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Uric Acid, Gout and the Heart

Uric Acid, Gout and the Heart

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Blog, Kidney stones | 0 comments

You may think of Henry VIII when you think of gout. Called the disease of kings, many associate it with excess. Gout is actually a common disease. Over three million people in the US diagnosed with gout every year. Gout is a builds up of uric acid in tissues, especially in the joints. Uric acid is a byproduct the digestion of purines, a natural substance...

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My Oncologist Doesn’t Believe Food Is Necessary

My Oncologist Doesn’t Believe Food Is Necessary

Posted by on Dec 3, 2019 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 3 comments

By Steve Gillman What my cancer taught me about medical “evidence” and how much is enough I exaggerate. My oncologist probably does believe humans need food, but I suspect the belief makes him uncomfortable, since no double-blind studies have been done to prove it. Like many doctors, his general approach to treatment is that if something hasn’t been...

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Lights, Sounds, Microglia Activation

Lights, Sounds, Microglia Activation

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

Alzheimer’s Disease Today patients with mild Alzheimer’s Disease are being recruited for at least two clinical trials based on an interesting observation made by a graduate student at MIT. Hannah Iaccarino wondered if you could restore the brain’s gamma waves. One of the features of Alzheimer’s Disease is a loss of a type of brain...

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Washing Machines, Hand Dryers and Germs

Washing Machines, Hand Dryers and Germs

Posted by on Nov 26, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Hand Dryers Remember when public bathrooms didn’t have hot air hand dryers? Installed to eliminate waste and improve hygiene, research suggests that they are actually great at spreading germs, right back onto your freshly washed hands. A 2018 study brought this information to people’s attention. Researchers exposed petri dishes to bathroom air...

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Using Anger for Good

Using Anger for Good

Posted by on Nov 17, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Anger is an emotion that everyone experiences from very early on. Studies have confirmed anger in infants as young as two months old. There is a lot of literature that describes anger as a negative emotion. Yet, at least one anger researcher says that “anger is a powerful and healthy force in your life. It’s good that you feel it. You need to...

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50 Years of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

50 Years of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

In 1969, at a workshop about women’s bodies and health in the Boston area, 12 women met to discuss their experiences with doctors. As they talked, they realized commonality in their stories. First, all of the women shared that they had felt ignored or dismissed during their interactions with physicians and second, all noticed that they didn’t...

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Not Again! H3N2 Flu Virus

Not Again! H3N2 Flu Virus

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

If you had the flu in 2017, you know what the influenza A H3N2 virus feels like.  Australia had a bad round of H3N2 flu this year and often the Northern Hemisphere follows the same trend. What to do? Get the flu shot! So many people say that they get the flu shot but still get the flu. It is true that the vaccine has only a 40 to 60 percent effectiveness...

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Spin in Health News

Spin in Health News

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

According to research from the Pew Research Center, 68 percent of adults in the US get their news online on social media.  Yet news, whether online or from traditional outlets, can be misleading. Spin is the term used to describe a slant in the way information is presented. Unfortunately, many journalists rely on press releases in their writing and story...

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Trouble Getting Medical Records?

Trouble Getting Medical Records?

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

The US Federal Government has an Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology and nine years ago, Regina Holliday provided testimony at a workshop – the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup. This testimony described the harrowing experience of a patient with kidney cancer,...

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What Can Hospitals Do Better?

What Can Hospitals Do Better?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

In March of this year, Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale School of Medicine, asked this question on Twitter. I am curious to know from patients…esp those recently in the hospital…what do you wish we did better? What were the most obvious ways that quality could be improved. Throughout hospitalization & in the transition home. We should...

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Ozone – The Good and the Bad and the Ugly News for Lungs

Ozone – The Good and the Bad and the Ugly News for Lungs

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

Smoking is the number one cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema. But nonsmokers have been diagnosed with it more and more frequently. Why? The answer may be ozone. Good Versus Bad Ozone You remember the hole in the ozone layer. It is not that ozone. Ozone in the stratosphere is good ozone. Over six miles above the ground, ozone...

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