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Chicken Pox Again? No, It’s Shingles

Chicken Pox Again?  No, It’s Shingles

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

If you have had chicken pox,  you might get shingles later in life.  Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus (also called the varicella zoster virus).  After you have had chicken pox, the zoster virus stays in your body and lying dormant.  For 1 in 3 people in the US, the virus activates and causes shingles. The symptoms of shingles are pain,...

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Being Judged: The Swinging Pendulum and Pain Management

Being Judged: The Swinging Pendulum and Pain Management

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

Did you know that before the year 2000, poor pain management was called a major medical problem and was synonymous with poor medical care in the US?  On January 1, 2001, Congress declared 2001 to 2010 the Decade of Pain Control and Research.  Assuring that effective pain management occurred in hospitals, in 2003, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of...

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5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Spleen

5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Spleen

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Someone next to you in the elevator is coughing, sneezing and hacking away.  Meanwhile, inside your body, your spleen is busily producing the lymphocytes (white blood cells) that create antibodies to attack the viruses and bacteria to which you are being exposed. This organ is between four and five inches long (about the size of a fist) and located on the...

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What Happens When A Calling Becomes A Job? “Not My Problem” Healthcare

What Happens When A Calling Becomes A Job? “Not My Problem” Healthcare

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

What does it mean to have a calling?  You’ve probably heard people say that they were “called” to become a pastor, social worker, nurse or doctor.  What does that mean? Researchers have tried to define it and seem to have settled on three components to the definition.  First, there is a caller: something external that could be defined by...

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Patients’ Voice In Research: First Results From The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project

Patients’ Voice In Research: First Results From The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

In July 2015, Medivizor introduced us to a project being conducted by the Broad Institute in conjunction with Dana Farber Cancer Institute called The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project or MBC Project.  In October of 2015, after two years of work involving patient input and partnership, the MBC Project website went live. One of the reasons why this project is...

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Do You Understand Clinical Trials?

Do You Understand Clinical Trials?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

In two previous posts, What Do You Think About Clinical Trials?  and What Do You Think? Medivizor’s Clinical Trials Perception Survey Results, we learned your perceptions of clinical trials.  As a follow-up, we have a short, very useful explainer video produced by the European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI) describing some of the key features of...

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Vitamin D A-Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Vitamin D A-Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Though this title might seem flippant, there is evidence that Vitamin D supplements may help you get fewer pesky colds and flu. In a recent article published in The BMJ, researchers conducted a meta-analysis on randomized control trials.  Backing up, to do a meta-analysis, researchers find already published articles that fit a specific criteria, in this...

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Never Done Yoga? Give These 9 Seated Yoga Poses A Try

Never Done Yoga?  Give These 9 Seated Yoga Poses A Try

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

You’ve probably heard of yoga. Some people are “into” it. Others, not so much. Yoga is over 5000 years old, originating in India. One of the oldest texts in existence is the Yoga Sutra. Written 2000 years ago, it is the basis of the yoga practiced today. Possible health benefits from practicing yoga include stress management, balance...

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Tattoos, Pain, Libido: Breast Reconstruction Is Not a “Boob Job”

Tattoos, Pain, Libido: Breast Reconstruction Is Not a “Boob Job”

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

In Before Angelina Jolie: Karen Malkin Lazarovitz’s BRCA Journey (Part 1) Karen explained her experience of learning she had the BRCA mutation. This mutation significantly increased her risk of getting breast cancer (87% risk) and ovarian cancer (54% risk). Here is the rest of her interview. Why Karen Had A Double Mastectomy Waking up everyday thinking...

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