Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any easier alternatives to a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer? I'm in my 60s and would ...
Some editors at the New York Times seem to have either developed a severe case of institutional amnesia, or decided to confer the presumption of innocence upon cellphone radiation, as the newspaper did upon asbestos for an entire decade after the mineral had been shown to be the most important industrial carcinogen in the world.
These stories have done more than just educate and inspire women to take their lives into their own hands; they have been the catalyst that has ignited and continues to ignite social and governmental change.
Looking back I don't know if it was the inspiration of a courageous little girl who lived so close by, who was treated at the very same hospital, or our continued commitment in a world where it's hard to keep commitments, but I know that she and her siblings have gotten the message -- "when life gives you lemons, do something about it."
Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and women. One out of every 20 people will get colon cancer. With 136,000 Americans being diagnosed every year with this disease, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in this country with over 50,000 deaths every year.
As parents, it's our job, not only to apply sunblock to our babies, but to educate our teens and ourselves about sun safety.
By moving fruits and vegetables to the center of the breakfast and lunch lines, these schools -- and many others -- are leading a revolution to improve kids' health, manage rising rates of childhood obesity, and tackle our country's ongoing struggle with an epidemic of chronic disease.
Let's do a little math quiz. What does 9 x 365 x 27 mean? Yes, in my diabetes lifetime, I have stuck a needle in my fingertips over 88,000 times -- 88,000! So, to all my doctors and well-meaning friends and family members, I'm trying my very best.
Our grandparents were right that we become wiser when we get older. But I didn't expect I'd also become a better physician. And there is still progress to be made. I'm really glad I am making this transformation.
Ockham's razor -- namely, that all other things being equal, simpler explanations are generally better than more complex ones -- has had a longstandin...
Jill's doctor held her head down as he inserted eight needles into her neck to biopsy her two tumors. No anesthetic was involved... and that was just the beginning of her journey to hell. Soon after, she was in surgery to remove the right lobe of her thyroid.
One of the hardest aspects about living with an invisible disability is that people, usually through no fault of their own, just do not get it. Some people find it incredibly difficult to understand that someone who has no apparent disability could be in pain.
A big leap it is not from believing in god and the devil to believing in anything at all, including that the president is a radical Christian but also a Muslim and a foreign-citizen socialist who will take your guns away. Facts don't matter; we create a fictional order in the face of randomness and then call that real, and the chasm becomes ever wider.
Coming up on my third colonoscopy, I am reminded that there is a stigma for medical issues of the colon. Before my very first colonoscopy when I was 15, I was laughed at by an acquaintance for saying that I would be getting a colonoscopy.
So, you were able to control your gestational diabetes through diet alone, and the only minor annoyance was that you had to prick your finger a few times a day to record your blood sugar? That's just fantastic for you. My situation isn't working that way at all, and it's a big deal to me.
It tastes like a guilty pleasure, but it's no guilt and all pleasure.