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Doctors now using social media as a means of continuing education | Dooedu.com

Doctors now using social media as a means of continuing education | Dooedu.com | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it

The landscape of healthcare marketing has changed dramatically over the past decade, with a multitude of doctors and medical professionals turning to social media for myriad purposes. This is no surprise, as 72 percent of American adults use one form of social media, according to the Pew Internet & American Life project, but some doctors are leaning on platforms like Twitter as a means of providing continuing education to medical professionals all over the world.


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Natural Treatment for Heart Disease - YouTube

Decker Weiss, N.D., a Naturopathic Cardiologist, discusses a naturopathic approach to heart disease. Dr. Weiss says only a very small percentage of people wh...

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Cutting edge immune therapy successfully treats cervical cancer

Cutting edge immune therapy successfully treats cervical cancer | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it

In a small trial, two women with advanced cervical cancer became cancer-free using personalized immune cell therapy


Two out of the nine women in the study who had cervical cancer tumors that had spread throughout their bodies had a complete remission of their cancers after a single treatment, and remained cancer free more than a year later, according to the study, which was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago on Monday. That's far better than any other treatment has achieved in such cases.


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Looks like they might finally be finding something better than chemotherapy?

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Preventing One Million Heart Attacks and Strokes |

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What would it take to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes before 2017?

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Chemicals Identified to Avoid to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer is the most common invasive malignancy among women in the US and the leading cause of death in women from their late 30s to their early 50s.


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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 3, 12:35 PM

A study published in the National Institutes of Health journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, has highlighted a range of chemicals that women are most commonly exposed to, that have been found to contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Unfortunately, we are all exposed to chemicals on a regular basis. However the link between toxic chemicals and cancer appears to have been largely ignored.

In their review of chemicals that have evidence of being human breast carcinogens, the researchers identified 17 high priority chemicals or chemical families based on exposure and carcinogenicity, which include the following, and should be avoided:

1,3-Butadiene - 1,3-Butadiene exposure in the general population is primarily via inhalation of cigarette smoke, automobile exhaust, and gasoline fumes, as well as emissions from industrial facilities

Acrylamide – Major sources of acrylamide exposure include diet (especially starchy foods, such as french fries, cooked at high temperatures) and tobacco smoke. Acrylamide exposures are believed to be low from other sources, which include grouts, adhesives, and polyacrylamide gels used in many consumer products (e.g., diapers), in drinking water treatment, and elsewhere.

Aromatic amines – Aromatic amines contain nitrogen bound to benzene or other aromatic rings. They are important intermediates in industrial synthesis of polyurethane, pesticides, dyes, and many other products.

Benzene – The highest exposures to benzene are from gasoline (riding in a car, pumping gasoline, storing gasoline in a basement or attached garage) and tobacco smoke, although automobile exhaust and other forms of urban and industrial air pollution are also important exposure sources. Benzene is also used in some consumer products including adhesive removers, paints, sealants, finishers, and engine fuel and oils.

Halogenated organic solvents –These chemicals were widely used in the past, with uses including dry cleaning, hair spray propellant, soil fumigants, food processing, gasoline additives, and paint and spot removers. Although use has declined, occupational exposures are still common, and some consumer exposure remains.

Ethylene and propylene oxide – EtO is a gas used to sterilize medical equipment, food and spices, clothing, and musical instruments. It has also been detected in tobacco smoke and auto exhaust. EtO is a high production volume chemical used to manufacture many other chemicals, such as ethylene glycol, so one exposure source may be air pollution near industrial facilities.

1,2-Propylene oxide (PO) - Another high production volume industrial chemical, used to manufacture other chemicals (including polyurethane foam) and as a sterilant and fumigant, and in some automotive and paint products (NTP 2011). Tobacco smoke is also a source of exposure.

Flame retardants and metabolites – Used in the manufacture of many household items and clothing.

Heterocyclic amines – Both meat cooked at high temperatures and tobacco smoke contain heterocyclic amines.

Endogenous and pharmaceutical hormones and other endocrine disrupting chemicals – These are present in the food supply and various products.

MX – MX is one of hundreds of genotoxic by-products of drinking water disinfection.

Nitro-PAHs - 1-nitropyrene and other nitroPAHs are air pollutants thought to primarily come from diesel exhaust.

Ochratoxin A – Human exposure to the naturally occurring mycotoxin ochratoxin A occurs mainly through consumption of contaminated grain, nuts, and pork products.

PAHs – Exposure to PAHs, such as benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), occurs primarily through inhalation of tobacco smoke or polluted air and ingestion of charred foods.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – PFOA and other perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are used in non-stick and stain-resistant coatings on rugs, furniture, clothes and cookware, as well as in fire-fighting applications, cosmetics, lubricants, paints, and adhesives.

Styrene - Exposure to styrene in the general population occurs at levels of micrograms per day due mainly to inhalation of indoor air and cigarette smoke and intake of food that has been in contact with polystyrene. Styrene is present in consumer products and building materials, including polystyrene, carpets, adhesives, hobby and craft supplies, and home maintenance products.

Read the report for yourself here - http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/advpub/2014/5/ehp.1307455.pdf

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The Use of Social Media in Oncology Practice

The Use of Social Media in Oncology Practice | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it

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Healthy Lifestyle Doesn’t Always Eliminate Risk of Heart Disease

Healthy Lifestyle Doesn’t Always Eliminate Risk of Heart Disease | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
Sometimes even doing everything right to live a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough to ward off a serious illness.
Such was the case of 67-year-old Donald Glynn of Jacksonville, ...

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What factors increase the risk of Heart Disease?

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“ What factors increase the risk of heart disease?
Heart muscle cells need their own blood supply to supply heart muscle cells with oxygen.
Arteries have elastic, muscular walls to... (What factors increase the risk of heart disease?

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Fibromyalgia: A New Paradigm?

Fibromyalgia: A New Paradigm? | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
Small fiber neuropathy, rather than central sensitization, may be responsible for the pain associated with fibromyalgia, some researchers have hypothesized. (Autoimmunity anyone ? If if walks and talks and smells like it .....

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Heart disease prevention: Mayo Clinic


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Exercise Significantly Increases Life Expectancy of Cancer Survivors

Exercise Significantly Increases Life Expectancy of Cancer Survivors | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it

Scientists from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine found men who beat cancer and burned more than 12,600 calories could boost their life expectancy.


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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 8:27 AM

Scientists have found that physical exercise significantly increases the life expectancy of cancer survivors. Men who beat cancer and who burned more than 12,600 kilojoules or 3,011 calories a week exercising, almost halved their risk of death, a new study found.

While there has been plenty of research that shows regular exercise boosts the life expectancy of healthy people, this study is among very few that show exercise also extended the life of cancer survivors.

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Why does the brain remember dreams?

Why does the brain remember dreams? | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
Some people recall a dream every morning, whereas others rarely recall one. In a new study, research shows that the temporo-parietal junction, an information-processing hub in the brain, is more active in high dream recallers. Increased activity in this brain region might facilitate attention orienting toward external stimuli and promote intrasleep wakefulness, thereby facilitating the encoding of dreams in memory.

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Morning Rituals For Beautiful Teeth [Infographic]

Morning Rituals For Beautiful Teeth [Infographic] | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
An Infographic explaining the consequences of our habits on teeth, and what we need to do about these habits. Some of the habits that damage our teeth include smoking, improper way of brushing, using teeth for opening bottle caps, etc.

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Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease: It's Complicated

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Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease: It's Complicated
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Epidemiology studies have provided powerful evidence linking air pollution to cardiovascular disease, especially heart attacks (MI) and stroke.

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Health Literacy: Is there an app for that?

Health Literacy: Is there an app for that? | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it

Choosing Wisely
I was excited when the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign launched in April 2014. Modeled after the American Choosing Wisely initiative by the ABIM in 2012, this campaign educates physicians and patients about unnecessary tests and encourages patients to make informed choices. I believe this is a critical step towards improved health literacy because it gives patients and providers the evidence necessary to start conversations about tests and treatments. Why is this important? Because we’ve always been taught to trust the recommendations made by our doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other health care professionals. We often swallow their advice because we are taught to have faith in their education and the healthcare system. However, physicians and patients alike need to understand that more care, more tests, and more treatment doesn’t always equal better care.


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AMPA Therapy -- New First-in-Class Epilepsy Treatment Launches

AMPA Therapy -- New First-in-Class Epilepsy Treatment Launches | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it

HATFIELD, England, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PRESS RELEASE NOT FOR U.S. MEDIA   Fycompa ® (perampanel), the first in an entirely new class of treatment for partial onset seizures  ...


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Answer to the above question: D.  [See http://nursingplanet.com/Quiz/eeg_quiz.html ]


Perampanel is the only licensed anti-epileptic drug (AED) that selectively targets AMPA receptors, a channel protein that plays a critical role in the spread of seizures.   By targeting the AMPA (alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid)-type glutamate receptor, this medication works as an antagonist, serving mostly for adjunct therapy involving patients with partial seizures or unique hard to control seizures that are not completely controllable with typical medications.   The products at this site may not be fully approved, as of yet, for identical use in the United States.

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Neuron tells stem cells to grow new neurons

Neuron tells stem cells to grow new neurons | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
Duke researchers have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons. Though the experiments are in their early stages, the finding opens the tantalizing possibility that the brain may be able to repair itself from within.

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Map: Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks

Map: Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports since 2008 to produce an interactive map that plots global outbreaks of diseases that are easily prevented by inexpensive and effective vaccines. These diseases include measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, and rubella.

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Brian Altonen's curator insight, May 31, 6:25 PM

This is an online information and map sharing tool in which vaccine preventable diseases can be evaluated for outbreaks around the world.

 

Whooping Cough (maxing at 12,000 childhood cases in the SW), Mumps and Measles form the bulk of the US cases.  

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Sex differences in symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)

Sex differences in symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it

DeVon et al. evaluated the diagnostic performance of 13 symptoms of ACS by sex in 736 patients admitted to four EDs with suspected acute coronary syndrome. Overall they found there were more similarities than differences between the sexes in the performance of the symptom predictors evaluated. To learn more read their complete report in JAHA http://goo.gl/s6AQro.


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Shoulder pain, arm pain and shortness of breath are more frequent in females who present with acute coronary syndromes.

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Heart Disease Risk Factors - YouTube

Heart Attack Risk Factors address the two types of risk factors associated with heart attacks, factors that a person can control and factors they cannot. Kno... (RT @TheHeartTruth: Do you have any of the risk factors for heart disease?

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Warning Signs of a Stroke

Warning Signs of a Stroke | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A STROKE? When the brain does not get enough blood flow, many different signs and symptoms can occur. The amount and type of symptoms depend on what part of the brain is involved. Some of the common signs of stroke include 

Asymmetry in the face or a droop on one side of the face

Weakness on one side of the body (such as an arm, leg, or both)

Numbness or unusual sensations on one side of the body

Trouble speaking (speech is slurred; cannot repeat a simple phrase)

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NOTICE WARNING SIGNS? Time is the most important factor if you think you are having a stroke. The faster you can get to a hospital, the better your chances of recovery. Therefore, you should call the paramedics right away if you have any of the above warning signs—do not “wait it out” to see if the symptoms get better on their own. The reason that time is very important is that for some strokes, a medication that dissolves blood clots can be given through the bloodstream as treatment. This medication only works during the first few hours after a stroke. After that it is no longer effective and can even cause harmful side effects. Therefore, it is very important, when possible, to record the exact time that you or someone around you first noticed symptoms and the time that you were last well without symptoms. 
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What Is Coronary Heart Disease

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“What Is Coronary Heart Disease (CAD)? Coronary artery disease involves the accumulation of plaque within the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Plaque accumulation causes a...

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The Deadliest Cancers, in One Chart

The Deadliest Cancers, in One Chart | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
Here’s a chart that’s a little disturbing: The interactive graphic above, created by biotechnologist David Taylor and appearing first on his data-visualization blog, illustrates how common and deadly various types of cancer are. Each pie chart represents an organ (matched for color) and is sized according to the incidence of...

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This is an interesting chart that shows the relative prevalence of common cancers – represented by the size of the circles.

In addition it shows the mortality rates 5-years after diagnosis – represented by the size of the dark-red colored pieces of the pie.

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Heart Disease Risk Linked With Spouses’ Social Support

Heart Disease Risk Linked With Spouses’ Social Support | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
RT @CavemanDoctor: A supportive spouse significantly lowers your risk of coronary artery disease: http://t.co/CGdXltKmXj

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Cholesterol: The good, the bad, and the...wine?

Cholesterol: The good, the bad, and the...wine? | DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION | Scoop.it
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Foods that are high in calories and saturated fat, such as fried foods and animal products, often increase LDL cholesterol.

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