Ask the Expert: Focus on Ankylosing Spondylitis

The SpineCommunity Presents: Ask the Expert with Dr. David Borenstein David G. Borenstein, MD recently answered your questions on ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in TheSpineCommunity.  TheSpineCommunity is an online support community for individuals affected with conditions of the spine, join the conversation here. Question: What are the best exercises for ankylosing spondylitis? Dr. Borenstein:  The difficulty […]

Quitting daily aspirin therapy may increase second heart attack, stroke risk

DALLAS, September 25, 2017 — Stopping long-term, low-dose aspirin therapy may increase your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Aspirin, taken in low doses, is used to help reduce the risk for recurrent heart attack or stroke. Aspirin inhibits clotting, lowering the […]

Cosentyx Highly Effective for Treatment of Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system affecting 1-3% of people in the United States. Symptoms include flaking, inflammation, and thick, white, silvery, or red patches of the skin and scalp.  Psoriasis can also cause discoloration and pitting of finger and toenails as well as inflammation of the joints and […]

When Can Back Pain Become an Emergency?

Back pain can often be severe even when resulting from a relatively mild injury or spinal condition. But when can back pain become an emergency? Several key symptoms – which may signal dangerous or even life-threatening problems – should spur patients to seek immediate medical attention, according to Kaliq Chang, MD, of Atlantic Spine Center. […]

Maintaining Healthy Weight Helps Keep Blood Pressure Low

Maintaining a healthy weight is a key health behavior to prevent blood pressure increases from young adulthood into middle age. These findings support the need to create interventions that will help people maintain normal body weight throughout their lives. New research shows maintaining a healthy weight throughout life – more so than four other health […]

September is National Healthy Aging Month: What You Need to Know

As we age, most of us better understand our abilities and our limitations, helping us make better decisions. We understand that nutrition and exercise play a vital role in how we feel, and that looking after ourselves on a daily basis can help us feel younger as we age, and younger than our true age. […]

Annual Mammography Starting at Age 40 Prevents the Most Cancer Deaths

When to initiate screening for breast cancer, how often to screen, and how long to screen are questions that continue to spark emotional debates. A new study compares the number of deaths that might be prevented as a result of three of the most widely discussed recommendations for screening mammography. Published early online in Cancer, […]

Pass it On: It’s National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

In 2016, the American Cancer Association estimates that 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and 14,240 women will die from the disease. The incidence of ovarian cancer has decreased slightly in the past decade or so, though the reason for this decrease remains unknown. Ovarian cancer usually has no obvious symptoms but some […]

Pass it On: It’s National Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that is below the Adam’s apple in the front part of the neck. It produces, stores, and releases hormones that regulate vital body functions. Thyroid cancer happens when cells in the thyroid grow out of control. There are two main types of cells in the thyroid: follicular cells […]

Genetic Testing and Ovarian Cancer: It’s Personal

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Presents: Genetic Testing and Ovarian Cancer – It’s Personal   Did you know that up to 24% of women with ovarian cancer have inherited genetic mutations?  All women with ovarian cancer should be counseled and tested to determine if their cancer is hereditary. In this informative webchat, Dr. Secord discusses […]

Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trials: What, Where, Why

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition® (NOCC) recently sat down with Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhD for an Ask the Expert session to discuss ovarian cancer clinical trials. Dr. Birrer is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in gynecologic oncology. In this informative video, Dr. Birrer answers common questions and discusses the what, where and why […]

Cervical Cancer Survivors Frequently Suffer From Long-Term Side Effects of Treatment

According to a new study around half of women who have been treated for locally advanced cervical cancer suffer from symptoms of insomnia, fatigue or hot flushes.1 Cervical cancer affects more than 500,000 women around the world each year with an average age at diagnosis of 50.  Each year in the United States, more than […]

Alternative Medicine Used Alone Appears to Reduce Survival Rates in Cancer Patients

Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center. The findings were reported online by the Journal of the […]

Head and Neck Cancer-What You Need to Know

Head and neck cancer includes a number of different malignant cancers that develop in or around the throat, larynx (voice box), nose, sinuses and mouth. Globally, head and neck cancer is the seventh most common type of cancer with an estimated 400,000-600,000 diagnoses every year. Head and neck cancers account for about 3 percent of […]