From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD
Thursday, April 10, 2014
How do marathon runners do it? Practice and more practice you say. But it’s more than that. As our bodies perform strenuous exercise, we begin to breathe faster as we attempt to shuttle more oxygen to our working muscles.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The brain is not a muscle. Or is it? A recently published study from the University of California showed that a modest amount of mental activity could dramatically delay the progress of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. Mice that were given daily training sessions for a week every three months were able to hold the degenerative brain disease at bay during the year long study.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
For years, according to a study in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, pharmaceutical companies in Western Europe have been introducing new medicines in the U.S. before introducing them in their home countries, typically by eighteen months. This is due to regulation of drug prices in Europe that makes recuperation of R&D costs nearly impossible there. (Returns on R&D investments continue t...
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Scientific studies (and some not-so-scientific) over the past 30 or 40 years have concluded that the length of time you have on this earth is programmed into your DNA.
Friday, January 10, 2014
I’ve always had an appreciation for performers, and Alan Alda is one of the most popular and influential in America today. Most of us remember him in the long-running M.A.S.H. series in the 1970s and 80s (One of the highest rated shows in US television history, and still running in syndication). It was my favor...
Friday, December 13, 2013
Cambridge University experts reported in The British Journal of Sports Medicine that colds were more common in people who did not exercise regularly. The same could be said of flu. It is well known that regular, moderate exercise contributed to ones resistance to infections, and in the British study of more than 1,000 people, regular moderate exercise nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses.
Monday, November 11, 2013
The hum of voices in the hallway did nothing to diminish the cacophany of monitors and other pieces of equipment surrounding the hospital bed. A small, fragile figure appeared to sleep peacefully despite the battle being waged inside her seventy-five year old body. The doctor asked the daughter to ste...
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
New superbug C. diff competes with MRSA for dubious top honors. The biggest threat to antibiotic effectiveness until recently has been methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA). Now, because stronger and more effective antibiotics have been developed to overcome MRSA, most germs can be wiped out – leaving clostridium difficile also known as "C. diff". This...
Monday, September 30, 2013
Despite efforts of pharmaceutical spokespersons, many people today are discovering the advantages of natural plant chemicals in nutritional supplements in treating chronic illness.Plant sources for disease treatment have been recognized for centuries, even millennia. Curative plant compounds have been traced back to antiquity through the Ebers papyrus, the Hippocratic writings, and ...
Friday, September 27, 2013
With all the concern about healthcare as we age, we are seeing reports of greater longevity in other countries credited to better healthcare. This can be misleading.