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Eat, Drink and Watch Out! Food Safety

Eat, Drink and Watch Out! Food Safety

Posted by on Jun 22, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Surveillance of food safety is challenging for a number of reasons. One is that food borne illness is under-reported–people just experience the vomiting and diarrhea and chalk it up to a “stomach bug” or “food poisoning” without going to the doctor and being tested. But the Centers for Disease Control have conducted research,...

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No Salt, Please

No Salt, Please

Posted by on Jun 8, 2019 in Blog, Coronary artery disease, Hypertension, Stroke | 1 comment

A recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine describes what is really happening with the US food supply. In 2010, a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM–now called the National Academy of Medicine) stated that, salt intake is actually a factor that is out of our personal control. This is because only 5% of sodium is coming from the...

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Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Posted by on Jun 1, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

As the summer sun heats the Northern Hemisphere, getting enough water can be difficult. Recommendations for the amount of water you should drink have changed. Instead of the 8 glasses of water a day, the guidance now is to follow your body’s signals that it needs water–thirst. And take note of the color of your urine, if your urine is dark, you...

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Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for the Summer

Diabetes-Friendly Recipes for the Summer

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Blog, Diabetes mellitus | 0 comments

Looking for some delicious and cool recipes for the summer? Try these two diabetes-friendly recipes from Diabetic Living[1]. Recipes: Berry-Mint Kefir Smoothies 1 cup low fat plain kefir 1 cup frozen mixed berries 1/4 cup orange juice 1-2 Tbsp. fresh mint 1Tbsp honey Combine kefir, berries, juice, mint to taste and honey in a blender Smoothies can keep for...

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Circulating Tumor DNA Detecting Colorectal Cancer Recurrences Early

Circulating Tumor DNA Detecting Colorectal Cancer Recurrences Early

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Blog, Colorectal cancer | 1 comment

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Oncology (JAMA) contains an exciting strategy (made possible again by all the work of the Human Genome Project) for treatment decision making and finding recurrences earlier for those diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer. Treatment involves...

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Early Human Migration, Illness and Blood Types

Early Human Migration, Illness and Blood Types

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

Have you ever wondered about blood types? When I was in 5th grade, I needed a science experiment and obtained a kit to test my classmates blood types. They had to lance their own fingers for two drops of blood and conveniently dripped upon a glass slide. By adding a drop full of antibodies to Type A blood in one drop and, in the other, antibodies to Type B...

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CRISPR

CRISPR

Posted by on May 1, 2019 in Blog, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma | 0 comments

Since the Human Genome Project published the first draft of the human genome in February 2001, there has been a boom in research and new technologies around genetics. The project revealed that humans have around 20,500 genes. Around 3 million base pairs make up these genes. CRISPR is a new technology that has arisen from this groundbreaking Human Genome...

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Climate Change and Health

Climate Change and Health

Posted by on Apr 28, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

The New York Times Magazine published an article documenting the history scientific knowledge about climate change and the many efforts to push our leaders to action in “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.” The American Public Health Association (APHA) has created several infographics that document the impact of climate...

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Cold Tumors?

Cold Tumors?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2019 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Prostate cancer | 1 comment

New: Thanks to InVideo, we have a video version of the post below. Check it out at bottom of the post. Incredible immunotherapy responses in some cancers, but not in others, have puzzled the research community. What is it about some cancers that allows the immune system to be activated? Why are some cancers able to evade the immune system even when...

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Bladders and New Technology

Bladders and New Technology

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Blog, Nocturia, Overactive bladder, Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection | 1 comment

Our last post discussed the connection between our kidneys and blood pressure. The kidneys release urine in a steady flow. It moves down the ureters–muscular tubules–to the bladder. How does the bladder work? What happens when you hold urine in your bladder instead of going when you need to? Here is a well done description of how the bladder...

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Kidneys and blood pressure connection

Kidneys and blood pressure connection

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

It doesn’t seem possible that high blood pressure numbers can damage kidneys. But the way kidneys work can give you an understanding of the reason. Below is an infographic explaining the important filtration parts of the kidneys–nephrons. In the kidneys, the delicate structures called nephrons are filtering wonders. The blood moves into the...

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