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Fertility After Pediatric Cancer Treatment

February 16th, 2016  |  The Blog

An estimated 75% of children diagnosed with cancer survive into adulthood. The statistics are climbing higher but there is concern about children having children after cancer treatment. Their fertility is a real concern. What Happens When Children Undergo Cancer Treatment? Here are some facts about children undergoing cancer treatment: Girls Ovarian function is impaired. Specifically, the number of eggs within the ovaries is reduced, according to chief medical officer at Dana Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Dr. Lisa Diller. Basically, cancer treatment ... More »

Dry Powder Inhalers

February 8th, 2016  |  The Blog

Inhalers are used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. Types of Inhalers Explained Dry powder inhalers or DPIs are breath activated medications that stay in an inhaler until a patient's inhalation releases and activates the medication. DPIs are different from pressure metered-dose inhalers or MDIs because they do not need hand-breath coordination. Since some patients have trouble with the hand-breath coordination, DPIs are a good treatment choice. There are differences between the medication delivery with DPIs and MPIs. ... More »

Zika Virus Explained

February 1st, 2016  |  The Blog

There is something new to worry about. The Zika virus has reared its head as a mosquito-borne illness. It is important to learn the facts to prevent the spread of this virus, especially among pregnant women. Zika Virus 101 Zika virus is spread by the Aedes species of mosquito, which is the same carrier of the dengue and chikungunya viruses. Currently, there are two Aedes species responsible for the Zika virus, Aedes albopictus or the Asian Tiger mosquito and the Aedes aegypti. The ... More »

PPIs and Chronic Kidney Disease

January 25th, 2016  |  The Blog

Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs are a popular class of drug that is used to treat heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux. They have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since the 1980s and have been widely used since that time. Commonly prescribed PPIs include trade name drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix and Prevacid. What Are Proton Pump Inhibitors? These drugs work to dramatically reduce the production of gastric acid. PPIs have a potent and long-lasting effect on inhibiting ... More »

Sleep Apnea 101

January 18th, 2016  |  The Blog

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition, which affects normal breathing while sleeping. Breathing becomes shallow with short interruptions, which last between 15 to 20 seconds, in the patient's normal air exchange. Facts About Sleep Apnea It is more common in men than in women; 25% of middle-aged males versus 9% of middle-aged females suffer from sleep apnea Approximately 42 million U.S. adults have some type of sleep apnea 1 in 5 U.S. adults has mild sleep apnea 1 in 15 U.S. adults has moderate ... More »

SIDS Safe Sleep Practices

January 11th, 2016  |  The Blog

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is a scary and tragic possibility for parents to worry about every single night and day when they have an infant. SIDS refers to when a baby goes to sleep and does not wake up. This is a totally unexpected death of an otherwise healthy infant. Tragically, about 2,300 babies die every year in the United States. This number needs to be reduced or, preferably, totally eliminated. There is no medical explanation for Sudden Infant ... More »

Healthy Diet Tips for 2016-Part 2

January 4th, 2016  |  The Blog

Welcome back for a look at Healthy Diet Tips for 2016-Part 2. Continuing to build on last week's discussion, there are a few more tips listed below that will help you eat healthy and even drop a few pounds along the way. Experts have said for generations that, you are what you eat. It is important to eat healthy in order to be healthy; that is a given fact. Not only is it important to eat the proper vitamins and nutrients, ... More »

Healthy Diet Tips for 2016-Part 1

December 29th, 2015  |  The Blog

The New Year is upon us, so now is the time to start eating healthy, if you do not already do so. This is not to say that everyone needs to start a diet on January 1st. It says that eating healthy is the first step towards good health and potential weight loss along the way. The easiest way to start eating healthy is to remove the temptations from your home; clean out the fridge, the cabinets and the pantry of ... More »

5 Minutes a Day to Better Weight Control

December 21st, 2015  |  The Blog

Should you hit the gym for an hour or just step up your pace throughout the day? Recent research supports the theory that every minute of high intensity exercise will help prevent weight gain over a lifetime. The Fact(s) of the Matter Maintaining a healthy body weight and body mass index (BMI) are important factors for everyone, throughout their lifetime. There are fad diets, weight loss programs, aerobic exercise, weight lifting and more to keep weight gain to a minimum. The basic facts ... More »

BMI Versus Waist to Height Ratio

December 15th, 2015  |  The Blog

Body Mass Index or BMI has been the standard measurement for obesity and, subsequently, for predicting a patient?s risk of heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and stroke. Recently, a British study has found that there is a better and more reliable predictor for these cardiac issues. The study states that waist to height ratio is a better predictor and can actually extend a patient's life expectancy. The Difference in Measurement Tools Let's look at Body Mass Index versus the ... More »

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