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FDA Approves Use Of Patch For Alzheimer’s

March 24th, 2022
The Food and Drug Administration has approved use of the first weekly transdermal skin patch for Alzheimer’s-related dementia. Adlarity (donepezil) is a patch for patients with mild, moderate or severe dementia and is available in 5- or 10-mg per day forms. The patch can be placed on the patient’s back, thigh or buttocks and will consistently deliver a well-tolerated dose of donepezil through the skin for up to seven days. Donepezil is the most widely used medicine for patients with…

Pondering Pancreatic Cancer

December 21st, 2021
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 for digestion, which they release into tiny tubes called ducts. Endocrine cells produce hormones such as insulin and glucagon, which…

Select Safe Toys And Gifts This Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2021
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 Toys and Gifts Month. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has established strict toy safety guidelines that include rigorous…

Some Hard Facts About Stomach Cancer

December 2nd, 2021
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, called adenocarcinomas, are typically what are referred to when talking about stomach cancer. Also called gastric cancer, stomach cancer accounts…

Hand-y Tips for Staying Healthy

December 1st, 2021
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 in a typical day. These may include doorknobs, elevator buttons, door handles, ATM keys, touchscreens and your cellphone, to name…

Ask Me About Alzheimer’s Disease

November 15th, 2021
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 is more common in older adults. It is estimated that 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with…

Defending Against Diabetes

November 9th, 2021
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 cells in your pancreas. When the amount of glucose in your blood increases, it signals the pancreas to release insulin.…

SIDS: A Silent Killer

October 28th, 2021
October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Want to learn more about SIDS? Read on. First of all, SIDS is the name given to the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby less than 1 year old. SIDS is sometimes called crib death because it usually occurs when babies are asleep in their cribs. SIDS is a silent killer. About 2,300 babies die of SIDS each year in the US. It is the most common…

Breast Cancer Basics

October 11th, 2021
It’s October, and we all know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look around. See all the pink ribbons? The color pink is a reminder to learn the basics of breast cancer and then get screened. And men, don’t think this doesn’t apply to you. Though it’s much more common in women, breast cancer affects men, too. Consider these facts. About one in eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer…

Here’s to Having Healthy Lungs

October 5th, 2021
Lung disease kills 4 million people every year. It kills more people than any other disease worldwide. Lung disease is a broad term that encompasses multiple conditions that prevent your lungs from working properly. October is Healthy Lung Month. Let’s use this time to learn more about our lungs and some of the disorders that threaten their health. Your lungs are a pair of air-filled organs located in your chest. Each lung is made up of smaller sections called lobes.…