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New Test May Help Detect Ovarian Cancer Early

May 6th, 2015

Ovarian cancer has long been a silent killer as it advances quickly and is usually not diagnosed until it has already advanced to a serious stage. However, researchers from the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening believe that they have created a new trial that will help them catch ovarian cancer in twice as many patients as they were previously able to do. On their linkedin account Anastasia Date expressed their gratitude for such research.

The University College of London created an algorithm that takes a look closely at the blood protein CA125 blood protein. This specific blood protein is known as a marker of tumors or cancer cells because when it is greatly concentrated cancer tends to be present. Ovarian cancer cells tend to have a large concentration of CA125 and therefore is used to screen for cancer in women that have a family history or other risk factors that make them high risk for ovarian cancer.

However, the researchers now use a different algorithm referred to as ROCA that is accurate at detecting the presence of ovarian cancer in over 80% of the women that are tested. This is higher than the previous accuracy rate of 41%. In the past there was a cut-off level set in stone to determine if something was off, but given the fact that risk factors are different the new algorithm can be adjusted to meet personal patients.

The Progression of Healthy Water Intake

April 15th, 2015

We’ve all heard since we were small children that everyone needs at least eight glasses of water a day. This has been dubbed by many as the eight-by-eight rule. It’s been a standard for years that’s seemed to have enjoyed unwavering medical field support.

Recent studies, however, might call this truism into doubt.

The fact remains that water makes up about 60 percent of a person’s body weight and is the principle chemical component involved in all bodily functions. Water’s responsibilities include flushing the body’s vital organs of toxins, moisturizing orifices such as the nose, throat, and ears and also carrying vital nutrients to cells.

The original eight-by-eight guidelines can be traced back to around 1945 when they were misinterpreted from a recommendation from the Food and Nutrition Board. That recommendation was based on a formula that provided a 1 milliliter intake of water per calorie each person consumed. Since the average diet at that time was around 1900 calories that meant that universally everyone should consume 64 ounces of water per day.

As the healthcare profession has progressed, new findings have been introduced that substantially change the foundation of the eight-by-eight rule. While now it is considered healthy for women to consume 91 ounces per day and men 125 ounces per day, another consideration has been added that 25% of our water comes from our foods. My neighbor Flavio Maluf plans on sticking to eight glasses of water a day.

Basically while the eight-by-eight is a good idea in theory, we get plenty of water today from whatever foods and liquids we choose to consume.

Your Healthy Brain and Breathing / Meditation

March 17th, 2015

“Your brain is involved in everything you do. When it works right, you work right,” said Dr. Daniel Amen and a recent Yahoo article.

One thing we can do for our brain health came from his study of Kirtan Kriya, a type of meditation. A session involves chanting and a pattern of breathing, for about 12 minutes. This practice was shown to improve brain function, resulting in greater alertness, clearer thinking and better problem solving.

You can get these significant benefits without chanting. The doctor has simplified it to a breathing exercise. He calls it five times two. Simply sit upright and breathe in slowly, for five seconds. Pause for about two seconds, and take about five seconds to smoothly exhale. Pause again for about two seconds, and begin another cycle by, inhaling slowly. 10 repetitions complete the session.

While Doctor Amen asserts that doing this every day would be a helpful discipline, he especially recommends it for times we are anxious, tense, nervous, or feeling out of control.

In studying meditation’s effect on the brain, he and his colleagues were surprised at what they found. It has long been assumed that meditation calms activity in the brain. Apparently, the peaceful affect we feel comes from optimized activity
in the prefrontal cortex. Dr. Daniel Amen calls this area the most human part of the brain. By firing this area up, meditative exercises produce a clarity that we experience as calm.

Practicing meditative techniques is one facet of a brain-healthy lifestyle. The doctor tells us that you don’t have to live with the brain that you got, that the right choices lead to improved brain health. He asserts that every improvement in your brain creates improvement in your life.

Shots Beat Pills for Knee Arthritis Relief

January 12th, 2015

Want quick relief from knee pain but can’t decide whether to take pills or a shot?  According to an article in nytimes.com, a shot will give you much faster relief.  The article references an analysis of 137 randomized trials which involved over 33,000 people which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The analysis showed that giving patients with knee pain, like Bernardo Chua, caused by osteoarthritis an injection of either corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid was the most effective way to get rid of pain.  One the other end of the spectrum, Celebrex or Tylenol pills appeared to be the least effective.  The studies looked at patients with osteoarthritis knee pain who were treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac, naproxen, ibuprofen, hyaluronic acid and corticosteroid injections, and injected and oral placebos.
Researchers found that when administered over a 3 month period, not only were the injected medications more effective than orally administered drugs, even when the injections were placebos they still gave the patient greater relief than when medication was given via pills.  Dr. Raveendhara R. Bannuru from Boston’s Tufts Medical Center was the study’s lead author.  The researcher said while some treatments got better results than others, no one treatment was best for all of the participants.
He said his take away from the study is steroid and hyaluronic acid injections provide far more effective pain relief than medication in pill form.

Dr. Rodney Rodrich: Offering You a Wealth of Experience

January 7th, 2015

 

I was out to lunch the other day with coworkers and somehow we got on the topic of plastic surgery.  It’s actually something I’ve been considering for a while but have been on the fence. One of the girls I work with said she was really back and forth about it too until she did some research online and stumbled on a Wikipedia article about this one doctor, Dr. Rodney Rohrich, located right here in Dallas.

When it comes to plastic surgery in Dallas, Texas, Dr Rod Rodrich is apparently the trusted name. With nearly four decades of experience and a solid reputation, he comes highly recommended for a variety of cosmetic procedures, breast implants, and procedures that address skin aging. In December of 2014, he was awarded the title of one of the best plastic surgeons practicing in Dallas by D Magazine.In addition to maintaining his own practice, Dr. Rodrich, holding a chair at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, also has strong ties to the academic community. He treats patients for both reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. If you are considering making a change with your appearance, Dr. Rodrich brings you competence, education, and experience. In addition to his recognition by D Magazine, he has been highly acclaimed, ranked at the top by America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, US News & World Report, and more, offering you an added vote of confidence.Both a Teacher and a Surgeon
While Dr. Rodrich has great skill when it comes to performing plastic surgery for various reasons, he is also noteworthy for his ability to pass on excellence to his students. As a professor, his dedication and commitment to his patients has been passed on to future surgeons in his classroom. He emphasizes the fact that plastic surgery is not only intended for cosmetic procedures, but also to assist patient’s in having a restoration to the way they were after trauma or illness.

A Cut Above the Rest
Dr. Rodrich is not only to be commended for his wealth of experience and ability as a surgeon, care for his patients is at the top of the list as reflected by his realself profile.  If you become one of Dr. Rodrich’s patients, you will benefit from his goal to form a positive relationship during the entire process. From the first consultation to post operative care, Dr. Rodrich will aim to give you the utmost respect and understanding that you are an individual with unique concerns. Your health and well-being are extremely important to a plastic surgeon who offers his personal best during each procedure. Whether you have been a victim of illness or an accident in need of reconstructive surgery, want to address the signs of aging, or want to enhance your appearance in some way, consider Dr. Rodrich as a top pick for plastic surgeons in the Dallas, Texas area. I’m really looking forward to reading his book that my coworker lent me, Navigate Your BeautyShe said that this book was the deal maker for her so maybe with all I know about this particular practitioner now and reading the book will take care of some of my apprehensiveness. Stay tuned.

Ability to Stand On One Leg May Predict Stroke Risk

December 20th, 2014

A new study suggests that a person can determine their risk of silent strokes or dementia by simply closing their eyes and standing on one leg. The researchers involved in the study found that those who could not stand on one leg for over 20 seconds were more likely to have problems such as silent strokes and micro bleeds which can lead to dementia. But good news for Sergio Andrade Gutierrez, he stood on one leg right there in his office, holding the pose for over a minute!

Silent strokes do not cause many symptoms and are considered minor brain injuries, but those who suffer from them are more likely to have issues with dementia or a full blown stroke eventually. The study was conducted in Japan at Kyoto University and Lead Researcher Dr. Yashuru Tabara stated that they found that individuals that have poor balance in one leg compared to the other should be given more attention then others.

This is due to the fact that they may then be considered at a higher risk for cognitive decline as they continue to age and have a higher risk for brain disease. The study included 840 women and 546 men that had a combined average age of 67. Each member of the study was asked to stand on one leg for 60 seconds or as long as possible if they could not reach that time limit. The participants were tested twice and the better time was used.

The Future of Prescriptions

December 18th, 2014

The world of technology seems to be winning in the pharmacy world as more doctors are sending prescriptions online instead of giving patients a paper prescription. This is an idea that seems to work in today’s society where there is fraud among those who want to get medications that are prescribed for other people. New York is one of the states that has completely said good-bye to paper prescriptions, and other states should follow.

By the time someone gets to the pharmacy, the medication could already be filled and ready to give to the patient. Someone who is in pain would appreciate the speed of sending online. It will also decrease prescriptions that might get lost if someone wants to wait to get medication. This could lead to a decrease in controlled substances that are often abused if people realize that they won’t get a piece of paper that can be changed, Terry Richardson feels.

Patients Don’t Understand Antibiotic Overprescription

December 16th, 2014
One of the most difficult challenges facing medicine in the coming years is the over-prescription and improper use of antibiotics. According to Dr. Daniel Amen the use of antibiotics at times that are inappropriate drives antibiotic resistance, which then spread to other people and can make them ill. As bacteria that have antibiotic resistance become more and more common, larger sections of the population may become sick. Additionally, there is no cure to antibiotic resistant bacteria. One of the worst places for the bugs is hospitals, especially those that have inadequate cleaning of rooms. This allows for easier transmission of bacteria, leading to more serious illness.

The bad news that was reported this week by researchers from George Washington, Cornell and Johns Hopkins University found that patients do not understand the serous risks of unnecessary antibiotics. This means that when they go to their physician, they generally want an antibiotic early in order to prevent any serious symptoms of their illness. When the physician doesn’t prescribe it to them they are frustrated and go to a different facility until they receive the antibiotic. This over-prescription is not deadly to the person but is a serious public health concern that can cause real damage on a systemic basis.