Category Archives: Health

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…

Are Men More Likely To Develop Osteoporosis Than Women?

June 9th, 2019
New Study Reveals Stunning Trend The precursor to osteoporosis, a silent yet potentially disabling disease that can cause bones to weaken and break unexpectedly, is osteopenia. Like osteoporosis, osteopenia is a disease most often found in women, but new research suggests middle-aged men may be more likely to develop the disease. That is the conclusion drawn from a recent study of the bone mineral density in the necks and hips of 173 men and women between the ages of 35…

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…

Implants Now The Gold Standard For Replacement Teeth

May 22nd, 2019
The loss of a tooth may be a bit traumatic for a five- or six-year-old child, but it’s all part of the natural growing process, one that adults usually find rather cute. There is nothing cute, however, about adults losing a tooth. When someone past the age of seven or eight loses a tooth, it’s gone for good, and studies show that more than 178 million Americans have suffered just such a loss while more than 35 million Americans have…

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…

Addiction Damage in America

April 9th, 2019
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported some disconcerting news last month when it released the results of a study on drug overdose deaths among American women ages 30 to 64. The study, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on January 10, found that death rates in this group skyrocketed 260 percent from 1999 to 2017. According to the study investigators, who reviewed death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System, the death rate…

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…

LipiFlow: A Defining Therapy for Dry Eye

March 11th, 2019
Among eye disorders, dry eye disease is one of the most common. It affects 30 million Americans. It’s also one of the most uncomfortable. With it, your eyes feel dry and may itch, sting and/or burn. There’s also a feeling you’ve got something foreign in your eye. And even though it’s called dry eye, your eyes may tear a lot, too. Dry eye disease is generally divided into two types. One is the aqueous deficient type, which means you’re not…

Defining Diet and Nutrition

March 4th, 2019
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word diet? Did you immediately think of a restrictive eating regimen that deprives you of your favorite foods? I think most people look at “diet” that way, and because they see it as depriving, they consider diet a bad thing. For most people, a diet is a tool for losing weight. And according to a survey spearheaded by the International Food and Information Council, 77 percent of Americans…