Category Archives: Disease

Diabetes and Your Eyes

November 14th, 2020
Diabetes increases the risk for multiple health problems, from cardiovascular disease to kidney damage to skin conditions. Another common – and often preventable – problem linked to diabetes is vision loss. November is Diabetes Eye Disease Month, a time to spotlight the most common eye disorders associated with diabetes and focus on ways to decrease your risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020,” which analyzed health data through 2018, 34.2 million Americans…

Increase Your Lung Cancer IQ

November 9th, 2020
Your lungs are a pair of spongy, pyramid-shaped organs in your chest that bring fresh oxygen into your body when you inhale. The lungs also send out carbon dioxide, a waste product of cellular function, when you exhale. The lungs, along with a network of air passages, are part of your body’s respiratory system. Lung cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the lungs. Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells grow and divide uncontrollably and destroy…

Defend Yourself Against Diabetes

November 9th, 2020
In its “National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation details the most updated “state of the disease” in America. The CDC aims to use the report’s information to improve diabetes prevention and management strategies available in this country. According to the report, which analyzed health data through 2018, 34.2 million Americans, or just over one in 10 individuals, have diabetes. Further, 88 million American adults, approximately one in three, have…

Down Syndrome Defined

October 22nd, 2020
Generally speaking, people have 23 pairs of chromosomes for a total of 46 chromosomes. Chromosomes are rod-like structures on DNA that store your genes, the material that carries the instructions for inherited traits such as hair color, skin color, and height. For each pair of chromosomes, you get one from your mother and one from your father. A person with Down syndrome has a third copy of one chromosome, chromosome 21, instead of the usual pair. This extra copy of…

The Bottom Line on Breast Cancer

October 12th, 2020
It’s October, and everybody knows October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look around. Pink ribbons are everywhere. The color pink is a reminder to get the facts about breast cancer and then get screened. And men, don’t think this doesn’t apply to you. Though it is much more common in women, men can get breast cancer, too. Consider these facts. About one in eight American women will develop…

Conquering Childhood Cancer

September 15th, 2020
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September by cancer organizations around the globe. According to the American Cancer Society, just over 11,000 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, and about 1,190 children are expected to die from it. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. The most common cancers in children are not the same as the cancers seen most often in adults.…

Raising Voices for MPN Awareness

September 8th, 2020
When asked to name a blood cancer, most people will respond with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. That’s not surprising because those are among the most common blood cancers. In fact, new cases of those cancers are expected to account for 9.9 percent of the estimated 1,806,590 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2020. But for this Blood Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at another less common blood cancer called myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs. Like other…

FDA Asks for Plasma Donations to Fight COVID-19

August 24th, 2020
In an effort to further combat the spread of Covid-19, the US Food and Drug Administration is encouraging people who have completely recovered from the virus to donate their plasma to help hospitalized patients who are currently fighting the virus. The FDA made this request on Sunday, August 23, when it gave emergency approval to the expanded use of antibody-rich convalescent plasma for coronavirus patients. People who have had COVID-19 and completely recovered from it now have plasma that contains…

Iron Overload

July 20th, 2020
Every year, Americans observe Hemochromatosis Screening and Awareness Month in July, and this year is no exception. Hemochromatosis is a big word for a disorder in which you absorb more iron from the food you eat than your body needs for optimal function. It’s essentially iron overload. Everyone needs some iron. It’s an important nutrient that helps the hemoglobin in your blood carry oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues. But if you absorb too much, it stores up in…

Youth at Risk

July 17th, 2020
As the summer rages on, coronavirus infection rates continue to climb across the country. States such as Texas, Arizona and Florida are seeing record spikes on an almost daily basis. As of July 15, there were more than 3.41 million infections and at least 134,000 deaths from the virus in the US, and it’s not done. Unfortunately, in the midst of all this bad news another negative trend is emerging. Some states are seeing an increase in the number of…