Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Live Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Personal Health Avoiding evidence-based treatments in favor of untested ones can contribute to higher death rates, a Yale study found. ByJane E. Brody Oct. 1, 2018 A diagnosis of cancer, even an early-stage, highly curable cancer, can prompt some people to feel as if they’ve suddenly lost control of their future and that they must do whatever they can to regain it. They may seek guidance from the internet, friends and acquaintances, some of whom may be quick to relate tales of miraculous cures from alternative remedies that claim to spare patients the challenges of established cancer treatments like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. One web-based group, Integrative Cancer Answers, states that as many as 83 percent of cancer patients choose to use one or more forms of alternative … [Read more...] about The Risk of Alternative Cancer Treatments
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Live Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Altruism, and a little financial incentive, can be motivating factors. ByRoni Caryn Rabin June 5, 2018 Wanted Fecal transplants are being used increasingly to treat Clostridium difficile, an often intractable and debilitating bacterial infection. The potential for expanding the therapeutic applications of fecal transplants sent Canadian researchers on a quest to pinpoint what precisely motivates stool donors and how they might recruit more volunteers. For their study, 802 people in the United States, Canada and England completed an online survey that assessed their attitudes about becoming stool donors. Respondents were, not surprisingly, put off by the unpleasantness that would be involved in collecting stool samples. And most said the time commitment that would be required would be a deterrent — most centers … [Read more...] about Do You Have the Right Stuff to Be a Stool Donor?
Think colonoscopies are only for old men? I’m a nurse and I did, too—until I was diagnosed with colon cancer one month after the birth of my youngest son. I was 34 years old.The fact is, since the mid-1980s, rates of colorectal cancer have actually dropped among Baby Boomers but increased among people under 39, according to a 2017 report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The American Cancer Society attributes the trend to rising rates of obesity, an unhealthy diet, and a lack of exercise, all of which have been linked to colon cancer. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below While those factors do play a role, they weren’t all that relevant for me. Sure, I wasn’t particularly athletic and I ate a diet filled with plenty of of meat and potatoes. But I wasn’t obese, I didn’t have any chronic health problems, I had no family history of colon cancer, and I didn’t eat out that much. My diet could have contributed. But the bottom line … [Read more...] about ‘I Was Diagnosed With Colon Cancer At 34 And It Was Embarrassing’
As she herded her two young sons into bed one evening late last December, Laura Devitt flipped through her phone to check on the routine blood tests that had been performed as part of her annual physical. She logged onto the patient portal link on her electronic medical record, scanned the results and felt her stomach clench with fear.Devitt’s white blood cell count and several other tests were flagged as abnormal. Beyond the raw numbers, there was no explanation.“I got really tense and concerned,” said Devitt, 39, a manager of data analysis who lives in New Orleans. She immediately began searching online and discovered that possible causes ranged from a trivial infection to cancer.“I was able to calm myself down,” said Devitt, who waited anxiously for her doctor to call. Two days later, after hearing nothing, she called the office. Her doctor telephoned the next day. She reassured Devitt that the probable cause was her 5-year-old’s recent case of … [Read more...] about Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense?