Posts Tagged ‘Blogfinger medical report’

Cup-a-joe at Nagle’s. 2017.  Paul Goldfinger © Note the OG ads under the glass.



Reuters  (11/23)  reported researchers found that “people who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm,” according to a paper published in the British Medical Journal.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (11/24) reported the researchers also found that people who drink three to four cups per day appear to be at lower risk for “diabetes, liver disease, dementia and some cancers,” including endometrial, liver, prostate, and skin.

The researchers “examined 201 observational studies analyzing the health of coffee drinkers.” Forbes (11/24) reported the researchers also found that coffee consumption was linked to lower risk for Parkinson’s disease, metabolic syndrome, kidney stones, and gout.

The Telegraph (UK) (11/22) reported the researchers found that drinking up to seven cups of coffee per day was linked to a lower risk of early death.



We have posted two articles in recent years about the health benefits of coffee drinking.  The AMA post above brings us up to  date.

My advice is, as before, do not fear coffee drinking except remember that caffeine can be addictive and can cause cardiac dysrhythmias, fast heart beat, tremors, nervousness, and insomnia.

Regarding insomnia, some people are especially sensitive, so some experts say that  they should not drink coffee after 2 PM.  And if you are a regular drinker of coffee, and then you don’t have any, consider that as a cause of an unexplained headache.  Also, coffee can increase alertness due to its effects on the brain; that is why people like me really need that morning Joe.

Some drink coffee to stay awake, such as during exams, driving, and doing careful tasks.  Whenever I had to show up at the coronary care unit in the middle of the night, the nurses greeted me with coffee. In fact my office supplied free coffee for that unit so that they all could stay awake.  But when I got home, I could fall asleep instantly despite the caffeine.  The same was true after a phone call from the hospital while I was asleep.



BERTIE HIGGINS    “Key Largo”   Do you think that Bogie  (“Here’s lookin’ at you kid..”) and Bacall were drinking coffee that winter in the Keys?



Read Full Post »


CDC reports 2,900 deaths in current flu season

ABC News (1/10, Schumaker) reported that influenza cases and deaths caused by influenza continue to increase across the U.S., according to the CDC. The agency says that 2,900 people have died and 55,000 have been hospitalized so far this season.

NBC News (1/10, Edwards) reported that “this season’s flu continues to hit children and young adults particularly hard,” according to the CDC. The article said “that there have been twice as many pediatric flu deaths so far this year than at the same time last year.”

CNN (1/10, Cohen) reported that flu activity in the U.S. decreased last week, but health officials warned that it would be premature to conclude that the season has already peaked.


BLOGFINGER MEDICAL COMMENTARY:  Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor Blogfinger.net

Children have been hit hard this flu season.  The peak has not yet been reached.

The CDC says,  “It’s going to be really important to see in the next couple of weeks, do we start going back up again as the children go back to school,” said Lynnette Brammer, team lead of the CDC’s domestic influenza surveillance team.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Don’t forget, those over age 65 may have diminished immune responses and a greater risk of getting Influenza and then having complications.

Children also have decreased immunity, and over age 6 months, flu shots should be given, and for babies, two shots may be recommended by pediatricians.

Complications of influenza can be awful and can cause deaths.

The articles linked above by the AMA  are short but very informative. Take a look.

–Paul @Blogfinger.


Read Full Post »

Study finds bottled water has more plastic than tap water or beer

TIME (5/29) reports on “a study published last year in Frontiers in Chemistry” finding that 93% of samples taken of bottled water “contained ‘microplastic’ synthetic polymer particles.”

Author Sherri Mason, a sustainability researcher at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, said, “These plastic particles are in our air, in our water and in our soil.” Mason “says focusing on bottled water is worthwhile for two reasons.” First, “most of the particles her study found in plastic water bottles turned out to be…the type of plastic used to make bottled water caps,” and second, bottled water samples had “about twice as much” plastic as tap water or beer.

Medical Comment by Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC

I think this TIME report is important to read.  I have no personal expertise with this subject, but I will  continue to watch for significant  medical information that I can share with our readers.

The link is below.  There is a brief video as well.

plastic particles in bottled water

This report is scary, but I must emphasize that ingesting liquids with such microplastic particles has not (?yet) been proven to cause specific medical issues.  However there are some indicators that suggest a variety of risks.

The TIME article begins with , “Plastic contamination is rampant in bottled water. That was the unsettling conclusion of a study published last year in Frontiers in Chemistry that analyzed samples taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries and found that 93% of them contained “microplastic” synthetic polymer particles.”

“These plastic particles are in our air, in our water and in our soil,” the study’s author says.

The piece also says, “Based on the existing data, we know enough to recognize that we should change how we interact with—and dispose of—plastics. ‘A lot of this is a consequence of dumping literally billions of pounds of plastic into the environment.’ “

Read Full Post »