Category Archives: Medical

Holding Off Heart Disease

February 17th, 2019
It’s February, and you know what that means – it’s American Heart Month. It’s that annual opportunity to review what we know about heart disease. And it’s our chance to be sure we’re doing everything we can to prevent or manage it in our lives. After all, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. In fact, one in every four deaths in this country is the result of heart disease, to…

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,…

Concerning Sudden Cardiac Arrest

October 23rd, 2018
They’re sometimes referred to as “massive heart attacks,” but that moniker is not quite accurate. It’s true sudden cardiac arrests, or SCAs, affect the heart, but they’re not true heart attacks. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart is stopped or slowed, generally due to a blockage, causing the death of heart muscle tissue. Generally, there are signs and symptoms signaling a heart attack, and in most cases, those hearts continue beating. But with…

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…

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…

Glioblastoma: A Ghastly Cancer

September 11th, 2018
On Saturday, Aug 25, Arizona Senator John McCain succumbed to an especially heinous brain cancer called glioblastoma. Glioblastoma, the most common of all of the malignant primary brain tumors, is the same illness that killed Sen. Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. In the United States, there are approximately 18,000 people diagnosed with glioblastoma every year, and an…

Bye-Bye Vertigo!

August 28th, 2018
Living in Florida can be brutal for an allergy sufferer. I know, because I’ve lived in Florida since I was three and can’t remember a time when I didn’t suffer from allergies and ear and nasal infections. I’m allergic to the world so I’m always having to make trips to the doctor for antibiotics and allergy treatments. Recently, I started getting frequent dizzy spells as well. I assumed at first that they were the result of another infection and put…

A Bit About OAB

August 13th, 2018
Overactive bladder or OAB, isn’t a disease in itself. Rather, it’s a syndrome, a collection of symptoms caused by sudden, involuntary contractions of the muscle of the wall of the bladder, where urine is stored. OAB symptoms can be triggered anywhere at any time and can have a major impact on your quality of life. The most notable symptom of OAB is a sudden need to urinate that you can’t control. Some of us leak urine when we feel this…