Thursday November 29, 2012

There are few things in life that are more excruciating than a gallbladder attack, so it’s no surprise that patients who have experienced one firsthand are willing to undergo gallbladder surgery to avoid another painful episode. Nearly 25 million Americans have gallstones—crystalline formations made up of cholesterol and other components of bile made by the liver to digest fat. One million new cases of gallbladder stones are diagnosed each year. Experts expect that number to grow, thanks to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and overindulgence in refined sugars and fatty foods.

Monday November 26, 2012

When it comes to eating healthy, too much fat, sugar and cholesterol definitely top the “most unwanted” list. Now gluten is right up there, too. Although some critics say the public obsession with gluten is an overblown and passing fad (after all, gluten is a protein that has been a natural component of rye, barely and wheat for centuries), there’s good reason to go gluten free. Why? Because today’s gluten is a far cry from nature’s gluten. It is super gluten, a byproduct of the genetically modified “Franken Wheat” created to combat world hunger.

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Before celebrities started pitching yogurt laced with probiotics to keep our digestive tract healthy, most of us didn’t think much about intentionally ingesting bacteria. Things have changed.  Now there are probiotic yogurts, probiotic drinks and probiotic supplements. But what are probiotics? Simply put, probiotics (which means “for life”) are good bacteria that keep the gut healthy.

Wednesday October 24, 2012

“You have breast cancer.” Those four simple words will strike fear in the hearts of nearly 227,000 women this year. And when the full impact of the diagnosis sinks in, the challenges ahead can seem overwhelming. Choosing a breast cancer specialist, knowing how to break the news to family and friends, undergoing breast cancer treatments and staying on top of insurance paperwork—these are just a few of the hurdles every woman encounters on her journey from breast cancer patient to breast cancer survivor.

Monday October 22, 2012

Dancing firemen wearing pink gloves and bras, an O.R. scene that will leave you in stitches, and a cafeteria serving up a “special” off-the-menu item—they’re all scenes from USMD Hospital’s entry in the second annual Pink Glove Dance Competition to promote breast cancer awareness. Of course, there are lots of pink gloves, too—surgical ones worn by hospital staffers and actual breast cancer survivors as they bust a move to the upbeat tune Down by Jay Sean.

Thursday October 4, 2012

In 2002, a vivacious and relatively young (only 44) Arlington wife and mother got some unexpected news—she had metastatic colon cancer. It was a cruel blow for a woman who didn’t have any symptoms or family history of the disease. She had only had a colonoscopy because her husband—10 years her senior—had been putting off his, so she offered to go along for morale support. He got a clean bill of health. She started the battle for her life—and lost it just four months after her 49th birthday and two months shy of her daughter's sixth grade graduation.

Monday August 20, 2012

No one wants to be overweight—let alone obese, so it’s understandable why there is a mind-boggling number of diets, exercise plans and even surgery for weight loss options vying for people’s attention. In fact, Google the phrase “weight loss” and 562 million results pop up in less than one second! And every one of them is vying for their share of the nearly 80 million Americans who try to lose weight every year.

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