10 Health Tips for Women Age 65 and Older

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This video provides 10 health tips for women age 65 and older. These recommendations are based on expert clinical opinion presented in UpToDate online version 18.3. This video was produced by Dr. Nicholas Cohen, MD. The content of this video is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professional regarding any medical questions or conditions.

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Happiest Woman in America – Health Tips [11-02-2011]

November 12, 2011 by  
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A woman (/ˈwʊmən/), pl: women (/ˈwɪmɨn/) is a female human. The term woman is usually reserved for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent. However, the term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as ‘Women’s rights’. The Old English wifman meant ‘female human’ (werman meant ‘male human’. Man or mann had a gender neutral meaning of ‘human’, corresponding to Modern English ‘one’ or ‘someone’. However in around 1000AD ‘man’ started to be used more to refer to ‘male human’, and in the late 1200s began to inevitably displace and eradicate the original word ‘werman’). The medial labial consonants coalesced to create the modern form ‘woman’; the initial element, which meant ‘female,’ underwent semantic narrowing to the sense of a married woman (‘wife’). Visit MeTee.com The place for publishing and printing t-shirts & always free shipping. Become a channel sponsor for 30 days for /day meseed.com Have any ad you want play in each video (any one video can go viral with tens-of-thousands of hits) Or donate to keep this channel going: meseed.com Thank you for your generosity – Subscribe for Breaking News. Like/Dislike, Comment, Favorite and share on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ to get the word out on this video. Put this video on your channel with a more interesting title (never know if this channel will get taken down): www.keepvid.com Archive video with keepvid. Signup for

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Dr. Jud Fisher of Healthcare Partners of Nevada Discusses Men’s Health

June 17, 2011 by  
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Dr. Jud Fisher, a renown family practitioner, talks with the Las Vegas Morning Blend channel 13 about men’s health during Men’s Health Week.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 16, 2009 by  
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March is the month to step up on awareness of colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer mortality in the US, according to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Approximately 149,000 new cases of colorectal cancer have been predicted for 2008. Abointestineut 50,000 Americans die this disease every year

The good news is that colorectal cancer is preventable and treatable when detected at an early stage. And early detection is possible through screening.

The bad news is that, “even in the best economic environment, only half of the people who need colorectal cancer screening receive the life-saving test.” The low screening rate maybe due to a lot of causes. Screening is mainly done by colonoscopy, which involves gently inserting an intrument called colonoscope into the rectum and large intestine. The instrument enables the doctor examine the walls of the lower gastrointestinal tract. Unfortunately, many people find this screening method embarrassing and invasive. With the economic recession, it is expected that even more people will forego screening for colorectal cancer due to loss of health insurance and financial difficulties. In addition, there seem to be cultural and ethnic barriers that are also related to health insurance coverage. According to AGA, African Americans and Hispanics are less likely to be screened and are therefore more likely to die from colorectal cancer than other ethnic groups.

A study by the Lewin Group made public early this year predicts that there will be a shortage of actively practicing gastroenterologists in the US in the next ten years. This shortage will further lead to low screening rates.

Hopefully, legislation will help solve the issue. Texas Rep. Kay Granger reintroduced the Colorectal Cancer Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment Act in the US Congress in February, a bill whose aim is

to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a national screening program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States the option to provide medical assistance for men and women screened and found to have colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps.”

The bill can hopefully establish a life-saving program similar to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for people between 50 and 64 years old but also those younger than 50 but have high risks profiles. The bill will also facilitate screening, follow-up, and treatment of those who do not have insurance coverage.

Risk factors for colorectal cancer (source: American Cancer Society) are:

  • Age older than 50 years old
  • Previous history of polyps and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Other hereditary diseases (Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, and Lynch syndrome).
  • Racial and ethnic background
  • Lifestyle-related factors including smoking, diet, lack of exercise, obesity, heavy alcohol consumption, and type 2 diabetes.

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Of Cancer and Colonoscopies

January 22, 2008 by  
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Recently, my good friend Amanda was inspired by her sister-in-law’s recent diagnosis with cancer diagnosis to get screened herself. Here, she shares her story:

I once again find myself laying flat on my back, staring at the ceiling with my naked legs spread wide with some man I just met 10 minutes ago between them. Now, get your mind out of the gutter, it is definitely not what you are thinking: It is time once again for my annual physical, and as I go to a health clinic, I always seem to get a different doctor.

This time is different for me, though. My sister-in-law was just diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, and will begin chemotherapy and radiation treatment within the month. What two different doctors diagnosed as hemorrhoids was in actuality skin cancer, and any type of surgery will result in the use of a colostomy bag for the rest of her life. Did I mention that she is only 46? Did I mention that she just had a colonoscopy 6 months ago, and she left the procedure with a clean bill of health? Did I tell you that they told her there was an 80% chance that the lesion was benign, but ended up being cancerous?

Her story is replete with the normal doctor visits, the correct diagnostic tests, and several missed diagnoses. Thankfully, the cancer has not spread, and the doctors are very optimistic about a good chemotherapeutic response. Not everyone is that lucky.

So that leaves me flat on my back, literally. I have never met anyone who actually enjoys getting an OB/GYN exam, or runs out of the room yelling, “That was awesome – let’s do it again!!!!” But the vaginal exam is just one of the things women have to do in the name of good health.

My advice to women everywhere is to get your annual physical. Tell your doctor if you are having pain or swelling in any area in your body. Make the doctor take your suspicions and concerns seriously – no one knows your body better than you do, and you can always tell when something with your body is just not right. Finally, don’t put off seeing a doctor, just because you are afraid of what you might hear. If it does happen to be cancer, early detection is your best bet.

Over 90% of all cancer deaths are associated with metastasis – don’t become another statistic. So let the women all over the country band together, get naked, and get on our backs! Preferably in a doctor’s office, but you make your own decision on that front – who am I to judge?

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Bottom’s Up: Why Focusing on Your Bottom should be a Top Health Priority

November 14, 2007 by  
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Hi there, readers! Since I’ll be on the road travelling for the next two days, I asked Amanda Devereaux, one of my former bosses and best friends, to step in for me for the following guest post.   Amanda, who is blessed with both beauty and brains, has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and is currently working in a cancer research laboratory.  I’m sure you’ll find her opinions as entertaining as I do!

It is that time of year again.  No, I am not talking about all the snow, ice, and crappy weather associated with winter, check local weather forecast.  It’s time to take care of your bottom.  

It has long been known that a colonoscopy is used to screen for colon cancer, and is your best bet at detecting a tumor in the early, treatable stages. Now, doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, have published new research showing that colonoscopies can also be useful in predicting the development of advanced tumors as well.

This study, published in the journal of Gastroenterology, examined the records of 3,121 patients between the ages of 50 and 75 who had a colonoscopy between 1994 and 1997. Of these, 1, 171 patients presented with growths at the time of the initial colonoscopy, and the subjects were monitored with repeat colonoscopy procedures over the next 5 years (talk about a bummer, ba dum dum ching!!!!). At the follow-up, 7.4% of patients with initial growths were found to have advanced tumors, in comparison to 2.4% of those without growths in the initial test. These results will help divide patients into risk groups after the initial colonoscopy, and will help determine the number and frequency of any additional colonoscopy procedures.

Now I know what you are all thinking. I can think of about 100 other things I would rather do than have someone shove a camera where the sun don’t shine. But it really isn’t all that bad. I had a colonoscopy at the tender age of 25 (they were checking for Crone’s disease; turns out I am just a nervous fuss with irritable bowels!). The worst part of the whole thing was the “pre-cleansing” ritual of drinking 4 liters of a substance called “GoLightly”. What a joke that name is:   it should be called “Run like hell and pray you make it to the bathroom every 15 minutes for the next 4 hours”. The next morning I went to the hospital, they drugged me up, and the next thing I knew, it was over. Now, I understand that talking about your butt is taboo, and not in good taste. Just ask Emily Post. But if this article convinces at least one person to get checked out, possibly saving their lives, then I can live with being in bad taste.

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