Tag Archives: health

July 19

On abortion, does Maryland have the right idea?

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 – The Texas abortion confrontation is emblematic of similar political battles taking place in over 29 states where new laws are forcing several abortion clinics to shut down. In light of the recent trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and other similar scandals, pro-life advocates claim that more stringent abortion laws are necessary […]

July 14

Exercise alters DNA

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2013- Even a small amount of weekly exercise changes the gene expression of fat storing cells, according to a Swedish study published in the July issue of PloS Genetics. Everyone knows that staying active is good for health, but this is the first scientific study to show that exercise affects how the body stores fat at […]

July 08

EPA raises levels of glyphosate allowed in food

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2013 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised the permitted tolerance levels of glyphosate residue—the controversial herbicide and active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up—in many of the fruits and vegetables that you eat. Last spring, when the media was clamoring against the Senate’s passing of the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act,” the EPA quietly promoted […]

July 02

Omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish may reduce the risk of breast cancer

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 — Consuming omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, tuna and sardines can lower the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a large-scale review of past studies published in the June 27 issue of the British Medical Journal. The study concluded that women who consume a high level of omega-3 fatty acids from […]

June 29

Pregnancy over the age of 35: how long is too long to wait?

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 – A widely read article by Jean Twenge in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine questions the science and facts behind the popular belief that women can and should not have children over the age of 35.  As it turns out, many of the studies this advice is based on are outdated and unreliable. So, […]

June 28

Cheese may prevent dental cavities and tooth decay

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013- A study published in the May/June 2013 issue of the journal General Dentistry concluded that dairy products, especially cheese, may help prevent dental cavities. While there have been numerous studies that confirmed the beneficial effect of dairy on bone health, few studies have focused on the link between cheese and other dairy products and oral health. […]

June 20

Red and processed meat linked to risk of type 2 diabetes

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 – A study published last week found a strong correlation between red and processed meat consumption and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Even though previous studies have linked red meat consumption and the risk of developing diabetes, this is believed to be the first to track changes in red and processed meat […]

June 07

10 ways to motivate to go to the gym

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2013-  Summer is here and there is no better time to jumpstart your fitness routine. If you are stuck with a yearlong membership and can’t seem to find the motivation to go to the gym, here are a few tips that may help you out. As with any health or workout regimen, […]

June 05

Michael Douglas, HPV, oral sex, and throat cancer

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 – In an interview last week, Michael Douglas stated that genital human papillomavirus (HPV) transmitted through oral sex resulted in his 2010 throat cancer diagnosis. Douglas’ spokespeople later denied the statement but it did raise the question: can you get throat cancer from oral sex? Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/world-our-backyard/2013/jun/4/michael-douglas-hpv-oral-sex-and-throat-cancer/#ixzz2VLpGbQHF

May 12

Afghan women cyclists riding for freedom

From my column in Communities @ Washington Times WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2013- When asked to describe their bicycle in one word, many cyclists of all kinds use the word “freedom.” Nowhere is this description more appropriate than for the women who make up the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team. Challenging the long- held cultural belief that a woman cycling […]