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From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD

Bias and Science

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I admit it. I’m biased. When I read controversial articles my biases influence my reaction to the claims of the author. I’ve been a Life Member of the National Geographic Society for many years and tend to accept the conclusions of NGS writers as valid. But when I read in the March 2015 issue that some of my beliefs had been challenged by recent science, my biases kicked in.

Hugs For Health

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Recent studies have found that hugging on a frequent basis is correlated with a lower risk of heart disease, fighting stress and fatigue, boosting your immune system, fighting infection and reducing depression.  A hug or two a day may be more effective than an apple for keeping doctors at arm’s length.Depending on culture, context and relationship, a hug can indicate familiarity, love, affection, friendship, brotherhood or sympathy, indicating support, comfort, and consolation, particularly where words are insufficient. A hug usually demonstrates affection and emotional warmth, sometimes arising from joy or happiness when reunited with someone or seeing someone absent after a long time.

Excess Weight & Life Expectancy

Monday, January 28, 2019

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.

Air Pollution and Dementia!

Friday, December 21, 2018

New research offers powerful evidence of a link between air pollution and the risk of developing Alzheimers (a form of dementia).A recent study has found that older women who breathe in air that has been polluted by vehicle exhaust fumes and other fine particulates from other sources are nearly twice as likely to develop dementia. Furthermore, the cognitive effects of air pollution are dramatically more pronounced in women who carry the APOE-e4 gene that puts them at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Fighting Colds and Flu

Monday, November 26, 2018

It’s cold and flu season, and once the symptoms hit, you feel listless, hoping that the disease will pass quickly, and run to the pharmacy to get medicine and a box of Kleenex. Even a cold that lasts just a few days can leave you weak for a week or more after the symptoms are gone, interfering with your activities. Fortunately, you might be able to relieve a cold in as little as 24 hours by following this guide.