Blood tests for neurological disorders



The hunt for biomarkers in the blood that can be used to screen for neurological disorders such as schizophrenia and dementia seems to be making headway. Two groups of researchers report about … [Read more...]


Is skin cancer on the rise?



The incidence of skin cancer is increasing. And this increase is not only due to better screening and diagnostic techniques. The threat is real and not just an artefact of better technology, according … [Read more...]


Know your heart conditions: diastolic dysfunction



Resource post for January About 80 million adult Americans suffer from at least one type of cardiovascular disorder. This is equivalent to 1 in every 3 adults. Diastolic dysfunction is a commonly … [Read more...]


Do you know your risk for heart disease?



Do you have an undiagnosed risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)? You think it's highly unlikely? Well, think again. According to a British study, one in three people with high … [Read more...]


CVD News Watch for the Weekend 29 August



CVD treatment watch New hope for stroke patients 3 hours max. That's how long a stroke patient has before major brain damage and death occur. If treated within 3 hours, the patient has very high … [Read more...]


New Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendations



Yesterday the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its recommendations regarding prostate cancer screening. Summary of Recommendations: USPSTF concludes that the current … [Read more...]


Carcinoid Cancer



Carcinoid Cancer as defined by the American Cancer Society: "carcinoid tumors or carcinoids: tumors that develop from neuroendocrine cells, usually in the digestive tract, lung, or ovary. The cancer … [Read more...]


Thyroid Cancer Basics



Thyroid cancer is the single most common endocrine cancer and the most curable. If diagnosed before it spreads, thyroid cancer has a 97 % five year survival rate. Per The American Cancer Society: … [Read more...]


Pancreatic Cancer



The pancreas is considered a glandular organ. It is about 7 inches by 1.5 inches in size. It lies under the stomach and at the beginning of the small intestine, and functions as an exocrine organ by … [Read more...]


CUPS



Cancer of Unknown Primary Site or CUP, Cancer of Unknown Primary is a tumor that is diagnosed at a metastatic site and the primary site is not known. Following additional testing many of these … [Read more...]


To Tell or Not to Tell



This post discusses the merits of telling (or not telling) the affected person that he or she has Alzheimer's disease. Once Alzheimer's disease is officially diagnosed, the primary caregiver and close … [Read more...]


Cervical Cancer



Cervical cancer will be diagnosed in more than 11,000 women in the U.S. in 2008 and more than 3,000 women will die of the disease this year. Worldwide it is third leading cause of cancer death in … [Read more...]


Liver Cancer Facts



The liver is the largest internal human organ. If the liver completely shut down, we would die within 24 hours. This is because the liver has so many vital functions in human life. Functions of the … [Read more...]


Endometrial Cancer



Endometrial cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting the female reproductive organs. The other types of female gynecologic cancers include cervical cancer and uterine sarcoma. Endometrial … [Read more...]


The Facts: Breast Cancer In Men



Male Breast Cancer comprises 1% of all diagnosed cases of breast cancer. While rare, breast cancer can occur in men at any age, though it is usually diagnosed in men over fifty, primarily in the … [Read more...]


Brain Cancer Basics



The words brain cancer evoke a dark and often confusing image. What does it really mean? Ah, we nod. Brain tumor. Let's examine this topic, so we can understand what's going on behind this … [Read more...]


Testicular Cancer Awareness Week



Testicular Cancer Awareness Week April 1-7, 2008 "There will be about 8,090 new cases of testicular cancer in the United States in 2008. About 380 men will die of the disease in 2008. A man's … [Read more...]


Stages 3 and 4 Alzheimer’s Disease-Caregiver Response



Last week I talked about how to know if it's Alzheimer's disease and I ended the segment on Thursday with a discussion about stages one and two.  I promised that, for this week, I'd finish up the … [Read more...]


Alzheimer’s Disease-Testing and Diagnosis



This is the third post in a series looking at how do you know if its Alzheimer's disease?  The first two posts, Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's and Dementia-the Differences laid a … [Read more...]


The Big FIVE-O



Time to start screening for colon/colorectal cancer. NOW! The Facts: March is National Colon/Colorectal Awareness Month. The lifetime risk for being diagnosed with colorectal cancer is 1 in … [Read more...]


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