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Pinterest Pin ItThe Party’s Over?

The Party’s Over?

Posted on 11/19/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Just days before Halloween, foodies got bad news that was neither a trick nor a treat.

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classified eating red meat – beef, veal, pork, lamb – as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This new classification puts steak and pork chops in Group 2A, the same group as inorganic lead compounds and malaria.


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Pinterest Pin ItOne Step Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

One Step Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 11/17/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.3 million Americans and is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that damages the brain, causes mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. The disease gets worse over time, and there are no treatments to prevent it or reverse it. But Sutter researchers may have discovered a way to slow down its onset through an innovative clinical trial using blood plasma infusions.

Sutter Institute of Medical Research conducted a study – in partnership with Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Neuroradiology – that investigated the effects of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusions administered during the pre-dementia phase of Alzheimer’s disease.


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Pinterest Pin ItWaist Training: Unrealistic Expectations, Unhealthy Habits

Waist Training: Unrealistic Expectations, Unhealthy Habits

Posted on 09/29/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Living in a society bent on obtaining the perfect body, we’re all familiar with the endless stream of gadgets and gizmos meant to help us lose weight and look sexy. Remember the belly wrap that promised to give us washboard abs by zapping our tummy muscles with electricity? Well, the latest trend in body shaping is a “waist trainer,” a corset-like garment made popular by Hollywood celebrities such as the Kardashians.

Akin to Victorian-era corsets, these waist-cinching contraptions have been getting a lot of ink lately in publications such as Marie Claire and Men’s Health. Promoters of the devices claim they can permanently give women and men an hourglass figure with a smaller waist if worn for a few hours each day, every day. However, there’s no research to support any of the claims.


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Pinterest Pin ItWildfires, Poor Air Quality Exacerbates Breathing Problems

Wildfires, Poor Air Quality Exacerbates Breathing Problems

Posted on 09/16/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Driven by an unprecedented drought and above-average temperatures, wildfires continue to scorch hundreds of thousands of acres throughout California. Since the start of 2015, more than 5,200 fires have burned through nearly 218,000 acres of vegetation, according to Cal Fire. Sutter Health doctors say these fires have a negative impact on our air quality, making it difficult for people with respiratory problems to breathe.

Dr. Tze-Ming Chen, a pulmonary and critical care specialist with the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, says smoky conditions cause great respiratory distress for many of his patients. 


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Pinterest Pin ItHPV Vaccine — How Many Shots Do We Need?

HPV Vaccine — How Many Shots Do We Need?

Posted on 07/06/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

A recent study looking at the effectiveness of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been making headlines by claiming youths may only need one shot instead of three to be protected from the sexually transmitted virus. But Sutter Health doctors say the study was not comprehensive, and caution against foregoing any life-saving vaccines.

The U.S. National Cancer Institute study, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, claimed the HPV vaccine remained effective after four years in 77 to 86 percent of its 260,000 female participants, regardless of how many shots they received. However, as Dr. Nancy Brown with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation explains, the study only took certain types of HPV (HPV-16 and HPV-18) into account.


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