Category Archives: Disease

Hope For Hypothyroidism

December 11th, 2018
Hypothyroidism is a big word for underactive thyroid. “Hypo” means “beneath” or “below.” “Thyroidism” refers to the function of the thyroid. Hypothyroidism, then, means “beneath function” of the thyroid. Hypothyroidism is a common condition. Estimates vary because millions of people have the disorder and don’t know it, but approximately 10 million Americans have the condition. Look at it another way. About 4.6 percent of the population of the US ages 12 and older has hypothyroidism. Fortunately, most of those cases…

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…

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…

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…

Skyrocketing STDs

September 24th, 2018
With all of the breakthroughs science has made on complicated diseases like cancer, you’d think we’d have the simple stuff figured out. But that’s not the case with sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. For a while there, doctors seemed to have a handle on these infections, but over the past four years, their rates have skyrocketed.  According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, last year was no different. It posted the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and…

Raising Sepsis Awareness

September 18th, 2018
Every month of the year celebrates awareness of a health disorder or healthy behavior, and September is the national month for a ton of things. One of the September celebrations is Sepsis Awareness Month. I thought we could all use a little more awareness about this potentially fatal condition. For example, did you know that sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of death in US hospitals. There are more than…