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Eat to Beat Cancer? Just Wondering...

Eat to Beat Cancer? Just Wondering... | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Dr. William Li provides an enthusiastic endorsement, on his Eat to Beat Cancer website, to what your mother said, "Eat your vegetables."
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Can we eat to beat cancer?  That's the gazillion dollar question...what do you think?

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Oncology Basics 2016: Understanding the Cells

Oncology Basics 2016: Understanding the Cells | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
If you can understand cells, you are on the way to understanding changes that occur to cause cancer. Here's your 1st installment of Oncology Basics: Cells.
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5 Tips for Deciphering (and Finding) Reliable Online Health Content

5 Tips for Deciphering (and Finding) Reliable Online Health Content | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
This is an infographic describing some of the ways to decipher and find reliable online health content when looking for health information.
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3 Myths About Dietary Supplements, Vitamins and Minerals - Medivizor

3 Myths About Dietary Supplements, Vitamins and Minerals - Medivizor | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Are dietary supplements, vitamins and minerals safe? Are they effective? Do you need to take them? Check out these myths and recommendations.
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Resistance To Antibiotics: A Threat Too Great To Ignore?

Resistance To Antibiotics: A Threat Too Great To Ignore? | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Because of microbial resistance to antibiotics, WHO & CDC warn we may be returning to a time when infections that have been treatable can kill humans again.
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What Is A Low FODMAP Diet?

What Is A Low FODMAP Diet? | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
For people having cramps, pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, the low FODMAP diet may help. What is a low FODMAP diet? How does it help?
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Colorectal Cancer: A Silent Disease

Colorectal Cancer: A Silent Disease | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Somebody has to have the guts to talk about the symptoms of colorectal cancer. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and we're sharing insights here.
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6 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Your Kidneys - Medivizor

6 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Your Kidneys - Medivizor | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
What do your kidneys do? Why are they important to your overall health? Here are 6 facts you probably didn't know about your kidneys..or were afraid to ask.
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Savor These Power Foods For Your Heart Health

Savor These Power Foods For Your Heart Health | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
We're sharing an Infographic by Cleveland Clinic for National Nutrition Month. Here are power foods for your heart health. Include them in healthy meals.
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"Compliance?" "Adherence?" The Language of Medication Taking

"Compliance?" "Adherence?" The Language of Medication Taking | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Any Trekkie (Star Trek Fan) would know this greeting of the Borg that ends with “Resistance Is Futile.” What Does ...
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Living On Through Organ Donation

Living On Through Organ Donation | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Why donate your organs? Read this story about organ donation to find out!
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5 Minute Health Tips: Pet Ownership - Is it Good for Your Health?

5 Minute Health Tips: Pet Ownership - Is it Good for Your Health? | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
There are a lot of pet owners in the U.S.; between 70 and 80 million dogs and about the same number of cats share our lives. (1) The Research on Pet Ownership You’ve probably heard through newspapers, magazines, TV, radio—and, of course, the Internet—that pet ownership positively impacts your health. Animal-assisted therapy has become commonplace in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. What’s the research on the impact of pets? Actually research results are a mixed bag. There has been much research, but often there are problems with the research, low numbers of research participants, or difficulty in culling out the effect of pet ownership and animal assisted therapy with other factors. For example, a meta-analysis of several studies of people with poor social function who participated in animal-assisted therapy did find social function improvement. It also found moderate effects on depression, anxiety and behavioral issues. But the authors felt that the research methods used in the reviewed studies were inconsistent; they even said to be “conservative” when interpreting their meta-analysis results. (2) Positive Health Impacts of Pet Ownership However, pet ownership research has had positive findings. One study looking at pet ownership among older adults found that those people who lived alone without a pet were at greater odds of reporting feeling lonely. (3) This outcome may be due to what another research study found: pet owners are more likely to get to know their neighbors than non-pet owners. (4) The American Heart Association put together a Scientific Statement based on review of literature around cardiovascular disease risk and pet ownership. They evaluated the literature with an eye on risk factors like high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, lack of physical activity and obesity. With regard to blood pressure, they found that some of the studies found lower blood pressure in people who own pets. Others did not. There wasn’t an association with pet ownership and hyperlipidemia. They found that owning dogs increases the likelihood of physical activity.   In fact, dog owners are more likely to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity than non-dog owners. Physical activity can reduce obesity, but another role of pets is social support.  Social support is an important component of initiating and maintaining behavior changes like losing weight.  Additionally, barriers to exercise, like neighborhood safety, can be overcome with the presence of a dog. Most, but not all studies, show that pet ownership helps with stress.  [...]
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After Discharge With Stroke

After Discharge With Stroke | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Share “I had a terrible headache for two days and very seldom had headache – …once a year tops.  I took my kids and Sharon to see [a] movie…and at the end…I got up…collapsed and I do not [know] what happened to me.” ~John Anderson Stroke Stroke is one of the most common causes of death …
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What's happening to #stroke #survivors with regard to #rehabilitation access, #healthinsurance coverage?

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Oncology Basics 2016: DNA - Medivizor

Oncology Basics 2016: DNA - Medivizor | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
To understand oncology in 2016 you need to understand DNA, especially replication and transcription. Here are the basics, second post in our series.
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Oncology Basics 2016

Oncology Basics 2016 | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Oncology: study of the origin, development, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. What are some oncology basics you need to know before ASCO? Read our series.
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Brain Vs Pancreas: Complications of Diabetes

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Diminished brain health may be a complication of diabetes. Though diabetes and brain health may be linked there are strategies to help protect your brain.
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Burning Pain? Could You Have CRPS Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Burning Pain? Could You Have CRPS Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
CRPS Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a condition that can happen to anyone. Learn more about the chronic burning pain of this disorder.
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Diabetes 101: What Is Hypoglycemia Unawareness?

Diabetes 101: What Is Hypoglycemia Unawareness? | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia is a dangerous condition. What if you couldn't tell you had hypoglycemia? Take a look to find out about this condition.
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Vacation For People Affected by Cancer: Free | Medivizor

Vacation For People Affected by Cancer: Free | Medivizor | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Here is a list of free vacation and retreat opportunities for people affected by cancer. Read more here.
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5 Things You Should Know About Insulin-Dependent Diabetes And Illness

5 Things You Should Know About Insulin-Dependent Diabetes And Illness | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Here is a list of things you should know about insulin-dependent diabetes and illness. Take a look and share.
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Why Do We Sleep? Sleeping and Sleep Awareness Week

Why Do We Sleep? Sleeping and Sleep Awareness Week | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
Why do animals-as varied as scorpions, lizards, birds and humans-sleep? Why do such a dangerous activity? We pose these questions for Sleep Awareness Week.
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Bankruptcy and associated increases in Mortality: The Other Cost of Cancer

Bankruptcy and associated increases in Mortality: The Other Cost of Cancer | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
The high cost of cancer can include financial stress. What happens to people who declare bankruptcy? Should physicians discuss costs of cancer treatment?
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Financing Research on the Rarest of the Rare: Cystic Fibrosis

Financing Research on the Rarest of the Rare: Cystic Fibrosis | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
True strides forward in rare disease activism may have begun with the establishment of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It continues with Emily's Entourage.
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Why Should Patients Attend Healthcare Conferences? Patients Included?

Why Should Patients Attend Healthcare Conferences? Patients Included? | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
How can patient involvement in healthcare conferences be understood as valuable to healthcare providers? What's Next For Patients Included?
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Cancer and Your Career: The Road to Preserving Employment Opportunity

Cancer and Your Career: The Road to Preserving Employment Opportunity | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
You have heard the word “cancer” from your physician. Treatment may be the number one item on your list of priorities. If you are working full-time, your next thought may be about work. You’re not alone. There are about 14.5 million cancer survivors. Studies show that maintaining your employment is good for your health: it can help you maintain your sense of normalcy, your self-esteem and your quality of life. Businesses also benefit from keeping valuable employees. When businesses lose an employee, they lose expertise and customer relationships that have been built. Businesses incur costs of recruiting and training replacements. By keeping employees, businesses also improve the productivity and the morale of all employees. So staying employed would seem to be a win-win. Yet statistics reveal that cancer survivors are 1.4 times more likely to be unemployed than people without cancer. How can survivors maintain their employment status? There are two important Federal laws that provide employment protections. The Family Medical Leave Act requires businesses of 50 or more employees to provide 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during every 12-month period. For up-to-date information about FMLA, check this website. The other Federal law that may provide employment protection is the Americans with Disabilities Act. In businesses of 15 or more employees, the Federal government prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. In some cases, having cancer is seen as a disability. The website to learn more about this Act is on the Equal Opportunity Employment page. Short and long term disability may be required or provided by your company. The policy manual or Human Resources department are the best places to find this information. When communicating with HR, bring your calendar of treatment appointments. In order to maintain your reputation as a good worker, provide a description of when you will be out and when you will be back to work regular hours. As FMLA can be taken incrementally, this is a way to show your employer that your absences are temporary and you are interested in returning to work full time as soon as possible. This is also important for you. Being in charge during this this discussion by providing dates and times you will be back to work, gives you a sense of control during a time when you may feel that much of your life is out of control.
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Burden of Bills: Living With Cancer in the US

Burden of Bills: Living With Cancer in the US | Health Communication and Social Media | Scoop.it
I also know that the sooner I die, the more money my family will have. ~from the post Why Advocate? ...
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On hearing the word “cancer” from your physician, your first thoughts are naturally on treatment. Unfortunately and sometimes tragically, in the US, finances need to be a top priority as well.

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