Disease 

The Trauma of Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s

While there are several forms of dementia, the most common is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for 64 percent of dementia. Its hallmark symptom is the progressive loss of cognitive function, and a gradual loss of memory. When the person with Alzheimer’s experiences this decline, he or she may no longer remember even the people he loves the most. This loss of memory can be profoundly traumatic for caregivers, particularly when the carer is the spouse. As time passes and the condition worsens, both partners lose the shared history that they…

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Diet Disease Healthy Foods 

Why are Americans So Fat?

Americans are fat. More than two-thirds of us are either overweight or obese, and one in twenty of us is considered “extremely obese.” Being fat is not just a problem of appearance. It presents a significant threat to your health. Obesity is implicated in type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Economists estimate the medical cost of obesity is over $147 billion dollars in the United States alone. Why are we so fat? There are two schools of thought. One says we eat too much fat. The low-fat diet theorists…

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Does Saturated Fat Cause Diabetes?

The University of California Davis Integrative Medicine center works to prevent chronic disease by educating patients about how to make positive changes in lifestyle habits. They address nutrition, exercise, stress management and smoking cessation, but their primary emphasis is nutrition and plant-based diets. They focus on preventing, halting, or reversing lifestyle diseases such obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Under the founding director, Dr. Rosane Oliveira, Integrative Medicine has produced The Ultimate Guide to Saturated Fats. With regard to type 2 diabetes, the guide states: Once we control…

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Drugs Can Now Cure Almost all Cases of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C, or HCV (often called simply hep C), kills 350,000 people every year. Most deaths are caused by cirrhosis (irreversible and catastrophic scarring of the liver) and liver cancer. HCV affects an estimated 130 to 170 million people around the world. There is no vaccine yet that will protect against the acquisition of hep C, but new drugs have been developed that provide a cure for most cases. In the past, the standard treatment for chronic hepatitis C was an antiviral therapy that combined a pegylated interferon and ribavirin,…

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Disease Health Studies 

New Progress toward Developing Immunotherapy for Cancer

Many Americans were introduced to the concept of immunotherapy when former President Jimmy Carter was successfully treated for brain cancer, in his nineties. This groundbreaking approach to cancer therapy mobilizes the patient’s own immune system to kill the tumors in his or her body. Immunotherapy is in its infancy, and its success depends upon increasing scientific understanding of the human genome. Scientist Eduard Porta-Pardo, Ph.D. is the lead author of a study recently published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research. The study was conducted by the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery…

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6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

According to the United States government, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among Americans in 2016. 595,690 people will die from the disease. The most common kinds of cancers are are projected to be breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder cancer, skin melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer. There are actually more than one hundred types of cancer, which is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer treatment can include chemotherapy,…

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Disease Health Studies 

This Thyroid Tumor is No Longer Considered Cancer

Last week there was an announcement in the journal JAMA Oncology. An international panel of physicians has reclassified a type of tumor that has long been considered malignant as non-cancerous. This change will affect approximately 10,000 of the nearly 65,000 thyroid cancer patients diagnosed annually in the United States. This means those patients will not have to undergo removal of their thyroid, treatment with radioactive iodine, and regular examination for the rest of their lives, all just to protect against a tumor that was never life-threatening. This will undoubtedly open…

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Disease 

What Gulf Coast Residents Must Know Now About Mosquitoes

With the advent of the Zika virus, citizens on the Gulf Coast are interested in learning how to protect themselves from the mosquito-borne illness. A recent article in the Austin, Texas American Statesman offered some tips.  The writer pointed out that Texas mosquitoes are not yet thought to be carrying the virus, but they do pose a risk for other illnesses. And in the warm Gulf Coast states, April marks the beginning of mosquito season. While you may think of “mosquitoes” as a single category, Texas (as an example) has…

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