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Medical Innovation Gives Patients with Myeloma Another Chance at Life


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(BPT) - When Paula Van Riper felt a slight but annoying ache in her thigh 13 years ago, she was prompted to visit her doctor. No one expected to find a large mass of abnormal plasma cells in her femur, caused by multiple myeloma – a rare form of blood cancer that can lead to the formation of tumors in the bone marrow. Affecting more than 71,000 Americans, multiple myeloma ranks as the second most prevalent blood cancer after non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.1 According to the American Cancer Society, 21,700 additional cases were diagnosed in the U.S. last year.2 Van Riper immediately underwent hip replacement surgery. When she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, she researched the disease and found it was associated with a two to three year survival rate. “I was a perfectly healthy woman and lived a very active life,” said Van Riper. “It was obviously a devastating diagnosis.” Multiple myeloma causes excessive production of white blood cells. In many cases, the tumors that can result lead to bone destruction and fractures, which is what caused the initial pain in Van Riper’s leg. The cause of multiple myeloma is unknown, but it is believed that environmental factors, including exposure to chemicals such as ...

How to host a healthier happy hour


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(BPT) - Going out with co-workers or friends after work is a great way to relax, but when you host a happy hour at home, you have full control over the guest list, atmosphere, music and, most importantly, the menu. Use these simple tips to entertain your friends, and your home may just become the new happy hour hot spot. Create whole-fruit drinks Entertaining at home allows you to use whole fruits and natural juices to create wholesome, yet delicious cocktails. For example, you can make a Whole Fruit Margarita using fresh oranges, lemons and limes instead of a bottled sweet and sour mix. Add the fruit, along with your favorite tequila, a few ounces of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, water, a touch of sugar and some ice into a high-powered blender, such as the Vitamix Professional Series 300, for a refreshing, restaurant-quality cocktail. Add the final touches by pouring the drinks into salt-rimmed glasses and toast to better-for-you margaritas. Plan a nutritious menu Plan a menu to go along with the healthy theme by creating a variety of small bites for your friends to sample. Try making soup shooters, nachos with low-fat shredded cheese and extra veggies, or a sweet and spicy ...

Baby boomers and driving vision – maintaining safety and independence


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(BPT) - Baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are aging differently than any generation in U.S. history. Today, older Americans remain more active later in life, working longer and engaging in hobbies and recreational activities. It is estimated that by 2030, nearly one in five adults will be 65 and older. In 2050, this group is projected to reach 88 million - more than double the 40 million in 2010. This will lead to a significant increase in older adults driving vehicles for both necessity and pleasure. Unfortunately vision, cognitive skills and motor functions decline as we age. As many as 5,288 people age 65 and older were killed and 187,000 were injured in traffic accidents, according to 2009 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That group accounted for 16 percent of all traffic deaths and 8 percent of the injured, but accounted for only 13-percent of the population. As the 65 and over demographic increases to 20 percent of the population in 2030, the number of accidents and fatalities among this group is expected to increase. Most states have minimum vision requirements to possess a driver's license. A 2006 Vision Council report indicates that the 10 states with ...

Rare Disease Impact Report quantifies patient and caregiver challenges on journey to diagnosis and beyond


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(BPT) - Getting a diagnosis is just the first of many challenges patients with rare diseases - and their caregivers - face. "We went through a number of specialists until we found a team that finally looked at my daughter, Hannah, as a patient with unique needs," says Carrie Ostrea of Las Vegas, Nev. "The process was filled with huge financial challenges. My husband was laid off from his job of five years and we had to continue to pay for insurance just so Hannah could continue getting treatments. The isolation was also incredibly difficult. Some of our family even stayed away from us because they couldn't handle the situation of us having a child with a rare illness." Hannah Ostrea was diagnosed with Gaucher Disease type 2/3, a fatal rare genetic disorder characterized by brainstem dysfunction, loss of primitive functions such as breathing and swallowing, low blood platelets, and enlargement of the liver and spleen. She passed away at age three. Carrie Ostrea is just one of the 350 million people worldwide who are affected by rare diseases. While Carrie's experience caring for her daughter - from diagnosis to treatment - was unique, the challenges she faced resonate with many patients and ...

Treating Muscle Spasms in Fibromyalgia


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By Carri Drzyzga All of us suffer from muscle spasms and twitches from time to time, but those with fibromyalgia often complain of this annoying occurrence as an ongoing condition. The spasms can apparently come and go at any time and occur in any muscle, but most frequently they are in the back and legs. People suffering with this condition are on the lookout constantly for treatments that work. It is believed that a muscle spasm is usually caused by one of three things: a lack of oxygen to the affected muscle which is most likely caused by restricted blood flow to that area; a lack of oxygen due to overwork of that particular muscle; and, thirdly, that the spasm is simply a reflex reaction. No one really knows for certain what causes a spasm at any given time. Another theory suggests that muscle spasms can be due to certain vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and spinal/joint misalignments. While these are all theories, it is always best to discuss the condition with your doctor and follow any medical advice you are given. More than anything, muscle spasms are annoying for fibromyalgia sufferers who are already dealing with a multitude of ongoing symptoms every day. The ...

Causes And Remedy Of Frequent Headaches


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By Kelly Chan Headaches are one of the most common reasons people seek medical help. Headaches are a common cause of suffering, but all headaches are not created equal. For example, a migraine is a splitting headache that just seems to set in apparently caused by no reason at all. If you have a stable pattern of recurring headaches accompanied by nausea at least some of the time, you probably have migraine. The symptoms accompany the headache including nausea, vomiting, or the feeling that light bothers the eyes (photophobia) or sound bothers the ears (phonophobia). Some people seem prone to migraine headaches, others get tension headaches, sinus headaches or cluster headaches. Once the pain of headache sets in, it is sheer agony. Headaches are diagnosed based on symptoms. No procedure can determine the diagnosis. If you're not sure what triggers your headaches, you may want to start keeping a record. People who get headaches are thought to have an inherited abnormality in the regulation of blood vessels. Triggers can be divided into different groups, including emotional triggers, stress, environmental, chemical, food and beverage. Though it has been seen that some headaches does run in families, it's not necessary that children of headache patients will ...

GOP budget would change Medicare, repeal health law


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By Daniel Malloy The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Medicare Budget under the microscope WASHINGTON — House Republicans again proposed controversial changes in Medicare and Medicaid, repeal of the new health law and a tax code overhaul in their yearly budget Tuesday. Their fiscal vision, mostly unchanged from recent years, draws a battle line for the coming debate over the federal borrowing limit. The plan by Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., projects a surplus in 2023, in contrast with Democrats’ anticipated plans that do not propose a balanced budget in the future. Though none of the proposed budgets is likely to become law, the contrasting plans will frame negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. Republicans have insisted in recent years that step must come with budget reforms. Ryan proposes $4.6 trillion less in spending compared with current policy over the next decade, with no increased tax revenue. Senate Democrats will introduce a plan this week that according to news reports is expected to include about $1 trillion in tax increases coupled with roughly $1 trillion in reduced spending, compared to current policy, in the next 10 years. They and President Barack Obama, who is set to release his overdue budget next month, say they want to stabilize deficits ...

Do Vegans Get More Cavities?


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By looking in your mouth your dentist may find out more about you than you realize since chronic gum disease is associated with sexual dysfunction. The same diet high in saturated fat that can clog our arteries also leads to inflammation, which is considered a key underlying causal factor for periodontal diseases like gingivitis. So what is a safe intake for cholesterol and saturated fat? See my video Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero. Watch the above video for the list of the top sources of saturated fat intake (two of the leading contributors are cheese and chicken). We know impotence can be reversed with a more plant-based diet; what about periodontal disease? A new study found that higher intake of high-fiber foods, especially fruits, may at least slow periodontal disease progression. A healthy diet may also protect the sexual function of women. For oral cancer it’s a no-brainer. According to the latest review in the journal of the American Dental Association highlighted in the above video, “Evidence supports a recommendation of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a whole-foods, plant-based diet.” The foods found most protective include raw and green/leafy vegetables, tomatoes, citrus, ...

Back Pain Unrelieved by Steroid Shots


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A pinched nerve in the back, or lumbar spinal stenosis, is often treated with epidural injections of steroids when exercise and physical therapy are ineffective. Now a small study suggests that the injections may do more harm than good. Researchers looked at 69 spine patients who had epidural injections and 207 who did not, all selected from a larger study of spine health. They ranged in age from 53 to 75, and there were no significant differences in the severity of symptoms between the two groups. The study, published last month in the journal Spine, followed the patients for four years, during which some of them went on to have back surgery. The researchers used various well-established scales to measure symptoms of leg and lower back pain and found significantly less improvement among those who had the injections than among those who did not, even among those who went on to have surgery. The lead author, Dr. Kris Radcliff, a spine surgeon at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, acknowledged that the sample was not large and that there might have been factors the study was unable to control for. Still, he said: “This was an unexpected finding. We thought those who received the epidurals ...

Barefoot Running Can Cause Injuries, Too


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When Dr. Douglas Brown, a radiologist in Orem, Utah, noticed an uptick recently in the number of barefoot runners he was seeing with heel and foot problems, he wondered if there might be a connection between their unshod training and their sore feet. But he couldn’t find any scientific studies that had examined the issue. So he approached Sarah Ridge, a professor of exercise science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, who studies impact injuries in sports, and suggested she undertake one. The resulting study, published last month in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, is likely to add fuel to the continuing debate about the benefits of running barefoot or wearing minimalist “barefoot” shoes. Does the barefoot style reduce a runner’s risk of pain and injury (as barefoot enthusiasts believe)? Or does barefoot running simply contribute to the development of a different set of injuries in some runners? To find out, Dr. Ridge began by recruiting 36 adult, experienced runners, male and female, who, until then, had run between 15 and 30 miles a week while wearing normal running shoes. She sent them to Dr. Brown for baseline M.R.I. scans of their feet and lower legs to check for current ...