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The Benefits of Chocolate

There are many people out there whose weakness is chocolate.  However, according to a recent study presented at an American Chemical Society meeting, it turns out that bacteria in the stomach eat chocolate, which produces anti-inflammatory compounds that are beneficial to the heart.  The naturally occurring antioxidants flavanols are found in cocoa products, but until now, scientists didn’t really know what happens to them in the lower gastrointestinal tract.  There have been many different health benefits linked to chocolate, but the exact reason for this has been...
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U.S. Launch of the CONFORM SHEET

Earlier this week, DePuy Synthes Spine, collaborating with DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, announced the U.S. launch of the CONFORM SHEET, a hydrated, pliable and totally demineralized cancellous bone matrix that fills up during posterolateral spinal fusion surgery and provides a natural scaffold for new bone formation. The new allograft implant has both osteoinductive and osteoconductive properties.  Using a unique demineralization process, bone morphogenic proteins are exposed, providing CONFORM SHEET osteoinductive properties, while the scaffold’s cancellous structure...
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Dr. Michael Schlitt addresses Burien abo...

January 5, 2014– Burien, WA I had the pleasure of being keynote speaker today at Walk & Bike Burien’s “Walk With A Doc” Program. Walk & Bike Burien, or WABi,  advocates walking and biking for health and well-being. I was invited to speak about the benefits of a graduated walking program, which I established to help my patients with surgical recovery, allowing them to get back to work and on the path to wellness. (See blog entry at drmichaelschlitt.org for details about the walking program) A crowd of 65 gathered at the Burien Community...
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Recent Study Reveals Interesting Informa...

Patients who are treated with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) have a potential vaccine that may improve survival time.  This experimental vaccine is made from the patient’s own resected tumor tissue.  Over the past few years, this procedure has helped some people to extend their lives longer than those who are diagnosed with GBM and are treated with standard care. A study from the journal Neuro-Oncology known as the “phase 2 trial” took 41 patients with GBM-related tumors during the years of 2007 to 2011.  Each adult received an average of six doses from a vaccine...