Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Weight Loss May Boost Sex Life of Obese, Diabetic Men.

Something Positive to lift up your spirits and more if you are an Obese man with Type 2 Diabetes and are suffering from decreased libido (sexual desire) and/ or E.D. (erectile dysfunction).

Australian researchers found weight loss improves the sexual health of obese men with type 2 diabetes. Cutting calories can also have positive effects on urinary tract function, researchers say.

The study showed that a modest weight loss of 5 percent led to an easing of erectile dysfunction and improved sexual desire within eight weeks, and these improvements continued for 12 months.

Lose Weight and  Boost your Sex Life for FREE!

Source: The Journal of Sexual Medicine, news release, Aug. 5, 2011

Recently The Support for Breast-Feeding Found Lacking in Many U.S. Hospitals.

The U.S. CDC study found that only 4% of U.S. Hospitals offered full range of services for new moms and found that only 14% of hospitals have a written breast-feeding policy.
Breast-feeding helps babies grow up healthy and reduces health-care costs. Low rates of breast-feeding in the United States result in $2.2 billion in additional medical costs per year.
According to CDC, babies who are fed formula and stop breast-feeding early have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, respiratory and ear infections. They also require more doctor visits, hospitalizations and prescriptions.
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Aug. 2, 2011

Fight Weight and Hunger by Thoroughly Chewing Your Food!

An age old saying about eating your food slower and chewing 32 times to attain and maintain healthy weight was recently shown to be correct. More studies are needed to show how it will impact diabetics and people diagnosed with borderline diabetes. For the time being what can be said is Chewing your food more might just be the right think for your waistline, pocket and help fight that urge for the goodies!

(Lisbon, Portugal) Thorough chewing of food stimulates the release of 2 intestinal peptides that reduce appetite and food intake in obese individuals, according to the results of a study presented here at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 47th Annual Meeting.

Research was done in Japan, led by M. Saito from the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Medicine at Ohu University in Fukushima, Japan. They reported that their study is the first to show that thorough chewing stimulates postprandial increases of glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 and peptide YY (PYY), both of which are secreted by intestinal L cells.

Chew more thoroughly, Eat slower and Savour the Flavour! and Watch your Weight twice daily to see Positive Results.

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Dr. Harish Malik

Taller people at greater risk of cancer!

A study done in UK and published in the journal Lancet Oncology found that for every 10 cm increase in height over 5 feet in women raises their risk of  developing cancer by 16%. Somehow, smoking was inversely related to height. taller women who were smokers actually had a slightly lower risk of cancer than shorter women who smoked cigarettes.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

IBM's Dr. Watson (Watson Supercomputer) to bring Automation to Healthcare. Are you Ready?

Star Trek’s unnamed computer capabilities are coming to Healthcare. IBM's Supercomputer Watson (Dr. Watson) has been under development since 2006. It is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. It utilizes workload optimized system design based on IBM's DeepQA software and POWER7® based 90 servers. It first made headlines earlier this year in February when IBM’s Watson won the popular TV Quiz show “Jeopardy” against humans.
The first commercial venture for IBM’s Watson supercomputer is Healthcare Industry. To excel at healthcare Dr.Watson is presently being uploaded with medical data from all over the world and it constantly updates its data sources. IBM and Nuance Communications Inc. have partnered for the research project to develop a commercial product during the next few months that will exploit Dr.Watson’s capabilities as a “clinical decision support system” to aid the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Physicians at Columbia University Medical Center are working with IBM to identify critical issues in the practice of medicine where the Watson technology may be able to contribute and physicians at the University of Maryland Medical System are working to identify the best way that a technology like Watson could interact with medical practitioners to provide the maximum assistance in healthcare.
IBM announced its agreement (September 2011) with health insurer WellPoint to jointly commercialize Watson. IBM’s Big Blue has developed the application to help the health care industry reduce hospital admissions. The company announced the new software on October 25, 2011. IBM “Content and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare” (Dr. Watson) would enable doctors and healthcare professionals to go far beyond traditional search and analysis of unstructured data. They can advance diagnosis and treatment by accurately extracting medical facts and understanding relationships buried in large volumes of clinical and operational data. The IBM solution transforms raw information into healthcare insight quickly by revealing trends, patterns, deviations and predicting the probability of outcomes, allowing organizations to derive insight in minutes versus weeks or months, or not at all. As a result, healthcare professionals can find more effective ways to care for high-risk patients, provide safer patient care, and develop new models for reimbursement for quality care.
Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was recently authorized by the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program to start penalizing for excess readmissions for 3 Disease conditions, namely, congestive heart failure (CHF), pneumonia, and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) starting on October 1, 2012 and Dr. Watson will be more than glad to help.

Are you ready as a Health Care Provider or a Patient?

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Harish Malik, M.D.

Regular Coffee Drinking Has Been Linked To Many Health Benefits.

Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug used worldwide [1]. Regular Coffee Drinking has been recently in the NEWS several times and has been linked with the following Health Benefits:

4) They are less likely to suffer from the following Cancers:

[1]James, J. E. (1991). Caffeine and Health (pp. 430). London: Academic Press.

Please click on each link enjoy reading it with a hot cup of Coffee!!

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Harish Malik, M.D.