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What is Neutropenia?

What is Neutropenia?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 0 comments

There are 1.6 million people diagnosed with cancer in the US each year. Of these, 650,000 receive chemotherapy. Did you know that 60,000 people a year are hospitalized for neutropenia, a common side effect of chemotherapy? One in fourteen die because of it. Of the 650,000 receiving chemotherapy, 104,000 are not aware of neutropenia and 52,000 don’t...

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Emergencies and Illness

Emergencies and Illness

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hypertension, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Prostate cancer | 0 comments

After three hurricanes, flooding, fires and mudslides, and now severe cold and snow in the Deep South and throughout the country, the US has had its share of emergencies. Are you prepared? For people who rely on oxygen, who are on dialysis, have diabetes or other serious conditions, it is time to think about putting together some of the essentials.  What...

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What’s For Dinner? Coping with Diabetes with Meal Makeovers

What’s For Dinner?  Coping with Diabetes with Meal Makeovers

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Blog, Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

Looking for new ways to deal with what to serve yourself or your family is complicated by diabetes.  In Carbohydrates: Why We Love Carb Counting (and You Should Too!) and Be Confident! Face Carb Counting  Positively, we introduced carbohydrates and how to deal with them.  Today we are going to share an infographic from Diabetes Forecast: The Healthy...

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CAR T-Cells and HIV: What’s the Connection?

CAR T-Cells and HIV: What’s the Connection?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Blog, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma | 0 comments

It has taken decades of work for researchers to find ways to activate the immune system to treat cancer (what we now call immuno-oncology or I-O). Much of that work has been poorly funded. Largely, it has been the result of researchers getting experience in other disciplines (like infectious disease) and then transferring that expertise to oncology...

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Ending the Year with Music

Ending the Year with Music

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

It’s time to say goodbye to the old year and the best way to do so seems to be with music. For   “Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine   Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto Second Movement “To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” ― Aaron Copland Kansas:...

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Peonies and Hope

Peonies and Hope

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Erectile dysfunction, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hypertension, Infertility, Kidney stones, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke, Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection | 2 comments

“People are like peonies, they need a good hard frost to bring out the character.” ~Francis “Doc” Winter “Doc” Winter was a Midwesterner.  Born in Iowa in 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression, he grew up on a small farm.  He knew about hard frosts. Struggle, pain and suffering are part of life.  Joy, love and...

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Reversing a Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis With Diet?

Reversing a Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis With Diet?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Blog, Diabetes mellitus | 4 comments

Both lifestyle (the amount of sleep you get at night, amount of exercise, your levels of stress and the foods you consume) as well as genetics play a role in the development of Type 2 diabetes.  People can be overweight and yet never develop Type 2 diabetes or they can be be thin and develop Type 2.  A genetic predisposition is part of the equation.  But...

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PTSD and Cancer

PTSD and Cancer

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 2 comments

“I think all too often we underestimate the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the mental health and well-being of the individual, thus it goes unaddressed.” ~Stephanie Zimmerman, MSN Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can bring on feelings of worry, fear, dread, anger, uncertainty and loss.  Research indicates that, for some people, these symptoms of...

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Accurate Blood Pressure Readings Are More Important Than Ever Before

Accurate Blood Pressure Readings Are More Important Than Ever Before

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog, Hypertension, Stroke | 0 comments

Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines for healthy blood pressure.  By reducing the goals of healthy, normal blood pressure to below 120 mm Hg, the hope is to reduce heart attacks, strokes and death. These new goals are based on a significant number of research studies but especially the...

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5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About An Unappreciated Organ: The Bladder

5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About An Unappreciated Organ:  The Bladder

Posted by on Nov 25, 2017 in Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Blog, Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection | 2 comments

Because of its lowly role in the human body, we think about our bladders only when something is going wrong  or when we have to go really, really badly. So, November has been set aside as Bladder Health Awareness month. Here is a short review of bladder anatomy and function as well as common problems that can happen. Your bladder is connected to your...

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A Diabetes-Friendly Soup Recipe for Thanksgiving

A Diabetes-Friendly Soup Recipe for Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

My family has a recipe for a creamy soup that makes a delicious appetizer on Thanksgiving Day.  This soup can also be served as a full course when you find yourself yearning for a warm, cozy soup on a chilly autumn day.  What’s more, it’s diabetes- and celiac-friendly! Squash and Carrot Diabetes-Friendly Soup Here’s what you need: 3...

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Does Alcohol Increase Cancer Risk?

Does Alcohol Increase Cancer Risk?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In July 2017, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conducted the National Cancer Opinion Survey to find out what people in the US know about cancer.  ASCO released the results in October.  The findings have already influenced recommendations made by the organization. Beliefs About Cancer Risk Among other questions, the survey asked  4,016...

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