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UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

Dr. Zorba Paster: Antibiotic overuse may be contributing to childhood obesity epidemic

The study looked more than 330,000 infants who were covered under the care of the U.S. military from 2006 to 2013. Nearly 75 percent were prescribed an antibiotic at one …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Vegetarian, vegan diets help diabetics lower blood sugar

If you are diabetic, recent research from the British Medical Journal points out that a vegetarian or vegan diet might be just what the doctor ordered. Lower blood sugar, improved …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Small study shows screen time bad for sleep

Do you read at night before going to sleep? Many of us do. What about watching TV? How well do you sleep? If you’re having trouble, it might be the …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Exercise is good for memory

The result is clear – a little bit of exercise can go a long way. This is encouraging, especially for people who don’t do much. Perhaps I should rephrase that …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Mediterranean diet still the way to go

Statisticians looking at the data, revisiting it again, found that 14 percent of the people involved in the study were not randomized properly. Remember, in a randomized study


Dr. Zorba Paster: Salt is fine in moderate amount

Bottom line for the researchers was this summary: “There is no convincing evidence that people with average or moderate sodium intake need to reduce their sodium intake to prevent heart …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Science changing on aspirin

Time to toss the aspirin for primary prevention of heart disease and strokes. Medical science is messy. But with more studies and more research, we eventually will get it right.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Dairy isn’t just not bad, it’s good for you

Not only is dairy not bad for us, but this study shows it’s


Dr. Zorba Paster: Shift workers more susceptible to diabetes

Working the night shift often means not eating right with fewer selections at the hospital cafeteria and less exercise. When your circadian rhythm is disturbed, everything goes out the window.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Worried about diabetes? Stop drinking fructose drinks

For years we have lumped all sweetened things together. Stop the sweets, lower the risk. But recent research shows all calories may not be the same and sugary drinks may …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Examining Alzheimer’s disease

This leads me to the top question of the day – how to prevent this Alzheimer’s disease.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Reader takes issue with breastfeeding stance

I’ve heard some people call the lactation specialists the “lactation Nazis” because they are so strident on breast feeding. We’ve come a long way since the dark ages when I …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

Dr. Zorba Paster: The changing science on fractures

Take your calcium. Take your vitamin D. Take your fish oil. Take, take, take. It will keep you healthy. We doctors say this all the time with just a whiff …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Crawling kids stirring up dust is a good thing

Crawling kids on floors stir up all sorts of dust and dirt. Whether it’s carpeted, wood or just plain dirt as they crawl, they eat and inhale yukky stuff. Is …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Grief is an individual experience

Many of us forge an intense bond with pets. Intense bonds mean intense grief.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Prostate may be cause of bathroom trips

Getting up six times a night is not healthy. Looking for ways to tame the prostate gland will give you a better night’s sleep – something we all want and …


Zorba Paster: Study links diet soda to stroke, dementia risk

Half of all Americans, however, drink soda on any given day – an average of two to three cans per day, in fact. If you’re consuming the “hard stuff,” regular …


Supplement key to slowing wet macular degeneration

According to new research published in the British Medical Journal’s Ophthalmology, the progression of a potentially devastating form of partial blindness, wet macular degeneration, can be slowed by taking a …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Diabetics need to be careful of overtreating

If you’re a diabetic, proceed with caution. You may be overtreating your diabetes – taking too much medicine, pushing your blood sugar too low, overtesting yourself.


Coping with the loss of a pet

When our 11-year-old dog, Izzy, died a few months ago, we were so, so sad. Anyone who’s lost a pet they loved knows exactly what I mean.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Dementia is down but docs don’t know why

The most recent data from the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine publication shows that despite the increase in obesity and the explosion of diabetes in the United …


Dr. Zorba Paster: The possible cost of that clean scent

A recent article in the BMJ shows that the chemicals and scents put into a lot of our products might actually be causing increases in allergies, asthma and possibly autoimmune …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Take action to prevent choking

We’re used to making sure children don’t get popcorn or peanuts if they’re under age 4, but too many parents aren’t educated as to the danger of grapes.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Doctor’s judgment as meaningful as medical test

We have come to a point in medicine where many of us have stopped using clinical judgment. We think we always need some technology to confirm what we know, even …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Be on lookout for possible drug interactions

In case you missed it, and I doubt you have, we’re in the middle of an opioid epidemic.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Question prices for prescriptions

Why can we compare prices on everything from ketchup to TVs, but we can’t compare prices on drugs?


Dr. Zorba Paster: Actually, it is possible to be too thin

If you’re too fat or too thin, you die sooner. Barbie and all the other wannabe models are doing themselves as much harm as they would if they were mildly …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Dr. Zorba Paster: Solitude not a problem when it’s a choice

Writer wonders if his “minimal social life” puts him at risk for health problems.


Dr. Zorba Paster: How to make food labels better

I like reading food labels. It’s not just because I’m a geek, a moniker I gladly accept, but because I want to eat right – more protein, less carbs, fewer …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Friendly competition and feedback encourage exercise

A new study published in the American Journal of Health showed how exercise is a team sport. I’m not talking about exercising as a team but teaming up with others …