Health and Fitness

Got asthma? Odds are you have an allergy, too

April 12, 2013

Study found many U.S. adults suffer from both Most American adults with asthma also have an allergy, according to a new study. Researchers examined data on nearly 2,600 people from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that 75 percent of adults aged 20 to 40 with asthma, and 65 percent of… [Read More]

Superfoods: Foods with benefits (part 3)

April 6, 2013

Talking Health with Dr. Carter By Dr. Lester Carter Owner, Carter Drug Store Hippocrates had it right around 300 B.C. when he advised, “Make thy food thy medicine, and thy medicine thy food.” (We’re slow learners as a race, aren’t we?) We discuss 10 superfoods. Traditionally defined, these foods have exceptional properties. A grocery list… [Read More]

Sexually transmitted diseases and travel

April 6, 2013

Travelers who have casual sex are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. Prevent STDs when you travel overseas. An estimated 20 percent of travelers say that they have had casual sex with a new partner while in a foreign country. The excitement of being on vacation may encourage people to do things they would not… [Read More]

Report: Nearly 14 million cancer survivors in U.S.

April 6, 2013

Many are people who had breast or prostate tumors By Robert Preidt There are currently 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States and the number is expected to rise by 31 percent to 18 million by 2022, according to a new report. “Cancer is often not the immediately fatal diagnosis it often was in… [Read More]

Too much TV may make kids antisocial, study suggests

April 6, 2013

Five-year-olds who watch television for three or more hours a day are a bit more likely to fight, steal and have other antisocial behaviors by the age of 7, a new study suggests. The researchers also found that time spent playing computer or electronic games had no effect on children’s behavior, according to the report… [Read More]

Health Tips

April 6, 2013

Lower cholesterol Eating healthier can help lower your cholesterol. The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions: • Cut back on fatty meats, processed meats, poultry with skin and full-fat dairy products. • Eat more foods rich in soluble fiber, such as legumes, fruits, oats, barley, flaxseed and whole grains. • Eat at least one meat-free meal… [Read More]

Vision 101: Local MDs answer questions about sight-threatening macular degeneration

March 26, 2013

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of central vision loss in Americans age 50+. Although it affects white people more than blacks, a study in East Baltimore showed that AMD was the third leading cause of bilateral (both eyes) blindness in blacks after cataracts and glaucoma. Whatever the risk rate, it is important… [Read More]

Talking Health with Dr. Carter

March 22, 2013

Time to weigh in (part 3) In a fully functioning body, leptin sends signals to the brain that reduce hunger, increase fat burning, and reduce fat storage. Surprisingly, this hormone is produced by our fat (white adipose tissue). That’s right. That stuff we think we don’t want is not inert. Although it does serve as… [Read More]

Cancer rates dropping among black Americans

March 18, 2013

But they’re still more likely to die from the disease than whites, study finds A new report finds that cancer rates among blacks in the United States are on the decline, especially among black men, and the improvement may have saved almost 200,000 people from dying of the disease since the early 1990s.  Still, blacks… [Read More]

A parent’s job: Keeping kids healthy, happy and safe

January 10, 2013

By Dr. Culhane, Chief Medical Officer of Molina Healthcare Today’s parents hold different philosophies on topics from discipline to education, but all parents can agree that they want to do everything possible to keep their children healthy, happy and safe. Though these are broad goals, there are very specific things that parents can do to… [Read More]