New Asthma & Obesity Study Tracks 10,000 Patients

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didyouknow?Asthma Control Requires Weight Loss Management in At-Risk Individuals

Although studies have shown an association between obesity and increased asthma incidence, the role of obesity in asthma control is less clear. Now, researchers have addressed that issue by tracking asthma control and Body Mass Index (BMI) in a large, real world cohort of 10,233 adults.

“We identified adults with persistent asthma in 2006, continuous health plan enrollment in 2007 and 2008, with a BMI measurement in 2006 and 2007. That BMI was categorized and analyzed alongside asthma control outcomes in 2008,” co-author Michael Schatz, MD, MS, FAAAAI, said.

Asthma control outcomes included asthma hospitalizations or emergency department visits, oral corticosteroid prescriptions linked to an asthma encounter and prescriptions for more than seven short-acting beta-agonist canisters.

“We found an increased risk of emergency department visits or asthma related hospital stays in overweight (26-40%) and obese individuals (36-57%). We also found that obese patients are likelier to use seven or more short-acting beta-agonist canisters,” co-author Robert Zeiger, MD, PhD, FAAAAI said.

A number of reasons could explain the relationship between poor asthma control and obesity, including:

* Gastroesophageal reflux disease

* Depression

* Reduced corticosteroid responsiveness

* Adipokines or cell signaling proteins secreted by body fat

* Direct effects on pulmonary functions

The size of this study allowed the investigators to account for some of these factors (gastroesophageal reflux disease, depression, and inhaled corticosteroid treatment) as well as other factors that influence asthma control (age, gender, smoking and socioeconomic status). This large study will provide medical professionals a more comprehensive understanding of the association between elevated BMI and poor asthma control. It is important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than one in three adults over the age of 20 are obese. Similarly, more than two in three adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese.

“While further studies will be needed to better define the amount of weight loss necessary to improve asthma outcomes, it remains clear that physicians managing overweight and obese patients with asthma should actively encourage and facilitate weight loss interventions,” Schatz explained.

The study was published on May 11, 2015 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice (JACI: In Practice), an official journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). It should be noted that this study was supported by a research grant from Merck and Co. Inc.

More information on asthma is available at AAAAI.org. The AAAAI represents allergists, asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, allied health professionals and others with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. Established in 1943, the AAAAI has more than 6,800 members in the United States, Canada and 72 other countries. The AAAAI’s Find an Allergist/Immunologist service is a trusted resource to help you find a specialist close to home.

National Rise In Patients Seeking Headache Relief

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woman TruDenta, the creator of a diagnostic and treatment system for chronic headaches and other jaw-related symptoms, has reported a nationwide rise in the number of patients seeking relief from chronic head pain, neck pain, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, jaw pain, tinnitus, and vertigo.

“This year we have seen a 52% increase in the number of patients our practices have treated. Our network of over 300 doctors and their teams in 47 states are changing lives every day,” says John Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer.

According to TruDenta, this increase could be a positive indicator of a greater public awareness of the varied root causes of chronic pain, as well as a sign that headache and TMJ sufferers are increasingly dissatisfied with the side effects and low efficacy of temporary solutions like medication or injections. Finding proper treatment for chronic headaches is difficult for many patients, and like all chronic pain it puts those struggling with it at greater risk of depression and other illnesses. A study in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain found that patients suffering from migraines were 60% more likely to develop depression than patients without migraines.

The complicated nature of headache disorders means that they are often dismissed or misdiagnosed, leaving many chronic headache and migraine sufferers unaware that their pain could be caused by slight misalignments in their jaw and teeth. TruDenta’s diagnostic and therapy system uses state-of-the-art precision measurement to identify these imbalances, coupled with a drug-free and painless treatment system derived from sports medicine. If a patient’s pain is being caused by dental imbalances, TruDenta’s holistic and science-based approach can completely resolve their symptoms.

About TruDenta
TruDenta is a comprehensive medical therapy system designed to resolve headaches, migraines, tinnitus, vertigo, jaw pain, and other symptoms associated with underlying temporomandibular joint (TMJ) imbalances. The TruDenta approach is derived from sports medicine, and uses a series of proprietary diagnostics and gentle therapies utilizing FDA-cleared technologies to pinpoint and resolve the root causes of dental imbalances. Released during the Summer of 2011, TruDenta is now in use at dental offices in 47 states and Canada.

Citations:
Modgill, G., Jette, N., Wang, J. L., Becker, W. J. and Patten, S. B. (2012), A Population-Based Longitudinal Community Study of Major Depression and Migraine. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 52: 422–432. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2011.02036.x

Doctor Reminds Patients Of The Link Between Gum Disease And Diabetes

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toothIn honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr. Robert E. Danz reminds patients that a link exists between gum disease and diabetes. This makes November is a good time for patients to visit their Hudson, NY dentist.

Dr. Robert E. Danz celebrates Diabetes Awareness Month by educating patients. One of the factors connected with diabetic risk is gum disease. Unfortunately, gum infections rarely cause pain in the early stages, leading patients to believe that it is not a serious concern. Actually, gum problems are significant. They can lead to increased oral problems and have been linked with many health complications, such as diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, and other issues. Rather than wait for problems to worsen, Dr. Danz recommends patients visit a Hudson, NY dentist for the treatment they need.

Gum disease begins with bacterial plaque on the teeth and under the gums. This plaque hardens into tartar, or calculus. The hardened material irritates the gums, and in response they turn a darker color and begin bleeding more easily than normal. As calculus builds, it leaves a growing gap between the gums and teeth, creating pockets for bacteria to thrive. At this point, the gum disease has progressed far enough that it will not heal without treatment. Eventually, the pockets extend along the roots of the teeth until the bacteria infect the bone in the sockets, creating bone loss. If left untreated, it can cause the teeth to loosen and potentially require extractions. Throughout the progression of disease, bacteria can travel to infect other areas of the body through the bloodstream.

It is unnecessary for patients to endure gum disease. Regular dental examinations are enough to catch the disease in its early stages. Before it becomes severe, Dr. Danz performs treatment, such as the LANAP® protocol. This laser procedure eliminates the diseased tissue and loosens calculus to aid in removal. In as little as a single visit, patients undergoing treatment with this leading Hudson, NY dentist are put firmly on the road to recovery. Treatment requires no cutting, stitches, or grafting. It is minimally invasive, and healing afterward involves almost no swelling and very little discomfort.

Those who want more information about the link between oral health and diabetes, or about the LANAP® protocol, are encouraged to visit Dr. Danz’s website. He also invites anyone who is looking for a Hudson, NY dentist to contact his office. With a personal consultation, he can respond to individual questions.

About the Doctor

Robert E. Danz, DDS is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for Hudson, NY gum disease patients. Not only does Dr. Danz run his own practice, he is involved in his community. Dr. Danz received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry after earning his bachelor’s degree from Long Island University. He has also taken numerous postgraduate education courses, specifically focusing on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Danz is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Robert E. Danz, DDS and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.hudson-dental.com and call (518) 444-4215.

The Success Of New Gene Therapy For Heart Patients

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heartBel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, has reported on new research that has shown the success of the first ever biological pacemaker that could put an end to invasive surgeries.

Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, has reported on new research that has shown the success of the first ever biological pacemaker that could put an end to invasive surgeries.

As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/heart-health/heart-patients-to-live-longer-thanks-to-new-gene-therapy/), the study was conducted by Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and published in Science Translational Medicine in July. For this study, 12 pigs with heart block – a condition where the electrical signal is slowed or disrupted as it moves through the heart – were injected with either the single gene, called TBX18, to reprogram cells, or a fluorescent green protein acting as a placebo.

The patch of peppercorn-sized cells acted as a pacemaker for a two-week period, performing the function of a conventional one. During this same period, cardiologists looked at the average heart rate of the pigs in the morning when they ate and at night when they slept.

They found that the gene therapy was fast-acting, reprogramming enough muscle cells to effectively regulate heart rate within 24 to 48 hours. After eight days of testing, the average heart rate was much higher in the pigs that received the therapy than ones that did not.

This “biological pacemaker,” as it’s been dubbed by researchers, could be useful for certain patients, such as those who develop infections from electronic pacemakers and need to have the devices temporarily removed, or fetuses with life-threatening heart disorders who cannot have an electronic pacemaker implanted.

Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health, Dr. Victor Marchione, says, “Since the early 1960s, pacemakers have been widely available, and they’ve constantly improved, becoming more safe and sophisticated.”

Conventional pacemakers are electronic, implanted into the chest to control an abnormal heartbeat. Electronic pacemakers restore regular function to slowing and arrhythmic hearts by using electricity to stimulate heartbeats. That’s a function usually performed by a cluster of thousands of cardiac cells that tell the heart to pump at a regular rate.

These mechanisms are lifesaving for many people with abnormal or slow heart rhythms. But they require an invasive surgery to be installed. So scientists have been waiting for the day when an implant is no longer needed by patients.

Of course, the applications of this new research are still a long way off. And the benefits of a pacemaker usually outweigh the risks. Still, pig hearts are similar to human hearts in their size and the way they work, so there’s good reason to think that the new findings could translate to humans.

(SOURCE: Y.-F. Hu, et al., Biological pacemaker created by minimally invasive somatic reprogramming in pigs with complete heart block. Science Translational Medicine, 2014; 6 (245): 245ra94 doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3008681)

Bel Marra Health is the maker of Heart Rescue a high-quality nutritional supplement to help support and maintain heart health. All ingredients are backed with scientific evidence. Every product is tested for safety, quality and purity at every stage of the manufacturing process.

Furthermore, Bel Marra Health products are produced only in Health Canada approved facilities, going the extra mile to ensure that our health-conscious customers are getting top-quality products. For more information on Bel Marra Health visit http://www.belmarrahealth.com or call 1-866-531-0466.

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Dr. Kevin Sadati Can Now Help Sleep Apnea Patients With The Septoplasty Turbinate Reduction Surgery

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snoringSleep apnea patients suffer from a variety of different symptoms, including difficulty breathing and trouble sleeping through the night. Dr. Kevin Sadati now offers the septoplasty turbinate reduction surgery as a solution to his patients who suffer from this disorder.

Many people associate sleep apnea with loud snoring, but the fact of the matter is Orange County patients with sleep apnea actually stop breathing when they enter deep sleep. This causes many different issues for the person who suffers from this disorder, including disrupted sleep and difficulty getting the fulfilling rest that they need. While the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy, or CPAP, has commonly been used to treat sleep apnea, ENT surgeon Dr. Kevin Sadati has found that the septoplasty procedure can be an even better solution.

The septoplasty surgery is actually designed to correct a deviated septum in the nose. However, this same surgery also reduces the size of the nasal turbinate. Turbinate surgery can actually improve the symptoms associated with sleep apnea and may eliminate the need for CPAP therapy all together.

“Many patients in my Newport Beach practice have benefited from this unique procedure. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a difficult disorder to live with every day, so I am always pleased to find a solution that allows patients to live a happy life filled with long, restful nights of sleep,” explained Dr. Kevin Sadati.

An enlarged nasal turbinate can often contribute to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and in addition, a deviated septum can make the situation worse for the patient. The septoplasty surgery will reduce the size of the enlarged nasal turbinate, which allows for improved air flow through the nasal structure. Ultimately, the patient will be able to breathe better throughout the night and can enter deep sleep after the procedure is complete.

Some patients may find that they still require the use of a breathing machine after the surgery, but it’s important to realize that a traditional CPAP machine cannot be used immediately following the operation. The traditional CPAP will put too much pressure on the sensitive nasal structure, which needs to be allowed time to heal. Full face masks or oral breathing machines can be used as a supplement. It should be noted, however, that some patients do not need to use a breathing machine after this operation is complete because the work done during the surgery corrects the issue.

“Ultimately, most patients find that the septoplasty combined with turbinate surgery will allow them to breathe better and sleep longer through the night. I love when my patients come back to me, finally feeling rested after years of long, sleepless nights,” exclaimed Dr. Kevin Sadati.

Dr. Kevin Sadati is not only an ENT surgeon, but also a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in the rhinoplasty procedure. Patients who are interested in their cosmetic improvement options can discuss the possibility of having a septorhinoplasty procedure performed at their consultation appointment.

Dr. Kevin Sadati has been practicing in Newport Beach for the last 10 years and has performed thousands of surgical procedures on patients. He is well-known for his natural-looking cosmetic surgery results, and his breakthrough medical research. For more information on the septoplasty turbinate reduction surgery, contact his office today.

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5 Essential Ways To Attract New Patients

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By Diana Barsan

doctorglobeAttracting new patients is a fundamental challenge for every practice. In order to keep your pipeline full you need a good plan, and the proper execution. Here are a few ideas that you can use to start developing a new overall marketing strategy and attract potential patients.

Pay-per-click advertising

Your website is like a needle in a haystack unless you are driving traffic to it. Getting your message delivered to your target is essential in creating new leads. Pay-per-click advertising is one of the top online marketing tools for attracting new patients. Pay-per-click ads are sponsored links that show up when you perform a web search in Google, Bing and other search engines. Once a PPC network or networks have been chosen, it is vital to have clear objectives and a crafted, strategic plan of execution. With some systems, such as Google AdWords, you can generate targeted traffic within a few minutes of opening an account. Remember that with poor management, you can spend money and effort, generate visits, and end up with nothing to show for it. That is why it’s recommended to seek assistance from a professional marketing/advertising firm.

Diversify your social media

facebookIf you have been spending all of your time on Facebook, it might be time to use another social media tool like Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or LinkedIn in order to reach your potential patients. Figure out where your patients spend time online, and take the necessary steps to be part of that conversation. No matter what social media tool you end up using, it is vital to engage with your patients via valuable content and not a marketing pitch.

Keep in touch with your patients

It is crucial to stay connected with your existing patients, because they are the referral force that will attract new clients. Email marketing can be very good at generating more leads, but there are some rules you need to follow. Do email regularly, at least once a month, so as to develop your readership. When writing the newsletter, keep it personable and stick to the formula of 90 percent value-added content and 10 percent pitch and marketing. A newsletter works great at keeping you top of mind with prospects and existing patients.

Maintain a visible presence within your industry

Face-to-face networking allows you to generate quality connections. Step outside of your comfort zone and attend community events or offer to speak on your area of expertise at seminars. Make it your goal to get 5 quality leads from each event. This will definitely attract new business.

Consider using a daily deals website

doctorThis is a great way to attract new patients that are still looking to find a compassionate doctor. Using Groupon or Livingsocial is a great way to cultivate qualified leads for your practice. Offering deals encourages people to try your service by reducing the risks associated with spending too much money and then not being satisfied. But deals alone do not generate loyal customers. If the discounted offer doesn’t generate repeat business, it’s because your practice is not using the deals to their advantage in the best way possible. Going above and beyond when engaging customers will improve your chances of retaining your new patients.

– From Guest Author Diana Barsan who is connected with Riverfront Dental Designs, a Denver dentist using these tactics to attract new patients.

Long Term Chiropractic Patients Have Higher Blood Levels Of DNA Repair Chemicals

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By Dr. Kevin Kita

doctorThe February 18, 2005 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research finds that patients under long-term chiropractic care have higher levels of the blood chemicals associated with effective DNA repair and overall wellness.

The test was a retrospective analysis of 46 patients, all over the age of 40 who had been under short- term chiropractic care for 8-52 weeks or long term wellness care for 52-312 weeks. Researchers assessed the levels of serum thiols, blood factors that have been found to help the body repair the damaging effects stress has on the structure of DNA. Serum thiols are measured in terms of nM cysteine.
The authors found that non-chiropractic treated patients in the control group had serum thiol levels of 124 nM cysteine. Patients with active disease processes going on generally had levels below 90 compared to patients under long-term chiropractic care who had values of 146.

patients under long-term chiropractic care have higher levels of the blood chemicals associated with effective DNA repair and overall wellness.

In their conclusion, the authors say, “some final observations should be noted. The results clearly support the recommendations being made for wellness care by chiropractors. In addition, it should be stated that these results occurred under normal practice conditions and indicate what most chiropractors are likely achieving when performing long-term care. Also, it refutes earlier that five to seven years of care was necessary to optimize human health status, as indicated by serum thiol levels. Our sampling indicates that this can occur in a time frame approximately half that period. Finally, there is no doubt that chiropractic care was the dominant factor in being able to realize thiol values that in some cases have not been seen in nutriceutical testing, the only other intervention shown to improve thiol values.”
Long term chiropractic patients have higher blood levels of DNA repair chemicals.

(2005). In Touch, 9,1.

– Dr. Kevin Kita, Chiropractor, Author, International Speaker, and Radio Host.

Dr. Kita is well known among his patients for his compassion, wisdom, astonishing intuition, gentle and caring demeanor, and non-invasive chiropractic technique. He is a 1997 graduate of the Sherman Chiropractic College and has been practicing Chiropractic in the Yardley/Morrisville area for the past 15 years.

Dr. Kita was an international speaker and teacher for the Koren Specific Technique and has been featured on numerous television and radio shows for health related issues, Chiropractic, and for his book Healing Journeys Stories of Mind, Body, and Spirit. He was the Chiropractor for the Trenton Shooting Stars professional basketball team. Dr. Kita was also the publisher for an internationally recognized Chiropractic newsletter and has spoken to many companies and groups regarding the benefits of Chiropractic care.

Dr. Kita is on the board of the Ivins Outreach Center and is involved in many other local charities. He is considered the Chiropractor’s Chiropractor because there are many Chiropractors that seek him out for care and professional advice.

Hospitals Super-Sizing Equipment For Obese Patients

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From Your Health Journal…..”A interesting article today from First Coast News called, Hospitals Super-Sizing Equipment For Obese Patients. This is one of those articles where I don’t know how to respond. It is an excellent written article with some great facts, but I am not sure if I should be happy or sad when I read it. First, it appears hospitals are re-creating themselves with equipment for the ‘larger’ patient, who may have had trouble before using equipment that possibly could not support them, whether a wheelchair, or a bed. This is great news, as it will help these patients a lot. What upsets me is there are so many patients who now need this type of equipment. Some doctors are even developing reputations for treating larger patients. They use longer needles to deliver injections into thicker arms or special surgical equipment that let the surgeon reach deeper inside a patient’s abdominal cavity. Please visit the First Coast News web site (link provided below) to view the complete article.”

From the article…..

Hospitals are getting super-sized.

Waiting room chairs are being built with wrought iron for heavy patients. Wheelchairs and beds are made to sustain extra weight. And toilets are being mounted to the floor, not the wall.

In response to America’s obesity epidemic, healthcare facilities nationwide are making accommodations to make sure they can take care of their heaviest patients.

The trend started about a decade ago when bariatric surgery took off in popularity and the American public began ballooning in weight. By the mid-2000s, hospitals had started to update with these patients in mind. That can mean anything from wider doorways to bigger commodes.

“It really runs the gamut,” said Cathy Denning, a vice president at Novation, a healthcare supply chain company that produces an annual report on the cost of bariatric care.

And they’re finding that those products have uses for other patients.

Vein viewers can locate veins in patients whose fat obscures their vascular access; they’re also useful in patients with difficult-to-find veins. Scanners need wide enough holes and strong enough tables to accommodate larger patients; patients with claustrophobia may also appreciate them.

Some doctors are developing reputations for treating larger patients. They use longer needles to deliver injections into thicker arms or special surgical equipment that let the surgeon reach deeper inside a patient’s abdominal cavity.

The average patient of Dr. Hubert Fornalik’s at St. Vincent Indianapolis has a body mass index of 38. Normal BMI is considered to be 18.5 to 24.9. That means a person who stands 5-foot-9 would weigh from 125 to 168 pounds.

Recently Fornalik, a gynecological surgeon, operated on a woman who had a BMI of 83 and weighed more than 400 pounds.

“We see more and more of those patients, and those patients are unfortunately bigger and bigger,” he said.

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Rise In Women Heart Patients

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From Your Health Journal…..”The Times of India is an excellent publication, and I wanted to share one of their articles here, and hope you visit their site to view the full article, as it has some very good information. For many years studying health, I was always curious why they discussed heart attacks and the dangers that existed with men. You did not hear much about woman with heart issues, and at times, I started to wonder if woman were immune to heart problems. My thought process was men and woman were both humans, exposed to similar environments and diet, yet men were the ones suffering from the heart attacks. Now, it appears that woman are not immune. The are encountering high levels of stress, different diets, and lack of physical activity. The truth is, times have changed. More woman work longer hours now, many are single parents, and on top of all this – many are Mommy’s as well. So, now it appears that all men and women need to take care of themselves, manage stress, eat properly, and exercise to maintain a healthy heart – – and lifestyle. I highly recommend this article to all visitors of Your Health Journal.”

From the article…..

Four Heart Attack Signs

Although men are believed to be prone to heart diseases, nowadays, women in their 40s and 50s are increasingly falling victims to cardio vascular problems. Twenty-three-year-old Rajitha (name changed) accompanied her husband to the cardiology wing of a corporate hospital in the city. The senior consultant cardiologist was alarmed to see the young couple in his room. Initially, he presumed the young husband was the patient but much to his consternation, he found Rajitha, barely married for six months, was suffering from coronary artery disease.

There used to be a time, not long ago, that women were seen accompanying their husbands, fathers or male relatives to cardiac clinics but now, the scenario has changed and more and more women, complaining of chest pain and discomfort, are regularls at such clinics. “Most of these women from urban areas, working in IT or in corporate sector in the age bracket of 40 to 50″. But Rajitha’s case is an exception and she is the youngest patient that I have seen so far in Vizag,” said Nandakishore Panigrahi, senior consultant and interventional cardiologist, Apollo Hospital. “However, she had a family history of heart ailments, which made her vulnerable to it. But in general, there’s no doubt that cases of heart problems among women are on the rise. Two to three cardiac cases out of 10 are that of women. The numbers can be more as women often tend to ignore initials symptoms or dismiss them as gastric problems and come for treatment when the damage is already done,” said the senior cardiologist adding that the early symptoms of heart problem include discomfort in the chest, squeezing sensation in the central or left side of the chest with pain radiating to the arms or even to the back.

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