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Diabetes and Your Eyes

November 18th, 2019
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 100 million adults in this country are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Of those, 30.3 million – that’s 9.4 percent of the US population – have full-blown diabetes. Another 84.1 million US adults have prediabetes. That’s a condition that, if left untreated, can lead to type 2 diabetes within five years. More than a third of adult Americans has prediabetes, and most of them don’t know they…

Amid his own battle with the disease, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek participates in pancreatic cancer PSA.

November 11th, 2019
Game show host Alex Trebek, who has battled pancreatic cancer since March, has teamed up with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition to star in a public service announcement aimed at raising awareness and donations for research. “In nearly every country, pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits," Trebek said in the clip, filmed on the set of Jeopardy!, which he has hosted for 36 seasons. "Now, in order to help patients…

National Diabetes Awareness Month:

November 6th, 2019
Time to turn sugar highs into sugar lows. It’s fitting that the day after the sugar high of Halloween marks the start of National Diabetes Month. No doubt the folks who came up with the idea for a low-sugar awareness month figured this to be a good time to start keeping it real before the pumpkin pie, chocolate peppermint brownies and sugar cookies start to derail our diets. And well they should. According to the U.S. Department of Health and…

Simple Technology for Advanced Treatment

November 4th, 2019
The image many people form when thinking of medical researchers at work is one of serious men and women using sophisticated technology to investigate treatments and cures for diseases. But in some cases, these professionals use simple, everyday devices to combat people’s disorders and manage their symptoms. A recent study, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on August 5, reported on a new wireless device that regulates neural circuits in the brain using a tiny implant controlled by a simple smartphone.…

Superheroes and Supervillains with Mental Disorders

October 30th, 2019
Whether it’s in a comic book or a movie, most everyone has seen a superhero. Superheroes are different from the rest of us. For example: The Flash is faster than the speed of light, Superman can fly, and Spiderman can shoot webs. People look at superheroes and see greatness and perfection. In a sense, though, superheroes are just like everyone else. They suffer from some of the same problems many people do. One such problem is mental illness. Take Superman,…

Bad News, Good News Regard Breast Cancer

October 27th, 2019
Bad news: More Florida women getting breast cancer. Good news: Death rate now among nation’s lowest. When I scanned the first sentence of her Facebook post, I thought at first that it was just another attempt to raise awareness for a worthy cause that would eventually ask me to do my part in the fight by sharing the post with others. If only it had been. “I have breast cancer,” it said. In the paragraphs that followed, my friend explained…

EVALI: A New-Age Killer

October 21st, 2019
In its weekly report released October 11, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that as of October 15, 2019, 1,479 cases of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, were reported in 49 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. In addition, Thirty-three deaths have been confirmed in 24 states, with more deaths under investigation. The CDC also announced it gave the mysterious illness a name: EVALI, which stands for…

Arthritis: Not Just a Seniors’ Disease

October 2nd, 2019
It’s probably pretty common for people to equate the term arthritis with osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis that’s common in adults as we get older. But that’s just one type of arthritis. There are many more, including types that specifically affect children. In general terms, that group of disorders is referred to as childhood arthritis or juvenile arthritis. The most common type of juvenile arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis or JIA. JIA affects approximately one in 1,000 children under…

Advances, Retreats in the Cancer Battle

September 25th, 2019
At the end of May, the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer was released, and it offered some encouraging news. The report included cancer statistics from the years 1999 through 2016, the most recent year statistics are available. The report was created by a consortium of the country’s top cancer organizations. The updated annual report noted that US cancer death rates continued to fall during those years. It stated that overall, cancer death rates decreased…

Gaming: Medical Disorder or Not?

September 15th, 2019
There’s no debate about it. Internet and video games are popular in this country. A Pew survey found that 97 percent of teen boys and 83 percent of teen girls play games on some type of device. And it’s not just kids. A research study estimates that about 160 million American adults play internet-based games. It’s definitely easy to get caught up in the games, but is playing too much a disease or addiction? That question is up for debate.…

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