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Cancer Vaccines

Cancer Vaccines

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

When I think of vaccines, I think of the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccines which help our bodies establish immunity against diseases that used to kill.  Now, there are vaccines being created for cancer. The rise of cancer vaccines According to Dr. Nora Disis, an oncologist and researcher in cancer vaccines at the University of...

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Going through IVF

Going through IVF

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Blog, Infertility | 0 comments

The timetable around finding Mr. or Mrs. Right isn’t the same for everyone. My sister-in-law (who I will call S___ throughout this post) and her husband (H___)  found each other when they were 41 and 49 respectively and didn’t marry until they were 44 and 52. They wanted children and tried for almost a year to do so but without success. S____...

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Even A Small Amount Of Physical Activity Helps Your Brain!

Even A Small Amount Of Physical Activity Helps Your Brain!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

A small randomized controlled trial, with 60 participants, adds to the evidence that physical activity, even in small amounts, is good for you.  In this study, just published in The International Journal of Clinical Practice, participants were 70 years old and sedentary. Half the participants did an interval aerobic program for 30-minutes, twice a week,...

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The Side Effects of Stigma

The Side Effects of Stigma

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

With knives or branding irons, ancient Greeks would mark criminals or traitors to indicate that they should be shunned and not welcomed in society. The Greeks called that mark a stigma. Today, to stigmatize a person is to classify them by a negative attribute and devalue them on that basis alone. Stigmatizing is a cross-cultural and cross-species...

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Vegetarian Diet Great for Type 2 Diabetes

Vegetarian Diet Great for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Blog, Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Stroke | 0 comments

Critical benefits may be had from eating a vegetarian diet for people living with type 2 diabetes, a recent meta-analysis of randomized control trials* indicates. Published in Clinical Nutrition,  the meta-analysis of nine studies involved over 600 participants taking insulin, oral glucose lowering drugs, lipid-lowering medications or medications to...

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Common Tests: Liver Function

Common Tests: Liver Function

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

The largest solid organ in the body, the liver has at least 500 distinct functions. [See 5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Liver] It produces bile to break down fats in the small intestine, stores glucose in the form of glycogen, processes hemoglobin and manufactures proteins and enzymes. There are several liver tests conducted to assess...

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I Keep Getting Up At Night To Go to the Bathroom: Nocturia and Nocturnal Polyuria

I Keep Getting Up At Night To Go to the Bathroom: Nocturia and Nocturnal Polyuria

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Urinary incontinence | 1 comment

By Professor Steven Kaplan, MD “I never get a full night’s sleep…I’ve got to get up two or three times a night.” “As soon as I lie down, I feel like I need to GO!” “When it was just once a night, I could handle it.  Now it’s once every hour!” If any of these statements describe your experience,...

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ASCO 2018: Chemotherapy Side Effects & Treating Metastatic Lung Cancer

ASCO 2018: Chemotherapy Side Effects & Treating Metastatic Lung Cancer

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Blog, Colorectal cancer, Lung cancer | 0 comments

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meets at the beginning of June each year in Chicago. It is the world’s largest oncology organization where researchers from around the world present their research findings. Here are the results of two studies presented during the first couple of days of the conference. Chemotherapy Side Effects and...

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Antioxidants in Grapes and Avocados

Antioxidants in Grapes and Avocados

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Blog, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Stroke | 0 comments

The mitochondria in cells produce energy. In the process they form reactive oxygen species. Reactive oxygen species, also called free radicals or oxygen radicals are used in many metabolic processes that are essential to life. For example, they are are part of enzyme reactions in the body.  White blood cells, like neutrophils produce reactive oxygen...

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Diabetes Burnout

Diabetes Burnout

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Blog, Diabetes mellitus | 3 comments

“I just don’t think about my diabetes. It’s too complicated and I’m too busy.” “I’ve given up on carb counting and just eat whatever.” “If my blood sugar is out of range, I just don’t care.” “Family and friends don’t support me. ” “I feel hopeless.” If these...

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