Monday, December 27, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Types of pneumonia

Most of us think of pneumonia in terms of only two types:  viral and bacterial.  However, there are actually several more:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How to become a patent examiner

It's an exacting and challenging career but rewarding for those whose educational backgrounds and temperature are suited to it.  Here's the education and training needed to become a patent examiner and advance through a career progression:

Types of hydrocephalus

Most of us think of the word "hydrocephalus" as simply water on the brain.  However, there are actually six types of this condition and different ways to treat each one:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Advanced Placement (AP) Italian exam makes a comeback

Due to lack of interest, the AP Italian exam has been missing for a few years.  The program is back in thefall of 2011, with the first exams administered the following spring:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How to become a sleep technician

Most sleep technicians work at night, though a few monitor daytime sleep studies.  If you're interested in this career, here's what you need to know about the required training:

Monday, November 22, 2010

2009 assessment shows high school seniors aren't achieving what they should

Their scores might be up a little bit in reading and math, but high school seniors across the country who completed a 2009 assessment aren't doing as well overall as educators would like.  Here's the story:

Friday, November 19, 2010

How to play the Thanksgiving Name Game

Remember playing it in elementary school?  The objective is to make as many smaller words as possible from the word THANKSGIVING.

Here's what I came up with in about 15 minutes.  Can you add any words to the list?:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

How to live with a Baker's cyst

They hurt and don't always go away on their own.  Neither cortisone shots nor surgery seems to help some patients.  Here's what you need to know if you end up having to live with a Baker's cysts:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Remembering All Saints' Day

Do you celebrate it?  Here are some thoughts on why November 1 each year should be so special, even in a contemporary sense:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Does your cat have anterior uveitis?

It's a surprisingly common and painful eye inflammation.  You might be surprised at the number of things that can cause anterior uveitis in cats:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Types of albinism

Most people have heard of the terms albino or albinism, which generally refer to a lack of pigment in the skin and hair.  However, few of us know that there are various types of albinism:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Why the rescued miners in Chile wore sunglasses

Experts were worried that the 33 rescued miners, underground for more than 2 months, would damage their eyes when they encountered light on the surface.  The condition they feared was solar retinopathy:

Friday, October 15, 2010

How to Use Contract Grading at the College Level

It has its advantages and its disadvantages.  Here's what you need to know about using contract grading for college students:

Remembering John Denver

He's been gone since 1997, but his music is fortunately still abundant.  Here's a tribute to one of America's most beloved singers and lyricists:

Monday, October 11, 2010

What are the types of pulmonary hypertension?

This illness is incurable.  What differentiates it from so many other conditions is its five types.  Each is linked to potential causes of the disorder:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Educational requirements to become a pharmacist

Practicing pharmacy is a hot career right now.  Here's what you need to know about educational and licensing requirements to become a pharmacist:

Monday, October 4, 2010

What's the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)?

It's one alternative to the GRE that so many colleges and universities require when you apply to graduate school.  Here's what you should know about the MAT:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Researchers Find Potential Link Between Genes, Colon Polyps

For years, we've heard a myriad of reasons why people develop colon polyps - some benign, some not.  Age is always among the top three.  Now scientists have discovered a potentenial link between their development and defective genes:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

How can you tell if your cat is senile?

It can happen to any cat who's reached the age of 12.  Here's how to tell if your senior cat is getting senile:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

10 time management tips for student teachers

Time . . . there's never enough of it when you have a classroom to management.  Here are 10 tips to help student teachers manage their time:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

September's here, slugs are gone

Fall starts a new seasonal rhythm.  While for some, it doesn't start until the leaves drop, in our home, early September marks the beginning of Autumn.  It also marks the departure of the hated slug in our yard:

Friday, August 27, 2010

Could you be at risk for hypertension?

You might be surprised at the number of factors that can raise your risk of developing high blood pressure:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The newest type of college students: Swirlers

They're determined to cut costs by accumulating credits and getting their bachelor's degrees as quickly as possible.  Here's how:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Is resomation the right choice for you?

It's new and controversial, currently legal in six states as a green alternative to traditional burial.  Is it right for you?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What on earth is episcleritis?

If your eyeball suddenly turns pink, you might be tempted to blame in on eye strain or wearing contact lenses too long.  The cause just might be episcleritis:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rare CTX disorder can be devastating

For many patients, the damage is already irreversible before they notice significant symptoms.  The name of this disorder is a mouthful, but most refer to it simply as CTX:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Public schools switching to online textbooks

Should your kids' middle or high schools abandon standard textbooks in favor of online texts?  Here are the pros and cons:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fun facts about Michigan

If all you can picture when you think "Michigan" is a lot of snow, you're missing many wonderful fun facts and trivia about the Wolverine state:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Death of Virginia nun causes immigration policy frenzy

The recent death of Benedictine Sister Denise Mosier in a car struck by a driver allegedly a repeat DUI offender and illegal immigrant has caused a furor over immigration policy.  Here's a remembrance of the Virginia nun and some thoughts about why her legacy is more important than the immigration brouhaha:

Monday, July 26, 2010

Anhidrosis: ever wished your body couldn't sweat?

Think again.  This disorder is known as anhidrosis.  Under certain circumstances, it can kill:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Glenn Beck announces diagnosis of macular dystrophy

Most of us had never heard of this disorder until the Fox News personality announced that he had been diagnosed with it and could be blind within a year.  Here's a bit about this condition:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fun facts and trivia about Iowa

It's a state blessed with a rich agricultural heritage.  However, there are many fun facts and trivia associated with the state of Iowa:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fun facts and trivia about Louisiana

Some will remember it best for Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.  However, there's a lot more to Louisiana than these disasters:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Researchers find potential test for early kidney cancer

Kidney cancer has a very high mortality rate.  For nearly 80 percent of patients, it's discovered during a procedure to locate another medical problem--too late for effective treatment.  However, recent research gives hope that a test to detect early kidney cancer is in the works:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What are the complications of lupus?

Although each patient has somewhat different symptoms, lupus has a fairly well-defined set of complications:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How to create your own butterfly garden

They're peaceful and beautiful...also not very hard to create.  You can even make them using containers:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The bad things about drinking too much soda

One of the basic questions to ask yourself is this:  What exactly is too much?  Here's the lowdown on the dangers of drinking too many soft drinks:

Monday, June 28, 2010

How a Roof Garden Helps the Environment

They're great for beginning gardeners and those who have limited space.  However, roof gardens also do some great things for the environment:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Should patients with pancreatic cancer consider alternative medicine?

Advocates of alternative treatments for pancreatic cancer are careful to point out that they should accompany traditional medical therapies:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

What is a glioma?

It's one of the most common types of brain tumors.  It can be benign or malignant.  It's also the type of tumor that took the life of Ted Kennedy:

Monday, June 14, 2010

What is Moebius syndrome?

This rare neurological disorder is present at birth.  It can cause the faces of those afflicted with it to be totally expressionless.  Here's why:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Will searchers finally find Natalee Holloway?

She disappeared more than five years ago.  Will Joran van der Sloot's alleged confession over killing a young woman in Peru lead to the discovery of Natalee Holloway or her remains?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lead poisoning and dogs

You might be surprised at how easy it is for dogs to access lead and suffer toxic effects from it.  Here's a recap:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The rarest types of cancer

They're obscure and don't get much press unless a celebrity contracts one of them.  Here are three of the rarest types of cancer:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A guide to treating tennis elbow

Sometimes your whole arm hurts.  And worst of all, you probably aren't even a tennis player.  Here's what tennis elbow is and how to get better if you suffer from it:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ever heard of the disease yaws?

For most of us, it's something out of a novel of the 1800s.  However, this tropical disease is still around and a threat in numerous parts of the world:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tennis elbow, anyone?

You don't have to swing a tennis racket to contract tennis elbow.  Here's what causes it and the treatments that are effective:

Saturday, May 22, 2010

What causes Williams syndrome?

It's a rare disease associated with faulty genes.  Here's more about Williams syndrome:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What is sympathetic ophthalmia?

You injure or have surgery on one eye.  At some later date - sometimes years after the fact - your other eye develops problems.  Read why here:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

What is Bornholm disease?

It's rare but very contagious.  It's linked to a common virus but takes its name from a small island.  Read about this disease here:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

How do cats get ringworm?

Lots of people assume ringworm is a condition involving a little worm.  It's not.  It's a fungus that can be passed from one pet to another and from pets to people.  Here are the causes:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

How exactly does your cat get fleas?

Did you know that fleas have no wings - they just jump very high?  Here's the lowdown on these pesky insections and how they end up on your cat:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What is Boomeritis and how do you avoid it?

It's the curse of baby boomers, and it's making orthopedic surgeons wealthier every day.  Here's what you need to know about Boomeritis:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Treatments for bursitis of the shoulder

It's painful and sometimes goes on and on.  Bursitis of the shoulder is no laughing matter for anyone who suffers from it.  Here are the current treatments:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How will recent health reform affect Federal retirees?

It's a mixed bag.  If you have a chronic medical condition, the answer might be largely negative:

A guide to preventing blindness

While it's not always possible to avoid blindness, there are steps you can take to make it less of a probability in your life:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Study links erectile dysfunction with death in patients with cardiovascular disease

The results of a recent study suggest that in men already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, there's a link between erectile dysfunction and heart-related death:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ever heard of Triple X syndrome?

It results in an extra X chromosome in girls.  While most show no symptoms, some aren't so lucky:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hope for brain cancer patients: the Smart Bomb

Its goal:  helping cancer patients get the most aggressive treatment possible while lessening the side effects.  Read about it here:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

How to help your dog shed excess winter weight

Did Fido or Fifi gain a little (or a lot) this winter?  Here are some tips on helping your pooch shed those extra winter pounds:

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pending legislation seeks to protect pets

It's in Congress, right now in committee in both the House and the Senate.  Read how this act would protect animals - including your pets - from ending up as subjects at research labs:

Friday, March 5, 2010

Why I still want a Toyota

My Camry is nearly 8 years old but has only 43,000 miles on it.  Eventually, I'll have to replace it. Here's why I'd still buy a Toyota:

Friday, February 26, 2010

Why some fibromyalgia patients want to try medical marijuana

For some individuals with fibromyalgia, medical marijuana offers the possibility of relief from pain and other symptoms.  Read why here:

Monday, February 22, 2010

What on earth is a physiatrist?

No, it really isn't someone with a career in physics.  It's a medical speciality.  Read about physiatrists here:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Rare bone disease dates to King Tut

Recent findings about the physical condition of King Tut, who died at the age of 19 some 3,300 years ago, show him to have been a fragile individual with many physical problems. DNA testing indicated his parents were siblings, a common practice among pharaohs of that period.  Tut apparently had a club foot and shuffered from Kohler's syndrome, a disease that still affects children today:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Why are chocolate diamonds so hot?

Once considered low-priced pariahs among diamond afficianados, chocolate diamonds are now really popular.

Here's an overview of what they are, how they're sold as jewelry, and what you need to know before buying them:

Friday, February 12, 2010

What on earth is Angelman syndrome?

It's named after a doctor with the same name.  This sad disorder causes developmental delays and odd behavior in the children it affects.  Doctors have identified the genetic disorder they believe causes it:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Does your adolescent suffer from Sleeping Beauty syndrome?

It's as mysterious as a sleep disorder can get.  Sleeping Beauty syndrome is the popular name for Kleine-Levin syndrome.  Its main victims are adolescents, who sleep up to 20 hours a day.  Here's what you need to know about this rare neurological condition:

Monday, February 8, 2010

How to massage your cat

Is your cat a total introvert?  So wild you can't even approach without a handful of bandages in your pocket?

Here's the lowdown on the benefits of cat massage for felines with health or behavioral problem or those who just plain love to be pampered:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Tai Shan, DC's Giant Panda

His fans are heartbroken, but on Thursday, 2/4/10, Tai Shan boards a special Panda Jet bound for China.  There he will enter a breeding program.  Read about his stay at the National Zoo and his future here:

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Changes coming to Advanced Placement (AP) tests

Have you heard about the changes coming to AP tests from the College Board?  Here's what you need to know:

Friday, January 29, 2010

Missing Barbaro

It's been 3 years since the untimely death of the great Kentucky Derby winner.  Here's why I miss America's Horse so much:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

How to Help Children Understand Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is a disease that can involve several generations of a family.  Here are some tips to help kids understand this condition:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

How cancer treatments produce sexual side effects in women

No two people respond exactly the same way to any cancer treatment.  However, beyond survival, one of the greatest worries most women have about cancer treatments is their potential sexual side effects.  Here's what you need to know here:

Friday, January 22, 2010

What men need to know about cancer treatments and sexual side effects

Knowing ahead of time what to expect about the type of cancer treatment he's about to undergo can help a man adjust to the probable sexual side effects.

Here are the most common treatments and how they affect men:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Alternative Treatments for Control Seizures

Doctors aren't able to find the cause of the majority of seizures.  Not all of them are related to epilepsy.  Here's a handy guide for the treatments alternative medicine has to offer.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What are the traditional treatments for thyroid disease?

There are dozens of thyroid diseases and disorders.  Here are the most common ones and the standard medical treatment for each:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How to choose the best colon cancer screening test

There are at least half a dozen major screening tests on the market for colon cancer.  Here's a summary of what each one involves and how to decide which is best for you:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Should your child take a gap year?

It's almost a given in England, Australia, and New Zealand.  It's the year kids take off between secondary school and going to college or university.  If you have a child who's not quite ready for college or has nebulous goals, here's how a gap year might help:

Monday, January 11, 2010

The primary types of anemia

Most of us know that anemia is a blood disorder.  However, there are many types of this condition.  Here's a summary of each of the main types of this disorder: