – April 13th

April 13, 2012

Friday Roundup:


During Alcohol Awareness Month – More Studies Support Moderate Alcohol Consumption for Heart Health

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and while there are many, many examples out there in society of the dangers of alcohol excess, there is also ongoing good news about alcohol’s heart-healthy effects to be noted. Two recent studies conducted by Canadian researchers found that those who consume alcohol moderately (1 drink a day for women and 1-2 drinks a day for men) are 14 to 25 percent less likely to develop heart disease than their non-drinking associates, and that moderate alcohol consumption regardless of the type of alcohol consumed (beer, wine, liquor) actually raises the levels of ‘good cholesterol’ (HDL) in the bloodstream, which acts to protect against heart disease. Of course, there are many reasons for not drinking at all, including religious beliefs and addiction risk. You can still be healthy without alcohol, but for those choose to drink at safe limits, it is nice to know that it can be heart healthy.

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“Central Obesity” May Lead to Greater Risks of Dementia

Our doctors, our siblings, our friends, even our parents are all encouraging us to exercise – and they’ve got plenty of good reasons that we’ve all heard time and again. But here’s one reason you may not have heard before – a Kaiser Permanente researcher and his colleagues in California have discovered an apparent link between mid-section abdominal weight in the middle years, known as “central obesity,” and dementia in senior years. Studies on over 6,000 people measured abdominally in the mid-1960s to 1970s found that people with the thickest bellies had over 3 times the risk of dementia than those with the lowest abdominal diameters. Though there are several theories as to why this would be the case, the bottom line is that excess weight carried in the mid-section of the body can be bad for your brain as well as your heart.

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Get Your Vegetarian Passover Ideas Here!

While Passover is now concluding for the year, it’s never too early to think about next year’s Passover meal and ways you can make it healthier for your family, neighbors…even your rabbi. The venerable New York Times recently published a great article about vegetarian Passover meals completely devoid of animal flesh. Tasty, aromatic and beautiful to look at, we though recipes like Bitter Herbs Salad and Moroccan Fava Bean & Vegetable Soup just had to be passed on as opposed to passed over for our Jewish readers. We hope you enjoy them!

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Dental X-Rays Linked to Brain Tumors in New US Study

No one likes to go to the dentist and hear bad news about their teeth, but it turns out one of the very processes used to evaluate our teeth might be giving us much worse than a cavity. Following up on our Roundup post from last Friday concerning the reduction in frequency of many standardized medical tests, a new study released in the U.S. journal Cancer reports that individuals who receive regular dental x-rays are more likely to develop a common type of brain tumor. This will of course be a controversial finding but we’ll keep you informed as we learn more about this story. In the meantime, get your teeth cleaned twice a year by your dentist to keep a healthy mouth, beautiful smile, and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. The plaque found in your mouth is related to the plaque in your arteries. If you have concerns about your x-ray exposure, make sure to discuss them with your dentist.

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