SmartMEDInfo Blog by Moira Dolan, MD

Exercise Makes You Smarter

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

If you want to be mentally sharper, then get off the couch and exercise! Yet another study has found that physical fitness correlates with cognition. In a new study of over 1,000 young adults (mean age about 29 years), the distance covered in a 2-...

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School Shootings and Mental Screening: What Do The Stats Show?

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The number and deadly impact of school shootings are alarming, from Columbine and Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook and more recent tragedies in Florida and Texas. These events have prompted calls for widespread increases in mental health funding for scree...

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More Recess, Less ADHD: An Alternative Solution to School Violence

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Texas schools have proven that more recess – totally unstructured playtime – results in less psychiatric diagnoses (anxiety, anger, and ADHD). When kids at Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas were allowed 4 unstructured recess breaks, ...

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Benzos: the other prescription drug epidemic

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While national attention is focused on the abuse of narcotics like opioids, massive increases in prescriptions and illegal use of benzodiazepines is going unnoticed.  “Benzos” are in a class called sedative/hypnotics. Three of the benzodiazepine...

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Nutritional interventions shown to be valuable in serious bowel diseases, despite your doctor’s contrary advice.

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Low inflammation foods, probiotics, and a couple of well-known nutritional supplements really do help the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. A new study reports on a detailed review of scientific evidence weighing the value of non-drug inter...

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Memo to DOJ: Celexa Drug Maker Hid Mistakes, Harming Children

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is being asked to reopen investigations into the makers of Celexa (Forest, now owned by Allergan) for deliberately misleading the government. Earlier lawsuits in 2010 eventually resolved when Forest paid out a total of...

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New Study: Screening Mammograms Do Not Significantly Improve Cancer Survival

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Screening mammograms in women over 50 do not significantly improve cancer survival, and instead lead to a 32% increase in dangerous over-diagnosis. A new study tracked the death rates in women 50 and older in the Netherlands, where every-other-year m...

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Ketogenic Diet May Prolong Life by 10 Years

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A ketogenic diet (very high fat/low carb) prolongs life, improves memory and muscle strength, and reduces tumor incidence, at least in lab mice. A new study from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine adds to a growing quantity of evidence that the k...

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High Cholesterol Decreases Parkinson’s Risk in Men

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Total cholesterol and LDL (low density) cholesterol in men have been found in a long-term study to be linked to a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s. This was discovered by reviewing the lifetime medical history of over 261,000 men over age 40 no...

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Marijuana: Death From Hypertension More Than Threefold Higher

  • © Moira Dolan, MD

A national poll and found marijuana users were 3.42 times more likely to die from hypertension than non-users. Twenty-one percent of adults over 20 were chronic users of marijuana, for an average duration of 11.5 years. Increased use of marijuana ...

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