Category Archives: Disease

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…

Florida Hepatitis A Cases Continue To Rise At Alarming Rate

August 22nd, 2019
The annual number of reported cases of hepatitis A in the state of Florida is on the rise yet again and at an alarming rate, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health. After reported cases of hepatitis A in Florida more than doubled between 2016 and 2017 and nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018, the number of cases reported in Florida since then has more than…

Cancer Vaccines Offer Hope

August 20th, 2019
Vaccines, as you probably know, are medicines that help your body fight disease. If you’re like most people, you received vaccinations against a bunch of disorders – from chickenpox to whooping cough – when you were a kid. Vaccines work with your immune system to recognize and destroy harmful substances, such as disease-causing viruses, that attack your body. Scientists today are exploring new and better ways to boost the power of the immune system, using vaccines aimed at battling cancer.…

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August 13th, 2019
Why a vaccine this year may be more important than ever The hottest days of the summer traditionally occur during a span of days that begins in early July and ends in the middle of August. Better known as the “Dog Days of Summer,’’ this period ends this year on the day just before school begins across the state of Florida. The beginning of the school year also falls in the middle of National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance…

Melanoma: The Mother of Skin Cancers

June 16th, 2019
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, affecting about one in five Americans by age 70. In fact, more people in the US are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if detected early and treated properly. Skin cancer starts in the three main types of skin cells: basal cells, squamous cells and melanocytes. Melanocytes, found in the skin’s middle layer, or epidermis, make the…

The da Vinci Debate

June 6th, 2019
Medical theories abound over what caused the great master to leave so many works, including his most famous, undone? For all of its beauty, mystery and technical expertise, the Mona Lisa has long been considered an unfinished masterpiece. It remains a subject of debate even today, and not just among artists and art historians, but among medical professionals as well. In early May, as the art world began to recognize the 500th anniversary of the death of the Mona Lisa’s…

WATS Happening in Esophageal Cancer

May 8th, 2019
Do you get heartburn after you eat? Maybe you get it once in a while, or maybe you’re one of the 15 million or more Americans who get it every day. That’s about 20 percent of the US population. If you get heartburn often, you may have a condition called acid reflux. If your heartburn is seriously bothering you, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. GERD occurs when acid from your stomach persistently flows, or refluxes, back up…

A Dialogue on Bleeding Disorders

March 26th, 2019
When most people get a cut or other trauma to their bodies, specialized cells are immediately transported to the site of the injury to form a blood clot and stem the bleeding. To form a blood clot, you need a type of blood cells called platelets and certain proteins known as clotting factors. During the clotting process, the platelets clump together at the site of the injury to form a “plug.” Then, the clotting factors group up to make what’s…

Concerning Colorectal Cancer

March 17th, 2019
With cancer, the cells of a part of your body grow out of control. When this occurs with the cells of your colon or rectum, it’s colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is an equal-opportunity disease. It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. Aging is a key factor for this disease, so it’s more common in people ages 50 and older. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both…