Awareness Month

A Closer Look At Pancreatic Cancer

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so let’s take a few minutes to ponder this deadly disease. First, let’s learn a little bit about the pancreas and its important contributions to the body’s day-to-day functioning. The pancreas is an oblong organ that sits across the back of the abdomen, between the stomach and the spine. It consists primarily of two […]

Defining DMD, The Most Common Form Of Muscular Dystrophy

September marks National Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month.

Wednesday, September 7, is World Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Awareness Day. DMD is the most common and most severe form of muscular dystrophy, a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive muscle weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles. Found almost exclusively in boys, DMD is caused by a mutation on a gene located on the X chromosome that is responsible for producing a muscle-protecting protein called dystrophin.

An Education on Eating Disorders

The American Psychiatric Association defines eating disorders as “behavioral conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbances in eating behaviors and associated distressing thoughts and emotions.” National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which just ended (February 21-27), serves as a time to learn more about these disorders and actively support those affected by them. Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can lead to […]

A Glance at Glaucoma

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve fibers that connects the retina, which converts light entering the eye into electrical signals, to the brain, which interprets those signals as visual images. Continuing damage to the optic nerve from glaucoma can lead to vision loss. In […]

Pondering Pancreatic Cancer

Let’s take a few minutes to ponder pancreatic cancer. First, let’s learn a little bit about the pancreas and its important contributions to the body’s day-to-day functioning. The pancreas is an oblong organ that sits across the back of the abdomen, between the stomach and the spine. It consists primarily of two types of cells. Exocrine cells make key enzymes […]

Select Safe Toys And Gifts This Holiday Season

December is a month of multiple religious and cultural celebrations. A tradition common to these celebrations is the giving of gifts to our loved ones, particularly our children. We all want to make our kids happy this holiday season. But before you give them that toy they’ve been asking for, make sure it’s safe. That’s the message of National Safe […]

Some Hard Facts About Stomach Cancer

Your stomach is a sac-like organ that plays an important role in the digestive process. Stomach cancer develops when stomach cells begin to grow and divide out of control and form masses, or tumors. Most stomach cancers – about 90 to 95 percent – begin in the gland cells of the mucosa, the innermost lining of the stomach. These cancers, […]

Hand-y Tips for Staying Healthy

We all know that bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, trigger infections that can be serious and even life-threatening. These germs are easily spread when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes, where the malicious microbes can enter your body and make you ill. Consider all the objects you touch […]

Ask Me About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia, a group of disorders characterized by brain changes that lead to a decrease in memory, language, problem-solving and thinking abilities, as well as behavior changes that can impair your daily functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Alzheimer’s disease […]

Defending Against Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month. Let’s get up to speed on this common disorder. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that affects how your body uses food for energy. When you eat, your body breaks down the food into a simple sugar called glucose, which enters your body’s cells with the help of insulin, a hormone produced by special beta […]


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