Friday, December 28, 2012

Scientists find connection between enzyme, aggresstive prostate cancer

While it might not fuel all cases of prostate cancer, researchers have linked an enzyme to certain aggressive forms of the disease:

Researchers propose new MRSA antibiotic

In studying MRSA, scientists have come up with a prototype that represents an entirely new type of antibiotics to fight MRSA:

Hynosis to treat IBS?

Swedish scientists suggest that hynosis could be an effective treatment for IBS sufferers:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sleep apnea creats more brain damage in women than in men

Here's the latest:

Breath test for colorectal screening

This new breath test has the potential to become a screening tool for colorectal cancer:

The latest on toxoplasmosis from cats

Researchers have figured out how toxoplasma affects the human brain:

Scientists identify hundreds of Crohn's genes

For once, a study that doesn't just generate a ton of useless data.  Scientists have identified more than 200 gene locations associated with Crohn's disease.  The potential practical implication is better and more personalized treatment for patients:

Monday, November 26, 2012

New federal report has state data on COPD

The CDC and NIH have joined forces to publish the first stsate-by-state report on the prevalance of COPD:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New sensor can detect early stages of prostate cancer

Researchers hope to eventually detect this disease at a very early stage:

Scientists say hypertension can age your brain

Researchers point to a link between high blood pressure and brain aging:

Scientists link gene mutation to Alzheimer's disease

It's a rare mutation associated with regulating the body's immune system:

Researchers ID new bacteria to fight IBD

Scientists have uncovered a bacteria they believe can fight Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis:

Do you have a hiatal hernia?

Here are the symptoms:

What Crohn's patients need to know about changing doctors

Sometimes you just need to do it.  But it isn't always easy:

IBD and emotions

A disease is far more than a set of physical symptoms and problems:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Obesity more likely to occur in rural areas, study says

Young adults in rural areas are more likely to be obese than those in the city, researchers claim:

Scientists believe Molecule could block Crohn's disease

After several studies dealing with Treg cells, researchers have concluded that the IL-27 molecule might be able to to block Crohn's and other inflammatory diseases:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1 in 2 women suffers from sleep apnea

Scientists believe as many as 50 percent of all adult women suffer from this sleep disorder:

Researchers say IBD drug also good for depression

Infliximab is a biologic drug used to treat inflammatory bowel disease.  Researchers believe it's also appropriate to treat depression:

Can coconut oil fight tooth decay?

Irish researchers believe that coconut oil acts like an antibiotic:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

FDA gives initial nod to Humira for treat ulcerative colitis

It's been around to treat Crohn's disease for a few years.  An FDA advisory panel has indicated that Humira should go forward for agency approval to treat ulcerative colitis as well:

Scientists propose pig parasite to treat Crohn's disease

In a truly novel approach, researchers have proposed use of a pig parasite to treat moderate to severe cases of Crohn's disease:

New osteoporosis treatment

Researchers have discovered a new treatment for osteoporosis that blocks FSH:

Study links parasite to attempted suicides

It's a parasite most consider harmless.  But is it, really?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MRSA rates twice as high in academic hospitals

Researchers were surprised to find out that the rate of infection in academic medical facilities is double that in other hospitals:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Scientists pinpoint link between breast size and breast cancer

A recent study discusses the relationship between a woman's breast size and developing breast cancer:

Scientists to give Crohn's patients new immune system

In a dramatic move to help patients with Crohn's disease who have not been helped by traditional treatments, researchers plan to replace their immune systems with new ones:

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Reflections on what Crohn's disease patients fear

Fear is a normal part of having a chronic, incurable disease.  Exactly what a Crohn's patient fears varies from one person to another.  Here are some of them:

New insurance trend might negatively affect Crohn's patients

The universe of health insurance has been changing wildly throughout the last decade.  Read about some disburbing developments here:

Scientists say rheumatoid arthritis effects are more severe than they knew

The aftermath of RA might well be more serious than we even suspected:

Researchers ID link between low vitamin D levels and weight gain in women

Scientists have found that some women with lower-than-normal levels of vitamin D experience a greater weight gain than women who don't experience this deficiency:

Study says 2009 swine flu deaths underestimated

A new study suggests that the count of deaths from the 2009 swine flu pandemic might be 15 times the estimates reported:

Age-related eye diseases increasing

The rise in incidence of age-related diseases of the eye is a concern:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

How successful are fluid injections for knee osteoarthritis?

You might be surprised at the answer.  If you're considering getting fluid injections to treat osteoarthritis in one or both knees, be sure to read this:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How Becoming a Tightwad Changed My Life

Yes, it was stressful at times.  Yes, sometimes the numbers just didn't add up.  However, my path to becoming a tightwad has been filled with some surprising benefits:

Friday, June 8, 2012

New diet glasses aim to fool your appetite

It might be the wave of the future when it comes to weight loss.  These new glasses make sure that what you see definitely isn't what you get when it comes to food:\

Study Suggests Link Between Fungi and IBD

A recent study has spotted a potential link between fungi in the intestinal tract and intestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease:

Would you turn down genetic tests for cancer?

A recent study showed more than one in five subjects would, primarily due to cost.  But there are other reasons why you might not want this testing:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Task force says thumbs down to some PSA tests

Researchers believe some PSA tests do more harm than good in patients worried about developing prostate cancer:

Merits of laxative-free colonoscopy

Patients should finder it easier to undergo but just as effective, researchers believe:

Monday, May 21, 2012

What patients fear about Crohn's disease

Here's a personal perspective:

Can researchers restore sight lost to macular degeneration?

A new study suggests that an exciting device might be on the horizon for patients with macular degeneration:

Still looking for a summer camp?

School's almost out, and summer camp is just around the corner.  If you haven't snagged a spot yet for your child, here are some tips to finding the right match:

Friday, May 11, 2012

California study says priobiotics can prevent antibiotic-related diarrhea

You might be able to significantly lower your risk of the diarrhea that follows some courses of antibiotics if you consume probiotics, this study suggests:

Researchers link eye color and melanoma risk

Does it matter whether you have brown or blue eyes when it comes to serious skin conditions like melanoma?  Read what these researchers believe:

Be wary of drinks with fructose

That fruit juice or soda you love so much might be a lot worse for you than you know:

Sleep more to weigh less

Don't we all wish it were so easy!

What do you fear about having Crohn's disease?

Here's a personal look from a Crohn's patient:

Crohn's disease diagnosis

A personal view of getting a diagnosis of Crohn's disease:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Texas study says obstructive sleep apnea damage can occur within 30 days

Certain patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could be at risk for strokes after experiencing the disorder for only 30 days, Baylor College of Medicine researchers suggest:\

What's better than acupuncture for pain?

Researchers have developed a new delivery system of pain control built on the basic concepts of acupuncture but which offers potentially longer results:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Researchers find new Crohn's treatment

Virginia Tech researchers indicate promise for a novel treatment for patients suffering from Crohn's disease:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

What to do about increasing whooping cough outbreaks

Many adults mistakenly assume they're protected against whooping cough due to vaccine received in childhood.  However, new federal guidelines suggest adults need to be re-immunized:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

How much do you know about cancer of the appendix?

Fortunately, it's rare in the U.S.  However, many patients experience no signs or symptoms.  Their cancer is discovered by accident:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Have you ever heard of cat eye syndrome?

This disorder takes its name from the most common characteristics of patients' eyes:

What on earth is new persistent daily headache?

Sufferers are often misdiagnosed with a host of other maladies, among them migraines.  Here's the low-down on this odd type of chronic headache:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tips for enjoying the National Cherry Blossom Festival

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first cherry trees from Japan to the nation's capital.  Here are some tips to help you navigate DC and get the most out of your visit to view the blossoms:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Do you what babesiosis is?

Patients who suffer from babesiosis are sometimes misdiagnosed with Lyme disease:

Devastating effects of emotional incontinence

Emotional incontinence affects not only the patients affected by it, but their families and caregivers as well:

Does your dog suffer from bilious vomiting?

Bilious vomiting can come on so suddently that a pet owner has no clue as to what's wrong with his or her dog:

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ever heard of camp bark?

It has a variety of medicinal uses.  Native Americans utilized is bark both as a treatment and as a substitute for tobacco:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Surviving the perianal complications associated with Crohn's disease

They hurt.  They're annoying.  They're difficult to resolve.  Here's what you need to know about the perianal complications of Crohn's disease:

What you need to know about osteochondrosis in dogs

It's an ailment most common to giant breeds of dogs.  It brings discomfort to the dog and heartbreak to the owner:

Solving issues in multi-cat households

Got more than one cat?  Here are some tips for solving difficulties in multi-cat households:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Study says moms at leat 35 are at elevated risk for twins

This study suggests a significant rise in the number of twins born, particularly to mothers 35 and older, over a 30-year period:

Rare but potentially deadly: aortic thromboembolism in dogs

It's a life-threatening condition with symptoms that require immediate medical evaluation: