Michael Hood-Julien

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Mehmet, Lisa and Daphne Oz

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 31, 2015 10:00:00 AM

In this 2010 TedMed Conference, the Oz family explains how a strong family life can mean a healthier lifestyle.

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Odds of Losing Weight Stacked Against Obese Individuals

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The American Journal of Public Health recently published new research that finds that few obese persons ever reach normal weight or are able to keep any lost pounds off. The study, which was conducted by researchers at King’s College London in the UK, found that only 1 in 210 obese men and 1 in 124 obese women were ever able to achieve normal weights.  The chances were worse for severely obese individuals, with just 1 in 1,290 men and 1 in 677 women ever being able to maintain a normal weight.

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Travelling with Diabetes

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Having diabetes should not prevent a person from traveling if one takes the necessary precautions. Like any chronic illnesses, planning ahead is important to having a great time away. Health experts advise that one should prepare four to six weeks before traveling. This preparation should include: 1) diet, 2) medicines and travel vaccines, 3) travel insurance, and 4) air travel.

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Topics: Traveler's Corner

Muscle Strength Fades After Two Weeks of Inactivity

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM


According to new research, it takes just two weeks of physical inactivity for physically fit individuals to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength. A Danish study, published recently in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, discovered that the more muscle a person has, the more he/she will lose if sidelined by injury, illness, or vacation.

In two weeks, young people can lose about 30 percent of their muscle strength, leaving them as strong as someone decades older. The study found that they lost an average of 17 ounces of muscle in that short time frame. For active older individuals, they will lose about 25 percent of their strength after becoming sedentary. The study found that they lost an average of 9 ounces of muscle.

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Topics: Provider's Corner

Restaurant Food 'Just As Unhealthy As Fast Food'

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

According to a new study, meals eaten at a restaurant or fast-food outlet result in a greater consumption of calories when compared to eating a meal prepared at home.

Published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study found that Americans eating out at fast-food outlets or full-service restaurants would typically consume about 200 calories more per day than those who stayed at home for meals.

Professor Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois, examined the data collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for 2003-10, which described the eating habits of 18,098 adults living in the US.

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Topics: Patient's Corner

TedMed 2014: Robin Guenther

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jul 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Robin Guenther is the principal at global architecture and design firm, Perkins+Will, and a senior advisor to "Health Care Without Harm". She believes that there is a relationship between health and environmental design.

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