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April 27, 2016
Pain disrupts our sleep, and a lack of sleep increases our pain. It’s a vicious circle. If you have chronic pain, you may be nodding drowsily. While there may not be an immediate solution to your pain, you can partly manage it by managing your sleep.
April 21, 2016
The Swedish Cancer Institute offers a support group for cancer patients interested in learning how to adjust to life after treatment. The support group After Breast Cancer: What’s Next? features a variety of topics ranging from stress management and fear of re-occurrence, to body image and sexuality.
April 21, 2016
Doctors have known for years that most women with multiple sclerosis (MS) feel better and have fewer relapses when they are pregnant. Researchers have speculated that fluctuating hormones may be linked to this improvement in health. But studies on MS and hormones during pregnancy have had mixed results. I’ve changed my thinking on this and I’m embarking on new research that involves microchimerism.
April 20, 2016
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, mindfulness may provide some relief. Mindfulness in the broadest sense is the practice of focusing on the present moment as a way to reduce stress and pain. Sounds simple, right? For most people, mindfulness actually takes practice. But the benefits can be significant, especially for people with debilitating pain.
April 18, 2016
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients. This disease occurs in genetically predisposed people and can be diagnosed at any age. Worldwide, an estimated 1 in 100 people have celiac disease.
April 13, 2016
April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to shed some light on this uncommon but growing cancer.
April 11, 2016
How many people in the United States have multiple sclerosis? As it turns out, to answer this seemingly simple question is quite challenging.
April 06, 2016
Young children explore the world using all of their senses. As a pediatric otolaryngologist, I see children who inhale or swallow all kinds of things, including coins, peanuts and small plastic toys. Add button batteries to the list, and seek help immediately if a child swallows one.
April 05, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted “fast track” designation for ibudilast, a medication that could help prevent damage to the brain in people with progressive multiple sclerosis.
April 04, 2016
Childhood bone fractures are a common occurrence. Many of these fractures are overt and easily identified on an X-ray. However, some fractures that occur in children can be fairly subtle on an X-ray and in their physical appearance. That’s where pediatric expertise can be helpful in sorting things out.