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Daily Archives for: May 11th, 2009

The latest research published in the New England Journal of Medicine describes that Biphosphonates like Fosamax are associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer and osteonecrosis. These medications are widely used to attempt to stabilize own in cases of osteoporosis or osteopenia.

Studies were performed in the United States Europe and Japan and multiple medications in this class are shown to increase this type of cancer and bone destruction.

In an excellent study done at the Queensland Institute of medical research in Australia, low selenium levels were linked with an increased risk of basal and squamous cell carcinoma.  The study involved over 485 Australian adults and those individuals that have the highest levels of selenium in the serum had the lowest association with skin cancers. 

A study published on April 16, 2009 in the American Journal of epidemiology describes that magnesium deficiency is linked to increased risk of ischemic stroke.  This research involved over 14,200 men and women between the ages of 45 to 64 years.  The follow-up was carried out over 15 years.  The lower the levels of magnesium the higher the risk of stroke as well as correlation with hypertension and diabetes.

For those individuals who have Rosacea is a very difficult disorder to live with.  The redness and vascular abnormality of the face is not well treated with other modalities.  Here is an excellent article and study that describes the benefit of intense pulsed light for rosacea.  You can see the article on my website and click on the entire article with a link just below it.

Aesthetic Medicine is an important extension of Anti Aging Medicine. It is the understanding of the changes that occur in our appearance that come with age and time.
Some individuals have abnormalities that come from nutritional deficiency, hormone decline, exposure to environmental toxins, effects of infection, excessive sun exposure and genetic predisposition.

In  recently published research done at the Department of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, vitamin B6 intake was correlated with a decreased risk of colon cancer.  The study involved over 14,900 men and the higher the levels of B6 the lower the levels of homocysteine, C reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor alpha, 

Vascular system function involves complex interactions among the vascular endothelium, smooth muscle, the immune system, and the nervous system. The toxic metals cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), and lead (Pb) can target the vascular system in a variety of ways, ranging from hemorrhagic injury to subtle pathogenic remodeling and metabolic changes. Acute Cd exposure results in hemorrhagic injury to the testis,

Post Minamata incident there has been awareness about mercury toxicity even among the general public. Previous researches contributed a vast amount of data regarding acute mercury exposure, but gradually information about the low dose [Ninomiya, T., Ohmori, H., Hashimoto, K., Tsuruta, K., Ekino, S., 1995. Expansion of methylmercury poisoning outside minamata: an epidemiological study on chronic methylmercury poisoninig outside of Minamata.

Mercury is a heavy metal that is found naturally in the environment in various forms. Human activity can release mercury into the air, water, and soil. Mercury is also released into the environment after its conversion tomethylmercury by bacteria. Mercury was once used in medicine, but the medicinal aspect changed because of its devastating poisoning effect on humans and animals.

We investigated the effect of lead, cadmium and mercury exposure on pregnancy and fertilization rate outcome among 619 Saudi women (age 19–50 years) who sought in-vitro fertilization (IVF) results between 2002 and 2003. The concentrations of lead, cadmium and mercury were measured in both blood and follicular fluids. At levels well below the current US occupational exposure limit guidelines (40 μg/dL) and even less than the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention level of concern for preventing lead poisoning in children (10 μg/dL),