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Apr
26

Pulmonary fibrosis (also known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) is a pulmonary fibrosiscondition in which the tissue deep in your lungs become scarred over time. The cause of this disease is often not known, but some causes include certain medications, environmental pollutants, some connective tissue diseases (autoimmune diseases) and interstitial lung disease. Some of the drugs linked to pulmonary fibrosis are drugs used to treat infections, heart diseases, seizures and cancer. The most common drugs in this classification are nitrofurantoin, Read more…

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Apr
20

femoral endarterectomyA friend of mine is having a femoral endarterectomy at the end of this month. As we get older, it is fairly common to develop atherosclerosis. This is the build-up of fatty deposits (called atheroma) within the wall of the arteries within the body. When this build-up occurs in the arteries in the legs, it is called peripheral arterial disease. The narrowing or even blockage of the arteries in the legs can cause a variety Read more…

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Apr
12

It seems as though this terrible disease is hitting more and more pancreatic cancerpeople. In fact, I have had two friends die recently due to pancreatic cancer. So, what is it? How many are affected? Are there risk factors? What are the symptoms? What is the prognosis? Can it be treated? These are all good questions and I will start by telling you that more than 43,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in the US every year. Most often it hits people over 65 years of age. There are actually two types of pancreatic cancer – exocrine and endocrine pancreatic cancer. Exocrine Read more…

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Apr
11

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For the past week I have been trying to figure out how to make my website better for my readers. I give up! I’m really from the old school and have no idea what I am doing in the IT department. Finally a friend of mine said to stop trying to re-invent the wheel and get some help. For those of you who know me, it drives me bonkers when I don’t understand something. If it is related to medicine, business or law – bring it on! But this new era of search engine optimization, Meta tags, affiliate marketing, AdSense, etc. is rather overwhelming to me. So, long story short, I have hired someone to revamp my site – make it fresher, more crisp and friendly to any app you are using. The new site will be ready at the end of the month and I will start my newsletter June 1st. I also had an email from a reliable source that wanted to do a guest post on the drug Zofran and how it can harm those that are pregnant. That is something I want my readers to know about, and so I will allow some guest posts with prior approval. Read more…

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Mar
29

goutI have a friend that has gout and is in a lot of pain. He read the post from last week and told me to write about gout next time. I listen to my readers and so this week’s post is about gout. Gout is characterized by sudden and severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints, most commonly in the base of the big toe. The condition is a form of inflammatory arthritis and is most common in men. Women become more susceptible to the disease Read more…

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Mar
23

I remember years ago when I was a medical/surgical nurse, I had a acute pancreatitispatient with acute pancreatitis. The pain was just incredible for this individual and I hoped that I would never experience that pain. The pancreas is located in the abdomen – just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas produces chemicals called enzymes, which are needed to digest food. The main functions of this gland are to secrete chemicals that help break down food in the small intestine and to produce insulin Read more…

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Mar
15

CHFMy father just got out of the hospital with pneumonia. I just hate to see him age and luckily he was running a slight fever, which made me think he might have pneumonia. His symptoms were shortness of breath (particularly with walking), swelling in the ankles, feet and legs and just plain tired. I finally insisted that he go to the hospital, as he also has congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease. All of these problems are common with aging, but Read more…

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Mar
06

        I apologize for my delay in blogging for quite some time. Unfortunately, I have been doing some medical-legal work and was recently laid off due to the famous “lack of work” scenario. After a much needed vacation in Florida for the past ten days, I decided that there is not a lack of work right here at home sweet home, and I am going to commit Read more…

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Mar
13

Years ago I was a dialysis nurse and I could not believe what I learned about these little organs in your body and how they actually work.  First let’s note that these are bean-shaped and about the size of a fist.  The kidneys are located near the middle of the back, on each side of the spine.  Kidneys, if healthy, are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they are like a built-in water treatment plant!  Their main job is to filter the blood – to maintain a balance of water and chemicals.  Every day Read more…

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Jun
22

Good morning all!  By way of introduction, my name is Stephanie Shore Jewett, a proud nursing graduate of Mercy Medical Center (class of 1977), a registered nurse with Mercy for over 20 years, a mother of two great sons, ages 17 and 25 AND a new grandmother to Anson Jewett, age 5 months. Further, I am the great grand-daughter of F.E.V. Shore, the 4th Chief of Staff of Mercy, who was also instrumental in bringing Mercy to Des Moines, Iowa.  Both my grandfather, Gerald A. Jewett, Sr. and my father, Gerald A. Jewett, Jr. have been very active in serving on several of the Read more…

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