Category Archives: Medical

A Bit About Bleeding Disorders

September 10th, 2019
Normally, if you cut yourself, your body rushes to form a blood clot at the site of the injury to staunch the bleeding. Clots are mostly made of platelets, a type of blood cell, and protein clotting factors that work together to form a fibrin “plug” around the injured area. But if you have a bleeding disorder, this clotting process doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. Without proper clotting, people with bleeding disorders can bleed excessively. The problem might be…

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.…

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…

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…