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Better Health Through Better Eating

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HEALTH BRIEFS: Cape Fear Cancer Specialists welcomes three medical oncologists

health briefs: cape fear cancer specialists welcomes three medical oncologists

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WILMINGTON — NHRMC Physician Group – Cape Fear Cancer Specialists is pleased to announce that three medical oncologists, Swaleh Bahamadi, MD; Anthony Dominick, DO; and Christopher Pizzola, MD, MPH, have joined the practice.Dr. Bahamadi earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya. Bahamadi completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem.Anthony Dominick earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola University Chicago and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla. Dominick completed residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Dr. Dominick has a special interest in benign and malignant hematology.Dr. Pizzola earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Va. Dr. Pizzola completed residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at …

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The geographic bias in medical AI tools

the geographic bias in medical ai tools

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Just a few decades ago, scientists didn’t think much about diversity when studying new medications. Most clinical trials enrolled mainly white men living near urban research institutes, with the assumption that any findings would apply equally to the rest of the country. Later research demonstrated that assumption to be false; examples accumulated of medications that were later determined to be less effective or caused more side effects in populations that were underrepresented in the initial study.
To address these inequities, federal requirements for participation in medical research were broadened in the 1990s, and clinical trials now attempt to enroll diverse populations from the onset of the study.
But we are now at risk of repeating these same mistakes as we develop new technologies, such as AI. Researchers from Stanford University examined clinical applications of machine learning to find that most algorithms are trained on datasets from patients in only three geographic areas, and that the majority of states have no represented patients whatsoever.
“AI algorithms should mirror the community,” says Amit Kaushal, an attending physician at VA Palo Alto Hospital and Stanford adjunct professor of bioengineering. “If we’re building AI-based tools for patients across the …

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6 Myths About The COVID-19 Vaccine, Debunked By Doctors

6 myths about the covid-19 vaccine, debunked by doctors

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Health experts have said that a COVID-19 vaccine is pretty much the only way life will get back to a pre-pandemic “normal,” whatever that means. But like so many other things about the pandemic, the very concept of a vaccine has attracted myths, misconceptions, skepticism, and outright rejection. Whether you’re trying to convince your vaccine-skeptical sister that the COVID-19 vaccine will be safe, or trying to manage the expectations of your BFF who thinks “it’ll just make coronavirus disappear,” it’s good to know all the facts about COVID-19 vaccines — and how to bust the myths.“There is a lot of information out there about a vaccine for COVID-19, but not all of it is correct,” Dr. Seema Sarin M.D., director of lifestyle medicine at EHE Health, tells Bustle. Science reported in June that only around 50% of Americans plan to get a vaccine, and a survey in the UK found 16% of people would avoid getting vaccinated. That’s not great news, and a lot of it is down to myths about vaccination and COVID-19.When the coronavirus vaccine finally debuts, it’ll join a host of vaccines that have saved millions of lives — and attracted their fair share …

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Having high cholesterol levels early in life leads to heart problems by middle age

having high cholesterol levels early in life leads to heart problems by middle age

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Having elevated cholesterol during the teens or early twenties increases a person’s risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event during middle age. That is the finding a new landmark study led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). This increased risk persists even in those who were able to get their cholesterol levels down to a healthy level before reaching their late thirties. The research makes a strong case for doctors to intervene early to treat high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called “bad” type of cholesterol, the study authors contend. It also provides guidance for future intervention studies aimed at stemming the worldwide epidemic of heart disease and stroke.
The study, entitled “Time Course of LDL Cholesterol Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease Event Risk”, was published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and relied on data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study (CARDIA). This ongoing study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, began 35 years ago, recruiting 5,000 young adults aged 18 to 30. It has been tracking this cohort ever since to understand how individual characteristics, lifestyle and environmental …

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Pandemic-Related Lifestyle Changes Could Affect the Epigenetic Regulation of Your Skin | What is Epigenetics?

pandemic-related lifestyle changes could affect the epigenetic regulation of your skin | what is epigenetics?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire world, and many countries have been devastated by the fallout. Asthis virus swept the world, it has not only changed many aspects of the global economy, but also has transformed the way we live our everyday lives.
The skin is one of the major body parts that have been impacted by the coronavirus. It’s apparent that frequent usage of personal protective equipment and excessive personal hygiene could trigger different skin conditions. These skin conditions include rashes, perioral dermatitis, skin pigment change, pressure urticaria, and worsening of pre-existing skin issues like chronic dermatitis, acne and skin wrinkles.
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changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic could undoubtedly have a
physical impact on our skin, but they can also affect us on an epigenetic
level. Epigenetics
is the study of heritable modifications that effect gene expression without affecting
the underlying DNA sequence, and it plays a large role in skin health.
Skin issues during the pandemic
Epigenetic changes naturally occur
as you age, and as your skin is exposed to different environments.
Face masks have now become a part of our everyday lives. Increasing evidence
shows that wearing face masks can reduce the risk …

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Reducing the risk of breast cancer through targeted diet and an active lifestyle

reducing the risk of breast cancer through targeted diet and an active lifestyle

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According to researchers from the from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Research Institute, the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer is greatly reduced by being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight. In this 2019 file photo, execise instructor Jennifer Breedlove leads students in a U-Jam classes. less
According to researchers from the from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Research Institute, the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer is greatly reduced by being physically active and … more

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According to researchers from the from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Research Institute, the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer is greatly reduced by being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight. In this 2019 file photo, execise instructor Jennifer Breedlove leads students in a U-Jam classes. less
According to researchers from the from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Cancer Research Institute, the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer is greatly reduced by being physically active and … more

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Healthier lifestyles may increase lifespan even in people with multiple chronic conditions

healthier lifestyles may increase lifespan even in people with multiple chronic conditions

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A very healthy lifestyle is associated with up to 6.3 years longer life for men and 7.6 years for women, regardless of the presence of multiple chronic conditions, according to a study published September 22 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Yogini Chudasama of the University of Leicester, and colleagues. Credit: Yogini V. Chudasama

A very healthy lifestyle is associated with up to 6.3 years longer life for men and 7.6 years for women, regardless of the presence of multiple chronic conditions, according to a study published September 22 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Yogini Chudasama of the University of Leicester, and colleagues. As noted by the authors, to their knowledge, this is the first study to quantify whether the risk of death associated with individual and combined risk factors depends on the presence of multiple chronic conditions.
The number of people living with two or more long-term physical or mental health conditions is rapidly increasing in number worldwide, and they have poorer health outcomes and a higher mortality risk. A healthy lifestyle has been associated with longer life expectancy, but it has not been …

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