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Alzheimer’s and the Brain

June 14th, 2021
The terms “Alzheimer’s disease” and “dementia” are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same thing. Dementia is a broad term for a group of conditions that negatively affect memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease, or AD, is a progressive type of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, AD accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Most of the time, people are diagnosed with AD after age 65, but it can appear in younger people as well. In…

Soothing An Irritable Bowel

April 26th, 2021
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a syndrome, a set of symptoms that occur together and are associated with a particular abnormality or condition. The most common symptoms of IBS, which affects your large intestine, or colon, include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating and gas, and a change in bowel habits. There are three types of IBS. One is IBS with constipation (IBS-C). With IBS-C, it may be difficult to move your bowels. You may not move your bowels often, and…

Concerning Colorectal Cancer

March 8th, 2021
The colon and rectum are part of the body’s gastrointestinal tract. The colon makes up the first 6 feet of the large intestine, and the rectum makes up the last 6 inches. Cancers of the colon and rectum are typically grouped together as colorectal cancer because they have some characteristics in common, most notably the presence of abnormal growths called polyps. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 104,610 new cases of colon cancer and 43,340 cases of rectal…

Playing for Keeps

February 1st, 2021
February is observed as International Recreational Therapy Month. Also known as therapeutic recreation, recreational therapy incorporates a definition of health that goes beyond the “absence of illness.” It includes efforts to enrich physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual functioning as well. Recreational therapists are integral members of the health care team. They use sports, games, crafts, animals, and other fun activities to help individuals experiencing injury, illness, or disability participate fully and independently in daily living routines. It also enables…

Handling Holiday Stress

December 7th, 2020
The holidays are a happy season for joyfully celebrating with family, friends, and coworkers. But for many people, this season is also a time of heightened anxiety and stress. Often, people get worked up from the increased responsibilities, lofty expectations and soaring financial pressures that go along with the holidays, and that causes them distress. If you get stressed out during the holidays, this blog is for you. In it, we explore some helpful suggestions for staying calm during the…

Men: Is Low T Slowing You Down?

June 2nd, 2020
Hey guys, are you feeling sluggish, having trouble building muscle through your workouts or experiencing a slowdown in the bedroom? You could have low testosterone, or low T. Low T is a condition in which the male reproductive glands, the testes, don’t produce enough of the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is necessary for male development and sexual function.…

The CBD Story

March 23rd, 2020
It seems like everywhere you look these days, there are ads for products containing CBD. I get emails almost every day hawking these products. But what do we really know about CBD and how does it work? Here’s a little overview of what I’ve learned about it, and it just touches the surface of the CBD story. CBD, an abbreviation for cannabidiol, is one of the major active ingredients of cannabis, essentially marijuana. CBD is a vital constituent of medical…

Advances, Retreats in the Cancer Battle

September 25th, 2019
At the end of May, the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer was released, and it offered some encouraging news. The report included cancer statistics from the years 1999 through 2016, the most recent year statistics are available. The report was created by a consortium of the country’s top cancer organizations. The updated annual report noted that US cancer death rates continued to fall during those years. It stated that overall, cancer death rates decreased…

Another BC Breakthrough

January 20th, 2019
A couple of months ago, we looked at some of the research being done on breast cancer and learned about some of the breast cancer breakthroughs that’ve been made. Since then, a study’s results were released regarding another potential treatment for an aggressive form of breast cancer. I thought I’d end the year with some good news about a deadly disease. The study’s findings were reported in The New England Journal of Medicine and presented at a meeting of the…

Prostate Cancer Prospects

December 3rd, 2018
In October, we got a glimpse of what was happening in research on breast cancer. This week, I thought I’d give you an update on what’s being studied in prostate cancer. Prostate cancer, as we learned recently, is the second most common cancer in men behind skin cancer and the second leading cancer killer in men, behind lung cancer. Studies are ongoing as researchers look for the causes and new treatments for prostate cancer, as well as for more effective…