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Chronic pain and Neuroplasticity

March 09, 2016

Why do you continue to have pain long after whatever caused the pain is gone? The answer is that the pain has changed parts of your brain. These altered parts continue to send messages, prolonging the agony. And some parts of your brain, such as the hypothalamus, may have shrunk and no longer work as well.

HPV vaccine proves effective yet vaccination rates remain low among teens

March 04, 2016
A new study reports that the HPV vaccine, which targets the sexually transmitted virus responsible for cervical cancer, has, since its introduction in 2006, reduced the virus’ prevalence in teenage girls by two-thirds. A reduction rate of two-thirds is quite remarkable; however, a further decline in the prevalence of HPV is possible and can be achieved simply by redirecting the HPV conversation healthcare providers have with patients and their parents.

Ocrelizumab getting fast tracked for primary progressive multiple sclerosis

February 26, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the investigational medicine ocrelizumab (OCREVUS™) for the treatment of people with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). There is currently no approved treatment for PPMS - a debilitating form of MS characterized by progressive, worsening symptoms and typically without distinct relapses or periods of remission.

Good nutrition crucial before head and neck cancer therapy

February 26, 2016

Good nutrition is crucial for any patient undergoing cancer therapy, but many head and neck cancer patients struggle to get the nutrients they need as they prepare for treatment. A large proportion of patients with head and neck cancers present to their doctors with significant weight loss. Sometimes, the weight loss is unexplained. But more often, there is a clear reason for it.

I’m having a hearing test. What should I expect?

February 24, 2016

As an audiologist, I spend a lot of time diagnosing hearing problems. Unfortunately, many of the people I see for hearing tests are worried first and foremost that they will be pressured to buy a hearing aid. That’s not the case.

Eliminating Fructose: A Nurse’s Perspective

February 19, 2016

You may have heard recently that Swedish Pediatrics is no longer offering juice to patients. I wholeheartedly support this decision, and here’s why.

Liver cancer screening: Overcoming a silent killer

February 17, 2016

Preventive care is a crucial aspect of chronic liver disease management, and liver cancer screening is a top priority. Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and its incidence is expected to rise in the United States in coming years. So who should be screened for liver cancer, how do we make the diagnosis and what treatment options are available?

Orbera Intragastric Balloon for nonsurgical weight loss treatment

February 11, 2016

People who are obese have a new treatment option for weight loss: the intragastric balloon.The intragastric balloon is different from other bariatric (weight-loss) treatments because it doesn’t require surgery, and it’s a temporary treatment, usually lasting about six months.

5 fast facts about ulcerative colitis

February 10, 2016

In January, the world mourned the loss of Glenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles. He reportedly battled two autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, for years before his death. Questions since have swirled in the media about these diseases. Here are five fast facts about ulcerative colitis from specialist Karlee Ausk, M.D.

Maternal and infant diets: Do food choices affect food allergies?

February 05, 2016

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about which foods are appropriate for infants and moms. Families often get confused and ask questions such as: Can you eat peanuts while you’re pregnant? What solid foods should I give my infant, and when? Read on for answers.