Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Daily interferon may be OK alternative for hep C treatment

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Daily dosing with interferon for the treatment of hepatitis C can be tolerated by patients and may be a viable alternative in some cases.   But that suggestion from poster presentations here at Digestive Disease Week was qualified by at least one U.S. researcher involved in this work who said nothing striking has yet developed with interferon therapy in terms of producing a sustained response.  During a discussion of several hepatitis C posters (more…)

Seven Ways to Say Very Good, Part 2

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Deliberate Procrastination

Hurry up and wait! Do you know a child who seems to constantly drag his or her feet? This behavior may be deliberate or unconscious. However, it sometimes calls for stronger action. One simple provocative statement can be the answer to create some sort of action. I don’t know a child who loves a lecture. (more…)

Seven Ways to Say Very Good, Part 1

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Affirming Unconditionally
It is not unusual for parents to feel like they are losing their marbles! The best thing that I have found, besides my marbles, is the beauty and power in positive affirmations. Wondrous behaviors seem to appear like magic when kids are validated and affirmed unconditionally for their own value. (more…)

What are the Therapies for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

First lets review the definition of carpal tunnel syndrome to be sure that we are talking about the same condition.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is defined by Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary as:

Soreness, tenderness, and weakness of the muscles of the thumb caused by pressure on the median nerve at the point at which it goes through the carpal tunnel of the wrist.

It commonly affects people who perform repetitive motions using the wrist, such as typists and cashiers.

The best thing to do for carpal tunnel syndrome is to prevent it from happening in the first place. There are products available that fit on the end of your keyboard that keep your wrists in a neutral position, but a book of the same thickness works just as well. Also avoid turning your hands in or out as you type.

If you do develop symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, see your health care professional.

Your Doctor may recommend ice massage a couple times a day to help reduce the inflammation of the tendons running through the carpal tunnel.

Other treatment options available include ultrasound over the effected area and special splints.
But again, the best thing to do is to take the necessary steps to avoid it in the first place.

What Is Your Doctor Concerned About

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Your doctor must first be certain of the diagnosis. Once a firm diagnosis has been made, your doctor will assess your condition and determine the likelihood of a heart attack. (more…)

On the Edge of Illness

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

As a mother, the bottom fell out of my heart last week while I was sitting in the doctor’s office with my youngest son, Matthew.
“We have to do a CAT scan and a chest X-ray and probably an MRI,” the doctor told me calmly.

I tried to be just as calm, but inside, I could feel myself begin to shake. “What are you looking for?” I asked, trying to keep my voice steady.

Even my voice seemed unreal. We’d come in because the medicine my son had gotten for Lyme disease the week before didn’t seem to be helping. In fact, his symptoms had grown and had gotten worse. But now, all these tests. These were beyond Lyme disease. (more…)

Tips and Information About Cold Sores

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Herpes infections may spread to skin damaged by eczema, abrasions, cuts, scrapes or rashes. An infant may spread the infection to his or her mother?s nipple during breast-feeding if the nipple was cracked. (more…)

Remicade Putting Biology to Work, Part 2

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

A study by Maini published in the Dec. 4, 1999, issue of the British medical journal Lancet highlighted the need for new medications, noting that although weekly doses of methotrexate — either alone or with other disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) — had become the standard mode of treatment for RA, “not all patients tolerate these drugs or show an acceptable therapeutic response to them.” Maini’s research was among the first to demonstrate that patients treated with both Remicade and methotrexate have better arthritis symptom relief than patients treated with methotrexate alone. (more…)

Remicade Putting Biology to Work, Part 1

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis soon learn their disease is an autoimmune disorder. As Gale A. Granger, Ph.D., president of the Arthritis National Research Foundation, explains in an article on the foundation’s Web site, the most prominent feature of such disorders is that patients’ immune systems attack and destroy their own tissues. (more…)

Why do Sugar-Free Products Raise my Blood Sugar?

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This is an excellent question and many diabetics have this problem. A sugar-free product is not carbohydrate-free or calorie-free. (more…)