Obama’s Preventative Blood Tests

President Obama got his 2010 presidential physical on Sunday including the following blood tests:  a Chemistry Panel, Lipid Profile, CRP, Homocystein and PSA.  You will note that at age 48 the President’s Navy doctor is running a PSA test to monitor his prostate health.  The CRP blood test  and even less prescribed Homocystein are being […]

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Oprah Winfrey Promotes Type 2 Diabetes Testing

Oprah Winfrey recently aired a show to voice her concerns about type 2 diabetes, offering free glucose testing through Walgreen’s Pharmacies.  Diabetes is in the process of becoming a health crisis for the US.  It is currently the leading cause of death in this country.  The disease often precedes complications such as heart disease, stroke, […]

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Testosterone Supplement Study

A new study evaluated 274 men who were “frail” or “intermediate-frail,” 65 years of age or older, with “borderline-low” levels of testosterone in their blood.  Results showed a significant improvement in muscle mass, strength, sexual health, and overall physical function after 6 months of taking testosterone supplements. There is still much debate regarding benefits of […]

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Steady increase in heart disease among younger women ages 35 to 44

Heart disease is on the rise among younger women even surpassing the number of men who have died of cardiovascular health problems in each of the last 25 years.  The following article provides great tips regarding how to recognize and address problems specifically for women.  This includes knowing your  C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels which are […]

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The Importance of Annual PSA Testing

This is a story of a retired doctor whose annual PSA testing lead to early detection of prostate cancer.  The controversy over the use of PSA tests seems to be focused upon what is best for our healthcare system and not what is best for an individual.  This individual, who happens to be a physician, […]

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PSA Testing Controversy – A Lesson Learned

The following article provides great insight into prostate cancer and the PSA testing controversy. The heart of the article is one man’s struggle with the disease.  Unfortunately his doctor ignored early warning signs of the prostate cancer and did not order a PSA test because he was so young, at 47.  Once a PSA test […]

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Top 10 Medical Tests for Women

The following feature from Health Magazine recommends important medical tests for women.  The general theme of this article is be informed and take responsibility for your preventive.   Specifically the piece highlights certain tests starting at different age ranges.  Some of the tests described correspond to what we think are key blood tests for women.  These […]

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Good Morning America suggests ” Learn Your Risks, Talk to Your Doctor and Take Action”

This Good Morning America article presents a number of important questions that you should ask your doctor.  Their suggested approach is to ” Learn Your Risks, Talk to Your Doctor and Take Action.”  This is consistent with creating a personal wellness plan and taking responsibility for your personal healthcare.  Note that this list includes requesting two […]

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Streamline Your Doctor’s Visits

We recommend taking responsibility for your own personal healthcare. This does not mean that you should go it alone – without your doctor. We highly suggest consulting your doctor on all aspects of your wellness program. What personal healthcare implies is that ultimately you are responsible for your health and healthcare. The ideal way to […]

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Chemistry Panel Results Explained

Following is an example of results of a Chemistry Panel from a 40 year old male.  The reference interval indicates the “normal range” for each of the components and a flag (if present) indicates a specific result that has fallen outside of the normal range. A description of each component of the panel is described […]

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