The Waiting Room

Prostate Cancer Prospects

December 3rd, 2018
In October, we got a glimpse of what was happening in research on breast cancer. This week, I thought I’d give you an update on what’s being studied in prostate cancer. Prostate cancer, as we learned recently, is the second most common cancer in men behind skin cancer and the second leading cancer killer in men, behind lung cancer. Studies are ongoing as researchers look for the causes and new treatments for prostate cancer, as well as for more effective…

Pondering Prostate Cancer

November 26th, 2018
In October, we got an education on breast cancer. Now, in November, it’s time to take a look at the second most common cancer affecting American men, behind skin cancer: prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates there’ll be close to 164,690 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the US in 2018, and more than 29,000 deaths. ACS also says about one man in nine will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and about one in 41…

COPD Uncovered

November 20th, 2018
Someone I know and love was a smoker for most of her life. A few years ago, after a very difficult struggle, she finally quit. Unfortunately, the years of smoking had already done some damage to her lungs, and now she’s suffering from COPD. The weirdest part is she doesn’t seem to understand how she got the disorder. She doesn’t get the connection. She should have. In the United States, the single biggest cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. In…

Solutions for Your Skin

November 13th, 2018
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. If you’re an average adult, you’ve got about eight pounds and 22 square feet of it. Skin is active, living tissue, and each of its three layers have jobs to do to protect the body and keep it healthy. The outermost layer of the skin is the epidermis. It provides a waterproof barrier against germs, toxins and pollutants. This layer contains the cells that form the rough exterior surface of the…

Diabetes and Your Eyes

November 4th, 2018
Do you have diabetes? If so, you’re certainly not alone. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 30.3 million Americans have diabetes and another 8.1 million have it but haven’t been diagnosed. Another 84.1 million people in the US have prediabetes, and nine out of ten aren’t aware of it. Still, 1.2 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in this country every year. Maintaining healthy glucose (sugar) levels in your blood is a constant concern if you’ve got diabetes. Consistently…

New Hope for Parkinson’s Patients

October 29th, 2018
Married couples aren’t the only ones who sometimes wish their honeymoons would last a little longer. People being treated for Parkinson’s disease often express the same wish regarding their treatment. Before long, their wish may be granted. A clinical trial that began in July at the University of Arizona is aimed at finding out if ketamine, a drug used to treat depression, can extend what physicians refer to as “the honeymoon period’’ for Parkinson’s patients being treated with levodopa. Levodopa,…

MBC Miseries

October 16th, 2018
It’s pretty common knowledge that when someone is diagnosed with cancer, the cancer is typically assigned a “stage,” which is based on where the cancer cells have been detected. Generally, it goes from stage 0, meaning the cells are found only within the organ’s tissues, to stage IV, meaning the cancer cells have spread beyond the original organ. The same is true with breast cancer. Stage IV breast cancer, which is also known as metastatic breast cancer, or MBC, is…

Say “Yes” to Yoga

October 10th, 2018
Do you practice yoga or have you ever thought about trying it? I think about it quite a bit, but the problem is I just THINK about it. However, after reading about all of yoga’s benefits, I might actually DO something about it. Like any activity, you can get injured doing yoga, but most doctors agree that the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Yoga has an interesting backstory. For starters, it’s a 5,000-year-old practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy.…

Breast Cancer Breakthroughs

October 9th, 2018
If you read the recent posting, you learned the basics of breast cancer. You know it’s a nasty disease. In fact, death rates from breast cancer are higher than those of any other cancer except lung cancer for American women. Knowing that may help you appreciate these remarkable breakthroughs recently announced by breast cancer researchers. The results of one study were released in February and published in the journal Nature. The investigators in the study reported their findings that a…

The Bottom Line on Breast Cancer

September 25th, 2018
It’s October. Everybody knows it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look around. You see pink everywhere. The color is a reminder to get the facts about breast cancer and then get screened. Don’t think this doesn’t apply to you, men. You can get breast cancer, too, even though it’s much more common in women. Consider these statistics. About one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This year, an estimated 266,120 new cases…

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