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ASCO 2018: Chemotherapy Side Effects & Treating Metastatic Lung Cancer

ASCO 2018: Chemotherapy Side Effects & Treating Metastatic Lung Cancer

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Blog, Colorectal cancer, Lung cancer | 0 comments

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meets at the beginning of June each year in Chicago. It is the world’s largest oncology organization where researchers from around the world present their research findings. Here are the results of two studies presented during the first couple of days of the conference. Chemotherapy Side Effects and...

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Antioxidants in Grapes and Avocados

Antioxidants in Grapes and Avocados

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Blog, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Stroke | 0 comments

The mitochondria in cells produce energy. In the process they form reactive oxygen species. Reactive oxygen species, also called free radicals or oxygen radicals are used in many metabolic processes that are essential to life. For example, they are are part of enzyme reactions in the body.  White blood cells, like neutrophils produce reactive oxygen...

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Diabetes Burnout

Diabetes Burnout

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Blog, Diabetes mellitus | 3 comments

“I just don’t think about my diabetes. It’s too complicated and I’m too busy.” “I’ve given up on carb counting and just eat whatever.” “If my blood sugar is out of range, I just don’t care.” “Family and friends don’t support me. ” “I feel hopeless.” If these...

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Common Tests Explained: Basic Metabolic Panel or BMP

Common Tests Explained: Basic Metabolic Panel or BMP

Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

A Basic Metabolic Panel is one of the most common tests that your provider can order. It is used to learn about your kidney function as well as calcium levels and glucose levels.  You need to fast 8 to 12 hours before this test. What’s measured in a Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)? Creatinine:  Creatinine is a waste product that is filtered out of your...

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Guest Post: The Invisible Loss of a Heart Recipient

Guest Post:  The Invisible Loss of a Heart Recipient

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Before becoming a heart recipient, Stephanie Zimmerman, RN, MSN was a nurse practitioner caring for pediatric cancer patients.  This year, Stephanie** underwent biopsies of her donated heart to find out if it has been damaged by her immune system. Then during this terrible flu season, she spent over a month with a severe case of pneumonia. Susceptibility...

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Patient-Provider Equality on the Healthcare Team

Patient-Provider Equality on the Healthcare Team

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference held in Las Vegas in March is an enormous yearly event filled with marketers, vendors, health IT professionals, executives in healthcare and clinicians. At last month’s conference, an unlikely pair took the stage: mother and daughter, Kristina and Kate Sheridan, spoke about...

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On Living with Breast Cancer: Dr. Kelly Shanahan’s Patient Journey Part 2

On Living with Breast Cancer: Dr. Kelly Shanahan’s Patient Journey Part 2

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer | 4 comments

In From Physician to Patient, I introduced Dr. Kelly Shanahan, a mother, wife, and obstetrician-gynecologist living and working in California. Her life changed with a breast cancer diagnosis. “In 2008, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, stage IIB to be exact. I underwent an aggressive bilateral mastectomy, because   1) as an ob/gyn...

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From Physician to Patient: Dr. Kelly Shanahan Part 1

From Physician to Patient: Dr. Kelly Shanahan Part 1

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in Blog, Breast cancer, Infertility | 1 comment

Dr. Kelly Shanahan attended the University of Virginia Medical School, graduating in 1987. Her residency at Temple University in obstetrics and gynecology ending as a chief resident in 1991. After practicing for a short time in Pennsylvania, she moved to California spring of 1994 “seeking a more ‘laid back life.'” She set up a private...

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What is Usher Syndrome?

What is Usher Syndrome?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

“My son’s deafness was “cured” by early cochlear implants but there is as yet no known treatment for the loss of peripheral vision, nor any way to predict the rate of progression. Literally, the only approved intervention is learn to use braille and a white cane – a folding stick with no light, no tech, no audio, no google maps...

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