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Parkinson’s Disease at a cellular level: Recent research

Parkinson’s Disease at a cellular level: Recent research

Posted by on Sep 16, 2018 in Blog, Parkinson's Disease | 0 comments

Parkinson’s disease affects around one million people in the US and between seven and ten million worldwide. In people with Parkinson’s disease, the neurons in the brain that produce dopamine die off.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that helps send messages in the brain. It is involved in many functions such as movement, reward, memory,...

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“Your Life Depends on Your Own Advocacy”

“Your Life Depends on Your Own Advocacy”

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 1 comment

“Always trust your gut. Don’t leave your treatment in the hands of someone that you don’t trust or that does not seem like a team player. Yes, they are all smart—even brilliant—but read, read, read, and question them at every corner and challenge the standard of care. Exercise, healthy eating, learning the ropes of insurance, mediation/prayer...

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Clinical Trials Today

Clinical Trials Today

Posted by on Aug 26, 2018 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, Nocturia, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Overactive bladder, Parkinson's Disease, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke, Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection | 4 comments

Prior to the 20th century, most people lived about 47 years in the developed world because of infectious diseases. In 1940, the first use of penicillin to treat infectious diseases occurred and penicillin became available in 1945 to the general public. Science and research conducted throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, created more antibiotics so that life...

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Cancer Vaccines

Cancer Vaccines

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 2 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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Kidney Stones and the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Kidney Stones and the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Posted by on Jul 15, 2018 in Blog, Kidney stones, Urinary tract infection | 0 comments

As I laid on the emergency room’s hospital bed, a volunteer said, “I’ve had seven children and kidney stones. I’d take labor pains over kidney stone pain anytime.” Although I’m not sure I completely agree, I do know that pain from kidney stone, called renal colic, can be excruciating. Over half a million people in the US...

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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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