When Lymphedema Occurs After Breast Cancer Treatment

Q: As a breast cancer survivor, I have started to notice swelling in my arm on the same side as my surgery, could that be lymphedema? What would the treatment for that include? Does it hurt? Answered by Michele McLellan, PT, OCS, CLT A:You may indeed be starting to develop lymphedema. One sign that you [...]

New study shows that probiotics may improve bone health.

A new study, published recently in the Journal of Internal Medicine, showed that probiotic supplementation may have a positive affect on bone health in humans. The double‐blind, placebo‐controlled study involved 90 women aged between 75 to 80 years old and had low bone mineral density (BMD). They were randomized to receive daily oral supplementation (1010 [...]

Q&A: Do women who have never had children experience incontinence with or after menopause?

Q: Do women who have never had children experience incontinence with or after menopause? There are estrogen receptors on muscles, including the bladder, so if a woman never had a child - and therefore never stretched out her pelvic floor - would she still have incontinence because she has so little estrogen? A: Thank you [...]

CDC Report: Vector-Borne Disease Cases Rapidly Rising

Vector-borne diseases (diseases transmitted by insects) in the United States are steadily - and in some cases, rapidly - increasing, according to a report released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). An analysis of data collected over the span of a decade showed that disease cases from tick, flea, and mosquito [...]

What the New High Blood Pressure Numbers Mean For You

When the American College of Cardiology (ACC) & American Heart Association (AHA) lowered the numbers that define high blood pressure (HBP) this past November, 46% of the adult population in the United States suddenly met the new criteria – that’s nearly half! What was the motivation for making these changes that placed an unwelcomed label [...]

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Mycotoxin Illness: Could the air you breathe be making you sick?

Years ago I had a teen patient who presented with nausea, fatigue, weight loss, and cognitive decline. He was so sick, he was missing weeks of school at a time and could not keep up. After a thorough work up, I tested him for mycotoxins, naturally occurring, poisonous substances that are released by certain types [...]

4 Reasons Lyme Disease May Go Undetected

Lyme disease is the most reported vector-borne illness (diseases transmitted through mosquitoes, tick and flea bites) in the United States. The CDC estimates that there are nearly 300,000 new cases every year – that’s an average of approximately 800 infections per day. People who are diagnosed early and receive proper treatment consisting of 28-30 day [...]

What to Eat and What to Avoid If You Get Migraine Headaches

Migraines are far more than just a bad headache. Experts believe migraine headaches are caused by abnormal brain activity, including dilation and constriction of the blood vessels within the brain. An attack can last from several hours to several days and affects a person's ability to function at home and at work. A migraine can [...]

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Broken Heart Syndrome: When Sudden Loss or Stress (Literally) Breaks Your Heart

Have you ever suffered a broken heart? Everyone can understand the intense pain, heartache, and distress that comes with dealing with a broken heart, especially when it's due to a loss of a family member or dear friend. Take, for instance, the recent passing of actress and icon Debbie Reynolds just one day after her [...]

Hormones, The Great Communicators

A look at some of the causes of hormonal imbalance. Somewhere in the middle of the brain is a control center called the limbic system, or old mammalian brain. Here, amongst a host of structures are two glands of the endocrine system: the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands act as a hub for the [...]

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