Health News

Unusual symptoms you are experiencing could be from a prescription you have taken for years

We all know about ‘side effects’ (adverse effects for the medical community). Those can be anything from a headache to swelling and rashes, or in a worst case a heart attack.

But according to a story in the Huffington Post, those side effects can crop up from prescriptions you have been taking successfully for years. Apparently, changes to your lifestyle or eating habits can affect how your body metabolizes medication.  It’s something to keep in the back of your mind as our bodies are complicated and made up of  so many systems and chemical reactions. Check out this story. 

Can CRISPR cause cancer?

We have been hearing for sometime that the CRISPR gene therapy tool could help researchers find cures for diseases caused by genetic mutations. Now, an article has been published in Nature Biotechnology magazine, available here online for free,  warning that this gene-cutting tool may actually cause irreparable damage.

Is the Mediterranean diet out of favor??

The New England Journal of Medicine has released a study showing that the olive oil and nuts that are part of a Mediterranean diet may not be as good for you as we have thought.

The Journal has now said that a 2013 study showing the Mediterranean diet was heart healthy was flawed, and that the results had been overstated.

Read complete story from NPR.

Are you over 65 and taking daily vitamins?

According to a story recently published by Kaiser Health News, older Americans are taking an awful lot of vitamins that don’t do them any good.  Instead, seniors should relay on fresh foods. The story is well researched with information from the National Institutes of Health, and from articles that appeared in the Journal of Nutrition and JAMA.  As seniors monitor both their health and their spending, it’s might be worth it to check out this story.

Older Americans Are Hooked On Vitamins Despite Scarce Evidence They Work

Could a new blood test identify prostate cancer?

By now, most people who know anything about the risk for prostate cancer know that the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test can be inaccurate. And, if it is, it means that a man can go through a painful and problematic biopsy for nothing.

The Cleveland Clinic has recently announced that it is offering a new blood test that is highly accurate in screening for prostate cancer. And, that it is used after the PSA test signals the possibility of this cancer.

Here is a link to the story:

 

 Why is there excitement around CAR-T?

Stories about the hope for cure around gene therapy, and specifically CAR-T has been in the media over the past year. I was interested to find out what it is all about. I got an opportunity to interview Dr.  Beverly Davidson, a leader in this research who is based at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  My article was recently published in the winter issue of the journal for the American Medical Writers Association.

Here is the link to the article:

Gene therapy

 

The American Cancer Society Explains Relationship between Cancer and Talcum Power

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.

In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled (see Asbestos). All talcum products used in homes in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer.html#.Weqp6E8NPDs.email

 

 Do you want to find out about how your local hospital compares to others in the nation?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has a website for consumers to learn about the safety and reliability of care at hospitals in the United States.  If  you are planning to visit a hospital, or even move into a new area, don’t hesitate to learn about the care that you will receive.  https://www.cms.gov/medicare/quality-initiatives-patient-assessment-instruments/hospitalqualityinits/hospitalcompare.html

  Delaware Division of Public Health  highlights flu information on its  website

 

Besides sharing facts about the flu, the site includes all kinds of information. Examples of what you’ll find are: health statistics, community health services, forms to register births, deaths and marriages, and reports on a variety of diseases including asthma, cardiac and vascular, cancer, STDs, and Tuberculosis.

A list of Delaware contact agency names and numbers  is available for a variety of services for children, families, people with disabilities  and mental health issues, and the elderly.  Subject areas covered include: healthcare providers, emergency preparation, medical marijuana, and animal welfare.

The site is an excellence source, especially to those who are new to Delaware and don’t know where to turn for help.

http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/index.html

Measles is making a comeback in the United States

https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_168818.html

CDC promotes healthy lifestyles as a way to prevent cancer,  which is expected to be the leading cause of death in the United States by 2020

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/dcpc.htm

CDC updates information on flu activity – for the United States and the World.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6639a3.htm?s_cid=mm6639a3_w

A new law in Delaware makes healthcare more accessible

http://delawarepublic.org/post/new-delaware-law-makes-cancer-treatment-more-accessible