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A Blood Vessel Is A Blood Vessel Is A Blood Vessel Is A Blood Vessel by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. Gertrude Stein If Ms. Stein were a physician, she might proclaim that "a blood vessel is a blood vessel is a blood vesse ... Read on »
A Blood Vessel Is A Blood Vessel Is A Blood Vessel Is A Blood Vessel Part 2 by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Just 2 months ago, I commented on a study linking heart disease to stroke risk .  Well, in a cross-sectional study published early online last week prior to print nex ... Read on »
AAP: Start Screening for ADHD @ 4 years old by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Just like the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) , the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) gets together annually (this week in Boston) for its National Co ... Read on »
ACE Inhibitors Save Lives Part 2 by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Think back, if you can, to when it was cooler, at the end of April when a meta-analysis was published in the European Heart Journal suggesting that use of angiotensin ... Read on »
Acetaminophen vs Cancer: What's the Link? by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Sex sells.  So does sensationalism .  I'm sure many of you have already read about a new study just released that concluded that acetaminophen use is linked to hemato ... Read on »
Actos (Pioglitazone) Linked to Bladder Cancer by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Trying to stay on top of all the information coming out daily is a near impossible task.  It's been likened to attempting to drink out of a fire hose or hydrant.  Add ... Read on »
Actos (Pioglitazone) Linked to Bladder Cancer Part 2 by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Well, it's been almost 2 years since the Food & Drug Administration started looking into a link between Actos (pioglitazone) and bladder cancer .  And 12 months since ... Read on »
Aerobic Exercise + Fish Oil = Stronger Bones by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living We started this week with a post on osteoporosis so what better way to end it than with another post on this subject?  We know aerobic exercise is good for the heart   ... Read on »
Aerobic Exercise vs Resistance Training by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living How many times have you read an article and had one of those "I coulda had a V8" moments?  Duh, right?  With that said, we try not to make assumptions in science & med ... Read on »
AIM-HIGH Hits Low & Misses Target by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Thanks to Dr. Peter G for pointing this out to me.  Last Thursday, the National Institutes of Health and its National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute announced the prem ... Read on »
AIM-HIGH Hits Low & Misses Target Part 2 by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living 6 months ago , I noted that the NHLBI had prematurely brought a halt to the AIM-HIGH study which sought to demonstrate the benefit of high dose extended-release niacin ... Read on »
All Omega Fatty Acids Are Not Created Equal by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Going shopping for food can be pretty difficult these days what with all the advertising proclaiming this & that. It's even worse when it comes to dietary supplements ... Read on »
Alzheimer's Disease & Serial (Not Cereal) Brain MRI by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I'm attending the AAFP Congress of Delegates meeting this week followed by the Scientific Assembly so my output probably won't be the same as it usually is until I ret ... Read on »
Androgen Deprivation Therapy - Yes or No? by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Urological Association, and American Society for Radiation Oncology came together early last year and i ... Read on »
Annual Lung CT Scans for Smokers: Good or Bad? by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living When it comes to medical studies, I can't help but fall back upon that quote often attributed to Benjamin Disraeli by Mark Twain about "lies, damned lies, and statisti ... Read on »
Annual Mammograms Increase Risk of False Positive by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living No one's perfect, least of all physicians, try as much as we do.  It was only a few generations ago that we actually advertised that smoking tobacco was good for you! ... Read on »
Another Blow Against Oral Estrogen by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living If you'll recall the Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) that I reviewed last month , statement #7 (my numbering) noted that transdermal MH ... Read on »
Another Reason to Fight Obesity: Cognitive Decline by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living One of the major issues we face as physicians, and family physicians in particular, is how to motivate our patients to do the right thing.  As the saying goes, you can lead ... Read on »
Another Use for Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Just last week, I wrote about Xarelto (rivaroxaban), a factor Xa inhibitor , which had just been approved to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation.  In a ... Read on »
Antibiotics: Can I Have More Please? by Alvin B. Lin Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living As I stumbled thru my daily perusal of the USA Today, I found  mention of a study published last month in Pediatrics looking at the unnecessary prescribing of antibiot ... Read on »