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  1. The statins in your produce aisle

    by Dr. Alan Inglis

    If the latest research is any indication, your next doctor visit should include a prescription for tomatoes.

    A study has found that lycopene, an antioxidant, can cut the building up of plaque that leads to atherosclerosis. Lycopene is found in all of the healthy red-tinged fruits and vegetables. They include tomatoes, red peppers and red grapefruit.

    The researchers divided animals into several groups and gave them varied diets. Two of the groups were given high-fat diets, with one group receiving a lycopene supplement and the other a statin.

    Lycopene supplements were found to be superior to statins. The group that received the lycopene showed lower blood serum levels of total and LDL cholesterol.

    This could be yet another reason why those who eat a Mediterranean diet stay so heart- healthy-it's all of those recipes that include tomatoes.

    So the next time your doctor takes a look at your cholesterol (you know it's inevitable) and pushes a prescription for a statin your way, push back. Tell him about this finding and let him know you're going to redden your plate for a natural way to manage your cholesterol.

  2. Study: Vitamin supplements slash macular degeneration risk

    by Dr. Alan Inglis

    There are few more terrifying parts of aging than vision loss. It's one thing to need a stronger prescription for eyeglasses every few years or so – but it's quite another when your deteriorating vision starts to rob you of your independence.

    Folks suffering from age-related macular degeneration can lose the ability to read, drive, and even recognize the faces of their friends and loved ones. It's an agonizing condition, but new research shows that a simple vitamin regimen can help you prevent it.

    A new study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that women who took a combination of B vitamins – specifically B-6, B-12 and folic acid, reduced their risk of macular degeneration by one-third compared to women who took a placebo.

    The reduction didn't happen overnight. The study charted the women over the course of seven years. It proves what I've been saying all along – one of the greatest benefits of vitamins and supplements is what they can do for you through long-term, repeated use.

    The researchers think that B vitamins may help prevent macular degeneration because they lower homocysteine, a substance in your blood that's been linked to heart disease. Lowering homocysteine may be particular important for the small, sensitive blood vessels of the eye.

    If you're concerned about vision loss – and if your worried about macular degeneration in particular – it makes sense to consider vitamin B supplements or a multi-vitamin with a full supply of vitamin B. Aside from helping your vision, B vitamins are important for metabolism, central nervous support and even for staving off depression.

    These vitamins are inexpensive, widely available and safe – and their only side effect is overall good health.

  3. You're not sick – you're over-medicated

    How many elderly patients are diagnosed with dementia each year that are really just taking too many-or the wrong-medications?
  4. Study should be final word on PSA for older men

    If you're over 75 years old and some doctor is still trying to give you a PSA screening for prostate cancer, get a second opinion – fast.
  5. Science proves mom right again…

    A new study demonstrates how the flu jumps from one person to another through dry air.
  6. Prescription drug abuse finally on FDA's radar

    Now, the organization charged with protecting our health has finally decided to do something about the abuse of prescription opioids, such as Vicodin and OxyContin.
  7. Bad eating habits, courtesy of mom and dad

    Good dietary habits begin at home, according to a new study from the University of California at Los Angeles. And if you don't eat well, don't expect your kids to, either.
  8. FDA finally announces new heparin guidelines

    Case in point, the FDA announced with much fanfare recently that it was implementing new measures to prevent the contamination of the blood thinner heparin.
  9. Health Revelations Newsletter

    Welcome to the archives for the Health Revelations newsletter. Issues are archived by month, and you can view them online or download and print them as PDF documents.
  10. America's seniors have plenty to smile about

    A recent survey found that the older people get, the happier they are-America's seniors are even happier than young folks.
  11. Hamburger, kidney disease and fries

    A new study has found that these foods are often loaded with phosphorous, which can be deadly if you have advanced kidney disease.
  12. Don't turn spring cleaning into a germ-fest

    If you think you're doing a healthy thing wiping down your counters, doorknobs and appliances with those antibacterial wipes, research shows you need to reconsider.
  13. Doctors ignoring drug interaction alerts when writing prescriptions

    According to a new study, doctors are ignoring electronic drug interaction alerts up to 90 percent of the time!
  14. Skip the gym… and get a sponge

    New research is recognizing the benefits of a good sweat-which means at least 20 minutes of sustained exercise-and housework can be a source.
  15. Gardasil's European tour off to a rocky start

    Spanish authorities recently recalled the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil after two girls had to be hospitalized shortly after getting injections.
  16. Straighten out your wrinkles with these natural cures

    Free radicals hurt more than just your heart and eyes. They can also do a lot of damage to your skin.
  17. Banning popular painkillers proving to be an ugly process

    An FDA panel recently recommended that the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet be pulled from the market. And it's about time.
  18. Good news, bad news with new online salmonella resource

    The FDA has created a pretty useful online tool where you can see exactly which products have been recalled because of the salmonella scare.
  19. Steroid inhalers not a breath of fresh air for asthmatic kids

    A recent study from the University of Leicester in England reexamined the protocol at many hospitals, where children who are admitted with sudden wheezing attacks often are given steroid inhalers.
  20. Keeping your brain sharp may be easier than you think

    You can get a sneak peek at an elderly person's future mental health if you know something about their lifestyle, outlook and exercise habits.

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