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A View to a Cure for Prostate Cancer

According to the CDC, prostate cancer represents the most common non-skin cancer in American men and the second leading cause of death in US men. Recent research initiatives have shed some light on the mechanisms of this disease and possible therapies for treating both localized and metastatic prostate cancers. Even so, researchers and scientists remain […]

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Don’t Ya Wish You Had a BSN Like Me?

It might seem surprising that nurses – whose entire career focuses on healing, compassion, and empathy – frequently bully one another as well as feel the brunt of bullying from a superior. Some measure of bullying occurs in virtually every profession, but those who witness it or experience it first hand in the healthcare profession seem afraid and reluctant to voice their concerns – especially publicly for fear of retaliation.

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Have You Been Zapped?

In a May 2011 press release, the WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a possible human carcinogen due to an increased risk of a malignant brain cancer known as glioma. The IARC report associates cell phone use with an increase in glioma cases. A group of 31 scientists from 14 countries has met in Lyon, France to discuss and assess the potential dangers of continued exposure to these fields.

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Lose the Paunch with Paleo Nutrition

The term, Paleo nutrition, refers to a diet that seeks to imitate the primal eating habits of our Paleolithic ancestors. This ancestral concept of nutrition and lifestyle requires that people eat common foods that our Paleolithic ancestors might have hunted and gathered. Proponents of the program feel that the human body metabolizes natural, unprocessed foods more effectively than those most Americans eat on a regular basis. If you can’t ostensibly hunt and gather a certain food, then it isn’t on the Paleo eating program.

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Anti-Depressants: A depressing un-solution to mental health issues

The number of Americans (including children) prescribed anti-depressants, for a variety of reasons, increases daily. Clearly anti-depressant drugs have helped millions of people and they have their place as a treatment for depression, anxiety, and a number of other mental health issues. But are these amazing, groundbreaking medications being overprescribed today?

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Is It Just Morning Sickness or Something More?

Most people associate pregnancy with morning sickness. While OB/GYN physiciansconsider a fair amount of nausea and vomiting as normal, severe and long-term symptoms can negatively impact the pregnancy and the mother's quality of life. In fact, morning sickness is associated with reduced miscarriage risk. However, a small amount of mothers-to-be experience nausea and vomiting that progresses to the point of hyperemesis gravidarum – a form of severe morning sickness that causes weight loss, dangerous electrolyte disturbances, and other problems.

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Does an Online Presence Make Doctors Better Healers?

Recently, I came across a provocative article by Dr. Kevin Pho of KevinMD.com. The article states that physicians without a presence on the various social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, risk irrelevancy. Dr. Pho represents the leading physician authority on healthcare social media and when he makes such a bold and public statement regarding the importance of online engagement for physicians, people take notice.

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Is a Career in Nursing Right for You?

Those hoping to pursue a career in nursing can choose between three different levels of the profession. Each level requires specialized coursework and that graduates, of the various specializations, sit for and pass the appropriate licensing exam in their state.

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Social Media and Healthcare: Good Medicine or Pretty Poison?

As social media continues to permeate nearly all aspects of the healthcare landscape, its growth as a medical practice tool is rapidly changing the face of medicine. Change of any kind brings with it both positive and negative outcomes. The number of physicians choosing to integrate social media and mobile computing devices into their practice protocols is steadily increasing; yet a considerable number of holdouts have reservations about utilizing the still-fledgling tool of the digital age.

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Should Lawmakers Ban Teen Tanning Bed Use?

Artificial tanning salons debuted in American culture during the 1970s. Since then, the proliferation of commercial artificial tanning salons has given birth to a $5 billion industry. Fifty thousand of these facilities receive 28 million customers annually in the United States. Many states have passed laws limiting tanning bed use by minors. A national survey of white teenagers showed that 2.9 million of them, or 24 percent between 13 and 19 years of age, used a tanning bed at least one time.

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Promise of Synthetic Biology – A Double Edged Sword

Synthetic biology combines science and engineering methodologies to create new biological systems and functions not found in the natural environment. The emerging trend of applying the principles of genetic engineering to modify existing life forms or generate new ones has fomented heated international debates. People on both sides of the issue make very strong arguments to support their positions.

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Accountable Care Organizations – What Do They Mean For the Average Citizen-Patient?

The healthcare reform discussions, of a few years back, and resulting policy creation, advocate the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs). The ideas behind this concept and projected outcomes seem positive and beneficial to all parties involved: physicians, hospitals, patients, and the third-party payer. The new health law is slated to launch in January 2012 and only seven of its thousands of pages speak to the concept of accountable care organizations. Will ACOs lead us down the road to healthcare paradise or perdition? Or something in between?

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Circumcision – A Deeply Personal, Parental Decision

The decision to circumcise your infant boy is one that you and your partner should take very seriously. Those of the Jewish and Muslim faiths view circumcision as mandatory procedure governed by deep religious beliefs, others choose to circumcise their infant sons for hygiene purposes, reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and many other reasons. The procedure, when done on infant males, rarely results in serious complications; circumcision of adults comes with far greater risk of infection and serious complications.