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Does osteoporosis medicine perform differently for men?

does osteoporosis medicine perform differently for men?

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Dear Dr. Roach • I am 65 and get very little exercise due to a below-the-knee amputation I had 27 years ago. Although I have a prosthesis, I experience open sores. I have been diagnosed with severe arthritis and severe osteoporosis. My doctor has me taking alendronate, calcium and vitamin B. A recent column of yours and the info in the box of alendronate refer primarily to how it works in women. What about men? — G.K.Answer • Although women get osteoporosis earlier than men do, older men, particularly older white and Asian men, are also prone to developing osteoporosis. Eight million men in the U.S. have low bone mass or osteoporosis, and they are less likely to be either diagnosed or treated than women are.The first step in treatment is related to lifestyle: diet, exercise, reduction of alcohol if indicated (to no more than moderate) and tobacco cessation. Unfortunately, because of your leg amputation and sores, exercise is going to be difficult for you, but you should still do what you can. Calcium (1,200 mg daily) and vitamin D (800 IU daily) are recommended, either through diet or supplements.All men with osteoporosis should be evaluated for low …

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Commentary: As the world reopens, a threat to our health still looms

commentary: as the world reopens, a threat to our health still looms

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The world is slowly reopening—but the COVID-19 crisis isn’t over, and everyone still has concerns. While in many areas, the number of cases is decreasing, our health will remain in danger until we make a major change and paradigm shift.That change is closer than you might think. It’s in your kitchen, your backyard garden, and at the farmers market you visit every weekend.The solution is our soil and in our food. What we eat is critical to protecting our health, and our broken food system needs an overhaul….The coronavirus pandemic has focused the spotlight on the importance of health, immunity, and disease prevention. We watched as our medical systems became inundated with patients, while feeling helpless to support our own health in the face of an invisible threat.As we return to a new normal, it is imperative that we stay vigilant about maintaining our health. Sales of organic food rose 22% in March, 18% in April, and 16% in May as consumers looked for ways to boost their immune systems. We cannot return to our industrial, chemical food system as the crisis recedes — a food system that is harming both people and the planet — and expect …

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The one thing you need to know to stay alive in the COVID-era

the one thing you need to know to stay alive in the covid-era

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There is a reason SARS-CoV-2 is called a novel coronavirus. We’ve never seen it before and even the experts don’t know how it’s going to act. However, there are some things that experts, and reasonably informed people, agree upon:The virus isn’t going away.The virus is killing people.Not everyone is equally vulnerable.
Every day we see on our T.V. screens the current count on how many people are known to be infected and how many people are known to have died. As I write this today the numbers are frightening:
There are nearly 11,000,000 Coronavirus cases worldwide and nearly 520,000 deaths.
In the U.S., there are 2,781,085 cases reported and 130,813 deaths and both are increasing, not decreasing as they are in many other countries. According to the CDC, “The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to get it under control as some other countries have.”
I’m by no means an expert, but I do have a PhD in International Health, a Master’s degree in Social Work, and have been working in the field, specialized in gender-specific medicine and men’s health, for more than fifty years. I’ …

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Why is COVID-19 so deadly to elders?

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Today, like every day, Eric Verdin will cycle the steep hills of Marin County. He’ll wait until noon to eat his first meal. He’ll wear a mask and stay socially distanced. He’ll be asleep no later than 11 p.m.
Despite his excellent health, the 63-year-old scientist and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging knows he must do everything he can to protect himself from this hard truth: As we age, our body’s elegant symphony of immune cells turns dissonant. We may feel fine. But our hidden defenses no longer fully shield us—and may turn against us.
As COVID-19’s case count explodes, “This is the time more than ever to adopt the healthiest lifestyle that you can,” he said. “Sleep, nutrition and exercise is the trifecta that will position you to respond to the virus in the best way possible. You’ll be in better condition to resist.”
When we’re young, our bodies develop a well-tuned network of protection against foreign invaders like the COVID-19 virus. It’s a two-tiered system. The first line of defense, the so-called innate response, acts like the Border Patrol, promptly attacking any invader. …

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Trendspotting: A human touch

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Written by Nagina Bains |

Updated: July 6, 2020 6:28:07 pm

Mental and physical isolation due to COVID-19 has led to anxiety, fear, depression and for many. (Source: Getty images)
‘This too shall pass…’ these four words have given strength to many in these challenging times. The pandemic has had massive repercussions on our body, mind and soul, as we battle with insomnia, deal with over-active minds, process distressing information from hospital corridors and feel the pain of those who have lost their lives the world over because of COVID-19. Nothing can come close to a feeling of helplessness that many are experiencing, as we are enslaved by the left and right of our minds. Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was received with shock and despair as it unveiled many lesser known truths of the world. And then the mental health helpline numbers started making sense to all of us, who were now exhausted with the lockdown cooking and the unlocked stages of the pandemic.
Dr. Arzoo Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Sector 32 agrees that there was anticipatory anxiety as many people had started hoarding grocery and other essentials. There was fear, but rationalised, with an explanation of safety. Gradually, …

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Dear Dr. Roach: Does osteoporosis medicine perform differently for men?

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Losartan and other medicines

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NetDoctorLosartan and other medicinesRead full article32Medically reviewed words Helen Marshall, BPharm, MRPharmS, Dr Roger HendersonJuly 5, 2020, 10:31 AM UTC Photo credit: krisanapong detraphiphat – Getty ImagesFrom NetdoctorLosartan is a drug used to treat high blood pressure. It’s important that your doctor or pharmacist knows what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start taking losartan.Also, always check with your pharmacist before taking any other medicines while you’re on losartan, to make sure that the combination is safe.Can you take other medicines with losartan?If you take other medicines that lower blood pressure with losartan, either to treat high blood pressure (antihypertensives), or medicines that can lower blood pressure as a side effect (for example tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline), the combination might lower your blood pressure too much.This could make you feel dizzy or faint, particularly when getting up from a lying or sitting position. If this happens to you, you should sit or lie down until the symptoms pass. Tell your doctor if you frequently feel dizzy while taking any other medicine with losartan, as your doses may need adjusting.If you’re already taking a medicine to lower your …

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Why tinned or frozen fruit and veg might be better for you than buying fresh

why tinned or frozen fruit and veg might be better for you than buying fresh

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CORONAVIRUS has elevated a lot of things to hero status: Captain Tom, Joe Wicks – and the humble tin of food. Anyone with a large family or a tight budget will already know the power of a value-packed can, but panic-buying showed the rest of us the benefit of anything non-perishable. 
3Here’s why fresh isn’t always bestCredit: Getty Images
As well as being a thrifty shopper’s choice, tinned veg, pulses and fruit can offer great value when it comes to your health, along with frozen or dried varieties of your fave foods.
Not least because, often, “fresh” ingredients are actually anything but.
“After fresh food is transported and stored, the antioxidants and vitamins have depleted enormously,” says nutritionist Rosie Letts.
Plus, with Brits binning more than seven million tonnes of food each year, longer-life options are a great alternative if you often end up wasting food.
We’ve looked at the latest science to reveal which are the superheroes of the long-life foodie world.
Tins for the win
A US study found that, when compared to fresh food, frozen, dried and tinned varieties were almost always the most affordable and convenient way to get essential nutrients.*
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UCLA Health Opens Primary Care Office in Marina del Rey Featuring Family Medicine and Pediatrics Services –

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UCLA Health has made its world-class services more convenient for residents of the Venice-Marina del Rey-Playa Vista corridor with the opening of UCLA Health-Marina del Rey Primary Care. Featuring pediatric and adult primary care, the new practice complements UCLA Health’s Marina del Rey Immediate Care Center.A board-certified family physician, Goldstein provides care for all ages, from newborns to the elderly. “Preventive health and family planning, including contraceptive management, are areas of particular interest to me,” he said. “I also focus on sports medicine and LGBT health.”
Jeon, board-certified in pediatrics, said she is passionate about getting to know each patient well to understand their unique needs, and providing both preventive and acute care through each stage of childhood to adolescence. “My priorities are providing evidence-based medicine and empowering families by addressing their concerns,” she added. “I feel incredibly privileged to be part of their care.”
Board-certified in family medicine, Zahirpour cares for patients of all ages, with a special focus on preventive medicine and patient education. “For me, it is so important to help patients understand how their lifestyle, family dynamics and unique backgrounds contribute to overall health,” she said.
Ardalan Haghighat, clinical director of the UCLA Health …

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Dr. Denis Grillo: Medical practitioners see slowdown during coronavirus

dr. denis grillo: medical practitioners see slowdown during coronavirus

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At this time, it is well known and documented how many people have suffered and died secondary to this COVID-19 virus. The national lockdown also puts our country at risk of injury for years going forward.An unusual casualty to this virus includes physicians, which may sound rather strange, as one would think that doctors would be busier than ever during this period of time.It is true that many hospitals are overflowing with infected and ill patients; however, there are many offices, clinics, hospitals and emergency rooms that sit empty. Staff has been laid off due to lack of patients with other noninfectious problems that are usually being taken care of each and every day under normal circumstances.


These unusual circumstances have necessitated disruption of elective surgeries, for example, which provide income for physicians, pays the nursing staff and reimburses surgery centers and hospitals so they may remain solvent.The normal flow of patients in and out of these facilities with illnesses (non-coronavirus) and procedures and surgeries help keep the hospitals and clinic’s doors open each and every day. This is particularly evident in underserved areas both urban and rural.Before this all happened, private practice medicine was …

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