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Jun
28

neck pain Neck pain and neck injuries are quite common – most of us will experience neck pain (cervicalgia) at some point in our lives. Neck pain does not just happen to a particular group of individuals, but can happen to an infant, toddler, teen-ager, young adult, adult or the elderly. A neck injury is any trauma or injury involving the neck. Because it is a relatively exposed and unprotected area of the body, the neck is particularly vulnerable to potentially serious injuries caused by blunt trauma, compression injury, and sudden extreme movement of the head due to hyperextension (severe bending back of the neck) and hyperflexion (severe bending forward of the neck). Nearly all neck pain fades Read more…

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Jun
08

whiplashI was in Denver all week and it seems like people drive SO crazy anymore! Of course I did not see anything quite like I did in LA or New York City, but people were going so fast and switching lanes without using blinkers, tail-gaiting every minute, etc. It is no wonder that rear-end collisions are on the rise. One of the most common injuries when a person is hit with a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes rapid forward movement of the head and neck, is referred to as “whiplash”. The term was first used in 1928 when it described a similar condition that was common in persons involved in train accidents. A “whiplash injury” involves damage to both the bone structures and soft tissue. Most commonly these injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, usually rear-ended Read more…

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May
25

Progeria is a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to age progeriavery fast. Most children with this disease do not live past 13 years of age. These children die of atherosclerosis (heart disease). Progeria affects both sexes and all races equally. It affects about 1 in every 4 million births worldwide. It is not inherited or passed down in families. Progeria is actually caused by a mutation in the LMNA gene, which results in an abnormal production of a certain protein. This abnormal protein makes it more likely that the cells of the body will die prematurely. What is odd is that children with progeria look normal at birth, but then at about Read more…

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May
18

I had a friend that died a couple of years ago and he had thymus cancer. It is a really rare cancer and the tumors start from thymic epithelial cells. I was an oncology nurse for 3 ½ years and I had never had a patient with this type of cancer. In fact, these tumors occur at a rate of only 1.5 cases for every million people each year in the US. It should be noted that the thymus is a small organ located just behind the breast bone (sternum) in the front part of the chest. The thymus is a part of the chest known as the mediastinum, the space in the chest between the lungs that also contains the heart, part of the aorta, the esophagus, part of the trachea and many lymph nodes. The thymus sits just in front of and above the heart and is actually Read more…

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May
10

ringwormIt seems as though there have been a lot of people with ringworm these days. Dermatophytosis, also known as ringworm in humans, is a relatively common superficial fungal infection. Dermatophytes are microscopic organisms that live on the dead outer layer of the skin and stays on the outside of the body at all times. There is no actual worm involved and this infection can affect anyone at any time. In recent years, ringworm has increased substantially in humans. This is partially due to the rising number of people with immunocompromised conditions including things like cancer, AIDS and diabetes. This fungus is also more prone to people that live in a warm, humid climate and have direct contact with active lesions on someone else (like a pet).  Further, individuals with eczema, children before the age of puberty and boys seem Read more…

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Apr
30

I found this information and thought it may be helpful to some of my readers. This is a guest post by attorney Charles Brown……

Zofran

Birth Injury Guide
Recently, many questions have been raised about the anti-nausea medication known as Zofran. This drug has been prescribed to thousands of women to curb morning sickness, specifically nausea and vomiting, but recent studies and research suggest possible adverse side effects from using the drug during pregnancy.

Zofran’s History
When Zofran (also known as ondansetron) became available from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in the United States in 1991, it received approval from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, as well as for postoperative nausea. But the Read more…

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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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