Category Archives: Disease

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…

Learn About Low Vision

February 10th, 2019
Do you worry about your vision? Many of us do. Vision loss is a common condition in the United States. It’s estimated that 25 million Americans are blind or visually impaired. One in 28 Americans ages 40 and older have low vision. Since low vision is so prevalent, I thought we ought to learn more about it. First of all, let’s define low vision. It’s a significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected by any type of prescription lenses, or…

Is It Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis?

January 14th, 2019
Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s and UC have many things in common: they both cause inflammation, swelling and sores in the lining of the digestive tract, and they’ve got many symptoms in common. Yet, they’re distinct disorders that affect different areas of the GI tract. It’s estimated that 1.6 million Americans suffer with IBD. It occurs in men and women equally, but is more common in Caucasians than in other…

Think About Your Thyroid

January 7th, 2019
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were joyful – and safe. January is generally the time when we set our priorities for the year. Many of us make resolutions to improve our bodies on the outside, such as losing weight. But here, we’re going to take a closer look at our bodies on the inside. Today, we’re going to think about our thyroids. The thyroid is a gland that’s part of the body’s endocrine system. It’s responsible for making…

A Letter to FCS

December 16th, 2018
It took Tampa local Charles “Alvin” Middleton more than 10 years to receive an accurate diagnosis of familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS), a rare genetic lipid disorder that causes fat buildup in the body and often leads to unpredictable and potentially fatal attacks of pancreatitis. Alvin has been in and out of the hospital for more than a decade, and once was put into a medically induced coma for more than 40 days. His husband and family were told at the…

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…